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Still Here

I’m still here, just too busy to blog much.

I’m looking at getting training back on track next week, I might be switching gyms and timing; Dumbarton Barbell is very, very close to my house (in the basement of Dumbarton Middle), but they have limited hours (3-9 weekdays, 10-1 Saturday).  Word is it’s a very cool old school place and the home of the Baltimore Weightlifting Club.  While not a weightlifter, I’d imagine that’s a well equipped gym for a powerlifter.

Anyway, that would change my expected AM training to mid afternoon.  From a performance standpoint I much prefer mid afternoon, but it’s not as business friendly as mornings.  Good thing, my business/everything partner has encouraged me to figure it out because of how close the gym is.  One possibility is to just shift my normal day later and train/work later in to the evening.  Not much happens in Real Estate before 9AM anyway.

Otherwise, life is good.  Things are coming along at the new house, with just a few things undone other than getting all of our furniture.  Thus far, not at all impressed with Greenfront Furniture in Virginia.  We’ll see if they can make things right, but as of now, they have been non-responsive.  Nearly everything we got from them arrived damaged, and they didn’t order any of the items that were not in stock until the in stock items were delivered (??).  After spending more than $10k on furniture, I would expect at least some follow up.  Thus far?  Nothing.  So don’t go there to buy furniture.  I’ll let you know if that changes.

Slowly integrating in to our business, still building the business plan and marketing.  We need to come up with a name.  So far, we’re just at Mason/Stagg Home Sales and Staging, but we think replacing our names with a single word that sums up our mission, values, and service would be better for branding.  “Awesome” sounds a little presumptuous, though, right?

Once the business is up we’ll have a web presence.  We may point this domain to our business site but we don’t know for sure.

Also, if you haven’t yet, check out http://www.mdwinereport.com which is a new venture for me.  Just tested it out with some tasting note posts a while back, but I’m going to do much more work in the new year on local wine events, profiles of people in the Maryland wine, food, and entertaining industry, and of course on Maryland wines and wines available from Maryland retailers.



I can’t believe it’s been this long

Just been so busy.

We did spend the last two weeks in Japan, which was awesome.

Blogging and training shall resume in earnest in the next few days.


Over the last two months, my dad spent about 7 weeks in the hospital/rehab after a major heart attack (he arrested in cardiac ICU), and my mom, who had been battling cancer for 5 years, entered hospice care and passed away.

So I haven’t been blogging much.

Good stuff coming soon though.  Gonna take my life back.

Blogging Update

It’s been a rough few weeks. I’ll post more on it later maybe. For now, blogging will continue to be sporadic.

All or Nothing

Dave Tate calls it Blast/Dust.  He’s either all in, or all out.  I’m often the same way, and lately, it’s been all work.

Made the decision at the end of this week after missing a wine tasting party because of work that I’ve had enough and I need to take control.  Regardless of what you think, you are in control, and so am I.

So I’m resting up this weekend, and taking my life back.

Part of that is a training and diet commitment; I’ve been using work as an excuse and I need to get my head straight.  My health is important, and I have some unfinished business on the powerlifting platform.

One thing that will remain on the bottom of the priority list is blogging… I’ll update my training log, but probably not much other content; it will be sporadic, at best.


Been busy.  Work continues to be too much of the work/life balance.

Sat down today to write.  I had nothing else to do today.

Came up with nothing.

Training log will return Tuesday.

Sleep Deprivation and Control

Still getting a handle on things.  Training was going pretty well, I was getting used to the early AM training and building some consistency.

Then comes daylight savings time, which is probably the best example of a pointless government intrusion in to your life.

Whatever, it’s still an excuse.  So my sleep got screwed up, and my routine got a little jumbled due to trying to do some fun stuff (a wine tasting and the Baltimore Foodies event at the Hippodrome).

I need to keep after the sleep schedule thing; I know from past experience that if I can build that 4:15 wake time habit, my sleep needs will diminish, making everything easier to handle.

I also just need to man up and stick with training in the AM.  I also need to balance some things to make sure I’m really doing things that add value to my life.  So with the AM training, I’m also working on spending more time cooking and drinking wine with my wife, and a little less time worrying about political news, blogging, and other extra stuff.

Once I get everything really settled (probably a month or so), I think I’ll be able to get more done.

Life/Training Stuff

I’ve been distracted lately.  My company is going through a very significant reorganization.  I’ve known for a couple of months that there would be significant reductions in headcount, and that I would be affected in some way, as what I do significantly changes due to the reorganization.

Put another way, there are 23 people in the country who do what I do.  There won’t be anywhere near that many in the new organization.

So, I’ve been distracted.

I found out yesterday that I made it, but I am going to be in a new role.  Don’t know yet if it’s lateral, a promotion, or a demotion.  (I think the latter, but I think there’s going to be a lot of that going around.)  I will have direct reports, something that will help further my career and help out the old resume if I decide I don’t like the new gig or the new organization.

So there’s a big weight lifted.  I’ve got mixed emotions, though, because it’s been a bloodbath, and they aren’t done yet.  A lot of really good people (and friends) found out yesterday they don’t have jobs.

There will still be a period of uncertainty as we get the new world figured out, but I’m optimistic that everything will turn out well.

On the training front, you may have noticed I got a little more consistent.  That was helping a lot with stress.  So naturally, as is my tendency, I’ve found a creative way to stay out of the gym:  I broke two toes (and dislocated one).  It was bad enough for a trip to the ER, and bad enough to need a orthopeadic surgeon to take a look (and put the dislocated one back in place, which was somewhat unpleasant).  I’m totally out of commission for at least a couple of weeks, as I can’t walk very well and can’t get a shoe on, so I can’t drive.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get in and at least do something soon; anything on my feet will probably be out for about a month.

Decided to grow a beard.  Right now I just look like I decided to quit caring about my appearance.

Gonna get awesome

Finally, things have calmed down at work, travel should settle down (I won’t be on the road overnight this month), and all the freak injuries have pretty much healed.  My stitched finger isn’t 100%, but I can now use it to type.  Grip is still a little off, but not enough to be an excuse any longer.


Monday I’ll be back in the gym.  The plan is a little fluid on timing, but the strategy is set.  I’ll start out using at template like the Starting Strength (Rippetoe) plan, with cleans replaced with rows and chins added in after deadlifts.  (I know, doing that isn’t Mark’s routine, and he can call me a pussy for not doing cleans.)  Next week will be just getting back to the groove, but I expect to run the linear progression for a month or two getting back in the swing of things.  After that, I’m going to need to evaluate my goals, but I think I’m going to shoot (again) to get a total in a meet this year (1200? More?)  I’m a masters lifter now, as I turn 40 this month; it’s time to really do and live what I’ve been preaching.

Assuming that’s the case, I’ll probably transition to a conjugate (“Westside”) style of training, although Wendler’s 5/3/1 is a solid option for adding strength slowly over time.

As far as eating and health, I’m probably going to eat ‘healthy’ but not worry too much about it, and use conditioning to drop a couple inches from the waistline.  I’ve been holding steady in that department (although I’ve lost some weight, so I’m fatter and weaker).  Eating is more about the experience, I need to do a better job of cooking and enjoying meals rather than deciding at 6:45 what I’m going to heat up to eat by 7.  As maddening as it is to some people, I can essentially not give a shit about what I eat, and I end up losing weight if I’m not training.

My 41st year is going to be the year of ‘DO’.  I’ve got a list of things I’ve wanted to do that I haven’t done (get a bike, take a scuba class, relearn Spanish); I’m going to do them and quit waiting for the right time.  One of the things I need to ‘do’ is lift.  It’s good for me, I know it, I love it, and I need to accomplish something with it before it’s too late and I regret it.

Gonna be consistent, or it’s time to take up something else.  I’m still healthy, relatively pain free, and capable of doing something most people can’t do.  So I’m gonna do it.  Time to get awesome.

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