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Archive for March 2016

What a PB means

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Best part of a the training process is achieving something you have never done before. To obtain a personal best means that you are, right now, the best version of yourself. You aren’t just getting old but also getting better.

Have you achieved a PB lately? If not, you better get to work. You need to take care of yourself better. Make yourself proud. Set goals and work hard to get there.

The journey is within. It all depends on you. Try to become a better version of yourself everyday. The PB is the ultimate wakeup call.


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March 31, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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To keep improving you must keep training. Keep showing up and pushing forward. The easiest thing in the world to do is making excuses.

I don’t have time. Have other things to do. Worked late. I want to treat myself. Let’s just chill today.

Nobody cares about your excuses. When you come up with a reason not to do something, you are just announcing to the world that, that thing isn’t that important to you. So why bother? Just go do something else.

Train without making excuses.

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March 30, 2016 at 8:51 pm

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Life without children

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My friends and colleagues mostly have children now or are about to have ones. Naturally as a married person I keep being asked when I’m going to have my own. I keep telling them that I don’t want one.

As I’m approaching 40 soon, I’ve made peace with my decision. The reason I don’t have any children is simply that I don’t want any. My wife also feels similarly. We don’t feel a particular urge to become parents.

Here’s what i feel. People who really want to have kids and really want to be parents should have kids. Those who don’t want one or those who are not sure shouldn’t. There are enough people in the world and too many children being neglected or abused. Don’t have children just because you and your spouse are biologically capable. Have them if you are sure you want to have them and believe you can raise them well.

I’m happy for my friends and colleagues and loved ones who are happy with their kids. I can enjoy playing with the little ones from time to time. But that doesn’t make me want to have my own.

Yes I’m missing out on being a dad. But everyone is missing out on many things in life as well. Maybe people are missing out on things purposefully because they prefer life without those things. It’s our choice to choose the life we want to live. A child-free life is what I want.

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March 29, 2016 at 8:37 pm

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These days we often want things quickly with little effort. Instant gratification is desired and sought after. We get upset when we fail to see daily improvement.

You need to keep on going. After a while, those small improvements add up. You need to be patient.

Life is about a series of small improvements. Getting older is about getting wiser. The process is more important than the outcome.

End results aren’t important. When you die, everything ceases to matter. Everyone you know will die. One day there will be nobody in the world that knows anything about you. It’s the journey right now that holds the meaning. It’s your pursuit of your goal. Enjoy the process and keep making small progress. Have fun.

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March 28, 2016 at 8:04 pm

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News overconsumption

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Today I train chest (bench), back (pull up and db row), and shoulders (top-half ohp).

When you wake up in the morning, appreciate the fact that you are alive, and able to think, to enjoy, and to love.

– Marcus Aurelius

Everyday, undesirable things happen in the world. You can get the news instantly these days through your phone and computer. It’s actually not always good to know everything that’s going on in the world.

I don’t have the time and energy to be depressed about the world. There would be no time to do anything else. It’s a waste of time to over consume news. I don’t get involved in things outside my control. It’s mentally taxing. Most things are not worth investing time on. Life is short. To me, it’s better spent focusing on your own goals.

Bad things are natural. They are going to keep happening no matter what. It’s foolish to think you can change the world. Focus on things within your control. You are alive. At the end of the day, you might not be. Make today count.

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March 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm

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Legs and back

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It’s weekend. Time to train. Four sets of squat and two of deadlift. Short, but today is definitely not an easy day. 70-75% of maxes for 8-9 reps. Legs and back are sore in a good way.

Postworkout meals are pretty great. I like to treat myself once in a while. Today it’s smoked wild sockeye salmon. Ate it with eggs and cheese.


Another day of training in the book.

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March 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm

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Friday grind

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An evening in the gym after work. Nothing spectacular. Just an average training session of barbell row, overhead press, and chin up. 8-10 reps per set. Legs are still sore from the squat two days ago. Nothing heavy today. Light weight may sound easy. It’s not. High reps increase lactic acid in the muscles and high-rep training is painful in its own way. Still it’s easier for the joints and tendons than heavy days.

Good simple dinner of rice, chicken breast, and egg. Protein shake before bed.

Weekend is coming up. Train, eat, progress.

Believe you can be more.

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March 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm

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