“Don’t be mysterious, it’s the last resort for people with no secrets.” – The Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey
Watched the finale of Downton Abbey last night, staying up way to late on a school night. No more epic castle scenery and fancy vintage costumes. I guess I’ll just continue my Mad Men bingeing, with Jon Hamm’s pants and lots of mid-century modern style.
Why is it that the English language has such less awesome words than other languages around the world? Sure, we have ‘fuck’, ‘ephemeral’, and ‘fugacious’, but why don’t we have a word for “waking up early to hear the birds sing” (‘gokotta’ by dem Swedes)? Or “coming up with an ingenious plan while drunk” (‘Schnapsidee’ the Germans again) ? That’s a very useful word!
And why is it that it’s so much easier to sit with nice thoughts of fun times than it is to sit with difficult ones? I feel like the second line of this article unlocks the secret: don’t focus on the pain (unless you’re into that), focus on finding the pleasure, in anything you do. Clearly I am oversimplifying it, but you can read the article for the real deal. Learn to sit with it, the uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, tasks. At work, at the gymnasium, watching Lena Dunham in an episode of Girls. Sit with it. The Germans have a word for this (of course they do!): ‘sitzfleisch’ – the ability to persevere through hard or boring tasks. Literally translated it means, “sit meat”.
07 March | M
Pillars | 3x
GA squats x 5
Leg drops x 14
Side plank clammies x :30 ea
SL elevated glute bridge x 8 ea
Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7
PUs x 7
DUs x 30
Work | 5 sets:
Bench x 3 (80,85#…)
COB holds x AMSAP (25,23,25,21,23)
Rest x 3:00
– then –
AD 30/30s x 12:00
Stretch + homework | 20:00
Felt really great Monday, the rest day Sunday did me right. Monday’s workout felt good, though the COB holds really fired up my scap and trap. I know I can stay up over that bar over :30, just couldn’t do it yesterday.
I really dig the all the variations of the glute bridges. They make my booty feel really nice the next day…