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Posted 21 Jan 2015Not working on too much today IT wise. Trying to sort through some personal matters in my relationship without lashing out (words/the wall) and without imploding into a bottle of Scotch.
Posted 13 Jan 2015Thinking about :
M/W/F/Sunday - Bicep curls, tricep curls
T/TH/Saturday - Lunges, Calf raises, wall squats
then mix in some sit ups every day.
I've been doing a modified version of the Starting Strength workout plan myself. In a nutshell I'm currently doing the following:
MON: Bench Press (5,5,MAX), Bicep Curl (3x10), Overhead Tri-Press (3x10), Tricep Kickbacks (3x10), Weighted Squats (5,5,MAX)
WED: Overhead Press (5,5,MAX), Rotart Shoulder Twists (3x10), Weighted Shrugs (3x10), Chest Fly's (3x10), Deadlift (5,5,MAX)
FRI: Bench Press (5,5,MAX), Rows (3x10), Lat. Pull Down's (3x10), Weighted Squats (5,5,MAX)
The idea is you are mainly focused on the 4 "BIG" exercises - Bench, Squat, Deadlift, and Overhead Press. With these you always start out by doing 2 sets of 5 reps, and then on your third you try to MAX out as many as you can. Starting out with the program if you can do 10 on the MAX set, definitely need to up your weight. The guideline is that if you can get at least 5 reps on your MAX set, then you get to increase the next week -- I typically do increase intervals of 5lb on the Bench/Overhead Press and intervals of 10lb on the Squat/Deadlift. If you fail to get at least the 5 reps on the MAX set, then you reduce weight by 10% and build back up. Also every week the first exercises rotate, so for example week 1 would be Bench/Overhead/Bench and week 2 would be Overhead/Bench/Overhead on their respective days.
You can mix and match whatever else you want into your own personal routine, but the program is focused specifically on the full big 4 exercises. When I'm fully in my routine I also include chin-ups every lifting day and try to work in an extra day just for abs. On my rest days I'll usually try to job/run for a little bit to help stretch out my muscles -- from personal experience can definitely recommend the C25K program for running.
I fell out of lifting when my old workout buddy moved a few hours away for a new job, but one of my friends/neighbors who goes to the same gym as me decided he wanted to start lifting together, so I now have renewed incentive. He's sore but seems to be liking the routine I've set up so far. Back when I was lifting regularly my best stats ever were Bench Press 195lbs (1x5), Squat 270lbs (1x5), Deadlift 280lbs (1x5), and Overhead Press 110lbs (1x5).
My current lifting goals for 2015 are to get my Bench to 225lbs (1x5), Squat to 325lbs (1x5), Deadlift 325lbs (1x5) and Overhead Press to 125lbs (1x5). I'm currently doing 95lbs this week on the Overhead and doing the 45lb bar with 45lbs plates on each side for the other exercises (135lbs). Each week I'll work on form and upping by my weight intervals until I start to fail at hitting that last set of 5, the I'll reset 10% and work back up. Once back into the full swing of things I'm also shooting for capability to do 25 straight pull-ups without stopping, and if really froggy going to try and get my mile run-time down to 7 minutes again (best ever was 6:52 in high school during Baseball season).
Posted 13 Jan 2015Also reporting in with the Samsung Galaxy S4; Love it. I have a tendency to keep phones for 2-4 years, so I had a major upgrade from my Motorola Droid X to the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Seems most everyone I know enjoys their Galaxy phone so I recommend it. Sadly (joking) 2 of my 4 close neighbors left the S4 for a cheaper plan implementing an iPhone6, so now I'm the last Android in our group, fully outnumbered by evil Apples...
Posted 12 Jan 2015Currently waiting for the higher-ups to make final OK on data before I kick off the batch job to process all of our System Members 1099's (.csv data files --> .pdf documents to be printed and mailed). I was in charge of it last year just after I started this position but then all I had to do was drag & drop some files. This year we've had a complete change from DB2 to Oracle and a lot of our processes and even a few applications had to be rewritten.
Overall, not bad thus far. It's more responsibility and has been keeping me busy through the week.
Outside of work I'm trying to track down my Textbooks needed for my online classes that start today (both shipped on the 5th, 1 with tracking number that is currently at the Post Office, and 1 with no tracking). This Session I have CISS-465 Software Engineering and CISS-472 Data Warehousing, Decision Supply Systems. The first is more "Project Management" type of stuff than I care for in my current career level, but could be handy down the road. The second is nothing more than the only available upper-level CISS elective on the schedule In any case, in 8 weeks I'll be done with 2 more classes and be down to only 5 remaining on my Bachelors!
Posted 9 Jan 2015macosxnerd101 already gave an excellent in-depth answer to your question, but I thought I'd make one recommendation. If you're set on entering CS/CIS program Online, it may be worth checking out the Columbia College offering. In my experience it has been a great school where I've learned and grown a lot while working (and it's relatively affordable compared so several big-name local universities). Like mac said, the interactions are invaluable, but if you want affordable and high quality education while still working, their program is great. For local, they also have a large number of campuses in the US and several abroad.
I did my Associate's through a 2yr Technical College that prepared me well to enter the work force. I found solid employment and was set before graduation, and have since moved on to better positions. While working I now attend Evening (when I can) courses at the local Columbia College campus, but most of them are taken online while I pursue my Bachelors Degree in Computer Science.
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