Breaaathheeee… NOW GO!

This weekend, I realized that the few weeks I’ve been running on the fast lane has finally burning me out.  My oil needs some changing! So I decided to change the pace for this weekend before I run around again with my head cut off.

I finally got DONE with the first phase of the project I’m working on at work. But that doesn’t mean that I had any time to just chill since my inbox was filled to the brim this morning from this weekend.  Do they not know that I’m ALWAYS off on weekends??? 😛

Last Saturday, I went to watch a friend compete in his very first Strongman competition.  I realized that having a cheering section is VERY important to every athlete. So I try to make sure that I stop by every chance I get to support my friends.  Oh boy, those guys make me want to cower in a little corner when it comes to STRENGTH! Holy cow! I even tried lifting the 500 lbs. frame. AND my arms were about to fall off! I couldn’t even get the frame off the ground! I look like a silly little kid trying to lift a tree.

I was sunburned from being outside the entire day.  Looks like I had a white tattoo of a shirt plastered in my back. Can you say “OUCH”? Thank goodness that it wasn’t blistering!!!

Sunday, I had an opportunity to workout with Infinite Labs’s Elite Athlete, Jessie Ladson.  OMG, the man’s a beast! We were doing chest presses and he was putting on 3 in each side!!! That’s a total of 270lbs O.o for an incline chest press?  He was also doing 160lbs of reverse curls! While me on the meanwhile is doing 110lbs. 😛  I was really happy to have an opportunity to have a great workout partner! Oh, btw, do you know he’s an engineer? We got a lot of SMART people here in the Juggernaut Nation who has brawn AND brain! AWESOME!

Last day for the I Am Juggernaut Challenge is tomorrow! Don’t forget to spread the word around. Everyone needs to have a chance to be able to transform themselves!

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The Art of Mastery

John Butz posted up a great article today called  Genetics and Hard Work By Mike Tuchscherer .  He made a great point that despite genetics, what makes a champion athlete is hard work.  Author Malcom Gladwell wrote that “it takes 10,000  hours of dedicated practice” to be a achieve mastery in his book, Outliers. And the most fantastic thing is that I’ve been thinking about this earlier this morning – what makes a winner?

Prior to discovering my passion of fitness, I have been involved in numerous activities – from art to piano playing to programming to bowling, etc. When interest catches my attention, I tend to focus. And with the sharp focus, I would spend hours on end trying to master what it is that I’m focusing on. In turn, my artworks have been displayed in galleries and gained an AA degree even before I finished high school.  I’ve performed in orchestras, recitals, and invited to study in the prestigious Westminster. I’ve won many science, programming, and mathematical awards. And I was on top of the bowling team. Many would say I’m lucky that I’m so multifaceted. But I don’t think it’s because of that. Indeed, having an affinity for learning helps. But bottom line, it’s hard work, dedication, and simply pursuing your passion is what’s going to shake the world. To make a mark anywhere, you have to have the courage to think outside the box and really focus on what you love.

Lately, I have been focused in juggling work, training, and school.  But what’s new?  I’ve been doing this for some time.  However, I have taken an additional responsibility at work while we find another printing/graphics designer to fill the position.  Life feels out-of-balanced since I’ve spent so much time at work and not enough attending to many different parts of my life.

And what’s more, I promised my sister that I’ll take care of her dogs while she’s away for a couple of weeks to Europe with her husband.  They’re great dogs. But I’m just not used to having to wake up extra early or come home earlier than usual. It threw off my schedule. But instead of wallowing in self-pity of what I put myself into, I decided to make it work. So with working overtime, taking care of dogs, training, and trying to squeeze in school in between has been challenging. But I love challenges!

Last night, I went to the gym to hit my hamstrings, glutes, quads, calves, and back.

Here’s the workout:

  • Leg Extensions
  • Stiff-legged Deadlifts with Barbell
  • Leg Curls
  • Stiff-legged Deadlifts with Kettlebell
  • Calf Presses
  • One-legged Reverse Lunges on the Smith Machine
  • Pull-Ups
  • Cardio: Stair Master

It felt awesome seeing my leg muscles twitch! Yes, break them apart so they’ll grow nice and big. 😀 (I’m mean to my legs)

My carb intake has taken a plunge to 90g per day.  I like it much better because it’s more feasible. I don’t feel as bloated

My biggest feat right now is losing 3″ off my waist!!! Woohoo! I’m losing inches a lot faster than I thought!!! So I may have to readjust my suit a bit O.o But that’s ok! I’ll be coming in tighter!!!

When was the last time I’ve said, I LOVE JUGGERNAUT! I’m still with my favorite babe – Juggernaut HP Pink Lemonade.  Even with Juggernaut Raspberry Lemonade on board, I can’t stray too far from my fave.  I’m really loving the Infinite Force. However, I’m thinking of making a switch back to BCAA.  They give me far better results during cutting time. Then, I can’t wait to try the watermelon-flavored Infinite Force.  I’m also getting Final Cutz this time around – see which is better Phenyl Core or Final Cutz… dun dun dun.

My manager is M-E-A-N!!! He knows I’m on a diet and just HAS to bring this to work!  I took a pic of it b/c it lasts longer sans the extra calories, fat, and spiking of the insulin! Good thing smelling them isn’t too bad… 😀