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I got back to the gym. After about a month and a half of not going, I am back. This week is all about lightly shocking my system. The next week will be harder, and hopefully in the third week I can push harder. I am going about this a little smarter this time. I am going to research some more into body sculpting, eating properly, and stretching. Stretching is something I have neglected and I shouldn't.

The push for the fire dept is ON. With the return to the gym, and recertification looming. I am taking this seriously. More now then ever, since it is my 3rd try. The interview is my road block and I am really going to prepare for this like never before. My goal is to make it past the interview and then passed all the other tests. I must make it throughout the interview. Financially speaking, this will probably be my last try, since by this time next year the dept will be changing its hiring practices again. This time the applicants will have to go through the training themselves. W…
I am getting over a cold. I don't really get colds but I think that I have been handling a few out of the ordinary events this this winter. I have not been working out for just over a month, my shifts have been changing at work, the extreme cold weather is playing a part, but most of all I think it is the stress of my grandfather passing away.

My grandfather, who has been in my life before I can remember, died at the age of 83 in the hospital of a massive outbreak of cancer throughout his body. His last weeks were painful. The morphine injections were scheduled every 4 hours. Gordon (Grampa), had requested no life support a while he could speak. So as per his request his failing body was loosing the battle in a $22,000 bed designed with comfort in mind. The palliative care unit was designed for this purpose, and I have to admit, the reality of the situation was not hitting home until the last few hours of his death.

Sunday was great. I went to church with my family for the 3rd tim…
Learning from life I believe is important. My life is a culmination of events and choices that have molded me as a person. Focusing only on the influence of my grandpa, I can say there are a few things that I would like to thank him for. Our trips out hiking have been a great influence on my outdoor life and work ethic. I remember a time when I was with my grandfathe hiking up a well beaton trail. It was a good hike for my age and after a full morning up the mountain and the lunch by the lake on the top, our journey down was a rush with the weather. So my grandfather stepped off the path and broke his own trail. As my brother and I rushed to follow we could barely keep up. At the time stepping off the trail was never permitted, and I suppose the danger was more of a scare tactic for children, but it was one of my first memories of breaking my own trail. Something so simple as stepping off the trail could allow my brain to start to comprehend that sometimes life trail are too long and …