Crazy Eventful Week

Holy balls, guys. That was insane.

So I started my new job on Monday and it’s fantastic. I have awesome co-workers and the work itself is actually very enjoyable. I also get to interact with gym rats all day long. Ah, my people! I’d say it’s a pretty awesome development in my life and it suits me much better than my last job, which means everybody’s happy. I even met [REDACTED] from [REDACTED], who is someone I enormously respect as a host and as comedic talent. Not sharing his/her name here though because he/she might not want to get swamped by fans during a workout.

As for non-work stuff I went to a “Farewell to the FORT” party and it was incredible! Between the chat on Griffon Ramsey’s Twitch and the people there in person I met a ton of awesome people. It was overall a wonderful experience and I’m glad I did it, and interacting with those sorts of people is one of the reasons I moved down here in the first place.

Aside from that I started my diet, and I’m getting into my normal work schedule next week. Which should also put my writing schedule back on track.

Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m going to write and listen to Jomsviking by Amon Amarth.

Crazy Eventful Week

Adventuring Around Austin

So today I walked around for six hours. I got lost in some woods, saw a snake, ignored a sign saying a bridge was damaged and got semi-stuck in a gorge because it was “destroyed” rather than “damaged.”

Finally tried Ramen Tatsu-Ya, which means the only place in Austin I wanted to try before moving here but haven’t is Gordoughs. I’ve found other places I want to try since but that’s a different thing.

All told that six hours has me wiped, though, so I’m going to relax before my first day at the new job tomorrow.

Adventuring Around Austin

#Fit4RTX Week Four – Almost Forgot This!

Wow, I almost forgot to post about this. That’s crazy, but it’s been a really full day so I’ll keep it quick.

So I’ve added swimming as cardio to a few days a week, now, since it’s consistently in the upper 70s to mid 80s here in Austin. It’s quite nice and very refreshing. As for my weights they have, predictably, gone up by the numbers as always.

My weight today was roughly 193. So I’m still gaining weight and strength which makes sense because I am eating a lot. Some of that is celebratory eating, but I try to keep it mostly stuff that isn’t too unreasonable. As far as this week I did drink more than I should have on two occasions, so I’m not doing flawlessly well but I’d still consider myself on-track.

Okay, I hope you all are having a great week and are succeeding in your goals, fitness and otherwise!

#Fit4RTX Week Four – Almost Forgot This!

Working on writing gubs

So I’m trying to make a book right now. Trying to do three pages per day for at least the entire month. So this is going to be super short because I still have an extra page left to do. I might also swim or walk around

Either way, I’ll also share this week’s Fir4RTX journal.

Okay, so I’m back up to my working weights from the week before SXSW, as planned. The next steps are to go above and beyond what I was formerly capable of. Ideally one-rep max’es with at least one “full plate” unit above what my previous ones were (so 225 for the 155 ones, 315 for deadlift) but we’ll see how it goes when I get there. As for now, my working weights are now higher than my goal q-rep maximums were even less than a year ago. Which is a pretty cool thing to realize and is a major confidence-booster. So is looking in the mirror to check your form and realizing your arms are getting defined.

It’s been very interesting going to the gym as my strength has rocketed up. Because while I try not to pay attention to what anyone else is doing it’s apparent more and more that there’s less and less people in the gym who are stronger than me. Obviously there’s always someone better, but it’s obvious that I’m making fast progress and I’m happy about it.

As for today specifically, it was my favorite day – namely deadlift and bench. I’ve noticed the only time I hit an actual problem is this day as well. This program is hard but doable, and this is hard but doable, but as whiny as it may sound… well, pullups (even assisted ones) after deadlifts are not easy on the hands! It’s fine, I can and do power through it, but it’s just an interesting thing I noticed about my workout routine. Deadlift was 225 pounds for a 5×5, bench was 135 pounds for the same, and I had 44 pounds of assistance on the pullup. I was honestly surprised by it, too, since I was very low energy this morning and didn’t know if I’d be able to get all this to work.

I tried to weigh myself but I ate breakfast beforehand, so I’ll try again tomorrow and try to remember not to eat beforehand, but like I said I was low-energy today and needed fuel. Chili, rice, and shin ramyun spicy ramen leftovers (I made chili earlier this week and I often add rice to it, and last night I also added the ramen because I felt like it).

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!

Working on writing gubs

Screeching (Screaming?) Halt


Okay, so long story short, between job interviews and getting ABSOLUTELY TANKED on my birthday I haven’t exactly been blogging or doing much of anything outside of subsistence “get a day job and cook food” stuff since last weekend. Screamer practice I sort of fell off and writing, well, actually has been okay since I’m just preparing for April, where I’m going to try to do a NaNoWriMo style thing. Blogging took a major hit too.

So yeah, I’m tired but pretty content today. Waiting for some bank stuff and I’ll be buying an RT SideQuest ticket because, no disrespect intended to the main RTX event crew, SideQuest is why I go by and large with RTX being a neat little bonus thing. Ideally by the time the bank stuff is done I’ll either have a job or have a job confirmed for the immediate future. Hopefully, and I do mean that.

So yeah. I watched some gaming industry news last night so I’m pretty much not interested in playing video games today because that’s how I react to video game culture, apparently. It’s also a bit too late in the day for screaming (eh, well, kinda) so that probably means movies or Netflix for me tonight. I’ve been watching one show – not named to avoid spoilers in case some angry kid reacts to my gamer culture comment – but I may want to go for a comedy instead. I have only seen a few episodes of Always Sunny, so that’s a maybe?

Screeching (Screaming?) Halt