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**This journal entry was originally scheduled for before Memorial Day. Despite its latency, the content below is still relevant and you can apply it next year at Memorial Day - and for parts of it - perhaps even during the Fourth of July or Veteran’s Day next November to honor Veterans and their service to the Nation.**
This weekend in the United States is not about barbecuing, boating, water skiing, or fishing. This weekend is about Honor and Remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. This weekend is about honoring those who have died for the United States of America.
There are several things that you can do, small things - simple things:
This year, I wanted to honor LTC Jason Good, one of my former bosses who made a tremendous impact on me as a young officer in the Army. In February, Jason died far too young and left behind a beautiful wife and two children.
On most Memorial days, Jason would do the Cross Fit Hero WOD “Murph” to honor those who had fallen in the name of freedom. So this year, I wanted to do it because Jason no longer could.
(Murph is comprised of: Running 1 mile, completing 300 squats, 200 push-ups, 100 pull-ups and then running another mile. It’s brutal.)
I wrote a training plan and completed “Murph” for time with my 20# vest on. I did it in 43:38, which is a pretty solid time, but it wasn’t about the time. It was about the effort that I put into training for “Murph,” and the effort I gave when I did it for time.
And remember how I wrote several months back about what to do with your ‘leftover’ fitness? Well, you know what I did? I did “Murph” again - this time with no vest. I did it with a friend yesterday - and it was awesome. On Wednesday, I’ll do it at work - again.
This Memorial Day, take time to honor those who have fallen in the cause of freedom. There are a lot of ways you can do this - and I’ve listed a few above - but just take the time to do it. You’ll walk away from it more grateful for your freedom and the time that you are spending with your family and friends.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, but above all - remember why you are enjoying the day off.
Train hard. Train smart.
Lieutenant Colonel Ed Arntson (I got promoted last month!)
If you suffer chronic inflammation, chances are you’ve tried everything you could think of to make the pain go away.
The usual solutions people turn to include:
For most people, these solutions fail to provide consistent, long-term relief.
Medications provide short-term relief, special exercises help to some extent, but herbal remedies or supplements may not have worked as well as you hoped.
In today’s highly competitive economy, the new normal is for food manufacturers to use marketing ploys to make their products appear healthy – even when they aren’t.
Maltodextrin is one of the most common, hidden-in-plain-sight cons on the market today. It is glorified, processed sugar that masquerades as “carbs.”
It might sound unbelievable, but read the following quote from BellChem – a top US producer of maltodextrin:
“Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that can be hundreds of sugar molecules in length, which is much larger than the simple carbohydrate arrangement of glucose. Many soft drinks and other flavored beverages contain maltodextrin in their formulas so that they can have a lower amount of sugar on their nutrition facts labels. On the nutrition label, maltodextrin is included under the “Total Carbohydrate” heading, instead of the “sugars” label.”
The Infantry Battalion that I am fortunate enough to command - 3-187 Infantry, the Iron Rakkasans - conducts an event each Spring called the Iron Warrior Challenge (IWC).
The IWC can be a single event or a series of events designed to test Soldiers physically and mentally. The purpose of this event is to link the currently serving Soldiers with those who previously served in the unit, and to remember those that have gone before us and all they endured in the service of our Great Nation. The event was started by GEN (retired) David Petraeus when he commanded the Iron Rakkasans in the early 90s, and has continued on ever since.