Reflections on the Grind

thoughts on training and life of an introvert

Cutting isn’t easy

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Went to a funeral today. Funeral is a great reminder to not waste time with things you don’t want to do. Today is all you have. Hoy es todo lo que tienes.

Got home late. Just a light workout today before dinner. Pull-ups and curls. Cutting phase continues. Losing weight is harder than expected so far. I need to do better. Necesito hacer mejor.

Not there yet, but happy to be in the journey.

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December 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm

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Front squat progress

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The year will soon end. What goals have you accomplished? What knowledge have you accumulated? How much have you grown? Be thankful to be alive.

There have been no progress on the front squat for a very long time. That ended today. One of the most uncomfortable lifts of mine. Going toward 100 kg.
It’s all about small consistent progress.

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Workout – Tuesday 6th December 2016

** Barbell Squat **
– 40.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 80.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 90.0 kgs x 3 reps
– 100.0 kgs x 5 reps

** Barbell Front Squat **
– 80.0 kgs x 2 reps
– 95.0 kgs x 2 reps [PR] [Belt]
– 90.0 kgs x 2 reps [Belt]
– 90.0 kgs x 1 rep [Belt]
– 90.0 kgs x 4 reps [PR] [Belt]

** Pull Up **
– 10 reps

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December 6, 2016 at 8:57 pm

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Here now, gone soon

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Don’t get attached to anything. Live in the moment and always be mindful.

Get smarter everyday. Use your wisdom to learn facts and detach feelings from the truths. Grow your mind and expand your horizon.

The most important goal in your limited time on this earth is the pursuit of your own happiness. Keep asking yourself whether you should be doing the things you’re doing. You should neither sacrifice yourself to others, nor ask others to sacrifice themselves for you. Don’t waste your life trying to please others.

Never try to control others, and refuse to be controlled by anyone. You are free to do anything you like, as long as it doesn’t physically harm others. It’s called freedom. Freedom of expression, freedom of thoughts, freedom of action. Protect yours.

You are here now, but can be gone at any moment. Make sure to live your life the way you really want.

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December 5, 2016 at 7:34 pm

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OHP PB

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Major achievement today is new overhead press 8RM. Did some squats but no PB. Good hard training day.

Also made progress on our vacation planning. Flight and rooms are booked. Excited. Seoul, we are coming.

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Workout – Sunday 4th December 2016

** Overhead Press **
– 35.0 kgs x 6 reps
– 35.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 40.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 7 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 8 reps [PR]

** Barbell Squat **
– 40.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 80.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 100.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 100.0 kgs x 5 reps

** Running (Treadmill) **
– 1.0 km in 10:00

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December 4, 2016 at 11:32 pm

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Shopping and training

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Out for coffee (piccolo latte at Ristretto), ate nice late lunch (on the table), lifted (bench press and rack pull, just getting some pump in), shopped on Amazon (Bluetooth speakers and headphones, and some gym stuffs).

I try to avoid owning too many things, but if there are things I need and make my life more enjoyable I’m happy to obtain them. Been needing good wireless speakers for a while.

It’s day 3 of cutting. Mainly reducing carbs and avoiding sugar. Still far from where I bed to be. Need to keep going.

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December 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

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In need of caffeine

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Light workout to end the work week. Three-day weekend awaits. Must make it count. It is day 2 of cutting. Eating less. Gonna need a strong dose of caffeine to have energy to train.

Bought some socks today as I don’t have many good socks left. As I grow older I’m more willing shell out more money for higher quality items. Life is too short to endure cheap and crappy products.

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Workout – Friday 2nd December 2016

** Romanian Deadlift **
– 45.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 55.0 kgs x 10 reps

** Barbell Row **
– 45.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 55.0 kgs x 10 reps

** Chin Up **
– 8 reps
– 8 reps

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December 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm

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Entitlement

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One should have to work for what one wants. Nobody is entitled anything on life. If you make yourself dependent on government handouts or charitable donations you already lose at life. 

Life is tough, and that’s the way it should be. Freebies that come your way have to be taken out, forcibly, of someone else’s pocket. That’s a communist, not a free society.

Crying for $15 per hour minimum wage is stupid. You are not entitled to be paid anything up front. The business’s performance should be what determines that. Minimum wage jobs don’t require much skill, so that’s why they minimum wages. By trying to raise minimum wage, you force the business not to employ you. It just doesn’t make sense to overpay employees. It’s nothing personal, just business. Now the minimum wage jobs, which used to be for new workforce, are being replaced by robots and automation. Unemployment rises. 

Businesses exist to make money, not to give you jobs. Lose the sense of entitlement or lose your employment. You have no right to demand what the business owners pay you. The market dictates your worth. Nobody is obligated to give you anything in this world.

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December 1, 2016 at 8:38 pm

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