Love and Life Part 3

After the overwhelming success of the first 2 parts of Love and Relationship, I’ve decided to expand these posts to just Love and Life instead of focusing on just relationships. I will still talk about them from time to time. This post is focusing more on some childhood memories, people close to me, as well as a few other things that are really personal to me. I hope you all enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. I hope that reading it helps someone in someway.

Growing up, my parents had me outdoors when they were at the hunting club (Borough Plantation). I am thankful for that, because there is nothing better than being outdoors. I am by no means a hunter, I will hunt from time to time. I am not avid about it though. I am into fishing when the fish are biting, otherwise it frustrates me to a degree when I’m just sitting there not catching anything. It is very peaceful sitting on the dock or being out in the middle of a lake. Some of my favorite memories growing up were when my parents took my friends and I to the club to fish. One of my favorite things to do is turkey hunt. It’s been awhile since I’ve been. The trip to Kansas with my family when I shot my first turkey is one of the best vacations that I’ve been on. The story of how I shot it is hilarious cause my brother Justin was getting so irritated with me. I lost my gloves, my mask, and I got stuck in a barbwire fence after we heard it. We find a tree to set up on and Justin is like, “Daulton put your mask on.”. At this time I realize, I don’t have a mask. At which point Justin gives me his and hides behind the tree, out the corner of my eye I see him poking his head out with a little branch in front to help hide his face. The turkey at this point is like 20 yards away, and I am shaking cause I’m so nervous. None the less, I make the shot and kill a beautiful bird.

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My father will always be my hero. In recent years, some of the best times that we’ve had have involved fishing. Lake Murray, a few years back, we found the spot for rock fish. It was one of the craziest things I’ve seen, every single cast you made you had a fish hooked. The fish were hitting the bait on the surface. Such a rush. Not to mention, we have some of the best conversations when it’s nothing but a little chill in the air and quietness on an open lake. People have different definitions of heroes, whether it’s someone who risks their life to save another, someone who is always willing to help, and so many other things. My father is a hero to me because he represents all the qualities that I think a hero is. Kindness, integrity, dedication, loyalty, generosity, and passion are the qualities of a hero to me. I look up to my father because he possesses all of these. I’ve seen him show time and time again at home, on the job site, and in church all of these qualities.

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In my life, I’ve dealt with a lot of heartache. The death of 2 people, who I thought were more so brothers to me than friends. One that I grew up with, Cody. So many great memories, between the massive nerf gun fights and the “sweet and sour sauce” on the intercom at the Lake House (inside joke only family there will understand). The night that we got into the Firefly. That night is the reason why I cannot drink that again. Cody and I spent all morning and half the afternoon by a toilet throwing up. Think our parents thought that was punishment enough and didn’t see fit to ground us. Haha! Every time I think of these, I get a smile on my face, laugh out loud, and I feel his presence with me. The other, Jason, is part of the reason why I haven’t went turkey hunting in awhile. Before his death, he had talked about taking me turkey hunting with him. So many great times at the Cabin, Carolina Palms house, and Cutleaf house. The arrow that Jason shot is still in the corner of my garage, there is no removing that broad head from the stud as long as I live here. Cody on the right. Jason on the left.

One thing that I’ve learned in life is that life is short. Life isn’t about the party. It’s about connecting with people, making friendships, making memories, and being happy. Part of the reason, I cut back on my drinking is that it’s no fun waking up with a hangover and wasting away the day. You got to go out and make the most of every single day that you have because you never when something will change. You aren’t promised tomorrow. Every day is a chance to make a happy ending, chance to change someone’s life, and a chance to change your life. People seem to always wait all week for Friday, all year for Summer, and all life for happiness when all it takes is one choice to go out and do something about it.

Another thing that I’ve learned is the past is the past. As much as you want to change a mistake or something that happened you can’t. There’s four things you cannot recover: a stone once it’s thrown, a word after it’s said, the occasion after it’s missed, and the time after it’s gone. After so many mistakes and so many things said, it’s taken me years and years to realize these things. I hold myself to high standards, I don’t know why. I’ve always done it with everything that I do. When I break my code that I live my life by or I do something that isn’t held up to my standards that I set for myself, I get depressed. Some of the things that I live by are never give up on anybody, treat everyone like you want to be treated, respect your elders, keep your promises, always help someone in need, follow your heart and intuition, be quick to forgive, never hold hate in your heart, and so many other things (probably worthy of a blog post all on it’s own). I draw a lot of inspiration from Bushido (the code of the Samurai).

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Through everything you go through in life, whether it’s the hardest things or simplest things. I believe that everything helps shape you into the man that God wants you to be. For the longest time, I didn’t know who I was. For years, I struggled to identify who I was. I was not comfortable in my skin. I didn’t like the way I looked. I am happy with the way I look today, and I am happy with the man I am today. I know that everything I’ve gone through in life, the hardships and the positive have helped me to become who God wants me to be.

I feel like doing this blog is helping people, all the positive feedback and messages that I’ve gotten have meant so much to me. I know that life is a roller coaster, there’s going to be ups and downs. I got such an amazing support system in my friends and family. If you feel like the world is against you, don’t hesitate to message me. I will help out as best as I can. In conclusion, I’ve said a lot of things in this post that are personal to me and I feel like I’ve opened up some. I hope that I’m able to help someone as much as writing this post has helped me.

“Your hardest times in life often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep faith. It will all be worth it in the end.”

Psalm 91

Love and Life

DIY Project Galore!

Hey everybody!

I have slowly been working on a few DIY Projects every once in awhile. Some involve pallets and some involve some old window panes. I have a bunch of pallets saved up from some of our jobs, which I am splitting with my brothers.  Majority of the pictures are pictures I got off the internet, with the exception of the ones below and the pallet Christmas tree. This blog is pretty much, summing up the numerous DIY Projects that I am working on at the moment (which is a lot). I’m going to spend a few hours this weekend cutting the wood off some of the pallets and gathering up a bunch of the pallet wood to keep at my house for when it comes time to put it together. I’m trying to decide between some more pallet book/DVD/wine rack or making a few more of the coffee cup holders which I’ll show you both below. I’m also going to grab a few of the whole pallets that are in decent condition for a project, which is listed below.

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Another pallet project, that I’ve been working on is a coffee cup holder. I’m almost done with that besides getting the lettering to spray paint coffee on the front of it. I made it wide enough to get it into 2 studs. If I can’t find a stud, however, I’ll just use some zip-its. Which, by the way, come in handy so many times at home and on the job site. Some hold up to 80 lbs (probably even more). Which is plenty for a coffee cup holder. I may add some more hooks to it before putting it up on the wall. I’m not exactly sure though. I don’t want to make it crowded.

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One of my window pane projects that I’m wanting to work on is a mirror box table using the pane as the lid. I think it’ll come in handy with a bunch of family pictures and heirlooms that have been given to me. My great grandfather gave me one of his harmonica, pocket knife, small bible, and a little booklet with a bunch of different knots in it and how to tie them. I got a picture of my grandpa when he was about my age. I got a ring from my father. The list goes on and on. I think it would be really neat though to build something to store all of it in. Unfortunately, I haven’t even begun working with the table. All that I’ve gotten done so far is sanding down the window pane. Something similar to the picture below with a few differences.

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Another window pane project that I’m working on, which I think I will finish first, is just a simple window pane repainted and thread run across it with clothes pins to hold pictures on it. It would be really awesome with all the adventures that I take each year, to be able to hang my favorite pictures up. Maybe even the tickets and anything else that I find memorable. Something similar to the picture below.

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With Halloween fast approaching as well as the Fall season finally here (Holla!). I’m going to post a few of the ideas that I am working on at the moment. Once I finish a few of them, I’ll post a DIY on how to do them. Most of them are pretty simple. It’s just tough finding time to work on them. Hard to balance work, working out, as well as my other hobbies. I’m always tired or sore.

On a side note, I’m trying to get more organized in my life, at my house, and with all my other hobbies (I got a bunch). I’ve gone through some of my kitchen cabinets, drawers in my room, and closets. I got to do the garage, attic, spare bedroom, office, and few other kitchen cabinets left. I got a ton of boxes of decorations upstairs in the attic. I think my cousin, Brendan is going to move in with me. I need to get a few things straight before he starts moving boxes over.  Perhaps, I’ll do a blog post about organization?

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Back to the DIY blog. I found this really cool idea that you can flip around for 2 different seasons. One side is a scarecrow for Fall, the other side is a snowman for Christmas. This is definitely something that I am interested in making. Which, I have a feeling once I make any of these that my mother is going to want me to make her a few of these. Speaking of making things for my mom, I made her one of these for her and I plan on making a few of them for people. If I get lucky enough to get a few decent looking pallets, I might make some, sell them, and donate the money to a charity of some sort. Perhaps take the money and buy some toys to donate to my church to give away. I’ll figure it out once the time comes.

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I think the overall moral of this DIY blog is very simple, finish one project before moving to the next project. Haha! I need to focus on one thing. I always have a million things going on in my mind between work, fitness, life in general, blog posts (I have about 5 saved that I have been working on), as well as so many other things. Anyways, if anyone has any questions about making any of these DIY projects, just message me and let me know. Within the next week or so, you should be able to expect another DIY project with some of the finished projects in it. Later this week, I will be posting another post. Super excited for everyone to see! Have a great night and a great week!

Also,  a very special thanks to Allison Fryer for letting me get a few of the window panes! You are beyond awesome!

“Find three hobbies you love: one to make money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative.”

Psalm 91

DIY Projects!

Countdown To Halloween!

I don’t know if it is too early to post this, but Halloween is my favorite time of the year! It’s a close tie with Christmas though. I can’t decide whether it’s getting to dress in a costume for a costume party or if it’s carving a pumpkin. Just snuggling up on the couch and watching a scary movie. Just so many things that I love about this time of the year.

I feel like a blog post about Halloween and Fall would suit me so well. I have a tradition at this time of the year as well as Christmas. I watch all the Family Guy, American Dad’s, South Parks, and Futurama’s that deal with Halloween/Christmas! It’s just one of those things that I do. I started it with my brother Justin when we lived together. I still carry it on even if it is by myself.

My first list is going to be about some of my favorite activities to do at this time of the year. I’ll talk about a few of them after I list them out.

Things To Do:

  1. Bonfire
  2. Carve A Pumpkin (or 2)
  3. Visit A Haunted House
  4. Find A Costume
  5. Read A Horror Novel
  6. Halloween Movie Marathon
  7. Go Hiking
  8. Go On A Hay Ride
  9. Go To Scarowinds
  10. DIY Decorations
  11. Bake A Pumpkin Pie
  12. Make Some Candy Apples
  13. Write A Ghost Story
  14. Host A Halloween Party
  15. Make Apple Cider
  16. Walk Through A Pumpkin Patch
  17. Drive Around Through Neighborhoods To Look At The Decorations

Obviously, it wouldn’t be Halloween without having some bonfires, carving pumpkins, going on a hay ride, and so on and so forth. However, why not get a few people to write a ghost story and read them around the bonfire? Even if they are dumb, it’s really fun and a good laugh! I’m all about cooking and trying new things. This year, I’m gonna try to bake a pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, and a bunch of other things that I found on Pinterest. I will definitely do a blog post about them. Every single year, I have a Halloween Party at my house. Last year, I did a costume contest. It was so much fun. Lots of good laughs and good memories. I am definitely going to do another costume contest with a prize. Maybe even do a 2nd and 3rd place as well. Last year, I found a recipe for making your own apple cider. I’m gonna jump the gun and go ahead and make some this week. I wanna try something different with it this year. I don’t know if a ton of people celebrate Halloween anymore like I do. My house inside and outside is decorated in Halloween Decor starting the first week of October. I love to ride around and listen to theme songs from horror movies or even Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack and just look at the decorations people put out.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without watching a Halloween related movie every single night of October! So here is my list of movies that I’m going to watch this year for Halloween. Some are scary, some are classics, some are funny, and some are just down right dumb. I will go into detail about some of these after the list.

Halloween Movies:

  1. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  2. Ghostbusters
  3. The Conjuring
  4. Scream
  5. Insidious
  6. Hocus Pocus
  7. Corpse Bride
  8. The Strangers
  9. Sleepy Hollow
  10. The Conjuring 2
  11. Scream 2
  12. Insidious Chapter 2
  13. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  14. Frankenweenie
  15. Beetlejuice
  16. Friday The 13th
  17. The Amittyville Horror
  18. Young Frankenstein
  19. Trolls 2
  20. Scream 3
  21. Insidious Chapter 3
  22. Ghostbusters 2
  23. The Addams Family
  24. Casper
  25. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  26. Scary Movie
  27. Scream 4
  28. Once Bitten
  29. Halloweentown
  30. Return To Halloween Town
  31. Halloween/Halloween 2

I got a little bit of everything in the list right? Well obviously, it can’t be a list without
Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Halloween Movies, and the Scream movies. My all time favorite horror movies are the Insidious movies and The Conjuring movies. Some classics are I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sleepy Hollow, and Friday The 13th. I know my girlfriend does not like horror movies so I included a ton of other movies that better suit her taste (Casper, The Addams Family, Halloweentown, etc etc). Trolls 2…is the worst movie possibly ever made…but it’s so bad, that it is hilarious. In one scene, the kid realizes that his family is being terrorized by Goblins, and the town that his family is in is Nilbog…which is Goblin spelled backwards. The kid just suddenly realizes it. Haha! It’s ridiculous…but hilarious. Thank you Josh for telling me about this movie. Some really funny movies are Young Frankenstein and Once Bitten (which I think is highly underrated. Jim Carrey is hilarious in it.). I think the first movie to ever really scary me and make me feel uneasy at my house at night was The Strangers. I can watch it now and not be scared. When I first watched it. I was uneasy for a very long time. The fact that the film maker based it on a experience he and his wife had just makes me think, what if that happens to me? I’m looking forward to the sequel whenever it gets released.  I will definitely buy a ticket or the movie.

Some others that didn’t make the list are House of Wax, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Gremlins, Edward Scissorhands, Hotel Transylvania, Dracula, and Nosferatu. If you haven’t seen Nosferatu and can handle a black and white silent film. Highly recommend it. It’s a great work of art that definitely helped shape films in the future. Some others not on the list but I am obviously going to watch are any of the Scooby-Doo movies or TV episodes. Literally love everything Scooby-Doo related.

I have yet to decide on a costume for my Halloween Party. I’m gonna do a couple costume with my girlfriend. Maybe something Disney related cause she is a huge Disney movie fan. We still got sometime to figure it out though. This year, I’m gonna make some DIY decorations, which I will do a blog post about it.

In conclusion, I got about 3 other blog post that I am working on that I need to finish up. I got some time this week that I will probably finish them up and post them. So be ready everyone! I hope you enjoy this post and have a great week!

“There is magic in the night, when pumpkins glow by moonlight.”

 

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Update On Fitness Goals

Hey everyone!

Today, I wanted to spend some time updating you all on some of my fitness goals. I feel like when you see other people achieve their goals that it makes you work that much harder to achieve yours. Cause in the end, it’s not about who makes it to theirs first or who is stronger, it’s about being happy with who you are. I thoroughly believe in if you make smaller goals, it’s like a ladder towards the bigger goal (or overall goal). My big goal is to reach 10% Body Fat.

Trust me, when I say that this is so hard to do. I love chips. I love doughnuts. I love cake. I love fried chicken. I’ll be honest with you, it’s sometimes so tough to eat right. I would not be as far along as I am with some of my goals, if I didn’t eat right. I give myself 2 cheat meals a week. I feel with my workout schedule and work that I do (simple workout in the mornings, construction work, and big workout after work) that I can eat some of the things I love twice a week. It’s all about finding a plan that you love and sticking to it. It’s not going to be easy. It takes serious dedication. There’s many nights that I sit on my couch, watching a movie, and thinking to myself, “Man, I could really go for some Nacho Cheese chips right now.”. Haha!

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Getting back on track though, in order to reach my overall goal. I got to set myself small goals. I do this with everything in my life. My goal for each week is to be the best person that I can be and if someone needs help to help them. My goal for work each week is to go into work with a good attitude and work as hard as I can (Trust me, this is pretty hard sometimes given the construction business. It can be very stressful when the weather doesn’t cooperate as well as so many other factors.). I feel like when I accomplish these small goals, it helps me towards all of my overall goals in life.

Getting back on track once again (sorry everyone!), the 10% is really tough in my opinion to obtain. When I first started working out with this goal in mind, it was around March of 2017. Roughly 6 months ago to this day, most likely. If I am remembering correctly. I was at 15.4%. 4 weeks later I was at 14%. 4 weeks after that I was 12.9%. As of today, I am right around 11.9 %. I been stuck right around this for awhile now. Which is fine, nothing challenging ever came easy. I’m so thrilled with my progress though. I’ve taken the past few days off from working out. I’m going to start back up next week. I did some easy stuff today. I feel like every few weeks, you need to take a break. Don’t want to injure yourself.

Some of my other fitness goals that I set myself was to complete a 5K Race and a Spartan Race. Other ones included being able to do what I call Spider-man Push-Ups (Crawling Push-ups) for 30 ft. I accomplished that with 40 ft! Next time, I’m gonna try 60 ft. Another goal that I reached was being able to do Pull-Ups with my weighted vest on. My goal was 15. I did 16. Barely squeaked on by. Haha! This is tough because I weigh 172 lbs. I wear a 25 lb weighted vest so that brings the total to 197 lbs that I’m lifting up. Some of my other goals include doing a trail run for 2 miles, hold a plank for 2 mins, perform a handstand, perform a handstand push-up, as well as a few others.

I’m slowly but surely reaching my goals as well as finding new goals to try out. I’ve found a few challenges that I want to do. One challenge is called “Murph”, it is for the Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy who gave his life for his fellow Seals. Quick side note: Thank you to all military personnel, past and present, for their service. It’s because of y’all that I am able to do what I love. Words can’t express how thankful I am. In the challenge, you have to run 1 mile, do 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, and run 1 more mile while all in a 20 lb weighted vest. I don’t know if I’ll be able to accomplish it with the weighted vest on but I am going to do it with and without it. I think everyone did this challenge back on Memorial Day, sorry I’m late on it.

Some other challenges I found were a few 30 day challenges, which when I start will consist of my morning workouts. I got the 30 day, 30 day ab, 30 day burpee, 30 day tricep dip, 30 day plank, and 30 day push-up challenge. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If anyone wants any of these challenges, you can google them. I’m going to show you a few of them right below though.

I’m going to post a few pictures from recent workouts below! A few will show some new things I’m doing and some from a few challenges!

The bottom 2 are a twist on the mountain climbers with the felt pads on my feet. Instead of doing 1 foot at the time, you jump forward with both feet. It’s extremely difficult. I love it. Works the legs, butt, core, and back.

Mountain climbers while my sister-in-law takes a quick break from our workout! She’s a beast!

Ab roller with some resistances bands around my feet attached to the roller. Makes it a little more fun!

I hope every one enjoys this read! If you got any questions, feel free to message me as always! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week and the upcoming weekend! I got a few other blogs that I am working on currently. Thank you everyone!

“The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

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Workout Ideas!

Hey everybody! I decided to make a list of exercises that I do. I tried to break it down by a category. I’ll talk later on about some of the things that you can do at home. Which, I guess, technically you can do any of these at your home with the right equipment. None the less, I’ll figure something out! I’ll pick and choose some of the exercises to talk about. Before each time you exercise though, always stretch. I stretch before and after my exercises to help prevent injury. I do some warm-up exercises as well to get the blood flowing. Some examples are running in place, high knees, jumping jacks, quick jabs, etc.

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Ab Exercises:

  1. Plank (so many different variations): Normal planks, elevated feet planks, planks with leg raise, two point plank, and etc. I think one of the toughest planks I do are the two point planks. I also found a new one where you take a pyramid stack of dumbbells. With your left/right arm move the dumbbells one at a time to the other side in a pyramid stack. Pausing for 5 seconds in the normal plank position before moving the next dumbbell. Then move it all back to the original side. It’s incredibly rough if you aren’t used to it. My abs kill me after this exercise every time. Thank you to Stephen Amell (actor on the CW) for the exercise. He’s one of my favorite actors and a big fitness inspiration for me. See pictures below to see what I mean
  2. Mountain climbers: I found these velcro furniture sliders that my feet can rest on. Makes for a better workout!
  3. Barbell rollout
  4. Bicycles
  5. Hanging leg raise
  6. Hanging knees to elbows
  7. Hanging hurdle
  8. Sit-up
  9. Russian twists
  10. Elbows to knees

Push-up Variations: Depending on the exercise you choose to do, you can work a few muscles (biceps, shoulders, delts, chest).

  1. Stacked feet push-ups
  2. Wide grip push-ups
  3. Roman push-ups
  4. Diamond push-ups
  5. Side to side push-ups
  6. Push-up and row
  7. Clap push-ups
  8. ISO Pause push-ups

Pull-up Variations:

  1. Standard pull-ups
  2. Wide grip pull-ups
  3. Close grip pull-ups
  4. Pull-up right/left
  5. Towel pull-ups
  6. Ring pull-ups
  7. Weighted pull-ups: These are my favorites to do. Something about adding 25 lbs on and being able to pull yourself up is just an awesome feeling. I also like it because I feel like I work my lats a lot more with the vest on than without it.

Cardio:

  1. Box jumps: You can step up on it and do some lunges. A bunch of other things as well!
  2. Lateral box jumps
  3. Over box jumps
  4. Hurdle jumps
  5. Speed ladder: Super cheap and easily something really fun to work with. Pick a pattern whether you step and jump, or if you step with your left and skip a box. It’s a lot to do and will work on your reflexes and agility.
  6. Jogging
  7. Jump rope

Barbell Workouts:

  1. Bench press (standard, close grip, reverse grip)
  2. Bent row
  3. Back squat
  4. Front squat
  5. Overhead squat
  6. Deadlift

Dumbbell Workouts:

  1. Single arm bench press
  2. Single arm row
  3. Dumbbell press
  4. Goblet squat
  5. Dumbbell thrusters
  6. Curls: Hammer curls are my favorite type of curls to do. I can do a higher weight doing those than normal curls. Also, I don’t know if you know this but take a lower weight and lay your forearm on your thigh. Curl your wrist up and it’s a pretty effective way to work your forearms.

I know I’ve said this before but I believe that doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) exercises are the best and most efficient way to get lean muscle mass. I am not a certified personal trainer. Speaking from my personal experiences doing a little bit of everything, this is what you need to do if you’re trying to lose weight. It works your cardio, arms, back, legs, and etc. Pretty much anything and everything will be worked depending on what you include in your HIIT workout. Whenever I workout at my house, I use dumbbells, curl bar, salmon ladder, and kettle bells for my exercises. I’ll give you a few example of my HIIT exercises that I do.

The Ab Slayer: Do 6 rounds. 1 minute of rest between each round. Try to keep moving though while you rest. I normally drink a lot of water between sets. I think normally each set depending on your pace should take about 4 mins? I try to keep a good pace going instead of speeding through.  So roughly should be a 30 min workout (give or take).

  1. Elbows to Knees: 30
  2. Bicycle Crunches: 30
  3. Sit-ups: 30
  4. Russian Twists: Until Failure
  5. Flutter Kicks: 30

TNT: Do 6 rounds. 1 minute of rest between each round. This one should take around 40 mins give or take? It’s all about keeping a steady pace. You don’t want to rush yourself.

  1. Quick jabs with Dumbbells: 20 each arm (You don’t want the weight to be too high. I normally do 10 or 15 lbs. If you are a female and just starting, maybe start with 5 lbs to 8 lbs.).
  2. Squats with Dumbbells: 20
  3. Curls with Dumbbells: 15 each arm
  4. Heel Raises with Dumbbells: 20
  5. Half-Burpees: 25
  6. Push-ups: 20
  7. Body Dips: 20

The pictures right here are from the plank with dumbbells I was talking about earlier. Such pretty dumbbells am I right? Very effective workout though. I’ll work my way to higher weights!

One of my favorite things to do are push-ups and pull-ups! So here’s a few pics of some different variations!

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I want to thank everyone for reading! Hopefully one or two of y’all will find this post pretty helpful! Good luck to everyone who wants to start working out! As always if anyone has any questions, feel free to message me! Much love to all of you readers out there.

“When you have a vision and you see that vision come true, it really only shows you that anything can happen, you can do it all.”

Fitness

DIY Salmon Ladder

So I had a few people ask me how I made this. It was relatively easy. I had my brother (Clayton), come over to help me with a few pieces of it. I was originally only going to do the Salmon Ladder, however, I saw a picture of someone who made a pegboard to go with it. I couldn’t resist making one for myself (picture at the bottom). Which, by the way, brand new respect for anyone who can do that. I’ve been trying for a few weeks now and I can barely do it, I guess I haven’t built up enough muscle to do that yet.

I’m going to break this down for y’all by listing the materials you need then the directions for building it.

Materials:

  1. 3 inch screws
  2. Drill and drill bits
  3. 2×6 (1 at least 6 ft long)
  4. 2×4’s (6 at least 8 ft long)
  5. 6×6 (2 of them 12 ft long)
  6. Liquid Nail (2 or 3 bottles)
  7. Post-hole diggers
  8. Shovel
  9. Saw
  10. Tape measure
  11. Levels (4 ft and 6 ft levels)

Directions:

Step 1: Pick a spot in your yard, field, or wherever you want to put it. I chose a spot toward the back right corner of my yard. It’s kind of in the shade during different parts of the day (reason I chose it).

Step 2: Measure out the distance ( I went with 3.5 ft apart for the sides (6×6’s) going up) and mark it to dig with the post-hole diggers. I say you need a shovel cause a post-hole digger isn’t going to give you the width that you need for the 6×6’s. Might have to use your hand too to claw out some dirt. The important thing is to dig down at least 2 ft. I did this because I wanted to make sure it was deep enough to be sturdy…ish.

Step 3: May require some help. Stick the 6×6’s in the holes. Use the level on the sides to level it up while you put dirt in the hole. You could also get a concrete mixing bag and mix up some concrete in there to keep it from moving. I didn’t do this because I’m gonna move out this house and whoever moves here next might not like the salmon ladder in the yard (Haha!). I wanted to make it relatively easy for them to demo it. I instead used rock and dirt. The rocks keep it from moving. Take the 6 ft level and go across the 6×6’s to make sure they line up right.

Step 4: Cut some 2×4’s down into pieces around 6 inches with a 35 degree angle on one side. You need these for the bar to catch on as you jump up. You need however many you want to use for your height. I went with 1 ft from the top. Spaced around 7 or 8 inches apart. So I got 4 on there I can jump too. I think on American Ninja Warrior they are spaced about a 1 ft apart? Maybe next one I build I will do that.

Step 5: After getting the marks for the 2×4 pieces. Take the liquid nail and put on the back side of it and screw on the mark with 3 screws. The liquid nail will offer some extra support cause you come down pretty hard sometimes on them.

Step 5: At the very top, take the 2×6 cut across both the 6×6’s as a cross support to hold both together.

Step 6: I went with a black iron pipe from Lowes to use. It’s kinda heavy. Maybe I’ll switch to something a little lighter. The first thing I used the pipe was bending pretty good in the middle. Kind of made me feel like it was going to break so I switched to something a little more thicker for more support.

Step 7: If you poured the concrete then I don’t think you need some supports coming off the bottom. However since I didn’t, I cut some 2×4’s with an angle and took some concrete pins to hammer in ground for a little more support to keep it from rocking back and forth.

I hope everyone enjoys this post as well as enjoys using their salmon ladder! It’s so much fun. Every day, I’m out there using it for my daily pull-ups. It’s a great feeling going out there and being able to say, “Hey I built that.” If I could do anything differently I would figure out some way to catch the bar in case I miss. I had an accident where I knocked myself in the forehead and nose. Maybe gave myself a mild concussion? Didn’t go to the doctor. Bled a bunch though. Anyways, don’t discourage you from trying this! It is so much fun!

Thanks to everyone for the read! I hope everyone enjoys it!

– Daulton

“Keep your eyes on your goals. While everyone is partying, you’re giving everything you got to transform your dreams into reality.”

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Update On The Blog

Hey everyone. If you haven’t noticed, I been really slacking at the blogging thing. Which, I apologize for. I did not realize how many people enjoyed reading my blogs until recently when I got 10 messages from people who read my blog and were all wondering what happened to it. Whether it was 10 people, more, or even less. I’m so thankful and happy that I’m able to make a positive influence on someone’s life via my blog. The support that all of you gave me when I started this is what kept me going for awhile there when I was going through a tough time in my life. I’ve been extremely busy with work and just life in general. For awhile there, I was just coming home, working out, eating, and going straight to sleep.

I am going to start back with the blog, so if anyone has anything they want me to discuss or do a blog about just message me and let me know. I’m planning on doing a few about fitness (as always) but also I got a few ideas for some other blogs that I hope y’all will enjoy. Also, be excited for another give-away in the works. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of your Monday evening and have a blessed week.

Thanks,

Daulton

“The climb is tough but the view from the top is worth it.”

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