Monday Bacon: Jammie Pants

Want your own Bacon Jammy Pants to manipulate your family members? Here they are:

We only have a few days left before the crazy called “Holidays” are upon us. Logistically, there are more things to work out than we’re used to and the stress is already starting. At a time where it’s easy to get swept up in others expectations of a perfect holiday, it’s time to lay out some goals and come up with a game plan to not only survive it, but actually enjoy it.

Step 1: Focus on training. It’s easy to get away from training as office parties; family get togethers; kids school concerts; etc are in full swing. Training gets me through this stress. To take an hour every day and just focus on the task at hand in the gym is a huge stress relief for me, I’m thankful that I’m able to train.

Step 2: I remind myself that I need to be flexible. What I want may need some finagling but we’ll figure it out. I want my kids here at Christmas. How that’s going to happen in between travel; school; one who’s on the road for work and we never know where he’ll be from week to week is a toss up but hopefully we’ll figure it out. Just be flexible and trust that how it pans out will be fine.

Step 3: Have perspective. This brings up the jammie pants. I’m not going into detail but there was a storm brewing over tradition and how Bigg and I not being married is throwing a curve ball into the situation. We resolved it with Christmas beer (and I just came up with the idea that we should throw some bacon in that mix)…and perspective. I will consider those around me to be extremely blessed if some of the biggest worries they own is keeping a family tradition. While I can be pleased for them, I have others close to me who aren’t so fortunate and my heart is with them.

Step 4: Have plenty of alcohol on hand. Think I’m kidding? Nope. Good wine; awesome local brewed beer; and even some good ‘ol Wisconsin Old Fashion’s will be close at hand.

Step 5: Have fun. That will be the main goal, to enjoy. If the hustle and bustle becomes stressful…see Step 4.

Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we’ll be seeing six or seven.

W C Fields

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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4 Responses to Monday Bacon: Jammie Pants

  1. Susan says:

    I’m glad you liked my bacon pants! Would love to have been attributed as the maker of them, here’s my original post:

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