Monday, April 11, 2011
When I reached my Week 2 of my Bounce Back Fitness Plan, I realized that doing both jumping rope and strength training and stretching meant more than 30 minutes and getting nearer to 1 hour - and I don't want to have that long, will bore me to tears and more probabilities for me to often skip workouts!
So, first amendment (hopefully no more or not too many after this, hehe):
1 - Do cardio jumping rope and strength training on different days so that I can do more sets of both jumping rope and strength training.
2 - Do 3 minutes of jumping rope for warm up before strength training - this means I do jumping everyday except Sunday/rest days, even if just short time, yay! (yeah, I'm a jumping rope FANATIC!)
3 - The amendment fitness plan:
- Monday & Wednesday: Jumping rope, 6 - 8 sets
- Friday: Jumping rope, 8 - 10 sets
- Tuesday & Thursday: Strength training, 1 - 2 sets
- Saturday: Strength training, 2 - 3 sets
Let's see the progress for the next 2 weeks (this week and next week) and see if this amendment will work or if I have to revert back to original or make Amendment #2. Oh gosh, now I write blog nearly same like in my working environment, what with the words like amendment, revert, hehe
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Week 2, still in my period, so I spread out my workout throughout all 6 days, Monday to Saturday, instead of Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
This week, my jumping rope spins has increased from 15 spins per set (Week 1) to 20 spins per set. Strength training also increased from 15 reps per set to 20 reps per set. Additionally, after I bought a magazine book, published by Men's Health (I felt like such a weirdo, when buying that book with front cover of 6-pac guy with my most conservative outfit and believe me, here people will give strange, calculating look, haha), I tried to do one abs exercise on strength training day. There are 60 exercises but I think I might only can do about 50 as some required gym equipment and tossing ball to walls - which I can't do due to no gym here that I will feel comfortable with or afford to and bouncing ball at home is a very, very bad idea with breakable things all over the place, hehe.
My plan was jumping rope 20 spins per set, between 6 - 10 sets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Strength training 20 reps per set, between 1 - 3 sets on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
What I actually did:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday - Jumping rope, 20 spins per set, Monday 8 sets, Wednesday 7 sets and Friday 10 sets.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - Strength training, 20 reps per set. Tuesday and Saturday, only 1 set and Thursday, 2 sets as I've more times compare to the other two days. For warming up, I did several sets of jumping rope, about 3 minutes.
Good news, I think I started to have inches reduction but measurement weeks will be every 3 weeks - Week 3, Week 6, Week 9, Week 12, Week 15 and finally, Week 18.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Just another way to spend my time while waiting for other people to finish their baking goods shopping, hehe
The first position when I found the cat I thought, wow, he's a fat cat!
... and next, it's not a he, a she cat!
... probably woke up after finally realized there was a catparazzi, hehe.
... and she gave me, a "hmph" look :D
... oh, now she ignored me, trying to shooing me away, haha
And that's how a catparazzi doing her job, hehe
Friday, April 08, 2011
From Twilight's Easter Challenge Week 3, we're required to push out our comfort zone, at least twice and blog about it. This terrified me so much but I did it and I was totally scared because this involved with my career!
#1 Bugging my boss what's the future plan after my contract ends
I'm ashamed to admit this - I'm nearly giving up to pursue more advanced career future, I guess it's my melancholy about not getting a permanent position after watching one by one my friends getting better position and I'm still stuck with my position: Third-party Contractor. So, don't know what triggered this (maybe after several chats with my cubicle-mate and IM about it) and I braved myself to keep bugging my boss what's the future plan after my contact ends. Sadly, it seems to be another contract extension but that will buy me more time to find more "holes" to get permanent positions, contact possible new bosses!
#2 Start actively my pursuit outside my department
The truth is, I don't think I've brighter future in my current department - unless I happy with doing jobs that make me get more paper cuts than my trial-error face products (and believe me, I've a lot of those products, haha). I'm happy with my team, it's just that I don't think my skills can be hugely improved. So, when the opportunity say hello to me yesterday (Friday), I started to panic, "Oh no no, what should I do, what should I do? This is an ENORMOUS one but I don't want to screw up everything!" and that went around and around in my head. Till now, I think I'm still trembling when I think about it, haha. Anyhow, after going through about this over, under, side-by-side and inside-out (and did a little research about the project - another document controller position for a new project but I think it's might can help me to grow up more on my skills), I contacted the person who emailed me about the opportunity (another reason why I panic - he was the team lead of the project and again, believe me, his a very big position, dunno why he didn't first contact people much higher position than me). And thanks very, very much to my friends/colleagues who gave me advices and tips on how to get more firm grip on my career progression!
So, you see, I'm more like crawling out of my comfort zone, baby steps one at time and ready to run back. I have to admit, I'm still scared, still terrified of the unknown future but if I didn't start stepping out, I might still be like the happy frog underneath its cozy little coconut shell without knowing there are more brighter, huge, shiny chances and opportunities, waiting to be snatched away. So, now I'm growing out from my frog skin to become a little kitten then much more fierce creature!
Friday, April 08, 2011
Everyday, I'm thankful to my God, grateful with things I currently have or did have or possibly have in future. I guess that's why I'm always happy as I try to not let the negativity in my life affect my mood, affect my lifestyle, affect my relationship with humans and animals, and most importantly, affect myself. Of course, there are times when I just want to punch something breakable, haha.
When the winner team of Easter Challenge Week 1 post a challenge to the other teams (including mine), I thought, why not? Sharing with others on body parts that I love the most, however perfect or imperfect they are and hopefully others will think the same way about theirs.
First of all, my hair. The only thing that I changed about my hair is the length and hair style whenever I've my haircuts - never been dyed, bleached, straighten or whatever those artificial changes. I love my hair just the way it flow, thick and wavy. I know my hair is kind of rough in textures (probably because the strands are thicker than other people hair) and potentially get premature grey hair (well, that based on my mom's theory, rough hair = likely candidate to get premature grey hair, hehe) but I love my hair as my hair still thick and my own hair, not somebody's hair or wig or extension, hehe. Once, when I was in a boarding school, THREE friends washed my hair! Beat the hair saloon service, haha.
Come in second, my eyebrows - just love the way they are even if those makeup counter girls keep pestering me to do a little plucking. One, that sounds really hurt! Two, whyever I want to change my natural eyebrows when it already look nice and part of my eye package? Can't really understand why some girls pluck their eyebrows till almost none left then draw line - isn't that like more things to do? And most of all, a barely-known colleague said I don't have to do anything for my eyebrows, look already perfect! (don't think I don't pluck my eyebrows mean I leave my armpits hairy, that's another issue, hygienic issue and so need to be keep free of hair, haha)
And in third place, my teeth. I've lost count on how many parents and relatives commented about my teeth - not because they look perfect but because they all look uneven, probably need braces and I suspect that the reason my teeth look like this because when my baby teeth should be gone before the mature teeth pop in, the baby teeth still strong and healthy so the mature teeth need to squeeze in, here and there, haha. My dad even said several times that my teeth looks like shark's teeth (that will sounds so unique if my teeth really looks pointy, haha). And my mom keep suggesting I pull out my incisor teeth, especially my left that keep popping out when I close-mouth smile, like a vampire Although I sometimes almost cry whenever I heard all those comments about my teeth, one thing I'm so grateful about my teeth, #1 no dentures, no false teeth, all my teeth, yay and #2 people can easily remember me by my teeth and most of all, #3 my dentist a.k.a. neighbour said my incisors made me look younger!
Lastly, my whole body and all limbs still intact. I know this might sounds weird but sometimes I feel as if I can move fluidly in crowded places, thanks to my very able body to move easily and my imagination that I'm a ninja or samurai, haha. And whenever I look at relatives and friends who have problem with moving actively, I'm very thankful I still have fully functional body. Even with a bit flabby arms, big thighs, thick-skin abs, heavy upper and lower "assets", this is a body that I want to keep forever and make it more healthier and fitter!
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