Little Joys Ch.79; Creating a better version of ourselves

In these times of isolation, finding areas of interest in our lives to ground us is extremely important. Being forcibly locked indoors, especially if you are alone, can make the world seem like a barren wasteland.

Silence as they say, can itself be deafening.

I have been fortunate in my life to develop many hobbies and interests over the years, but even then it is difficult for me to find the energy to do things during my self isolation. It is important to remember that no matter how much you love something, no matter how interesting it is, if you don’t exert the energy to grow that interest then it will stagnate.

Now, in the midst of all this strange chaos due to the corona virus, it is imperative that we take a more active part in forcing ourselves to do the things we find interesting, to learn new skills, train harder, explore new movement possibilities, and simply push ourselves to expand.

It is really easy to just use these troubled times as an excuse to laze around and give in to the worst sides of ourselves.

We can do better.

It is never too late, or too difficult, to create a better version of ourselves.

GeeksnBarbells Podcast Ep.6: What does healthy mean to you?

What does being healthy mean to you? How should we think about it in the big picture of our lives? What are your goals? Delve into the topic with me.

At GeeksnBarbells, we delve into the creative world and how healthy living and mindset can maximize our potential, as well as just geeking out on gaming, anime, books, art, and the world of fitness and nutrition.

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Staying healthy when stressful situations arise

There will always be periods of time in your life where your training will take a backseat to some kind of hectic situation that has arisen. It may be something as mundane as a work project, or traveling, or something more serious such as a sickness or death in the family.

At the end of the day what matters is that you do the best you can with what you have. Trying to make big gains in strength, weight loss, mass gain, or any other big energy consuming task while also dealing with a big amount of stress is not ideal. At that point going into a recovery and maintenance mode is the best plan.

Figure out the minimum amount of training you can do to keep yourself healthy, maintain your muscle mass or weight loss/gain, and do everything you can to keep the status quo. If 30 minutes twice a week is all you can manage, well what is the best use of those 30 minutes?

If you do not have time to make good quality home cooked meals, well then what foods can you stock up on that are quick and easy to consume that are also as nutrient dense and will create the least havoc and fat gain?

There is always a better way to deal with a situation. The worse a situation becomes then the more you need to takeĀ  better care of yourself so that you will be able to handle whatever gets thrown at you.

Ask for help, reach out to friends and family, or even online, where many people have probably gone through what you have and are more than willing to support you.

Remember that you have what it takes to make any kind of difficult situation better, and that people are out there to help. Don’t be a lone wolf, or let yourself succumb to misery. Be kind to yourself, but remember that taking good care of yourself even in the worst case scenarios is a kindness to yourself.

As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

Little Joys Ch.69-70: The strangeness and beauty of surfing, and perfect lazy days

This post is part of an ongoing challenge to share a little joy I have found each day of this year, and perhaps for the rest of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

March 10th, 2020

Humans do so many strange things to entertain themselves, some seemingly make no sense, while others, although strange in concept, can be quite beautiful to witness when done at a high level. Being in Bali has led me to see quite a large amount of surfers, most of whom are new to the sport. Balancing on a board while a big wall of water picks you up is a weird idea when you really think of it, but it can be quite delightful to see when done well. Watching someone catch that perfect swell, rise up onto their board and just lock into place, balancing perfectly as they arc and glide across the water, is quite a beautiful moment, the grace of it can really catch you off guard sometimes. It’s always nice to be reminded of how many cool, and weird, things that humans do.

March 11th,2020

Some days, regardless of how much you want to be out there conquering the world, your brain is just not having it. Some days, you just need to rest. Taking the time to just lay back on the couch, or snuggled in bed with your pillow, or a loved one, is sometimes the most joyous thing you can do. Giving yourself permission to just bask in the laziness, maybe with some good food and a show or book you love, can re-energize the brain when it just can’t handle anymore. For me, that was popcorn and Mob Pyscho, what is your perfect lazy day?


As always, stay healthy and let your geek freak fly.

What kind of beast do you wish to be?

How do you define being physically prepared? is it having big muscles, a ton of endurance, the ability to jump around like a squirrel?

In our modern lives, we have the unique ability to choose what kind of level of strength, speed, endurance, and acrobatic skill we wish to have.

What is your goals? what interests you? what inspires you?

Focus on these questions, figure out what you feel will benefit you in your personal life, in all aspects, whether it is your work, your hobbies; whether physical or intellectual, and your family/friend life, what kind of training will most benefit all these parts of your life.

Training should benefit your whole being, not just break you down or hit some random criteria you read on the internet.

What kind of beast do you wish to be?

Figure it out, and get it done.

As always, stay health and let your geek freak fly free.