Stimulating the Core: My new routine at the Gym

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Stimulating the Core: My new routine at the gym

Well I am here trying to come up with something to write about in this blog post. And so here it is. Today was a particularly lazy day, although I did get up at 6am and go to the gym at 7am. I am pretty sore. I did not do much today and I could not sit at home that long before I was back out and about in the little cities where I am from/live. I did not even really look at my real estate online course until tonight. So, I did small weights on the weight machines; walked with a small incline on the treadmill; and, I also did only 20 ab/leg lifts. Nothing was that stimulating. The small exercises did, however, move my interest and did awaken a sort of interest. For me, just the gym in and of itself glimpses my interest.

Here is what I am going to try to do while partaking in the next gym visits. Hopefully I will build a routine around school and the gym in order to get myself motivated and healthy. If you do not know, I gained about 70-80lbs in the last few years, and I also gained about 40lbs in the last year. I like to pretend that I am not sure if it is just muscle or if it is fat and muscle, because I know well that I do have a lot of fat now. I used to be a steady 160-170lbs, and now I am just under 241lbs. Big guy now lol. One tricky part to my gaining weight was that I did not work out much [aside from delivering packages for Amazon] while gaining that weight. Soooo, I am going to try to work on my core more and also lift weights and use the treadmill – hopefully.

First, I am going to try the Dead Bug Core Exercise

The dead bug is an exercise that little by little works the core. To do this, I will lay on my back with my feet and legs slightly off the ground, but in a 90-degree angle. My arms reach forward. The next step is to get one leg lowered and off the floor and then stretch my arm passed my head, doing so with the opposite leg in a 90-degree position and other arm forward. I do reps like that and alternating between arms and legs, all while keeping my back on the floor. So, I stretch the left arm up passed my head and stretch the left leg slightly off the ground and in a straight position. I alternate arms and legs.

Second, I am going to try to do a regular Plank.

Nick Harris-Fry, who wrote “The Best Core Exercises for all Gym-Goers,” stated that the beginner level for a plank is to do it for 30 seconds, where as 5 minutes equals a plank master. I will do my best to start with 30 seconds or a minute, or just find out how long I can do the plank to start off.

To do a plank, you have to get on your toes and your elbows which means putting the weight on your elbows and arms and your toes but working the core. This means that your body is somewhat parallel to the ground.

Third, I am going to try to do the Boat exercise

To do the boat exercise, I need to sit on the floor with my knees bent. I then lean back a little bit and lift my legs off of the floor and straighten them to about a 45-degree angle. I put my hands up to my ears while doing this and it works on my core and also my abs.

 

I think that if I keep at it and go to the gym just about every week, then I will set aside 3 days a week to my core. Maybe, I can go to the gym for 4 days and then just do core every other day which gives my workouts a break and my core a break every other day. I will try to do one Plank, 2 sets of Dead Bugs which means at least 10 repetitions, and then 3 Boats [I will aim to do 30 seconds each and hopefully build up from there]. Hopefully these exercises will be stimulating for my core and for my abs.

Pummel — Word of the Day Challenge

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Pummel


 

Pummel: Strike repeatedly, typically with the fists

Pummel: Criticize adversely

Why pummel? I could write about how some roommate pummels me in a way that it seems like he does not want me to do well. He takes the adversity in my life and always makes a statement that detracts from my wellbeing. Or, I could write that I was pummeled by some people because I was having a conversation with a girl, or maybe it was because I woke up in my cousin’s bedroom and years later remembered that I ended up with some girl in her room at a party while I was out of it. I think I was roofied, but ghost memories come up. I was a lot younger at that time. I probably had issues. If pummel means to strike repeatedly with fists, then I really should state that there are times, once in a blue moon, that I want to pummel a punching bag, but that is barely ever. I went to the gym at 7am this morning, and did about 30 minutes on the treadmill. That was enough for me. I just think that my image in my community is just somewhat bad even though I am a fun and intelligent person. I can say that because one of the neighbors [not sure if he moved or not] called the sheriff on me because I ran to get one of my mother’s dogs that went onto a separate neighbor’s property. He had a stone face when he talked to me and he yelled and was very scary – one that if there were to be any confrontation then my brain would have been destroyed by waking up in a coma or something. Luckily the coma and brain part are just my imagination – I hope. And don’t you think that people should have the sheriff’s number by cell phone [not the office number] just in case the sheriff needed to talk to you. It might be better if you could receive a text in case the sheriff had a warrant out for you. Me, talking about warrants for your arrest? Who would of thunk it? You reading…my image, my image, my image. It is good because I am fun and intelligent, but when the old man neighbor calls the sheriff because your mother and brother yelled to get the dog that ran on the other neighbor’s property, I really have to worry about my image. They say that the Monterey, CA is for the “newlywed or the nearly dead.” I hope that I am not nearly dead. I just quit smoking yesterday. I imagine that a prosecutor might pummel you if you are ever in a trial. I imagine that the defense might do the same – if you have some insanity defense. But let us try to write about something else. Enough of the “newlywed or nearly dead” scare, or the pummel of the roommate, or even the pummel of my body at a party. That last part was probably my fault anyway ☹. I really think that practicing non-violence is the best way to do things. What, anyway, really warrants violence? I want to pummel the neighborhood and community sometimes because I really think that saying that things have to change for the better is sometimes needed – at least on my own personal level. I live in a great community – Carmel and Carmel Valley, CA are great places to be. I just want to pummel all of that at times, however, because I could use friends to drink with and to eat food with.

 

The Year in Review

Reflection: 2018


The Year in Review

Hi there. This is my reflection for the year of 2018. I cannot really recall any significant moments in the year, but maybe as I go along, I will recall a lot more. I have not gained any significant skills that I can recall. Right now, however, I am going through a Real Estate Course. I failed the final exam on the first try, and I have taken the past two days off. I plan to retry the exam in a couple of days but after I finish taking more notes on the chapters that I read. I know that I am capable of drinking with friends, and I plan to/hope to make some new friends that can be drinking buddies and foodies. I also finished a course named Business Communications and Ethics at CSUMB. At least I think that I finished it this year, if I am remembering correctly. My awareness has gone from one where I was not really a part of the community. I hope to really build connections in the community in the upcoming year. I live in Monterey County [Carmel Valley to be exact], and I learned that the motto here is that “Monterey is for the newlywed or the nearly dead.” I sure hope that I am far away from actually dying a permanent death, and I know that I am not a newlywed at the moment. Ha-ha. Over this past year, I have learned a lot about other people. A lot of people like to give the stone face in most of their dealings with strangers, to include a stone face toward myself.

I do not have a list of achievements at the moment since I do not remember any real significant stride in achieving anything nor do I remember any significant events aside from “hanging out” a lot with family. One achievement was finishing the Business Communications course at CSUMB. Finally, another achievement that I can put down here is that I decided to pursue a license in Real Estate by taking the required courses one at a time. As I stated, I still have to pass the first course’s final exam in a few days hopefully. Today is 12/2/2018. It is a Sunday. One other achievement, so to say, is that I am going to go back to University. I will be attending University through an online degree program in Business Administration at Arizona State University. I hope to get a degree by 2020? I might as well write that I achieved a number of badges and compliments through driving people with Uber, but I made most of the compliments and badges back in 2017 – the first year that I drove for Uber. I might say that a win for me this year is being more acclimated with some family members. I reached out to my brother and I have occasionally gotten some dinner or lunch with him, or with him and his fiancé. It was nice to reach out and socialize a bit. His fiancé is super sweet, and I wish I got to spend more time with her and my brother in order to really introduce myself to her. Maybe I will spend more time with her and my brother before their wedding. I also have been reaching out to my sister and her husband more although my sister is always so busy. In addition, she has two children with her husband.

If I had to say or write that I might do something differently in the past then I might say that I would try to pass that final exam for the online Real Estate Principles course the first time. Easier said than done, right? I know that it seems that I am not taking any responsibility here, but I could say that I really have tried to reach out to people this year, but I am not getting the likes that I really desire. I want to be well-liked…who does not want to be liked. But it seems that Monterey, CA is for the “newlywed or the nearly dead” and I believe that I am far from dead, * fingers crossed, * ha-ha.

I might say that the most significant event of this past year was the day after Thanksgiving, which was also my brother-in-law’s birthday. Thanksgiving was okay; however, I was a little bit out of sorts at my Uncle’s because I was tired and did not get much sleep the night before. The birthday was nice, and I got to experience eggnog and rum for the first time which was an absolutely delicious beverage.

If I had to state that I did something right this year then I might say that going back to University at Arizona State University to get a degree online is the best thing that I decided to do. The fun things that I did were hanging out with family. Tomorrow I am going to try to gain enough will power to stop smoking cigarettes once and for all.

If I had to describe my year in three words:

  • One large step

Radioactive — Word of the Day Challenge

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Radioactive


Radioactive: emitting or relating to the emission of ionizing radiation or particles

 

Thinking about the word radioactive brings me to that song by Imagine Dragons. It is a pretty good choice of music. The word also has me thinking about a video game.

 

I really might only be an average writer, if that. I tend to use the word I a lot. However, I like to put my thoughts on paper or post them to the internet especially via my blog, Jakubowskidotblog. I really did not know what to write about, but I did another search about radioactive and came up with the idea of writing about cigarettes which might also be radioactive because of the tobacco itself. If only I can quit the dangerous habit now.

 

The Center for Disease Control [CDC] explained that cigarettes kill more people each year than car accidents, suicide, and alcohol, among others, but combined. The CDC also explained that cigarette smoke contains two separate radioactive substances. The EPA states that cigarettes are the cause of the death of more than 400,000 people each year. On top of all of that, I am just finding out that tobacco farmers use fertilizers which contain radium. The radium breaks down into two separate radioactive substances that leach onto the tobacco. Thus, smokers inhale radioactive substances that build up in the lungs – as well as inhalation of other toxic chemicals.

 

I have a serious problem here, because I smoke cigarettes, and at the moment, I do not have the will power to quit the smoking of cigarettes. [Maybe tomorrow] I would be really bummed out if I got cancer or disease from smoking cigarettes. I still have a bachelor’s degree to get, and hopefully a family to provide for one day. If at least one-person comments on this blog post, then I might have a chance to quit the dangerous habit once and for all of time. Haha, if you do not comment, then that is fine too.

 

I currently smoke about 20, more or less, cigarettes each day. Maybe some reassurance or support will be the necessary support that I need in order to end the habit of smoking cigarettes. I have smoked for a long time, beginning when I was a teenager, and slowly picking up the habit. Each year I was smoking more and more until I reached 20, more or less, cigarettes daily. The habit of running to the Shell station at the bottom of my mountain is leaving me with less time each day because I am spending 25 minutes at the store consisting of driving and buying cigarettes. I will spend, at the least, $3,650 each year on cigarettes alone, and I can tell that it is cutting into my pay statements from Uber driving. Tomorrow, I am going to start the nicotine patch. I have tried the nicotine patch before and failed. But at the moment, I am motivated and will hopefully gain better will power and then finally quit the destructive habit.

CHAGRIN — Word of the Day Challenge

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Chagrin


Chagrin: distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated

Chagrin: feel distressed or humiliated

I like to think that walking in the garden of Eden, I would not chagrin through having my eyes opened and knowing that I was naked. I think that the subtlety and exposition to harm by the snake had the people in Eden, particularly Adam and eve, finally realize what had just happened. I mean, one moment, eve and Adam do not know that they are naked, and then after eating the fruit, they come to the realization that they were actually naked which can mean that they were exposed to harm and vulnerable. I know it is just a story, but my mind is telling me, that to be the first created Man in the world, it must have been scary but also exciting. Just think of yourself as an experiment where a human is formed from the dust of earth like from or in a laboratory. It is difficult for me to really believe that Adam was made by dirt and rocks and stones even if the composition of a human is; my mind tells me that the experiment of creation was scary and caused much chagrin in regards to having an eye-opening experience of what just happened there {the creation of Adam – the creation of man}. The subterfuge of the snake led to the banishment of Adam.

Doleful — Word of the Day Challenge

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Doleful


Word of the Day

Doleful: Expressing sorrow; mournful

Doleful: causing grief or misfortune

I can remember both the passing of my grandparents on my mom’s side of the family. Both of them died in my mom and dads house during the holidays. First, it was my grandpa. He had to take some medicine and was wheelchair bound because he could not move that well as he was 90 some years old. He finally passed in the kitchen during a Christmas holiday party. Second, it was my grandma. She passed a little slower, and she was on hospice for the last month of her life. She passed in her bedroom close to the holidays.

I can be doleful which means that I can express my sorrow and be mournful, but I did not have the connection that my mother might have had toward her mother and father. It was a doleful event to have my grandparents pass. To reflect on the life of people in family after they have passed away causes some grief, but for me it just seemed like it was the natural part of life for them to pass away, and luckily near my mother, as they were in their 90s.

I am lucky to have experienced the “natural” passing away of my elders/grandparents in the house that I live. I receive the reassurance from my mother that in a lot of other countries people live with their mothers and fathers for a long time. I can be doleful in that I live on a mountain and away from civilization where I am not making the connections that I would like. I am noticing that the bigger cities have more of the young folks around mid-20s and late 30s. Those are my folks, but I am doleful because I do not have the credentials at the moment to move to SF or LA and find matches and make connections because I do not have a bachelor’s yet nor have I completed the first course of my real estate course. So basically, I am isolated. [I could use some feedback]. I might be doleful because I still have to complete a bunch of online courses in order to attain the bachelor’s degree that I am in pursuit of attaining. However, I am not really doleful but more optimistic that I will attain that degree and also get a real estate license. I have a few days until I can take the real estate principles course final, and I am also optimistic that I will pass.

 

Doleful

Doleful

Doleful


Word of the Day

Doleful: Expressing sorrow; mournful

Doleful: causing grief or misfortune

I can remember both the passing of my grandparents on my mom’s side of the family. Both of them died in my mom and dads house during the holidays. First, it was my grandpa. He had to take some medicine and was wheelchair bound because he could not move that well as he was 90 some years old. He finally passed in the kitchen during a Christmas holiday party. Second, it was my grandma. She passed a little slower, and she was on hospice for the last month of her life. She passed in her bedroom close to the holidays.

I can be doleful which means that I can express my sorrow and be mournful, but I did not have the connection that my mother might have had toward her mother and father. It was a doleful event to have my grandparents pass. To reflect on the life of people in family after they have passed away causes some grief, but for me it just seemed like it was the natural part of life for them to pass away, and luckily near my mother, as they were in their 90s.

I am lucky to have experienced the “natural” passing away of my elders/grandparents in the house that I live. I receive the reassurance from my mother that in a lot of other countries people live with their mothers and fathers for a long time. I can be doleful in that I live on a mountain and away from civilization where I am not making the connections that I would like. I am noticing that the bigger cities have more of the young folks around mid-20s and late 30s. Those are my folks, but I am doleful because I do not have the credentials at the moment to move to SF or LA and find matches and make connections because I do not have a bachelor’s yet nor have I completed the first course of my real estate course. So basically, I am isolated. [I could use some feedback]. I might be doleful because I still have to complete a bunch of online courses in order to attain the bachelor’s degree that I am in pursuit of attaining. However, I am not really doleful but more optimistic that I will attain that degree and also get a real estate license. I have a few days until I can take the real estate principles course final, and I am also optimistic that I will pass.

 

Doleful