Work Outs: May 1 – 14, 2022 (Nero the Cat)

I’m doing two weeks of workouts in this post so I can get caught back up. That said, I think I’ll continue on the recent theme of cats and talk about our cat, Nero, who lived with us until he passed in late 2014. He was the only cat I’ve owned who came from a breeder complete with papers. His “real” name on said papers was Furrtaztic Night Train III but I liked Nero better being in the middle of re-reading The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and re-watching the teleplay I, Claudius when he came into our life.* So after a discussion with my husband on the merits and faults of the various emperors so far as cat names went, Nero is what we came up with.**

As you can see, Nero was a fan of 6th edition Warhammer 40K. He also had a bunch of extra toes as well as semi-useful thumbs on his front paws.

Cutting his claws was always a bit of a chore. Besides the extra toes and the fact he didn’t like people messing with his finger razors, he had little claws between his toes too. I counted once and I think he had 40 – 45 claws!

Sun, May 1st

Rest Day.

Calories: 2705, Protein: 157 g.

Mon, May 2nd

I did a two-hour class for wrestling referee training in the evening.

Calories: 2022, Protein: 115 g.

Tues, May 3rd

I did another two-hour class for wrestling referee training in the evening.

Calories: 1871, Protein: 135 g.

With all of those toes and claws (and apparently really strong tendons), Nero was pretty hard on scratching posts. We had this one for a couple of months before he shredded it. I didn’t want to buy a new one so soon so I bought some rope and redid it myself.

Nero didn’t like people moving his stuff around or otherwise messing with it. His expression in this picture tells me he wasn’t too thrilled.

Wed, May 4th

We followed along, shortly after waking up, to The Jack Lalane Show, DVD 4, Episode 5. I did a little stretching afterward.

Calories: 2640, Protein: 140 g.

Thur, May 5th

I helped with set up and teardown for a wrestling show at a beer garden festival in San Jose, California today. I also helped with security for the show. It was quite a heavy day so far as physical labor is concerned.

Calories: 2617, Protein: 131 g.

Fri, May 6th

  • (Afternoon) Physical Therapy Back Session at their Office.
    • Began the session with some massage.
    • (Super Set) Cheerleaders (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps
      • Bilateral External Shoulder Rotation (blue band): 2 sets x 15 reps
    • Serratus Clockwork Exercise (blue band): 2 sets x 15 reps
    • (Super Set) One-Handed Pulldowns (each arm, cable): 23 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps +
      • High Rows (d-handles, cable): 46 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
    • (Super Set) Standing Rows (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps +
      • Shoulder Extensions (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps
      • (Super Set) Prone “M’s” (DBs): 3 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps +
        • Prone “T’s” (DBs): 3 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps
    • One-Handed Bent Over Row (each side): 5 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
  • I did some stretching and foam roller work for my back. We ended the session with ice and electric muscle stimulation.
  • I did some stretching in the evening.

Calories: 1972, Protein: 128 g.

Nero was a big fan of boxes, which I’ve learned that most housecats are.

Sat, May 7th

  • We followed along with The Jack Lalane Show shortly after waking up (DVD 1, Episode 1). We ran through all four DVDs that we own and started over again. Going to be getting DVD 5 soon, so that’ll be good.
  • Later in the day, I went to a wrestling show at Paypal Stadium, for a San Jose Earthquakes soccer/fútbol game. I helped with setup and teardown and ended up doing quite a bit of heavy lifting.

Calories: 1742, Protein: 137 g.

I gained 0.375 lbs. this week. My total loss is 16.75 lbs. over twelve weeks for an average of 1.40 lbs/week. My calorie intake for the week was 15,569.

Sun, May 8th

  • CoC Gripper (Trainer, 100 lbs.):
    • Right Hand: Closed x 3+2 reps, Closed x 2+3 reps, Closed x 3+2 reps, 2mm x 3+2 reps, 2mm x 2+3 reps
    • Left Hand: 6mm x 3 sets x 5 reps, 2mm x 3+2 reps, 2mm x 2+3 reps
    • Challenge Gripper (0.5, 120 lbs.): Right Hand, 16mm x 5 reps, Left Hand, 16mm x 0+5 reps
  • Pinch Block Hold (Hand pronated for thumbs, each hand): 2.5 lbs. x 30 seconds
  • Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Manual Program, Level 7, RPMs: 75+
  • Afterward, I stretched and did some foam roller work. I ended the session with 30 squats, and the circular balance board for 1:05 minutes.

Calories: 1996, Protein: 113 g.

I saw this cool-looking old car when I was at physical therapy the other day. I wonder if they plan on restoring it? There are a lot of these old cars in Santa Cruz, some in immaculate condition and others more like this. One benefit of living in this part of California (and much of the state really) is there is no snow and thus no salt on the roads and therefore cars don’t rust out. That was one thing about living in Maine that I didn’t like–no matter how assiduous I was about keeping our cars washed in the winter there didn’t seem any way to avoid that creeping rust fungus unless you garaged them for the season, which is what we did with one of our cars.

Mon, May 9th

  • We followed along to The Jack Lalane Show (DVD 1, Episode 2) shortly after waking up.
  • I did a two-hour class for wrestling referee training in the evening, and also some stretching.

Calories: 2000, Protein: 132 g.

Tues, May 10th

  • I stretched and did some foam rolling for about 25 minutes shortly after waking up, and finished with 1:20 on the balance board.
  • (Morning) Physical Therapy Leg Sessions at their Office:
    • Started the session with some ultrasonic therapy on my knee as well as some warm-up massage.
    • Seated Leg Press: 335 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
    • Ball Toss With Balancing on Dina Disks (8 lb. ball): 60 seconds
    • (Super Set) Monster Walks (blue band): 2 sets x 10 reps +
      • Lateral Walking (blue band, each direction): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • (Super Set) Step up with Knee Raise and Raise 2 lb. medicine ball (4-ct): 2 sets x 10 reps +
      • Hip Flexor Stretch (each leg): 2 sets x 30 seconds
    • Rocker Board: 2.5 minutes
    • (Super Set) Bird Dips (each side): 2 sets x 10 reps +
      • Hip Flexor/lliopsoas stretch (each side): 30 seconds
    • Squats with Resisted Hip Abduction (blue band): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • (Super Set) Standing Hip Abduction (green band): 2 sets x 10 reps +
      • Standing Hip Extension (green band): 2 sets x 10 reps
    • Ended the session with ice and muscle electric stimulation.
  • I did a two-hour class for wrestling referee training in the evening, and also some stretching.

Calories: 2036, Protein: 122 g.

I thought the artwork on the grill was a nice touch.

Wed, May 11th

  • (Afternoon) Physical Therapy Back Session at their Office.
    • (Super Set) Cheerleaders (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps
      • Bilateral External Shoulder Rotation (blue band): 2 sets x 15 reps
    • Seated DB Front Hammer Raises: 3 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
    • Serratus Clockwork Exercise (blue band): 2 sets x 15 reps
    • (Super Set) One-Handed Pulldowns (each arm, cable): 20 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps +
      • High Rows (d-handles, cable): 40 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
    • (Super Set) Standing Rows (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps +
      • Shoulder Extensions (purple band): 2 sets x 15 reps
      • (Super Set) Prone “M’s” (DBs): 2 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps +
        • Prone “T’s” (DBs): 2 lbs. x 2 sets x 10 reps
    • One-Handed Bent Over Row (each side): 10 lbs. x 2 sets x 15 reps
  • I did some stretching and foam roller work for my back. We ended the session with ice and electric muscle stimulation.

Calories: 2170, Protein: 138 g.

Thur, May 12th

  • (Afternoon Workout) Recumbent Bike: 30 Minutes, Manual Program, Level 7
    • I did a slight interval where I went at 75+ rpm’s for one Journey song and then 80+ rpm’s for the next Journey song, and so on. This worked pretty well since it was pretty mild, like I said, and the average Journey song is about four minutes long, give or take. After I was done on the bike, I did a little work with the 1 lb. indian clubs to finish warming up.
  • Arnold Press: 20 lbs. x 12 reps, 25 lbs. x 12 reps, 30 lbs. x 8 reps, (30 lbs. x 6 reps + 25 lbs. x 2 reps), (30 lbs. x 6 reps + 25 lbs. x 2 reps + 20 lbs. x 4 reps)
  • (Super Set) DB Bench Press (no feet): 15 lbs. x 5 sets x 15 reps +
    • Set #1: Dead Bugs (2-ct) x 20 reps
    • Set #2: Crunches x 25 reps
    • Set #3: Push-up to Elbow Plank (4-ct) x 10 reps
    • Set #4: 1 lb. Indian Club Work x 60 seconds
    • Set #5: Side Crunches (each side) x 10 reps

Calories: 2026, Protein: 132 g.

My husband and I went out to eat at a local restaurant we like called Cowboy Grill. He asked me where I wanted to go out to eat for my birthday, which is in June, and this was the place I mentioned. Since we both had conjured the place in our minds, we stopped in for lunch, which was nice.

We got to talking about old movies and Shirley Temple came up though I don’t remember why. Then the conversation got to where I said that I have never had a Shirley Temple drink. My husband was pretty surprised so we ordered one. I imagined it would come in something of a more decorative glass since Cowboy Grill does have a full bar but I didn’t really mind.

It was interesting to try the drink though I must confess I’m of one mind with Ms. Temple, who (according to Wikipedia) in a 1986 interview called it a “saccharine sweet, icky drink” and two years later went to court to prevent a plan to bottle the beverage using her name.

Nonetheless, I’m glad I tried it. That is one more new experience I can cross of my bucket list.

Fri, May 13th

  • We followed along to The Jack Lalane Show (DVD 5, Episode 3) shortly after waking up. I did some stretching later in the day.

Calories: 2008, Protein: 125 g.

Sat, May 14th

Rest Day.

Calories: 2024, Protein: 102 g.

I lost 1.75 lbs. this week. My total loss is 18.625 lbs. over thirteen weeks for an average of 1.43 lbs/week. My calorie intake for the week was 14,260.


* I, Claudius was also a good book.

** I wonder how the name Elagabalus would be for a cat?

Cat Caught a Mouse … in a sense.

So, not too long ago I mentioned that my cat caught a mouse and I would post something about that on some later date.  Well, that day is here.  Here we have our two feline frenemies, Roxy and Wyatt.  Roxy, the fawn-colored, Siamese mix, is the focal point of our sorry tale of betrayal and woe today.*

Together in a rare moment of congeniality.

So I was working on something (I forget what) on my laptop, which I took out to the living room.  I have a desk there where I often write or edit while watching old movies or Youtube or whatever with my husband at night.  I got up to go do something and when I came back I found this charming situation.

My poor mouse!

It seems, according to my husband who witnessed the dark deed, Roxy jumped from the couch to a chair to the floor as she often does.  (She’s pretty agile all things considered.)  This time, however, she sort of used the corner of my desk as a springboard from the aforementioned couch to the aforementioned chair, and well, my mouse found itself in the soup, or rather my glass of soy milk.

Good as new along with its trusty back-up friend.

I figured my mouse was a goner.  Besides being in the soy milk, I have knocked it off my desk so many times that I had to put a piece of tape around it to keep the housing from falling apart.  But my husband, who is our resident Household Chief Technology Officer, thought it could be saved.  He dried out the mouse, did various other things to it – both arcane and mundane – and then even put a brand new piece of tape on it.

Much to my delight and amazement my old, soy milk-logged mouse was as good as new.  Heck, better than new, because it was cleaner and now had fresh batteries.

Thanks Roxy!

“You’re welcome, anytime, mortal,” Roxy says.

As you can see, Roxy was very concerned about the mouse situation and one of the/her human running about waving its arms and making high pitched, fluting noises (not chirps) and then running off into the kitchen.  All in a days work for our resident alpha Siamese.

Gold Cat Clip Art

So, quite a bit going on outside of cat-based shenanigans.  I have another book on the way, where some of my poems found a home.  I’ll post that when I get the author copies in the mail.  Also working on my next D&D game, which will be this Saturday, January 25th, 2020, and I visited a couple of local mystic shops here in Santa Cruz where I had a good time with such things as getting a tarot reading done, learning something about using a pendant (or wedding ring on a hunk of hair, perhaps, or whatever) for divination, and so on.

Be well until next time.


* Roxy has quite a vocabulary, ranging from polysyllabic, fluting chirps to the (my personal favorite) deep, echoing howls where if you are going about the house in bare feet you’ll feel the tingle of cat vibrations resonating up through the floorboards.

Poetry and Painting Helper

This has proven a busy (in a good way) past few days.  I heard back from Dragon Soul Press yesterday.  I sent them some of my poetry for their upcoming anthology, Organic Ink, Volume 2, which is currently due to come out around the end of 2019.*  

I’m pleased to say that my work is going to appear in the anthology, and they sent me this graphic.  The book, I’m told, is going to be available in both electronic and physical formats, as the picture below suggests.

I’m particularly pleased the editors decided to use the longish poem that I wrote as a retelling of the Pandora’s Box myth, The War of the Jar. The idea came, in part, from reminding myself of Hesiod’s five ages of humanity from Works and Days.  My poem was set in his third age where (as Hesiod reports), Zeus created a “race, sprung from ash trees; and it was in no way equal to the silver age, but it was terrible and strong.”

So I am thinking that I might extend things and do some other poetry for Hesiod’s other four ages too.  Although I was never a particular fan of the Pandora myth, since I first heard it as a wee one in the late 1960’s, I am a fan of Hesiod’s Five Ages, which evokes for me vibrations of Conan and the Drums of Tombalku, mixed with a little H.P. Lovecraft, various romantics, and a dash of Blake and maybe Milton.

Probably a faster painter than I am, even without thumbs!

I haven’t sallied forth onto the painting front for quite awhile, but I decided to brave the Plateau of Unpainted Models (possibly near Leng?) and pick away at a poxwalker I got about half done and then left to its own devices a few months ago.

I stepped away for a few minutes and when I came back I found I had a painting helper, who had no intention of moving from her spot.  (Maybe the plateau is in fact nearer Ulther than Leng?)

In any case, between the two of us we made some good progress on our poxwalker and hope to finish #17 this weekend.  I went to see the new Rambo movie this weekend with my husband, and afterwards bought some Plaguebearer Flesh contrast paint to experiment with on old #17.**


*  As a reader, I’m planning on checking out DSP’s story anthology, Coffins & Dragons, which as I understand features stories that have both vampires and dragons in the same tale.  At a mighty 620 pages, it is quite a hefty tome and will keep me busy for awhile, I’m sure.

**  I think poxwalkers like it when you experiment on them; at least I think they try and get into the spirit of the thing.  Still, I think it is fast approaching the time we should bring the experiment to a happy conclusion.  After all, I have been working on the wretched mob since the Dark Imperium boxed set first arrived, over two years ago now!