July 18, 2014 at 4:28 am #29405
Had you fooled how?July 18, 2014 at 2:47 pm #29406
Oh, sorry. I misunderstood. I thought you said you were going to split all that wood, and then I thought you were pranking me because you said “the last time you seriously split wood was…”. So now I realize you are, in fact, cutting all that wood but you just haven't done it in a while.July 20, 2014 at 9:08 am #29407
We had a wood stove installed in the house this spring because we had a chimney that was not being used and I have been bugging my wife about it since we bought the house. The Russian threats to cut off LNG supplies over Ukraine convinced her that we need to have a method of heating that is not dependent on foreign supply because we have a gas furnace. Hence, I get to get a workout. The wood we have now should last us two winters if I am figuring right.July 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm #29408
How dependent is Germany over Russia supplies ?update: around 30%?? but much lesser according to this source http://energytransition.de/2014/03/closer-look-at-german-energy-dependence-on-russia/ not to mention the brown coal mines still available in GermanyJuly 22, 2014 at 3:19 am #29409
Germany gets roughly 70% of its Natural Gas from Russia. They have enough strategic reserves to last one winter maybe two if they are not severe. Any interruption of supply will severely affect prices though.July 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm #29410
Between 70% and 40% that's a huge difference even if the lowest one is still worryingJuly 23, 2014 at 9:50 am #29411
Most LNG in Germany does not go to home heating either, it goes to power plants. LNG loss will not affect heating except that it may cause brownouts which will put the electrical systems running people's furnaces offline at times. Yea!! for my non-electric wood stove.July 24, 2014 at 3:05 am #29412
Which sport are you made for? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28062001Logging? Weightlifting? Happyhour-ing?Take 30 seconds to dash through the 13 quick questions in our sports quiz and we'll have our best stab at suggesting which events from the Commonwealth Games could match your physical and mental abilities. After taking it, it seems that I sould practice judo or squashJuly 25, 2014 at 4:55 am #29413
Wow. It said I'm best suited for Badminton.July 25, 2014 at 5:20 am #29414
It told me Squash.August 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm #29415
Well my 13-month gym membership that I paid for last year is just about up. I’ve worked out more over the past year than any other time in my life. I’ve increased my physical strength quite a bit, even though certain muscles seem to have plateaued a while ago.
But….how do I feel on the inside? Here are some psychological benefits I’ve discovered:
- Forcing you to challenge your limits. Even though there are physical limits (i.e. lifting X lbs. of weight), your will controls whether you will actually touch these limits, or quit early.
- Accomplishing goals. If you set a health/fitness goal and reach it with your body, it’s a nice feat.
- Bettering your younger you. I became stronger now than I was in college (and I wasn’t exactly weak back then). It’s good to know that even if you think you’re waning, there’s more in you than you think.
- Giving you discipline in your diet. I have found that the more you work out in the gym, the more you want to eat healthy to fuel and repair your body. Ergo, I’ve eaten better foods over the past year than probably any other time.
- Valuing rest. Not only do you appreciate a good-night’s sleep, but you also come to appreciate days off. Your body actually becomes stronger as it heals during off days, so you recognize the value in these.
Intense weight training probably isn’t for everyone, but for those who have an inclination for it, it becomes a fun activity the more you get involved.August 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm #29416skiguyModerator
Agree with all of the above (especially the younger you part). I never would have imagined that I'd be benching more at 54 than I was at 40.August 5, 2014 at 11:31 pm #29417
What's your bench at now (if you don't mind me asking)?August 6, 2014 at 9:03 am #29418skiguyModerator
without a spot can do 2 or 3 reps at 245 (5'4, 155 lbs)August 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm #29419
That's around where I have been benching in terms relative strength (benching 160% of bodyweight). I bet you could max out around 260 or 270?
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