day 853 – dodge life

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today was a highly anticipated night of dodgeball – the all friend’s rivalry. it’s not everyday all three opponents are my friends, teammates, enemies and biggest rivals. there was no letdown and no shortage of fun tonight, it must be the best week of this season by far. playing thirty games a night is now a norm for me because not only do i play for my team, but i sub for other teams and even play against my own team. all this dodgeball craziness happened after a training session, which i recently found i play better when i am already all tired out. it was one of those nights that had fun written all over it and if it weren’t for the photos, i wouldn’t even realize how much fun i actually had

day 852 – student appreciation

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students showing me some love bringing me an early christmas gift. these are constant reminders of why i continue to teach and coach even when i am outright exhausted. seeing my students work hard, improve and achieve is the greatest reward an instructor can have. i do take pride in seeing all that happen before my eyes. there will be times when i will rant about teaching, but sometimes i feel like i am too attached to let go of it

day 851 – master cup fun

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sixteen hour super long day today running on five hours of sleep is no doubt taxing. started the morning off at master cup championship, then checked into dodgeball playoffs filling in for a depleted team, another pit stop at the gym before going out for dinner and then a friend’s friend’s place for some games. i must admit i am ultra disappointed not becoming tier 5 champion because i had high hopes to lead this team somewhere. nonetheless i still had tons of fun and wouldn’t mind getting another stab at it next time around

day 850 – my time

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running on my own schedule and doing what i want to be doing. it’s all about taking back the reins of my own life and steering it where i actually want to go, not because i must go. i am thankful for all the support i have received lately, it was a tough decision but i am glad to know there’s so many people backing me up when i need it most. when was the last time i could confidently say i am living with the freedom of choice. that’s living my life

day 849 – big decisions

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i think i made one of the biggest decision since my existence but i also think it’s a necessary one. i’ve been in limbo for quite some time but i kept quiet and tried to hide everything inside. today, i took a huge leap of faith and let go of something i really should have let go long ago, but was afraid to do so. i sat at starbucks to recollect myself because i wasn’t sure if i was aware what just happened. now it’s time to collect my thoughts and think about the steps i need to take moving forward. this was an all important decision and i believe it’s the right one because without it, i would continue to be a robot assuming my regular routine. this really forces me to focus on what i really needed to do – think about what’s best for me

day 848 – that leg kick

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someone’s got evidence that i do indeed have a high leg kick follow through that’s victimized many of my teammates. i think it just comes naturally i don’t even notice it and the fact that i am nimble makes it scary as to how high it can get. this is the second last week of regular season play before we head into crunch time playoffs. i better get it together although i have made an abundance of catches lately which somewhat boosts my confidence by a smidgen. with all the seriousness gearing up for playoffs, it’s still important we still focus on having fun

day 847 – secret stash

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i think my mom’s addiction to avocado just got worse. i came home and my mom was eager to show me the four new packages of ripe and ready to eat avocado sitting on the counter. this is good news for me because i will never run out of avocados for my salad. feeling a little under the weather today, with my headache getting worse throughout the day on top of a sorry back from all that deadlifting yesterday. but toughed it out for yet another trip to the gym and also out to run some errands

day 846 – coffee call

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i succumbed to having caffeine so here i am sitting at starbucks with my coffee in one hand while my laptop is propped in front of me. trying to be productive at the coffee shop before heading to training and dodgeball. i don’t know what exactly turned my body on, but i definitely went into it with an extra boost of energy. being able to crank out five sets of deadlifts is a hefty number. i do expect my back to feel very sorry for all that i managed to crank out today. my fitbit line is amazing and i feel great with the numbers i made today. just praying that dehydration wouldn’t play a huge factor and cause multiple calf cramps that prevents me from sleeping

know no limit

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some things in life take a long time to learn, some things in life take a life time to adopt; many of which that takes longer are the lessons that are well worth the wait. i have been constantly hounded by motivated individuals that tells me limits only exist in the mind and that all records are meant to be broken and surpassed over time. their hard work and persistent ways of beating this concept into me has not gone to waste. i have been working hard on taking their words to turning them into reality, making progress every time i step in for whatever training it may be. i do have results to show for and certainly my mind has become stronger than what it once was not too long ago. being able to do what i couldn’t do last time is a step in the right direction, being what i thought i could never do is my ultimate prize. indeed, this is an important lesson i am still trying to drill into my mind, but i know it’s been slowly getting through to me. i hope my progress will be continual, that i will never stop short of striving for better every single time. one day, i ultimately hope to make them proud of me, to look back and see where i’ve been and how far i’ve come. i want no regrets, and i certainly don’t want to disappoint myself or anyone not having tried my best to achieve what i should very well be capable of

day 845 – gate six

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it’s chilly but it’s not raining, so why not enjoy a sunday stroll from hipster land to downtown. as long as i am dressed appropriately for this weather, i would be glad to be out making this trek. somewhere in between we stopped for vegetarian food at a hipster restaurant, canucks store at rogers arena, coffee at blenz and vegan gelato in false creek. my first time trying out vegetarian and vegan food; i actually don’t quite mind it at all and debating if i should give converting a try. i really wished my gyms closed later on weekends because i didn’t make it in before it closed