2009 has been a year of ups & downs, a change in lifestyle, a change in personal life, a change in perspectives.
I left a relationship. I graduated from NUS. I started work.
I remember clearly it was the beginning of my 4th year in NUS (late 2008) that I started working out again. And in Year 4 Sem 2 (which is beginning of 2009) I got more serious about working out. And I began eating alot more.
I lifted more. I started tuning into Cross Fit. Did alot of pull ups & lifts.
Also too, I played more sports. I swam heavily back in school - 2 to 3 times a week at the NUS pool.
I picked up Ultimate Frisbee but I didn't carry on with the sport much as the crowd wasn't too welcoming.
I picked up Touch Rugby with the Turducken Greens, but sadly due to work I am no longer able to join them on Saturday mornings at Bishan Park II.
I re-ignited soccer again. Went back to my natural left defender position though I'm a right-footer.
I used to skip breakfast before all these but now breakfast is a must. For now its oats & milk & 2 bananas with a small cup of coffee.
I've shifted away from carb-heavy, high GI foods to as Paleo as I can. Things like rice which I can't avoid at home, we have them replaced with brown, un-husked rice.
I order as much beef & fish whenever I can outside. You will hardly see me order fried rice nowadays! But once a while I still have my pasta!
I've outgrown my closet. I've to give away some of my relatively new clothing. And no, I can no longer wear slim fit jeans. My hips & thighs won't fit. Now I can wear straight cut jeans and not look like I'm swimming in it.
This year I've more to tackle - it is definitely easier to go lazy on my workouts now that I've got a 6 day week, 11-13 hour shift a day. And its definitely a 'painful' process to have to workout right after waking up from the bus ride feeling all sore inside. I've noticeably run & HIIT-ed alot lesser than I'd like to. The recent run & sprints left me moderately sore the following day.
I've went away from clapping push ups for quite a period of time and returning to it showed 3 things clearly:
- They are much tougher than normal push ups
- I haven't been doing them enough
- Its time to re-instate them
So there will be no more normal push ups in between the lifts but only clapping push ups. Why settle for mediocrity right?
I will be getting my Gym Rings delivered to me somewhere next week! Been watching videos on how to tackle the 'transition' from the top of the ring pull up to the ring dip portion, as well as the reverse. Direction of wrists, the neutral grip, the sliding motion when you've pulled yourself at the top of the pull up portion.
So I conclude my fitness goals for 2010 as:
- Get my 1st Ring Muscle Up and get that number increasing
- Do a run & HIIT at least twice a week
- Do clapping push ups and phase out normal push ups
- If time permits, play a sport once a week / fortnight