Confess. Confess! CONFESS!!!

Congrats to my two trivia buffs!  Glenn was the first to correctly guess that yesterday’s post title was a reference to Dr. Strangelove–50 points to you– and lostartpublishing was the first to correctly guess the answer to the deep six trivia question: to dispose of by throwing over the side–100 points to you.

I can’t take it any more!  I should confess before they bring out the comfy chair and things get really bad… *diabolical music plays in the background* Alright, I did it (or rather didn’t do it)!  I didn’t finish my workout from yesterday!  Before you jump to conclusions and assume (correctly, I might add) that I was just being lazy, I’ll have you know that I was busy and the night was over before I knew it.  The day was not totally lost, however.  I did manage to do the sit up workout before I went to bed.  To atone for my sin of heresy against the church workout schedule, I’ve decided to fit in the Body Rock workout from yesterday into today’s routine.  If you have no idea what inspired the melodramatic confession seen above, then you obviously haven’t seen the Monty Python sketch “The Spanish Inquisition.”  Prepare to be enlightened.

Sit up workout details (Day 2, second column):

  • 21, 28, 21, 21, 28; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 119 total

Some of you are probably wondering where the trivia question is.  I will include a new Navy trivia question in tonight’s post, so make sure to check back in later.  I promise that tonight will not be a repeat of last night’s fiasco; I will do my exercises and write a new post like the fate of the world depends on its completion.  See you then!

Mr. President,we cannot allow a blog post gap!

Sorry for the delay folks.  Last night I was busy celebrating my grandfather’s birthday and didn’t have a chance to write a post  for Tuesday.  Once again, I have stumped my readers with the trivia question.  The correct definition of the term tattoo is this: five minutes before taps.  Don’t be discouraged, readers, I’m sure you will do better next time.  In fact, here’s your chance to bounce back now!

Navy trivia of the day

  • What is the meaning of the phrase “deep six”?

Yesterday was rather uneventful, as far as workouts go.  I did the first workout of Week 2 on the Cto5k plan and the first workout of Week 3 on the push ups plan.

Push up workout details (Week 3, Day 1, first column):

  • 10, 12, 7, 7, 9; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 45 Total

Cto5k workout details (Week 2, Workout 1):

  • Brisk 5 min warm up walk
  • Alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes

Well then, I guess I’ll see you again in about 12 hours with today’s post.  In the meantime, good luck with the trivia question and I hope everybody has a great Wednesday!

P.S. You can make today even greater by guessing what movie I’m referencing in the title; if you get it right, I’ll give you 50 points!

Quick’s the word, sharp’s the action

It seems that I’ve stumped my readers again.  Nobody submitted the correct answer to the quarters trivia question: assembling of all hands for muster, instruction, and inspection.  Glenn did come close with his response, so I’ll give him 50 points.  He also made a reference to an awesome naval movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.  Not only does it have great acting all around, especially by one of my favorites, Paul Bettany, but it also boasts an amazing soundtrack, stunning cinematography, and 138 minutes of British Navy storyline!  If you haven’t seen it, you definitely should.

He's so adorable and he learned to play the cello a little for his music scenes with Russell Crowe (who obviously didn't), which makes this cellist very happy!

Getting back to the US Navy, here’s today’s question:

Navy trivia of the day

  • What is a lifeline?

It was raining all of last night and up until early afternoon today so I was scared I wouldn’t be able to get my run in for today’s Cto5k workout.  Luckily, the weather cleared up and I helped myself to a lovely run around 4:30 PM.  I also completed the last push up workout for Week 2.

Push up workout details (Week 2, Day 3, first column):

  • 5, 7, 5, 5, 8; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 30 Total

Cto5k workout details (Week 1, Workout 3):

  • Brisk 5 min warm up walk
  • Alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes

Side musical note: Are there any instrumental, blue grass, Appalachian, American, cross-genre music fans out there?  If so, you should definitely check out The Goat Rodeo Sessions, a new project by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan.

I first heard of it on The Colbert Report when Colbert interviewed all four artists before they performed “Attaboy” (my favorite piece) from the album.  It was on the top of my list of songs to buy when I got an iTunes card for Christmas and I’ve been listening to it a lot lately.  Since I mentioned that Paul Bettany learned to play the cello for his role in the movie I thought I’d share something else cello related.  Gotta keep it classy, right?  The correct answer is: Yes, anything with Yo-Yo Ma or a cello automatically is classy!  Well, I hope that I’ve given you enough stuff to keep you occupied until I post again on Monday.  In the meantime, send in your answer to the trivia question and any other amazing cello/navy/movie related randomness!

Refold!

The winner from Saturday’s trivia question was Jessica with the correct answer of Rodents Of Unusual Size!  You get 100 points! As we should all know, R.O.U.S. is a reference from “The Princess Bride,” also another must-see classic.  Although these movie trivia questions have been great fun they were merely a gateway to the new Navy Trivia of the Day section I’m introducing today.  Like the movie trivia question format, I’ll ask my lovely readers a trivia question based on the information I have to learn before boot camp.  This way I have an interesting study method and I get to test your knowledge at the same time!  And by knowledge, I mean actual current knowledge not something you googled to answer the question–yeah, I know there’s no way for me to actually check this; I’m expecting everyone to behave and follow the honor system.  Sounds fun, right?  But there’s more!  The 100 points I’ve been throwing out aren’t the fake Whose Line Is It Anyway? kind of points.  I will be keeping score and maybe, just maybe there will be a prize for the ultimate winner before I leave in August.  Everybody loves incentives, so I’m hoping that you’re motivated by points.  I mean who isn’t?  Ready to give it a try?  Same rules as before: the winner is the first person to correctly answer the question in the comments section.  Good luck!  Here’s the first question:

Navy Trivia of the Day

  • What is a fathom?

Today I was feeling much better and almost completely over my ever-changing-symptom-sickness and was able to redo the Body Rock fitness test.  The test counts as Day 1 of the 30 Day Challenge and the real workouts start tomorrow.  In addition, I started the second week of the sit up workout.  Specifics from both programs can be seen below.

Sit up workout details (Day 1, second column):

  • 14, 17, 12, 12, 20; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 75 total

Body Rock fitness test results

  • Squat jumps: 27
  • Push ups (regular): 10
  • Burpees: 6
  • High knees: 97
  • Switch lunges (slower version): 20
  • Tuck jumps: 14
  • Straight abs: 12

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s workouts which will include my first running day!  In the meantime, send in those trivia answers and don’t cheat!

Peace on Earth…

P.O.E.: Peace on Earth and Purity of Essence.  100 points to Sue for providing the answer!  For those of you who have no idea what all of this means, I genuinely feel sorry for you because that means you’ve been deprived of one of the best movies of all time, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”  I mean, seriously, go find a copy and watch it NOW!  “Dr. Strangelove” is one (there are many) of the movies from which I quote quite a bit in day-to-day conversation, so it’s very important that the people in my life understand these obscure references when they arise.

Today’s workout was the last of Week 1 for the Two Hundred Sit Ups program, the details of which can be seen below.

Sit up workout details (Day 3, first column):

  • 6, 7, 6, 6, 26; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 51 total
  • I just noticed that I accidentally followed the first column instead of the usual second, so today’s numbers will be lower than normal.

Apart from doing my scheduled workout I also got my hair cut again.  It’s a bit shorter than what I wanted/expected, but I think I like it.  I’ll probably let it grow out and cut it again (but not as much) in early August before I ship off to boot camp.  Enough talk about my hair, I guess I should show you a picture already :)

I should have just kept it like that, right?

What do you think? I still have to play around with it to find a style I like.

It’s not the best picture to showcase my new hair cut, but that’s all I’ve got right now.  I’ll make sure to post a better one when it comes along.  I almost forgot to mention that I learned a nifty styling trick from Melissa (the lady who usually cuts my hair) at the salon.  Since I won’t be able to take my own hair products to boot camp, she suggested that I use a penny size amount of lotion (if the Navy gives me lotion, that is), as a replacement for gel/styling wax, to tame my hair after a shower.  I would never have thought to put lotion in my hair, but I’m sure that the tip will come in handy if/when my hair becomes unruly.  Tomorrow’s post will cover the last push up workout for Week 1 and another acronym guessing game that’s a bit easier than P.O.E.–make sure to check in again!  In the meantime, have you ever cut your hair really short before?  Any tips on styling (besides lotion) without any products?