Reflections on the Grind

thoughts on training and life of an introvert

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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Neighborhood cafe

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Coming in to work the last week of the year. No rest yet. There are things to be done. 

Last week we went to visit this newly opened restaurant in the neighborhood. It’s small, chic, and very close to our house. The success rates of new restaurants around here are not spectancular. Hope this one lasts.

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December 26, 2016 at 11:24 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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Easing back

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Back from the dead. After not lifting it eating, weight has dropped by only 1 kg the past week. A smaller drop than expected. Time to get back to living and training.

The neighborhood around the house is not good to walk. Soi dogs are scary. There aren’t cops to be seen. At night if something happens nobody would come help you. The sois are small and have no footpaths. It’s dangerous to walk alongside the cars. It’s just unpleasant.

Bach to the gym and did some light squats. Felt slightly lightheaded. Need to ease back slowly

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December 23, 2016 at 11:20 pm

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Some light at the end of the tunnel

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Day six. No driving or lifting. But could lift my head up from the desk. Could start eating. Could focus on tasks for a longer period of time.

Saw a doctor. Diagnosed to be a simple cold. Got a bunch of medicines to take. 

It’s a common cold that hit like a truck. But I’m almost over it now.

Tomorrow I hope to get back to training. 

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December 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm

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