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Untitled (Hello, Laziness)

I’ve been MIA for a few days but only because I’ve been busy with life. Sort of. I was supposed to write an entry regarding my trip to Sagada (which was awesome, by the way) but I’m feeling pretty tired at the moment so that will have to wait. A mini update will do for now although I can’t promise that it’s going to be exciting or whatever.ImageToday I used my cousin’s Polar watch to check how many calories I burn during my workout (weight lifting + HIIT). The number surprised me a little because I had no idea that weight lifting really does burn a serious amount of calories despite being seemingly more laid back than cardio exercises. My right knee became haggard again and it’s starting to worry me. I should figure out a way to strengthen my knees.

Yesterday, I binged on cookies. I have no idea why. I wasn’t stressed or anything and the cookies weren’t even vegan. This morning, my sinuses got worked up and I really think that the dairy I consumed has something to do with it. I am never going to touch dairy again. And I need to learn how to bake vegan cookies.

Although I am still traumatized by my previous company, I applied for an English tutor position this afternoon and will be coming in for an interview tomorrow. I hope this one goes well because I seriously need to start working for the sake of my second degree. I guess if this company still isn’t very good, I’ll have to suck it in and endure it until I have enough money saved. I am doing my best not to end up at a call center.

When we went grocery shopping two days ago, I bought buckwheat flour which is so exciting because I’ll finally be able to make buckwheat pancakes! Problem is, I don’t have baking powder so I have to search for a recipe that doesn’t call for that ingredient. I’m not one for experimenting in the kitchen because I don’t even know the basics of cooking. I don’t even know how to tell if a pan is hot enough to cook things on; it’s all a matter of trial and error for me.

So there you have it. Not a lot has happened but at least I finally got out of the house. I’ll try to write that Sagada trip entry ASAP. I know how helpful travel-related blog posts are for people who plan their own itineraries so I want to give my own small contribution.

Have a great week, guys!

 

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Raisin’ the Numbers

Good news! I was able to deadlift 80 lbs. and squat 90 lbs. yesterday! Woohoo!

I know those aren’t ridiculous weights yet but hey, 90 lbs. is only 12 lbs. away from my current weight. I was almost carrying one of me while squatting, haha! Those weights, by the way, were the highest I did because I weight train in a reverse pyramid: I also squat using 80 lbs. and 70 lbs. and I do deadlifts with 70 lbs. as well. I think I should add another weight to my deadlifts but it was only yesterday that I started doing them properly (during the first time, I had the wrong form and wrecked my lower back, ugh, newbie problems) so I was only in the experimental phase. Next week, I’ll only be able to lift weights once because I’m going on that Sagada trip which will serve as my three-day long workout, teehee. I’m already so psyched for it.

I think I may have pulled something in my knee during yesterday’s workout but hopefully it will be all better by the time my friend and I are spelunking. But either way, I won’t let a tiny injury get in the way of an awesome physical activity.

I’ve been reading up on losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time. Apparently, I’m a lucky dog because beginners are capable of doing both. My goal is to lose fat and maintain the muscles that I currently have but not necessarily bulk up (not yet, at least). I want a body that’s between that of a marathoner and a sprinter (though the latter is much more ideal in my eyes hahaha–fast twitch fibers all the way, baby!). Gotta keep the diet and workouts in check.

Today is Saturday a.k.a. Don’t Give an Eff About Calories Day. YAYYY!

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Hobbit Legs

Hobbit Legs

I tried my new weight training routine which was a full body workout instead of an upper body/lower body split. I changed it (again) because I found out that a full body workout benefits beginners more. It was EXHAUSTING. I had barely gone through the lower body exercises when I had to drink a glass of water in between sets. Still, I pushed through with it and made some adjustments. It was way too long–an hour and fifteen minutes–and that doesn’t include the 18-minute HIIT bout right after. Of course, with pain comes endorphins and I was on a major high when it was over. As you can see in the photo, my legs remain pudgy so I am far from reaching my goals. Tomorrow is rest day a.k.a. anxiety and less calories day. I am not looking forward to it.

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I’m Crying Over This Movie

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

I cannot WAIT for this movie to come out. The trailer made me laugh, the camera work looks amazing, the color schemes are superb, and the cast is practically god-sent (I mean Jesus H. Christ, a movie with Fiennes, Dafoe, Law, Murray, Norton, Brody, Swinton, and Abraham can’t possibly go in a bad direction). It’s going to be released in 2014, which basically means that I am BEYOND done with 2013. I do believe that this will be the next movie I will be watching at the cinema at least thrice, the last one being “The Dark Knight.” Oh, I am heavily smitten!

I’ve seen only two movies by the writer and director, Wes Anderson, namely “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” I enjoyed watching both movies so I know that this one isn’t going to disappoint me, either.

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Work It!

I told mom about my plan to go back to university to get a second degree in Nutrition and she was alright with it. Of course, I think she did not protest too much only because I told her that I also plan on working for a year to be able to fund my education. I’ve calculated my tuition fees for the three, four years and it came down to $2,322 which covers 100 units (it’s supposed to be 156 units but I took away some of the General Education subjects since I’ve finished them). Although I’m pretty sure that I can save that much money in a year, I still have to think about miscellaneous fees, random expenses (projects, field trips, books, etc.), and allowance. Now, mom is helping me look for a job, any job, so that I can start making money as soon as possible. I feel quite pressured but when I think about getting that degree and finally doing something I have so much passion for, I feel better. And more determined.

I’m hoping to get hired by the Embassy of Japan as a member of their local staff. Though I have no idea how much the salary is, before my obsession with Korea, I had a great love affair with Japan. I still love that country and its culture but I think I might have to brush up on my Japanese language skills (I was already an intermediate learner back in 2009 but when I had to learn Korean, I ended up forgetting 60% of what I’d learned in Japanese which is totally pathetic, yes?). Oh, and I have to write an essay of not more than 400 words explaining which aspect of Japanese culture or society I’m most interested in. Not gonna give my answer here but I will be typing up my piece soon. If I’m not mistaken, one of my close friends has worked for the Embassy of Japan, most likely with the same position. She’s definitely more qualified, though, because she was an exchange student in Japan for a year thus she could speak Japanese really well. If I don’t get the local staff job, I’ll have to apply for a call center job. There are a lot of graphic designer openings, sure, but I’m more of an illustrator and that job is pretty hard to chance upon.

If only someone could fund my studies then I wouldn’t have a problem. Then again, maybe this is just life telling me to shut the fuck up and start working hard for something that I really want.

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Smile Though Your Shoes are Breakin’

Whenever I look at blogs of people who exercise, I often see that they have nice workout clothes, most of them signature ones like those made by Nike and Adidas. I, on the other hand, use these babies:

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ImageI’ve had them for two years and I first used them during a school field trip where we did a lot of trekking. The next time you have the urge to get new shoes because you know that everyone at the gym or in the streets will be mesmerized by them, think about me and my smiling shoes. I can’t afford to buy new ones, not even a cheap pair, but that doesn’t stop me from working hard everyday. No excuses!

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The Sandman Hates Me

Right now, I want to sleep. I’ve been yawning like crazy and my eyes are already drooping. However, I know this is just another trick that my body’s playing on me. This has been going on for a couple of weeks or so but whenever I go to bed, I find it extremely difficult to fall asleep. The longest that it took me to sleep was four hours–four fucking hours! Although I’ve done my research, none of the common sleep disorders match my case. I’m living a very healthy lifestyle. I have nothing to be stressed about. I don’t drink anything caffeinated at night. I go to bed not full but also not hungry. And, most importantly, no matter what time I sleep, I get up at eight in the morning feeling refreshed. This totally doesn’t make sense!

You might say that I don’t have a problem because I can still wake up properly, but the point is, it seems that the Sandman has stopped visiting me. Or I’ve simply forgotten how to sleep. The stranger thing is that whenever I take my afternoon nap, I fall asleep just fine. I don’t know what to do anymore. Got any advice for me? :\