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Phone and food

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Today is Sunday. Calm before another storm. Did some training. Overhead press and barbell shrug. Training day is usually a good day. 

In the evening we went to the mall. Nan bought a new phone to replace the iPhone 5s that got lost in Laos. So now we have two Huawei phones at home. P9 and G7 Plus. They are good phones with nice prices.

Then we had dinner of chicken and bbq pork ribs. After that it was late so we just decided to go home. It was a quick and efficient shopping trip. Phone and food. There was nothing else to buy.


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July 31, 2016 at 9:13 pm

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Weight loss

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Just lifting. Nothing fancy. Exactly what I need. A couple days of rest before a busy week.

Weight has come down a bit. I would like to be big and strong, not skinny but it’s hard to gain weight. I just eat till I feel full and don’t like to go beyond that. Drinking milk seems to be the easiest way to go.


FitNotes Workout – Saturday 30th July 2016

** Flat Barbell Bench Press **
– 40.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 55.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 65.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 70.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 47.5 kgs x 8 reps

** Chin Up **
– 6 reps

** Barbell Front Squat **
– 40.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 5 reps

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July 30, 2016 at 9:33 pm

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So much talking

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Sometimes, a day is better spent alone. Today was one of those days.

Another long day of meeting. Nothing of value was acquired.

People often don’t listen enough. There’s so much talking, but nothing gets done. Listen more. Think more.

Some people avoid silence. It should instead be cherished. It’s good to sit alone in peace and think.

I can’t think in a room full of people talking.

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July 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm

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Time management

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Meeting in a hotel. A full day of sitting and listening to lectures, and eating sugary coffee-break snacks. Not a day well spent. I don’t think it was very cost- or time- effective. Got very little out of it.

Many things to catch up. Little time to train. Not enough hours in a day it seems. One must set priorities and avoid trying to do everything. It’s better to get something done well, than to leave a bunch of things half finished and poorly done.

At home, I lifted for a very short time, then I had to get some work done on the computer. The lower back is still not 100% so I can’t do much anyway. Pull-up and bench are the best movements for now.


FitNotes Workout – Thursday 28th July 2016

** Pull Up **
– 10 reps
– 10 reps

** Barbell Row **
– 60.0 kgs x 6 reps

** Romanian Deadlift **
– 60.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 10 reps

** Reverse Grip Bench Press **
– 40.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 15 reps

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July 28, 2016 at 9:35 pm

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Detached from the outcome

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Do your best and forget about it.

We are organizing a big conference. People get stressed out. But you shouldn’t really. Outcomes are impostors. Are they really important? They depend too much on external factors. Take your best shot. Launch the arrow. Give your best effort. Then say good bye, let it happen, and go on living your life.

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July 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm

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Feet in sand

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Working in Nakorn Sri Thammasat for three days beginning today. We had a fresh and clean air to breathe and yummy southern food to eat.

We had a full day of lectures, learning things about plasma physics. In the evening we went to take a stroll on the nice and quiet beach. Peaceful place.

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July 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm

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The destination

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Training day. Wanted to go heavy. The right knee wouldn’t let me. So I concentrated on the bench only. Pushed to the max weight I could currently do. No PB, but still a good day. Learned where I’m at.

A colleague died from a heart attack yesterday. He was young. Good guy who I didn’t get to talk much with. I don’t get sad over deaths. Dead is our common destination. I could die tonight and it would be natural. The world goes on.

When I die that’s the end of my journey. That’s all it is. I wouldn’t want people to get sad about my death. I want a death to be a reminder to think of life deeply. The only thing that matters is whether you are having fun and loving what you do. That’s all that matters. It’s not what people remember you by. No. You can’t live for others’ approval. They all are going to die too. In about a hundred years from now nobody will remember you, and you shouldn’t mind. Be in the moment. Have fun on your journey and be true to yourself.

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July 24, 2016 at 7:03 pm

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