Here’s a grab bag of miscellany for a Friday — the Workout of the Day is at the bottom.
1) Since I stopped using Swedish snus (spitless tobacco) I have been hungry. How hungry? Ravenous. At all times. Yes, I know that hunger in the wake of nicotine withdrawal is a known and predictable phenomenon, but being prepared isn’t nearly as helpful as you might think (he said, gnawing on the corner of his desk like a Labrador Retriever).
B) “Life is an ever-unfolding process of becoming,” says Maria Popova, the brain behind brainpickings.org, “a continual process of arrival into who we are.” Yesterday on the way to work I listened to her answer ten questions on Tim Ferris’ podcast and I was blown away by her intelligence, wit, and charm. But what really really impressed me was her wisdom. Her favorite book is The Journals of Henry David Thoreau. I think I’m in love. I follow her blog, I follow her on Twitter @brainpicker, and pretty soon I’m going to be following her around town (just kidding Maria!).
iii) Some folks say Tim Ferris is all snake oil and pop bullshit, but I disagree — he’s only 50% snake oil and pop bullshit. The rest is a mixture of the useful and the profound. This article about beating anxiety is very interesting and insightful, and I’ll be heeding some of its advice.
Now for your WOD. I call it the Chain Constitutional. Put a chain around your neck (I used a #20) and complete 4 x 10 each of the following exercises:
- Wide Push-ups
- Staggered Push-ups
- Front Lunges
- Prisoner Squats
- Steam Engines
- Neck Crunches