Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday Musings

As of right now I'm just sitting on my bed on a Sunday morning. I have a cup of dark roast coffee with a little bit of cocoa powder in it beside me, it is one of my favorite Sunday morning rituals, and my roommate is watching tv shows about trucks.

We spent the last week in the grip of a record breaking heat wave here in Chilliwack B.C and it seems as though it is finally starting to crack. It is slightly overcast and the breeze seems, thankfully, to be a little bit cool.

We are in the midst of our final three exams here at paramedic school. We had a written exam on Thursday, a practical exam on Friday based on a trauma scenario and on Monday we have our final exam. It is to be a practical exam based on a medical emergency (ie; heart attack, anaphylaxis, athsma etc.) I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow, as I like the medical scenarios more than trauma when it comes to skit medicine. Though I can tell that when I get out in the ambulance I'll be looking forward to the trauma calls to keep thing interesting.

My wife comes to visit in six days. We've been married ten months on my birthday and we have spent half of it apart thanks to my military training. Though it will be all worth it in the end. Training is almost done and we can look forward to being together permanently very soon.

The hotel room is booked, flight arrangements are made I may still rent a car but monies are tight after getting the fancy hotel room for a week. I turn 30 on the 19th and I'm going to have my wife with me this year. That is the greatest birthday present I could think of. Last year I had just graduated from basic training the day before my birthday and I was shipped off to sit on base in Borden, Ontario to rot while waiting for my training to begin. It was a horrible experience.

So much has changed since then, it's amazing what can happen in a year.  In the last year I have graduated basic training, got married, spent a month in meaford sitting in a trench and on guard for an imaginary enemy while hallucinating from sleep deprivation. I've done  four months in Borden learning the clinical skills of a medic in the Canadian military. I am now three quarters of the way through the paramedic phase of our training in beautiful Chilliwack B.C.  I have climbed up two mountains, Started a health and fitness blog and revamped my own training so that I have been blowing all my old personal fitness records away.

Now so that you don't walk away from this post without gaining anything, I'd like to give you a few links for your paleo pleasure

Here is a good breakdown of the paleo diet, which CaveMan2.0 is based off of. It seems that everybody has their own ideas of how one should follow the diet so I recommend studying as many variations as possible and drawing your own conclusions.

Eat move improve's breakdown on the importance of vitamin D. I have linked to this one before but It is one of my favorites

I have spoken about how eating like a  CaveMan can improve testosterone, and hgh levels but how about the effects on estrogen in our feminine counterparts? Mark Sisson sheds Some light here.

Mike OD sheds some light on taking control of life's mental battle here

And finally a slightly humorous video of myself trying to show off and getting caught in the process. I figured I'd do some muscle ups for the camera with 20 pounds of ankle weights on. We didn't think ahead about how the straps were looping down and I got to star in my own epic fail video.

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