Reflections on the Grind

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Not enough rest

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Two lifts today. OHP and barbell shrug. No PB. Felt sleepy and low in energy. I need more sleep and more food. 😑😴

You’re not going to progress much if you don’t take care of your recovery and nutrition, even you train everyday. You need to be disciplined to get to where you want to go.

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Workout – Tuesday 31st May 2016

** Overhead Press **
– 30.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 35.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 40.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 47.5 kgs x 6 reps
– 47.5 kgs x 6 reps

** Barbell Shrug **
– 40.0 kgs x 15 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 15 reps
– 80.0 kgs x 15 reps
– 100.0 kgs x 6 reps
– 122.5 kgs x 6 reps [Straps]
– 122.5 kgs x 7 reps [Straps]
– 100.0 kgs x 10 reps [Straps]

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May 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

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Effort is what counts

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Had a meeting just in time before there was a blackout. There was an accident in the area. A truck hit a power line pole by accident.

Has a small lunch and felt very hungry.

Got home and trained on an almost empty stomach. Squat time. The weights aren’t as heavy as they used to be. But I do what I can at the moment.

The numbers aren’t important. It’s the personal journey within. The effort is what really counts. If the 60 kg feels as heavy as tge 100 kg you used to lift, then the 60 kg attempt is as good as the 100 before.

Dinner at home. Beef sauce spaghetti.

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May 30, 2016 at 2:28 pm

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Heavy rep

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Bench day. Was determined to go heavy this morning. Gotta test yourself sometimes to see what you are at. Took a caffeine pill to help wake up a bit. Tested and improved 1rm. Wasn’t the best form. Strained my back slightly. That’s what a max effort is usually like: not pretty. But that’s something to work on.

This whole weekend was spent at home, due to construction. Didn’t matter. Got training done.

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May 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm

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One day at a time

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Some construction at the house today. Mostly taking down walls to prepare for renovation. It was a loud and dusty day.

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Got some lifting in. Right shoulder feels a little tight. Best to take it easy for now. Going to challenge myself more tomorrow if there is no issue. If I feel good, I go heavy. If not, then I won’t risk injuries. Just taking it one day at a time.

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Workout – Saturday 28th May 2016

** Close Grip Barbell Bench Press **
– 40.0 kgs x 13 reps
– 40.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 10 reps

** Barbell Row **
– 50.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 70.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 70.0 kgs x 12 reps

** Pull Up **
– 7 reps

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May 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

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Easy Friday

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A rather uneventful day at work. Nice to be able to sit back and relax once in a while. Calm before a storm. Next week is going to be busy, with meetings on four out of five days. I do not mind meetings as long as they are productive. They often take too long and diverge a lot though.

Went out to have lunch with a couple of colleagues. Grilled beef was rather good. Better than what I can find in the cafeteria. It’s also about five times as expensive the cafeteria food I usually eat. Good things don’t come cheap.

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It’s good to wrap up another work week. Now time to enjoy the weekend. Have to oversee renovation at the house.

Quick and easy session this evening, as typical of a Friday session. Bench up to 70%. A set of pull-ups and chin-ups each.

I don’t think I eat enough. I want to get bigger and stronger. A new eating plan is needed.

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May 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm

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OHP

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Overhead pressing is hard. PB’s are rare to come by. Today is a good day with a new 3rm.

Will get that fourth rep one day.

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May 26, 2016 at 9:34 pm

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School days reflection

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Been almost 11 years that I have finished my study. Today I became friends on FB with someone from the school. Someone I admire. Brought back memories. Time has flown. I still want to go back and visit there one day before too long.

The time I had as a student there will never return. Each day only happens once. Don’t take life for granted. Don’t put off doing things you want to do and being the type of person you to be.

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May 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm

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