My daily routine

Now that I have had time to learn the ropes of this new job, I thought y’all might want a peak into what I am really doing here and some of my personal goals.

I am working in the CJ-7 shop at IJC HQ. That means I am working in a NATO Corps level HQ, specifically concerned in my shop with Training of NATO and Coalition forces and Lessons Learned. Our shop is divided into two sections, and I am in the Lessons Learned side. What we really do is gather lessons learned, best practices and observations from across the theater and pass those ideas to the trainers who are responsible for preparing our soldiers to come here and conduct operations. Occasionally, we even identify something that is large enough that we start the multi-year process to get official doctrine changed, but mostly we work at the tactical level, helping guys share the unique ways they have found to overcome enemy patterns or utilize new pieces of kit.

My schedule is pretty relaxed. I get up at 6, workout from 6:15-7:15, shower up and eat and am in the office by 8:30. I check email on my 3 different computer systems and spend an hour reading open source and internal news reports. I have a couple of projects ongoing, related to regularly monthly meetings we hold with other entities who are out in the field actually collecting Lessons Learned from sergeants and lieutenants. We are also working on developing a massive common database accessible by NATO countries to help them pull Lessons Learned from theater to change their home station training.

We often go, as a group, to the Italian PX for an espresso about 10:30 and I eat lunch around 12:00 and workout a second time around 2:00. More work in the afternoon then dinner at 6:00 and back to work till 8:00. I go back to the room, Skype with the family and update my blog, then maybe watch a TV show off DVD or read. Friday and Sunday we don’t come in till 1, so Thursday night I might stay up late and watch a full movie. Sunday I get up, eat and smoke a cigar before chapel. Every other Friday at 4:00 we have a cigar club meeting on post.

Food sucks. I’ve lost 5 pounds without trying, mostly because I typically cannot make myself finish meals. I am starting, as of today, eating and working out more deliberately. No carbonated beverages other than Indian Tonic water, no breakfast pastries and limited carbs. Snacks are jerky or trail mix heavy on nuts.

Below is my workout routine. I’m gonna stick to this for 30 days, then see if I need to reassess.

Monday:
5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
100 Push Up challenge: 10, rest, 12, rest, 7, rest, 7, rest, Max (min 9)
20-30 min elliptical
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching
Workout 2: 5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
Dips=10, skullcrusher=10, wrist curls=10, fly=10 all x3
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching

Tuesday:
5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
200 Sit up challenge: 15, rest, 18, rest, 11, rest, 11, rest, max (min 14)
30 min bike
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching
Workout 2: 5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
Up to 5 pistols per leg, 20 squats, 5 box jumps all x3
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching

Wednesday:
5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
100 Push Up challenge: 10, rest, 12, rest, 8, rest, 8, rest, Max (min 12)
20-30 min elliptical
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching
Workout 2: 5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
Kettlebell: Windmill 10x side, slingshot 10x side, 2 hand swing 20x, high pull 10x side, lunge press 10x side
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching

Thursday:
5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
200 Sit up challenge: 15, rest, 18, rest, 12, rest, 12, rest, max (min 18)
30 min bike
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching
Workout 2: 5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
Squat x10, step down w/weight x10, calf press machine x10 all x3
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching

Friday:
5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
100 Push Up challenge: 11, rest, 13, rest, 9, rest, 9, rest, Max (min 13)
20-30 min elliptical
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching
Workout 2: 5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
Kettlebell: 2 hand swing 10x, figure 8 10x, one arm row 5x ea. Side, floor press 5x ea. Side
Cool down. Dynamic stretching, passive/Isometric stretching

Saturday:
5 Min. warmup. Passive stretching, dynamic stretching, rotation of joints.
200 Sit up challenge: 15, rest, 18, rest, 12, rest, 12, rest, max (min 18)
4 sets of sprints, 10 sec between sprints, 60 sec between sets of 4 sprints.

Sunday: rest and cheat day.

Everyday: Miss my family.

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About cptcaveman

An Army Major, my family and I are in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We enjoy photography, cooking, reading and outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and trapping.
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