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Semen to ash

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Don’t let yourself forget how many doctors have died, after furrowing their brows over how many deathbeds.

How many astrologers, after pompous forecasts about others’ ends.

How many philosophers, after endless disquisitions on death and immortality.

How many warriors, after inflicting thousands of casualties themselves.

How many tyrants, after abusing the power of life and death atrociously, as if they were themselves immortal.

In short, know this: Human lives are brief and trivial. Yesterday a blob of semen; tomorrow embalming fluid, ash.

To pass through this brief life as nature demands. To give it up without complaint.

Like an olive that ripens and falls.

Praising its mother, thanking the tree it grew on.

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


Start training with resistance bands today. It’s a new kind of challenge.

Weight is down to 72 kg. Still the belly doesn’t seem to get any smaller.


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December 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm

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Massage stick

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Got myself a message stick. Always looking for ways to relieve muscle tightness. It’s pretty good for rolling calf and other leg muscles

Today was training day. Rack pull. 10 reps. Getting my groove back. 

Just two more days till the holidays. I’ve just about had enough of 2016 really. Need to take time off already.

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December 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

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40 next year

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Man this lack of energy thing really grinds my gears. The recovery is a bit too slow for my liking.

I do what I can. Today I had time for some bench press. Pushing whatever weight I could for nine reps.

Never give up no matter how crappy you feel. Don’t make any day a zero. Get better little by little.

Three more days of work remain this year. Going into 2017, I want to continue doing what I’ve been doing: mainly lifting and getting stronger, as well as learning languages and ideas. No zero days. Make life at forty a happy one.

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December 27, 2016 at 8:50 pm

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Best gifts

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Quiet day at home. Still not 100%. Light bench and rack pull to continue recovery.

In general feeling pretty skinny and weak. Need to change that. Need to eat and grow.

Best gifts are ones that you give to yourself. They aren’t external, like products you can buy from the stores or online. Gifts that make you consumers aren’t any good. Shopping is never ending. Best gifts are internal. They are mindsets to keep improving. You are the only one that can bestow such gifts on yourself.

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December 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

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Light weights

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Weekend at home. Trying to bring back strength before the end of the year. Nothing too heavy.


FitNotes Workout – Saturday 24th December 2016

** Flat Barbell Bench Press **
– 40.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 55.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 55.0 kgs x 11 reps

** Dumbbell Hammer Curl **
– 12.5 kgs x 10 reps
– 12.5 kgs x 10 reps

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December 24, 2016 at 11:03 pm

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OHP milestone

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A major PB today in the OHP. 2RM at 60 kg. Didn’t plan for it but been wanting to hit this milestone for a very long time. Previous best was 57.5 kg for one rep, way back in March this year. 

Not the cleanest reps but that’s what PB attempts usually look like.

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December 11, 2016 at 7:27 pm

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Focus and progress

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Day off. Time to get it done.

YouTube is great at learning about any subject. But you can go down the rabbit holes quickly and get very distracted about too many things. You can be interested in many things, but you should focus on just a few things if you want to get better.

Feeling pretty good these days. The longer you can stay injury free, the more progress you can make.


Workout – Saturday 10th December 2016

** Barbell Row **
– 45.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 45.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 65.0 kgs x 12 reps

** Rack Pull **
– 65.0 kgs x 15 reps [PR]
– 75.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 95.0 kgs x 10 reps
– 105.0 kgs x 9 reps [PR] [Belt]
– 125.0 kgs x 4 reps [PR] [Belt]
– 115.0 kgs x 5 reps [PR] [Belt]
– 115.0 kgs x 5 reps

** Chin Up **
– 10 reps

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December 10, 2016 at 7:26 pm

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