Returned with new music!

It has been a long long time since I last wrote anything on my webpage, but rest assured that I haven’t just been lazy. Granted I haven’t written any of the promised Actionable posts I have said I would write, but they are on their way. I have done most of the research I wanted to do for at least 4-5 posts, so you really have something to look forward to.

More recently I have started writing a hyper-personal mini-blog on my phone, but I’m thinking that I should also write more stuff here too.

I have some plans for this blog that I haven’t implemented yet. For one, I am planning to have a picture gallery with pictures I take randomly. The main reason I will be adding it now is for my trip to India, so that I can share more easily what I see and do over there. I have more ideas I will add later on too, but this is the first and biggest one so far.

Also, yesterday (Saturday 11th June 2011) I went to a Parkour

park with my good friend Daniel, where we were having lots of fun. And today (Sunday 12th June 2011) I picked up my cello for the first time in ages! I had so much fun I must have played for almost 2 hours.

I actually recorded three verses of myself playing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. I will upload it here, so you can listen to it too, so please tell me what you think of it in the comments. [edit – I lost the audio file in the move of the site. I will try to upload a new one soon.]

Anyway, now I am going to go out for a walk, so till next time, have an awesome day!!

Progress and Project Update

I guess that it’s about time that I make another progress report, but that’s not all I want to write about on this blog, so I will mention a few more things this time.

When it comes to my training I’m doing really well. I have been sick a few days and missed out on workouts, but I have still been able to increase the weights and reps on almost everything. And I have finally come up with a sort of goal for my workout, other than getting a six-pack. The gym that I’m going to is going to add a lot of new stuff this spring, among other things gymnastics equipment for bodyweight training, and my goal is to be able to handle my body well in that setting also. As in getting a body that isn’t only good at pumping iron or pushing or pulling weights on levers, but getting strong and being able to use my body in ways that I’ve never been able to before. And if everything goes well, I will try out Parkour this summer in a more serious way than I’ve done before.

If you are wondering what the picture has to do with me working out, I am using kettlebells such as these as a warmup exercise. It really gets the pump going, while strengthening both my back muscles and hip flexors as well as almost everything else. It’s an awesome tool! Also I couldn’t find any good pictures of myself working out, so I guess I’ll have to remedy that some time soon. I’m not too sure how popular it would be to bring the camera with me to the gym would be however. For my workout, I’m currently using an 18kg kettlebell.

I have been logging every workout so far in an excel document, and I don’t have any access to any workout program for tracking my workouts, and I don’t really know any good programs or apps for that kind of thing, but so far it has worked out really well for me and I’m happy with what I’ve been able to create. But if anyone knows anything that might be even better, I would surely give it a shot. I probably won’t stop printing my workout schedule for when I go to the gym though. Writing things down on a paper really is pretty easy, and it only takes me 2 minutes to enter everything into excel when I’m done.

I guess it’s also worth mentioning that I now can fully see 4 squares on my abs, with the last two ones coming along nicely, even if they can’t be seen yet.

When it comes to everything else in my life, I guess most things are going along as usual, except that I have more energy and feel restless a lot nowadays. I guess I could “blame” the working out for that. Not that I’m complaining, because I’ve never felt this good in my life.

On a completely different note, me and Mehek have started watching a tv-series called Stargate, after watching the original movie from 1994. We are starting out with SG-1, so we have quite a lot of episodes to look forward to. I was really surprised by the fact that she liked the movie and the series, but I’m really happy about it too. Maybe I can later on (when we’ve seen a few seasons) even get her to watch Star Trek or other geeky series.

Progress with this blog is going slow, and I haven’t really been working with the design at all lately and I have still to make a banner or think up any cool ideas for how I want to change the layout, so I guess that the site will continue looking as it does for now. But if you have any ideas or suggestions for either banners or design, feel free to send links, comments and other fun stuff and I will definitely take a look. Any kind of help is always appreciated.

My other projects that I’m working on have started to take up some time of my thoughts lately also. I’ve gotten a few more ideas that I could do something with on top of that, so I guess life is good.

Regarding the Actionable Series, I will probably be posting something soon, as I have finished reading the 4 Hour Body book (I read it from cover to cover, not just selected chapters as was suggested) and I think I understood the most essential parts of it. Tim Ferris is a good author, but sometimes he digresses into stories that hold very little value to me and more than anything just makes the book more difficult to read and understand.

The parts of the book that I will be focusing on is working out and diet. Tim writes a great deal about loosing weight, but I myself am more focused on gaining, but I will try to cover both those aspects. And because Tim himself is not claiming complete validity in his findings, I can’t guarantee that everything will work the way it’s claimed, if at all. But it’s a good start. Tim has many interesting theories and they seem to have worked out well for him, so I guess there is no harm in trying it out on my own as well, while getting the Actionable Series started.

I think I’ve rambled on long enough for this time, but if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let me know.

Actionable Series

I have read a lot of books of different kinds, and whenever I read a book of the “help yourself” kind or advice kind of books, they are often full of tips, but also full of unnessesary talk or filler material that is not really that interesting or doesn’t add anything to the subject. The object of this kind of post is to take whatever materials is actually actionable from such books – as in, the things you can do something directly from – and describe it in as straight forward fashion as possible, so that you don’t have to waste time reading all that filler material.

I have thought about making this kind of series for a long time, but I haven’t had time to just sit down and start writing. I will be collecting notes and making drafts for posts soon, and will continue making this kind of series for the books that I read in the future.

The first book I’m going to start this Actionable Series for is a book that I have started reading, called “The 4 Hour Body” by Timothy Ferris. It’s a nice read, but as with many of these kinds of books, there is just too much filler in it. So I will be scaling away as much of it as possible and try to hand pick the best parts. I’m not sure how this is going to end, but I’m looking forward to doing this!