Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A bit of background!

Ok I have decided that now is the time to give you a bit of a background story about myself. I was born in a small town in Northern Territory, Australia called Katherine. In the year 2000 my family and I moved to the capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin. I think it was so I could complete my senior schooling at a better school. That was going ok, not that I was a star student but my grades were ok. Then in the middle of year 12 my grandfather on my mums side passed away and it hit me pretty hard. Not that anyone knew that, they all thought that I was being strong. At the funeral I had two of my cousins crying on my shoulders but I did not shed a tear. I am one of those people who don't show their emotions that often especially grief, and at this time I was in Adelaide with my mum and younger brothers and I was expected to be the pillar of strength for everyone. As a result of this mid year event all my schooling went out the door and I finished the year with N/A on my certificate. Two days out of year 12 I was in full time work, and have never been out of work. Even though I have done many things like - sales rep, storeman, truck driver, hotel manager, sports development officer, sports administrator, cleaner, cinema manager, footwear manager at a sports store, aged care worker, garden maintenance and currently a support coordinator. See why I want a career in the police! From 2002 to 2004 my life revolved around rugby league and alcohol. Towards the end of 2004 I was approached by someone from one of the NRL clubs to say that they were goinig to watch me over the next year, but in October of 2004 my drinking took over and I had a car accident where I nearly killed myself. Not recommended people!
The next year was a bit of a struggle with doctor and dentist appointments plus pain it was a new threshhold on my pain barrier. I struggle of course until I met up with Danielle in late 2005 my now wife. Danielle changed everything for me, I now had someone around that believed that I could do what ever I wanted to (with a little work) and that was huge for me. After a few false starts I now know what I want and wont stop until I get there.
Now for my top three moments of my life.

1. My wedding day was beautiful and that was just from the glow off Danielle throw in a stunning sunset, great guests and a reception dinner to die for and I think it was perfect.

2. The birth of my first son Tennyson.

3. And of course the birth of my second son Naythan.

So that is me in a nutshell so it is time to look forward and achieve all of my future goals. by the way I loss some more weight I am now 94.6kg, as my son would say down, down, down,down,down.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Today is Sunday isn't it?

Yes Yes I did say that I will post on Sunday's but I am a bloke so Sunday can also mean later in the week. Anyway straight to it my weight as of Sunday was 95.5kg which is a loss of  .8kg. A loss is good but stil not happy with that. Lets set the bar at 1.5kg loss this week lets see how I go. I started Rugby Union sevens training with my brothers Zac and Josh, not sure if I will have a run but will see later on. I am what you call a Rugby League die hard I have almost all the history you can get in books and DVD's, so union??? Hmmmm I suppose it will get me fit.

My brothers Josh on the left and Zac on the Right with my son Tennyson after their Grand Final win this year.

Also on Monday a called the police to find out when their next recruitment was and the guy I was talking to said maybe May next year, then he added but there is a possibility it could be in October! I almost fell off my chair. At least if it is October I should be pretty fit with a full season of rugby under my belt (probably still league) anyway on that bombshell, I shall take my leave. I think this quote is fitting:

'Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings'

Monday, September 13, 2010

Just a thought!

Those who are quick to criticise our generation, forget who raised us.

So it Begins!

I have decided to attempt to gain entry into the Northern Territory Police Force....again. This will actually be my fourth application but things are alittle different this time around. In my previous attempts I have passed all that they put in front of me, which of course is frustrating when they say try again next time. I went into the testing with not much training or physical conditioning. In the physical testing you need to gain a mark of 50 out of 100. The last time I took the phyical was in January this year where I recieved a 70 out of 100, which is a pass and was my best score yet but still not enough. This time around I am aiming to achieve 90+ to give them no doubt but to sign me up.

My strength training is going well as I am already lift what I was when I applied earlier this year. It is my running endurance that needs the boot up the rear end, as the multi stage fitness test (beep test) has the largest allocation of points at 40 the best I have achieved previously is 20 and for every level you go up the points increase by 5. I have set up the beep test in our back yard and have a copy on my ipod, so I don't disturb the neighbours. My latest attempt was 6.0 which is 3 points off my best at 9.2 which I achieved midway through a Rugby season. By the time testing comes around I want to be at 10 (at least) but that is my goal anyway.

They check your BMI as well to make sure you are reasonably healthy too. Currently I am 96.3kg @ 177cm which puts my BMI @ about 30.83 so I am officially OBESE so enough on that but I will keep you informed to my progress on that front. The next intake is about to close this Friday, but due to when I tried out last time I have to wait til January 18 to apply again so this will be a long haul but one I hope will be worth it.

I will update as to my progress every Sunday so here we go, wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Here we go!

Not sure why I have decided to do this yet but as I go a pattern or theme may start to show, or witness the mindless rambling of a Territory bloke.

Now the introduction, my name is Luke Phillips and I was born in a small town called Katherine in Northern Territory, Australia. I am married and have two kids. My wife's name is Danielle and we have been married for just over a year but have been together for 5 years this October. My boy's names are Tennyson (3yrs)and Naythan (4mnths).

                                                       Insert Danielle and the boys here!
Ok well I am not one to be on the computer for long periods so I will leave you with this qoute:

"Many say I am just one to try. I say I am one less to quit. – Diego Marchi"