“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl Today I sang at a funeral. Now this is something I do more often. Normally everyone is very serious, respectful and reverent. After all, they just lost someone. But this time there was this adorable boy with Down syndrome at his grandfathers funeral. There’s so much we can learn from that boy. He started of wanting to sit on the steps of the altar looking at the choir and the priest. Then a long talk started and he was bored. His family tried to keep him busy with an iPad with a video or a game, but that didn’t last long either. He wanted attention. On one hand he wanted to be part of the funeral, but on the other hand he found it too boring and wanted his iPad. He stood by his mom and uncles while they told his grandfathers history. He walked to the altar of Mary with his grandma to hang a cross with his grandfathers name. And while I sang […]
Have you ever seen the film The American President? There’s a speech in it all my American friends should read and hear. I’ll take some bits out. Just replace Bob Rumson with anything you want. Donald Trump, Democrats, Republicans, whatever American politician actually, because at this moment everyone is guilty of some of this: […] whatever your particular problem is, friend, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: Making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and personal character. […] America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating, at the top of his lungs, that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to […]
So so proud of my boy. Last Thursday and Friday we had a practice trial in Belgium. So complete FCI trial with judge, just no points or titles to be won. But therefore very good practice because if something went wrong you could just do it again. Day 1 started with IHT-1 (International Herding Trial Level 1). It’s the level he is currently competing at. So remember, every trial we enter is with sheep he doesn’t know, a field he doesn’t know and obstacles he doesn’t know. Last time we trialed we had sheep that weren’t used to barking dogs And he had a field day. So this time I was expecting the worst. I thought he might make it a party instead of working properly. So my aim for this IHT-1 was getting his head straight and finishing the round. When we started I could literally see the carrots sticking out of his ears and the devil in his eyes. Luckily, with some struggle, I got them all out by the first obstacle. So we had a decent run. It wasn’t very fluid, but we would’ve passed if it was a real trial. That was also the biggest comment […]
So by extending our house with an extra building we decided to move the entrance to the back. Most people are able to find it, but since there’s three doors on that side they have trouble finding the right one. So we needed to make it look like a front door. Step one has been made this weekend. We added a pot! Some heather and a nice Camelia for the height. Now all that’s missing is a house number and for me to find out how and if I can move our mailbox…
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. – Ralph Waldo Emerson My biggest issue in the gym is keeping my own pace. Taking the minutes I need in between sets to lower my heart rate. Especially when there’s someone next to you who takes shorter breaks. Just doing your own thing and keeping your own pace is hard. Oh! Or when someone wants to use the machine your on and asks how long you’ll be. “Just 2 more sets” but because they asked, you don’t take the downtime you need. So advice: never ask a person how long they will be. Either go on a different machine or just wait. But I’m getting better at it. I realise I need to take my time to be able to complete my sets. Everyone is working their own pace and everyone is on a different place in their training. So no use comparing and you should just stay your own course. Like I did today!
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour” – John Heywood This week I need to go to the gym every day. There’s no time to skip a day as we will be flying to Rome on Thursday and won’t be returning until the gym is closed at the end of Sunday. I have found a gym in Rome, close to where we are staying, I am bringing my gym clothes and intend to go there on either Friday or Saturday. Not really looking forward to walking there alone in the early morning, so we’ll see if I can convince someone to go with me. My weights are still increasing every day I go to the gym. Last week I asked the trainer if she could explain dumbbells to me. I meant to say kettlebells, but the beginner I am didn’t know the difference yet. But, we did some dumbbell exercises and since then I have been changing the schedule from Thinner, Leaner, Stronger so that now all the kettlebell exercises are dumbbell exercises. Besides that I have decided to stay away from all the easy machines. I’m now only using the yellow Hammer Strenght […]
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence” – Jim Watkins And that’s week 2! No more excuses, only real reasons are left and with those I can still make it to the gym 4 times a week. But my goal is 5, let’s see if I can make that happen next week. Every week I’m getting stronger. I took my measurements again, not much changed. Just one thing, the circumference of my flexed biceps grew with an inch! (2,5cm) Apparently these are muscles that are very willing to grow. I’m not to bothered by it, as the gym by itself is doing me well. I feel good being there. The trainers and even the owner are supportive and tell me they notice that I’m on a roll. That’s very encouraging. And I miss the gym when I don’t get the chance to go. I have reached the point where I need to hit the gym to feel mentally relaxed. Oh and I’m moving more and more away from the easy machine unto the yellow big man machines. So all in all, good things happening!
A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work. – Colin Powell So, week 1 is over and done with. I managed to do 4 days of gym and I feel great! I do feel that this first week was a bit of a struggle. Mostly a struggle with myself trying to overcome all the great arguments I give myself not to go. But so far I’ve won most of the battles I fought with myself and it makes me feel proud. Let’s keep this strike going!
If you doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you – Fred DeVito Day three at the gym. Although I feel good being there, bumps in the road are kicking in. I have an inflammation in my leg, nothing big but it’s annoying. Annoying enough to skip the gym. I felt I needed to be home at 3PM today, not much time to go to the gym. Reason enough to skip the gym. My back hurt this morning, not a good idea to go to the gym today… But, I kicked all those excuses in the butt and I went to the gym. I did decide on another muscle group as my back didn’t seem like the wisest choice. Oh, and yesterday I read a bit more in the “Thinner, Leaner and Stronger” book and I read that I was supposed to do a maximum of 12 heavy lifts with max. 10 lifts. The only thing I’m still doing different is that I’m using machines in stead of the exercises written out. But that’s a thing for next week. Can’t wait to go back tomorrow. So the deal with myself is that I go in every day. Come rain or shine. […]
Men… do I feel like a woos today! I spend my first full day on the tough-guy-side. All the yellow equipment. I decided on a arm-day, as they are quite decent. At least that’s what I thought. But low and behold… I no muscles in my chest! None, not one tiny slither… Well maybe a tiny one as I was able to push a whopping 10kg/22lbs. 10 Kilograms! Even my pinky can pull that! Most of my other muscles are at least able to handle 30kg, but not my chest. No my chest can only push 10kg. And you know what? The chest machine is in the room with the cardio. So there I am looking like a tough gal, starting with 20kg. Should be doable… Nope, not going to be able to repeat that 10 times. Ok, gone are the 20’s, let’s go for 15kg. Nope still a no go. Ok, 12,5 kg then… Do you see me trying and walking back and forward between the weight-storage-thing? Well then 10 kg, but I am not going lower than 10. The minimum is 8 repeats. 1… 2… 3… 4… jeez this is heavy!… 5… *&^$&%… 6… “I can’t do this […]