day 2445 – bugged knee

a bit of a bugger because i was doing well in these isolating days until hyper extending my knee on what should’ve been a basic move. it prompted my leg to go into shock, but i was hopeful sitting out a bit would let me continue to train. it was difficult to train, but i wasn’t ready to throw in the white towel. i changed up with it could handle which was predominantly back handsprings and handstands. learning to work with what i have has been a challenge over the course of this recovery, but something i’m slowly starting to adapt to

day 2437 – bucket snatch

i was challenged to do the trending bucket snatch or clean and jerk and decided to give it a go because i’m utterly bored and feel the need to entertain myself. i filled the each bucket with about six litres of water. the hardest part was not the weight itself, but dealing with the wobbly pvc pipe. the handle of the bucket also came off as i caught it above my head. i must admit it was a pretty fun challenge. i’m sure my neighbor got a good kick out of watching me from their porch

day 2225 – clean and jerk

coach changed my program up and is getting me to relearn my clean and jerk. this is considered leveling up because he thinks i have a chance of going to competition in the near future. i think i’m up for the challenge and would like a shot at a weightlifting competition. first day on the clear and jerk program is light and easy one. it’s also considered a deload week with lighter snatches and light clean and jerks

happiness challenge

img_20200203_1413332924996265122092587.jpgstumbling across a neat little challenge that i also wanted to take on. i added a little spice to the original list and call this series the 30 days of happiness. for the thirty days in april, i’ll try to check off one item on this list each day. it doesn’t sound like much, but fulfilling one item a day would accumulate. the trick is no two days will be the same and by the time april end rolls around, many boxes will be checked off. by doing so, it makes my brain look for something good each day, regardless of whether i love or hate doing something. let’s keep the spring season ahead light and create a habit to be happy

day 1696 – treading 

img_20200130_2303583260435757429313083.jpgoriginally feeling pretty crummy after a day of work and taekwondo combo, and really didn’t feel like going to do any running. the perfect sign of gym rat when you autonomously drive and end up at the gym. since i was already there i might as well give it my best shot at completing today’s pre-planned workout. as i was running, i was confused why i even wanted to do this in the first place. i felt a weird appreciation for myself for having made it through the duration even when i did not want to. the size of the task wasn’t the focal point, but the fact i took on something that was challenging to me. i left the gym all smiles, but for sure feeling much better than i walked in

day 1670 – morning run 

img_20200130_2336147960697309295111128.jpgtreadmill in the morning is something i’d only do for the sunrun. i felt better than a typical day despite running fasted. no surprise i grabbed a smoothie to replenish and on my way to teach. my typical saturday is basically run and gun until dinner time so my ramen with parents is well earned. i’m no marathon runner and i don’t see myself ever transforming into one, but i’ll put up with it for as long as i can. i signed up for this challenge, so i’m going to keep going because what i put in is what i’ll get out of it

day 1665 – propensity 


staying true to my words, i made an appointment to have my physio tend to all my aggravated body parts. i’ve had continuous overload of activities as of late which has been taxing in on my body. my trusted physio basically went full body adjusting my thumb, wrist, neck, back, tailbone and ankle. before getting fixed, i was with my kinesiologist who once again challenged me with another of his newly invented exercise and then revisited one i found difficult last time around. i felt like i was circus in training, working on stability with two balls and discs. surprisingly what was hard the first time is no longer hard anymore

day 1295 – another move 

the department has had a lot of changes since the new manager stepped in. my role has been flipped upside down and i’m not on a team anymore. i’m on my own transitioning into developing a new collection of drawings and renderings. this will be a good change and a good challenge for myself. and although my desk has been relocated, the same desk setup still applies

day 1257 – power skating

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sleeping in on sunday is a first since i no longer have to teach killarney. instead, i went for a morning workout and my very first class of power skating lesson in the afternoon. i’m there to learn techniques that can give my game an extra boost to improve even quicker. i felt the pressure to keep up with the faster group, but it’s good cause i need that challenge. this is how sundays should be, a relaxing day doing things together

day 1024 – classy tea

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the muggy weather made me not want to go outside, but i got to make the most out of all the days i had left on my vacation. it turned out to be a pretty productive one. i was able to cross off a few things on my shopping list, met up with my si hing, then had a home cooked meal and classy chinese tea at my cousin’s house. my cousin’s daughter is a clever and energtic one, but a provided a challenge to contain