Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kettlebell Swing

Kettlebell Swings & Intermittent Fasting

I started a new training and diet program this week that integrates kettlebell swings and intermittent fasting.

For the swings I'm using a 53# bell and I'm swinging it 50 times (5x10) each day right before I eat dinner.  I have been practicing swings for a couple of weeks now, and because it took a while for my body to get used to the new stress I have only been able to do them 3 days each week.  So I am hoping I can go 6 days this week.  Today will be day 4.  I am feeling pretty good about my progress so far.  My muscles actually feel more dense and the aches and pains I started with have mostly gone away.  I have more stability from the waist down and taking stairs is less difficult.  I'm not 100% sure this is all because of the swings, but it's really the only change I have made in my activity.  I'm taking about 10 minutes to do these swings.  By the time I'm finished I feel worked but not really winded.  When I can complete 50 swings per day, 6 days a week, I will add one set of 10 the next week (60 swings each day, 6 days each week).  And then 10 more the next week and so on.  Until eventually I am doing 100 swings each day.  This is my desired outcome and it is a good goal.  And THEN, as if this wasn't already an ambitious goal for a 54 year old fellow, I want to get to where I can do these 100 in a workout that my son calls "Burn Swings".  My son has lots of great training ideas  and this is one of his inventions.  The idea is that you do 10 swings each minute, on the minute.  So the only rest you get is between minutes, or what ever time you have left in that 60 seconds where you were not swinging the bell.  Not much recovery time, I know.  And by the time you finish the ten minutes of (torture) swings, you collapse.  At least I do.  But I have never attempted burn swings using such a heavy bell.

I'm also starting Intermittent Fasting.  This means I will be in a fasting state starting around 8:00 PM (when I have finished my evening meal) and going until the next day around 4:00 PM.  20 hours in a fasting state combined with eating only within that 4 hour window is supposed to help me burn more fat.  I need to be careful not to binge when I eat.  I need to remember that one of the points of the fast is the absence of meals during the day.  It would be counter productive for me to eat 3 meals worth of food (or more) in the 4 hour eating window.

Starting weight = 387 lbs.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Carl Ronald Peterson 1935 - 2008

Carl Ronald Peterson 1935 ~ 2008
Carl Ronald Peterson passed away on December 17, 2008 in Salt Lake City after bravely facing a very aggressive and untreatable illness and has joined his beloved wife Vickie Jamison Peterson in the presence of God.Carl was born in Salt Lake City on May 28th 1935 to his parents Elof and Eva Marie Jensen Peterson. Carl graduated from Davis High School and later earned his MD and PH.D in Neurology, Philosophy, Epidemiology and Psychiatry from the University of Utah and the University of California at Berkley. His accomplished life includes service as an LDS Bishop, volunteering as a Temple tour guide for over 12 years, he was published, he served in and retired from the Armed Services as a Colonel in the Army and a Lieutenant in the Navy. He was the head of the Psychiatric Department at the University of Utah and on staff at LDS Hospital. He later pioneered and headed the Psychiatric Hospital at Oral Roberts University. Eventually he focused his medical practice on Bi-Polar disorder when living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Carl married Mitzie Wahlen Peterson, later divorced and married Vickie Jamison Peterson. Carl is survived by his children, Christy Schell, Carl, Adam (Sonya), David (Jennifer), Rachel (Steve) Bade, Curt (Susan) and Sean (Lisa), numerous grandchildren and great-grand children. Carl is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and his daughter Mitzie. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 20th at the Grandview Ward, 5017 West Grandview Peak Dr., Riverton, Utah at 10:00 a.m. where friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment will be a Wasatch Lawn South Valley.

Monday, September 29, 2008

"beep" by Carl

"but i can not feel," said the robot.

"does that upset you?" asked the girl.

the robot rolled a bit and sighed, "yes. it does... when i think about it."

"that's a feeling," she responded.

"oh," he replied.

"you can feel. and you are quite good at math."

the robot realized the girl with the interesting hair was right. elated and amazed, he began to roll about wildly. he chirped and whistled. he blipped and beeped and did some sort of spinning move that was quite impressive. then he fell into the swimming pool.

and, even though it looked funny at the time it proved to be fatal.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Visit with Dad

A couple of weekends ago, Shannon said she wanted to visit her Grandpa Peterson. I was really happy to hear her make this suggestion. Dad has lived out of state since the day Shannon was born. He recently moved to Utah and he now resides with Adam and his family. He doesn't really know Connor and Shannon very well. They have not had the benefit of being around him very much. I have wished and hoped that my kids could have some kind of interaction with my Dad... to get to know their Grandpa.

As we drove to Adam's place I asked Shannon if she would like to sing to Grandpa. She said yes. I didn't have much hope for a quality visit. Dad has gone downhill fast over the past few weeks and has not seemed aware of me during several recent visits. I was sure he wouldn't recognise Shannon, whom he has known for only about a year.

During that year Dad has heard Shannon sing on a few occasions. My kids love music and I like to show them off. Connor would bring his guitar and play for Dad. Shannon would sing for him. Dad enjoyed listening to them and told me how happy he was they have the gift of song in their lives.

When we got to Adam's place we went into Dad's room. He smiled at me, then at Shannon. Then he asked her, "Are you going to sing to me?". This was sweet and strong for me, that Dad was aware of our visit and that he remembered that his granddaughter sings to him.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Friday night with the kids and my new camera

Dinner at Bajio's Mexican Grill. Rachel turned us on to this place.

Later at the track.

Even later in the cave... I think we were watching "Battlestar Galactica" or "The Office".

Monday, September 15, 2008

Family Reunion... sort of

Last Sunday, the 7th, we had a little family reunion. It was just the grown-up brothers and sisters... and not all of us either. I'm calling it a reunion because we don't hold them often.

Adam and Sonya sent out an email opening their home to all those who desired to visit with Dad now that he is out of the hospital. Rachel suggested a Priesthood blessing for him. Sean flew in from out of state. I had a most enjoyable visit with Sean Saturday evening. David, Rachel and Curt drove in from out of town.

We all met at Adam's place. It came together kind of on the spur of the moment. Funny how things don't work out as smoothly when we make plans weeks in advance.

We all took turns visiting with Dad. He didn't seem "aware" that day.

It did me a lot of good to see so much of the family at one time. I draw strength from my siblings. When I interact with them I can see their resemblance to me. And somehow it makes me feel better about myself.