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Week 6: Willpower Boost

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Just enhance your willpower to resist temptation. 

It’s not one of those new-agey things where I advocate sitting under crystals and chanting “Ohm”, or waxing lyrical about chakras and energy.

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It’s about doing things. Things that aren’t necessarily fun – like crawling like a lizard or jumping like a kangaroo or running until my lungs give out.

The Five Simple Exercises for Improving Your Willpower from Paul’s Tips is quite a find. He suggests that to improve willpower, we should:

    • Drop a small bad habit
    • Learn something boring but useful
    • Do something you know you should every day for a week
    • Set yourself an achievable, but difficult goal with a date for reaching it
    • Have a month where you ban yourself from putting anything off

I’m staying away from booze (that’s willpower enhancing, isn’t it?) and exercising until my butt firms up. So who’s got no willpower, now?

Bone Dry Days: 15 (since 12 Feb)

Bet Days: 13/60 (since 14 Feb)

Achievements

Front Day: Separated the run from weights exercise because my feet hurt. I’m going for weekly wart removal from my sole. That makes it hard to run (much less walk on). Gave the calf raises a miss as well. It’s hard to balance on pain. Added 4 X Lizard Crawls (6 X) to make up for the run. Forgot to increase my Push Ups (ugh).

Back Days: Right knee started to hurt on the last Lizard Crawl set. No clicking noises, but some instability and soreness. I believe that it’s a hamstring-related injury. Fuck. I’m shutting down until 2 Mar.

Goals

Dates: 3-4 Mar

  • No changes. 

Training Routines

Dates: 24-25 Feb

Front Day

Exercises (3 Sets)
Weight: 16kg/side

  1. 10 X Squats
  2. 15 X Standard Push Ups; 13 X Inclined Push Ups
  3. 6 X Reverse Lunge with Shoulder Presses
  4. 10 X Bicep Curls to Arnold Presses 

Weight: 16kg

  1. 10 X Lunge

Did not do:

  1. 15 X Single Leg Calf Raises (+10 Double Leg Calf Raises)
  2. 2.5 km + Slope Running (4x 0.38 km)
    Timing: ?:?; Total: 4.02 km; Speed: ? km/h; Ave rest: 20 sec
  3. 2 min of Skipping Rope

Back Day

12 mins; 4 sets 

  1. 6 X Lizard Crawls (4 X to and fro)
  2. 10 X Straight-leg Deadlifts
  3. 5 X Rear Lunge to High Knee (per leg)

Exercises (3 Sets)
Weight: 16kg/side

  1. 10 X Single-leg Deadlifts
  2. 10 X Shrugs
  3. 10 X Back Rows

Unweighted (4 sets)

  1. 10 X Inclined Inverted Rows;  5 X Single-arm Inverted Rows
  2. 13 X Inclined Push ups 
  3. 3 X Pull Ups

Nightly

3 sets

  1. Planks: side (30 sec) & extended front (25 sec)
  2. 5 X Ab wheel mod (use a smooth cloth on a smooth surface)
  3. Single leg bridge (15 sec Ea)
  4. Stretches

Week 5.5: Like a Lizard

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

1 week past the halfway mark, almost 2 weeks without booze. I’m feeling somewhat stronger. Strangely, I’m always sleepy after my exercise. That’s enough to crash out for half an hour max.

Anyone knows why? I’d love to hear to from you.

My friend asked me about my Lizard Crawl exercise. It’s essentially crawling around on the ground like a lizard. I first learnt this in my MMA classes and found that it was a great full body workout for a very short amount of time. For anyone who doesn’t know how to do it, here it is, courtesy of YouTube.

Bone Dry Days: 11 (since 12 Feb)

Bet Days: 9/60 (since 14 Feb)

Achievements

Front Day: Dropped 1 Reverse Lunge to compensate for increased poundage. Ran all the way through and gotten somewhat faster, although I’ve taken quite a number of rests (15 to 30 sec) in between my slope runs.

Back Days: Single arm rows are a killer. It took everything out of my forearms until I couldn’t do any pull ups. Still doing 4 sets within 12 minutes. It feels easier strangely. I need to up the tempo.

Starting to plateau in my workouts, so I’m adding single-limb workouts. I’ve also included an Extended Front Plank where I use a stretched out  version of the Plank. It works my lats and abs harder than the usual Plank. Side Planks remain as is.

Goals

  • +1 to Standard & Inclined Push Ups (16 X; 14 X)
  • +1 to Reverse Lunge set (6 X)
  • Drop Average rest to 10 sec
  • +3 to Inclined Inverted Rows (10 X)

Training Routines

Dates: 21-22 Feb

Front Day

Exercises (3 Sets)
Weight: 16kg/side

  1. 10 X Squats
  2. 15 X Standard Push Ups; 13 X Inclined Push Ups
  3. 5 X Reverse Lunge with Shoulder Presses
  4. 10 X Bicep Curls to Arnold Presses
  5. 15 X Single Leg Calf Raises (+10 Double Leg Calf Raises)

Weight: 16kg

  1. 10 X Lunge

Run

  1. 2.5 km + Slope Running (4x 0.38 km)
    Timing: 36:37; Total: 4.02 km; Speed: 6.63 km/h; Ave rest: 20 sec
  2. 2 min of Skipping Rope

Back Day

12 mins; 4 sets 

  1. 6 X Lizard Crawls (4 X to and fro)
  2. 10 X Straight-leg Deadlifts
  3. 5 X Rear Lunge to High Knee (per leg)

Exercises (3 Sets)
Weight: 16kg/side

  1. 10 X Single-leg Deadlifts
  2. 10 X Shrugs
  3. 10 X Back Rows

Unweighted (4 sets)

  1. 7 X Inclined Inverted Rows;  5 X Single-arm Inverted Rows
  2. 13 X Inclined Push ups 
  3. 3 X Pull Ups

Nightly

3 sets

  1. Planks: side (30 sec) & extended front (25 sec)
  2. 5 X Ab wheel mod (use a smooth cloth on a smooth surface)
  3. Single leg bridge (15 sec Ea)
  4. Stretches

A Rant: Why not?

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

I asked a question.

And got back “Why not?” as a reply.

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I wanted answers, reasons, and a conversation, instead I get: “Why not?”. No doubt the answerer thought he was being cheeky and smart and mysterious. At that point in time, I ranked those two words amongst being inundated by locusts and blood plagues.

So why not use “Why not?”? Because it’s insolent and, lord of all nonsense and stupidity, a conversation killer.

There are better ways to be smart. Like…

  • “Because it’s there.”: Pay homage to mountaineers and people  who do crazy but WOW things.
  • “I’ve never done it before”: You’re open to trying new things. Interesting.
  • “Why do you think I do it?”: Throw the ball back in my court. Get me seeing it from your perspective.
  • “Why shouldn’t I do it?”: Ask for a contradictory stance. A challenge that’s less insulting than Why Not?

Of course, these are simply suggestions. But if you’re aiming to be less of a mysterious dick, well then, why not?

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Week 5

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

imageSome thing’s not right. I don’t know if it’s fatigue or just stress. But I’m slower and weaker. Anyways, I’m taking a break for a day. It should help me recover and I can lift better.

Perhaps it’s something in the food that I eat. I should review my diet and come up with a diet plan.

At this point in time, just monitor and see how I fare for this set where I’ll increase poundage.

Bone Dry Days: 7 (since 12 Feb)

Bet Days: 5/60 (since 14 Feb)

Achievements

Ran up and down the slopes for 3x, but took the short way back. I’ve skipped 3 mins of rope to make up for it. I’ll increase my running distance during my next set.

Otherwise I’ve achieved my goals for both days. My next goals are to increase poundage.

Goals

  • +1 kg to all weighted exercises
  • +1 to Standard & Inclined Push Ups
  • Push for 1 more set of Lizard Crawls on Back Day

Training Routines

Dates: 17-19 Feb

Front Day

Exercises (3 Sets)
Weight: 15kg/side

  1. 10 X Squats
  2. 14 X Standard Push Ups; 12 X Inclined Push Ups
  3. 6 X Reverse Lunge with Shoulder Presses
  4. 10 X Bicep Curls to Arnold Presses
  5. 15 X Single Leg Calf Raises (+10 Double Leg Calf Raises)

Unweighted

  1. 10 X Lunge

Run

  1. 2.4 km + Slope Running (3x); Timing: 27:53
  2. 3 min of Skipping Rope

Back Day

12 mins; 4 sets 

  1. 6 X Lizard Crawls (4 X to and fro)
  2. 10 X Straight-leg Deadlifts
  3. 5 X Rear Lunge to High Knee (per leg)

Exercises (3 Sets)
Weight: 15kg/side

  1. 10 X Single-leg Deadlifts
  2. 10 X Shrugs
  3. 10 X Back Rows

Unweighted (4 sets)

  1. 10 X Inclined Inverted Rows 
  2. 12 X Inclined Push ups 
  3. 3 X Pull Up 

Nightly

3 sets

  1. Planks: side & front (30 sec)
  2. Ab wheel mod (use a smooth cloth on a smooth surface) – 3 X (3 sets)
  3. Single leg bridge (15 sec Ea)
  4. Stretches
Categories: Exercise, Fitness

Glee: Flash Mob

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

If you were at ION Orchard on Saturday, 12 Feb, 5pm, you might have seen this bunch of kids prancing, jumping and dancing to Glee Anthems.

Glee Flash Mob Star World 3 (1024x683)

It’s actually a flash mob organised by Star World to promote Glee season 2. According to the folks, “The flash mob was made up of almost 70 performers, consisting of a few professional dancers, students and volunteers. Many of them were canvassed on the Glee Singapore Facebook page, where it took almost 800 man hours pull this together.”

I didn’t make it because of a sudden massive downpour. From what I saw in the video compilation – the kids were having fun and the dance steps are nifty. Niiccee…

The “having fun” bit is the most important of it all. If you’ve watch Glee, once Rachael, Finn and gang get it up there on stage, they’re rocking it our and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

God, that reminds me of the good times.

Oh yes, remember to catch Glee Season 2 on Starworld-Starhub.  And keep an eye out for the Justin Bieber experience. Now that’s a hoot.

 

More Glee Flash Mobs on TwitVid

Oooo… I Wanna Drink

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

So I made a bet with a friend to stay high and dry for 60 days. Just day 2 and already I’m tempted to down a cool, tall mug of fizzly beer. After all, there’s nothing like it after a day of meetings, writing and brainstorming.

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Jeez, I’ve never known brainstorming to be that tiring!

Obviously I didn’t fall off the wagon. Why? Because I want to win the bet. And I want to look good naked.

How did I hold out then? Well, I rushed to get something to eat (in this case, a rare 200-day Ribeye) to refuel my tired brain. And then I got a haircut with a fine wash. It sounds silly and chicky, but it got my mind off needing booze.

And I’m safe. At least for Day 2.

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Week 4.5

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Lord, another hangover.

This time, I’m swearing off the booze for good. I’ll still drink, but not in such vast, guzzley quantities that would put the guys below to shame.

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But talk is cheap (and people who know of my drinking predilection would scoff at this resolution), so I’ve come up with a bunch of tactics to stay away from Tiger and its many cousins.

Tactic 1: Feel like a drink? Head out for an hour of good, hard massage.

Tactic 2: Whenever I buy a drink, chuck equivalent amount of money in my sober piggy bank.

Tactic 3: No more than 2 drinks, if I do drink.

Tactic 4: Keep a Bone Dry Day Count on this blog. Starting on 12 Feb 2011.

Tactic 5: If a massage is not possible, then work on a story (at this rate, I’ll be publishing reams of them!)

Bone Dry Days: 3 

Achievements

I wussed out on the run again. Managed to run up and down the slopes but walked all the way back. I’ll skip rope to make up for my wussiness.

Otherwise I’ve achieved my goals for both days. My next goals are to just increase reps and increase poundage.

Goals

  • +1 to Standard & Inclined Push Ups
  • +2 to Single Leg Calf Raises
  • +1 to Pull Up
  • +2 min to Back Day

Training Routines

Front Day

Exercises (3 Sets)
Weight: 15kg/side

  1. 10 X Squats
  2. 13 X Standard Push Ups; 11 X Inclined Push Ups
  3. 6 X Reverse Lunge with Shoulder Press
  4. 10 X Bicep Curls to Arnold Presses
  5. 12 X Single Leg Calf Raises (+10 Double Leg Calf Raises)

Unweighted

  1. 10 X Lunge

Run

  1. 2.4 km + Slope Running (4x); Timing: 38:40

Back Day

10 mins; 4 sets 

  1. 6 X Lizard Crawls (4 X to and fro)
  2. 10 X Straight-leg Deadlifts
  3. 5 X Rear Lunge to High Knee (per leg)

Exercises (3 Sets)
Weight: 15kg/side

  1. 10 X Single-leg Deadlifts
  2. 10 X Shrugs
  3. 10 X Back Rows

Unweighted (4 sets)

  1. 10 X Inverted Rows (on a box)
  2. 10 X Push ups 
  3. 2 X Pull Up 

Nightly

3 sets

  1. Planks: side & front (30 sec)
  2. Ab wheel mod (use a smooth cloth on a smooth surface) – 3 X (3 sets)
  3. Single leg bridge (15 sec Ea)
  4. Stretches
Categories: Exercise, Fitness
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