Reflections on the Grind

thoughts on training and life of an introvert

Bench press 5rm

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New personal best on a sick day. Sometimes you need to believe.

Focus on your goal. Ignore what other people are up to unless they inspire you to be better.

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October 23, 2016 at 8:28 pm

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Quiet day

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Didn’t do much today. Finished another season of a TV series. Did some light workout just to get the blood flowing. Got a haircut and shopped for food. It’s like being down for a count from this virus. I will get up again but not now. Now is the time of rest.

Being sick like this, a quiet day at home is the thing I need the most.

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October 22, 2016 at 8:55 pm

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Time to rest

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Moving day. Don’t know if it’s the physical exertion, heat, or dust, but I’ve gotten sick. Need a good rest this weekend. How to recover soon.


These days I try to avoid social media even more than I typically do. Years of propaganda have done strange things to people. Life is too short to get caught in other people’s drama.

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October 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm

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DIY if it’s important

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It’s better to rely on yourself when you really want something to get done the right way. Don’t expect anything from anybody because you will just be disappointed. 

If you want something done right, do it yourself. It’s hard work for sure, but if it’s important to you, you better give it a high priority and just do it yourself. Even if the outcome may fail to match your expectation, at least you know you try with your best effort, and not just leave it to other people. They may not care as much as you do.

This blog may ramble about many different topics. However, the theme has always been same: Your happiness shouldn’t be determined by other people. It must not be. People always let you down, sooner or later. friends or foes. Don’t try to control what is not in your control.

If it’s important, just do it yourself.

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October 20, 2016 at 9:12 pm

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Pull day. Light weights can still cause the burn. Front raise is hard.
You get better not by one great training session, but by hard work. Greatness comes from being committed to something and doing it over and over, little by little, for months and years on end.


FitNotes Workout – Wednesday 19th October 2016

** Barbell Shrug **
– 60.0 kgs x 15 reps
– 80.0 kgs x 18 reps
– 80.0 kgs x 15 reps
– 90.0 kgs x 15 reps
– 90.0 kgs x 15 reps

** Front Dumbbell Raise **
– 5.5 kgs x 20 reps [PR]
– 5.5 kgs x 20 reps

** Chin Up **
– 10 reps

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October 19, 2016 at 8:30 pm

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Lots of stuff being thrown out today at work, as we move office. It’s a tedious process. We have too much stuff. It’s time to move to paperless workplace and reduce the number of purchases. 

I am a minimalist because I’m tired of all the maintenance of stuffs. Just that simple.

Deleting old emails is liberating. I try to do it whenever there is time.

Two new 17rm tonight before dinner. Squat and dumbbell bench press. Always a good way to end the day. 

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October 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm

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Belief is individual’s business

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I don’t care what you believe.

I don’t care about your politics,

or your religion,

or any of your likes and dislikes.

I don’t judge you.

What I care about, is whether you try to control me.

To control how I live my life,

How I should behave,

what books to read,

what movies to watch,

what food to eat,

what clothes to wear,

what emotions to have.

I mind that you think you have to control me.

I mind that you are that arrogant.

Who gives you the right to tell me

what products I am allowed to buy,

what activities I am allowed to do,

what things I am allowed to enjoy?

Don’t enslave each other.

Live with understanding and wisdom.

I don’t care about your choices; 

I respect your freedom and human rights.

And if you try to limit mine,

I have no room for you in my life.

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October 17, 2016 at 9:25 pm

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