Reflections on the Grind

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Starting writing too late is always a mistake. I’m way too sleepy to be creative. 

Just did some pull-ups today. I seem to struggle less if I put my hands closer together.

Went to have lunch at my colleague sister’s restaurant. Then in the evening we had dinner with my dad and mom, for my birthday.

It’s late and I’m sleepy. There’s a Barcelona game later tonight but I’m not going to make it.

 Just going to post pictures of the dinner. It’s a pretty nice place in Eastville mall.

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August 28, 2016 at 10:22 pm

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Test day

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Tested my (projected) maxes today. I fell short of my 300 wilkes score. But I gave my best with my current physical ability. Failure is part of the process. Falling short is better than not trying. A defeat is a progress.

Squat: 122.5 kg x 2

Bench: 95 kg x 4

Deadlift: 135 kg x 2

Projected total: 126 + 103.5 + 138.5 = 368 kg

Bodyweight: 70.7 kg

Wilkes score: 273

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August 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

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House renovation and repairs have concluded. Time to clean up and declutter. I need to own less things. At the moment I don’t own many, but I can still do better by throwing away unnecessary things. 

Busy at work. There are so many things to do. One thing at a time. Important things first. Cut down meaningless activities and assignments.
Trim down the unnecessaries in life and become happier.

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August 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

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Important meeting today. We aren’t near where we want to be yet. Just a milestone, but a crucial one. Little by little, together we will go far, with commitment and positivity. I’m happy to be part of the team.

I know very little compared to the others, but I believe I can contribute in some important way. I believe in teamwork. Everyone can be a positive addition to the team if the determination is there.

Training in the evening. Still didn’t like how my knees felt during squat. Turned to something else. Got a couple sumo deadlift PBs. Hadn’t pulled sumo in four months before today. I’m just not very good at it but I need to put in the work to get better. There is a lot if run for improvement.

Can’t force life to be the way you want it be. You cannot squat 140 kg if the knees say no. You need to accept your limitations and focus on your strengths.


FitNotes Workout – Thursday 25th August 2016

** Barbell Squat **
– 40.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 75.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 85.0 kgs x 5 reps
– 100.0 kgs x 1 rep

** Sumo Deadlift **
– 60.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 90.0 kgs x 10 reps [PR]
– 100.0 kgs x 4 reps
– 120.0 kgs x 3 reps [PR]

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August 25, 2016 at 9:46 pm

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Failure, mistake, accident, disappointment, carelessness, fuck-up, loss, heartbreak. Many words can be used to describe a today’s incident at work. 

A heavy piece of equipment we had worked hard on came crashing down due to an imbalance during a lift. The work was disfigured and unusable. It means loss of miney amd time. It means we have to start again from the beginning, almost.

Stuffs happen. If it is out of your control, it’s an indifference. Neither good or bad. Indifferences, either preferred or disprefered, cannot be sometging that make you lose your head from. What are you going to do? Stay defeated or just go ahead and restart? The wise and successful people only know one answer.

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August 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm

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Master your attitude

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Hard day at work. Lots of things to do. Can’t do them all. Must choose the most important ones and ignore the rest. Disregard those people who are upset with you because you decided not to help them. Do what’s right, in your view. Your happiness is not due to anyone else yourself. Have the correct attitude you will be the happiest person in the world. Be a master of not giving a fuck.

Choose your life. It’s yours. Why let other people choose it for you?

Light session in the evening. My solution to a hard day is lifting heavy weight. Bench day. Always one of my favorite days. Got new 16rm and 19rm. Yeah.

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August 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm

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Magic word

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Focus on your journey, then you can live a stress free life.

Think of your life as a long movie. Be the hero of the movie. This is the only movie that matters. Don’t worry about the other movies.

Today I said no to a request. Even if I want to help, I already have enough on my plate. I couldn’t possibly do anything well if I were to take on any more responsibility. 

You can’t help everybody. Or you would be living your life for someone else. My hero is someone who does things that mean something to him. Life is not to be wasted doing something he doesn’t want to. The magic word is “no”. 

The hero doesn’t mind if someone think badly of him. He lives the way he wants to live. That means he must learn to say a lot of no’s.

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August 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm

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