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Just because... (NYR: Week 16)
05/02/11 at 08:16 PM by Spartan789013
Just because I haven't been blogging it, doesn't mean I haven't been working.

I didn't check the posts but I remember I set out for a couple goals this term:
1. Go to the gym
2. Do well in school
3. Write an EP
4. Quit Video Games.

I'll keep it simple and straight:

1. Go to the gym

Strangely, and faithfully, I have been going to the gym to lift and run 5 days a week for the last 16 weeks. Today, I celebrate 4 months of pure consistency of going to the gym! Woop Woop! I just ended my Beginner's lifting, ending with these totals at the end of the period:

-Start: 65 pounds
-Now: 145 pounds

Overhead Press
-Start: 40 pounds
-Now: 70 pounds

Assisted Pull Up
-Start: 40 pounds negated
-Now: -20 pounds negated

Bent Over Rows
-Start: 25 pounds
-Now: 45 pounds

-Start: 65 pounds
-Now: 110 pounds

Dead Lift
-Start: 95 pounds
-Now: 155 pounds

Assisted Dips
-Start: 40 pounds negated
-Now: 0 pounds negated!

To make this juicier, I am prepared to put up before/after pictures of me either at the beginning of summer, end of summer and at the end of the year. And to make it even sexier, I will be wearing my pink-stripped boxers for all of them for the ladies ;)

2. Do good in School

After my Winter term, I came out of the 2nd trimester with a 2.1 GPA. Figuring that I struggled with physics and was carrying 19 credits, I feel like I had slipped behind rather substantially. Luckily, I'm holding strong with what I believe is a 3.5 GPA this current term. I just need to hold it strong for another 6 weeks!

3. Write a Post-Rock EP

Currently, All my songs will be much like Frankenstein: I have several pieces, chord progressions, melodies, ideas that are just fragments that will end up becoming songs. I'm hoping to get it together and recorded soon (soon being before the end of the year).

4. Quit Video Games

Due to the sheer stress at school, there is no way I can avoid them. All my friends are gamers and I grew up on it. I have cut down on the amount of playing time substantially and I'm happy about that, but nothing makes me happier than playing a good game of Starcraft 2 with a friend from back home on a Saturday afternoon before I head out for the night.

In a strange act, a fellow floor member who is very good at a game called Bloodline Champions is trying to make a professional team and has asked if I wanted to join. It might be a good chance for me to make some cash while I'm at school. We'll see how that goes.

Welp, thats all I have to say. I'm prepared to buy a gym membership for the summer when I head home and I hope to continue on these goals I have set out for this year!
Tags: New Years Resolutions
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"Damnit Skyler, I'm not Mexican" (New Years Resolution Week 3)
01/16/11 at 12:12 PM by Spartan789013
Well, Not a whole lot happened this week...until Saturday.

Went out and explored South Street in Philly. Walked into Repo Records and walked out with 100 dollars worth of records.

Money well spent.

1. Getting in Shape

Workout A
Squats: 95 lbs. (3x5 repetition) (Gain+30 lbs.)
Overhead Press: 50 lbs. (3x5 repetition) (No change)
Assisted Pull-Up: -35 lbs. (3x5 repetition) (Gain +5 lbs.)
Bend Over Rows: 35 lbs. (3x5 repetitions on each arm) (Gain +5 lbs.)

Workout B
Squats: 95 lbs. (3x5 repetition) (Gain 30+ lbs.)
Dead-Lift: 105 lbs. (3x5 repetition) (Gain 10 lbs.)
Bench: 75 lbs. (3x5 repetition) (Gain 10 lbs.)
Assisted Dips: -35 lbs. (3x5 repetition) (Gain 5 lbs.)

2. School Work Stuff

Didn't read at all this week, but I did watch a lot of documentaries. (Thank you National Geographic on Netflix)

Reading Progress
Catcher in the Rye: 19/214

3. Record a Post-Rock EP

Still searching for an Ebow :(

4. Selling My WoW Account

Played a lot this week but starting to just wain off of it.
Tags: Mexican, Records, New Years Resolution
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Did you do drugs? Yes, back in the 70s. (New Years Resolution Week 2)
01/09/11 at 08:15 PM by Spartan789013
Ahh Drexel, I missed you. The city, the people, the armed robbery text message updates. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Of course, I'm disappointed that I left my friends at home to go back to school, but I had no choice. Reunited with many friends back here and began my 19 credits of classes. Fun.

Looking back on last week, I find my physics class to be horribly boring and I got my math teacher again (which is a major plus! (pun intended)).

As for the weekend, two nights of bumming out with friends and one night of partying with these friends.

I can't seem to turn off La Dispute's discography. Its absolutely fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone who has any type of interest in smart music and post-hardcore. As well as La Dispute, I grabbed a copy of In/Casino/Out by At the Drive-In, which is stellar nonetheless.

Anyways, back to my New Years Resolutions:

1. Getting in Shape

Alright, somehow I have to learn to write this in an easy, cohesive way. I have two work-outs when I go to the gym, properly called Workout A and Workout B. I go to the gym on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each week, I do 2 of one of the workouts and 1 of the other in alternating order (First week was A, B, A. This week will be B, A, B.)

Workout A consists of: Squats, Overhead Press, Bend-Over Rows, and Assisted Pull-Ups.
Workout B consists of: Squats, Bench, Dead-Lift, and Assisted Dips.

For my future satisfaction and my current embarrassment at my weakness, here are my current waits for my first week of lifting ever:

Workout A
Squats: 65 lbs. (3x5 repetition)
Overhead Press: 50 lbs. (3x5 repetition)
Assisted Pull-Up: -40 lbs. (3x5 repetition)

Workout B
Squats: 65 lbs. (3x5 repetition)
Dead-Lift: 95 lbs. (3x5 repetition)
Bench: 65 lbs. (3x5 repetition)
Assisted Dips: -40 lbs. (3x5 repetition)

2. School Work Stuff

So far, I mentioned that my classes are overall relatively boring. As far as positives, my engineering class is playing with robots. I got a 5 out of 5 on my math quiz. Thats a good start. I just have to work harder on my weekends because I'm a terrible procrastinator.

As far as reading, I started Catcher in the Rye briefly, I intend to read more this week.

Reading Progress
Catcher in the Rye: 19/214

3. Record a Post-Rock EP

So far, my dorm is tricked out with a keyboard (that has a drum kit and other effects), my electric guitar, my bass guitar and my acoustic guitar. I have the first song all mapped out but I need to figure out what I am adding to it. It looks like piano will be in but I am contemplating string instruments as well. Also, I started working on a second song this weekend. So far, so good.

4. Selling My WoW Account

Last week, I was sick with one of the worst head colds I've ever had. This prompted me to sleep all the time and basically bum out due to the fact that I was, well, sick. During this time, I played WoW. I got my priest to level 85 (woot!) and got him some gear. Next, I'll be working on my level 64 mage, which should level real fast because they are completely overpowered.
Tags: New Years Resolution, La Dispute, Workout
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Goodbye Jersey (Week 1)
01/02/11 at 08:25 PM by Spartan789013
Week one of taking care of my New Year's resolutions begins tonight and tomorrow. I just moved back into Drexel, and to say the least: Its an exciting, yet bittersweet feeling. I'm excited to be back with some good friends and I have my absolute freedom back (along with some Christmas cash!). Its bittersweet because I wish I got to see my friends more back home. I saw enough of my family while getting snowed in for 4 days, but I lost a lot of time with some other people. Sadly, I probably won't even be able to see them come Spring Break due to Drexel's wacky schedule. Either way, it'll add to the shock value of completing these Resolutions.

Lets get to keeping in track:

1. Getting In Shape

So back home, at least I weighed myself. I ran up the stairs to the scale, if that counts.

Current Weight: 141.6

2. School Work Stuff

Classes start tomorrow, Physics book on back order. No problem though, I got an A in physics in high school!

Starting to Read Catcher in the Rye again because I didn't understand it in 8th grade.

Reading Progress
1. Catcher in the Rye 0/214 pages.

3. Record a Post-Rock EP

I got lucky and found a keyboard in my attic that has a drum kit and effects on it. That was a gold mine to me. Also, purchasing an Ebow sometime this week!

4. Sell my WoW Account

Due to the snow storm, I managed to get some good WoW time in. Got one of the characters to 85
Tags: new years resolution, week 1
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New Years Resolution (Preparation Week)
12/26/10 at 05:36 PM by Spartan789013
Since I'm very tired of sitting around, pissing away all my time on video games, being depressed, and writing shit that I will look back and one day regret, I'm finally willing to take control of my life as a New Year's Resolution.

I've had to give a lot of thought to what exactly I want to do, but I'll need a way of keeping track and keeping up with it. Thus, weekly blog entries will do the trick.

Here are my goals:

1. Time to get this lazy ass moving (Get in Shape, Start Lifting, Start Losing Fat)

I'm fortunate enough to have floor mates at school who enjoy going to the gym to lift and run. After coming off a snowboarding injury that required 11 full months of recovery time and physical therapy, I'm finally good to go as far as health is concern. And being a skinny-fat 5'5" 140 lb. guy, I want to change this.

2. Work Hard, Study Hard (Pass my winter and spring terms)

Being an engineering student ain't easy. It requires a high level of math and science that usually makes the business students cringe. Luckily, I've been blessed with a love and an ability for math. This term, I tackle 19 credits worth of classes. I intend on finishing with 19 credits.

3. Fuck it, why not? (Record a Post-Rock EP)

Like everyone on this site, I have a die-hard, burning, passionate drive for music. I love driving around in my car for hours. Why? So I can listen to music. I love hanging out with my friends. Why? We debate music and where the industry is. Over the last 2 years, I've amassed instruments, pedals, and accessories in order to play music. I've never been able to find my calling in music until, for my 17th birthday, my parents bought me The Earth is Not a Cold, Dead Place by Explosions in the Sky. I hate to use the word life-changing, but its the only one I could use. I remember being completely and utterly mesmerized by the song Your Hand in Mine. So much that I began to write like that, and diving head-first into all the post-rock I could. With the proper tools necessary, and a floormate that wants to go into audio recording and engineering, this is my opportunity to accomplish that.

4. Damn You to Hell, Blizzard! (Less time playing video games/more time doing better things)

For fuck's sake, I live in Philadelphia now. Computer games should be a thing of the past. I gotta get my life in order. Instead of sitting around, I'll start reading more. Instead of partying on my weekends, I'll go into the city and do new things.

My goal is to go on my World of Warcraft during the night and level many of my characters to 85 and then sell the account in order to make cash and never go back to the game again.

Currently I got:
82 Undead Priest
80 Orc Rogue
76 Tauren Warrior
64 Draenei Mage
62 Goblin Warlock

If I get 5 85s on this account and try to sell it, hopefully I can make over 1,000 dollars for it. Plus, its something to do when I'm tired of reading.
Basically, this one is about trying new things, go to more concerts, meet new people.

But yeah, this blog will be how I keep track. Check back, if you actually give a shit.

Okay, I got my goals. So How am I preparing?

Got me a shitload of Kurt Vonnegut and other reading, health guides and nutrition information books, selling my World of Warcraft account and getting a Loop Pedal and Delay Pedal for Christmas (thanks mom and dad)!
Tags: New Years Resolution, working out, improving life
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