Workouts

Insanity day 54 status update

3 glasses of water and I feel like I can drink more!

My body is radiating heat like a radiator on a low setting as I type this minutes after completing max interval circuit of the Insanity workout. Just felt the need to update you lovely readers on my progress, in case any of you was inspired enough to embark on the insanity journey with me!

I cannot lie. It has been tough. I did skip a day so therefore delayed my finish date by one day. ARGH, no excuses! must not do that again. Funnily enough, the last 3 days of insanity has been getting increasingly easier to do despite my general energy levels still low due to lack of sleep and work commitments. Maybe I am getting stronger!

Physique wise I am definitely toner, abs are visible and triceps forming. Waist is not getting any trimmer since the last drop in measurement but that’s still acceptable. A great thing is I can ascend the pedestrian overhead bridge staircase a lot quicker without losing breathe 🙂 and I thighs feel firmer.

Ok off to a well deserved shower and perhaps another apple to quench that thirst!

The difference between a good scientist and a great scientist is not so much skill, but discipline to push through – my boss

Keep pushing ! it is worth it!

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I did not see this coming. I assumed it would get easier with time but last week I did not take care of myself well and all my efforts started to head South in the wrong direction!! Thank goodness I caught myself this morning and no more! I am back on track!

Choose health. Choose wellness. Live strong.

Love,

Sarah

Personal development

How to choose to work in your passion

My name is Sarah Phang and I was born in the year 1987. I belong to a generation called Gen-Y where most of us grew up in a relatively comfortable time of less war and surrounded by increasingly accessible technology and information. Many of us have been given opportunities that our baby boomer parents id not have whilst growing up. Consequently we dare to dream big. We believe in possibilities and want to pursue our passions.

So is it really possible to live our passions and yet make a living or better still, make a fortune whilst doing it?

   I discovered a very important concept from the statement above in that living our passions: Previously, I had an idealistic view of a comfortable path in my work if I chose to work based on passion, that the journey would be cushioned because I loved what I did. In reality, I now see that ALL journeys are never easy. Passion just gives us the will to get back up again after being knocked down. This is crucial because as Gen Ys expect to enjoy our work, many of us quit once the going gets tough thinking that it is not the suitable field of work for us. Maybe this is why we are coined the ‘difficult’ generation in the current workforce due to low retention and engagement levels.

   I also learnt that passion can be cultivated. Passion is easier cultivated in the presence of competence. In other words, the more we like something, the more we do it, the better we get at it which then increases liking and ultimately breeds passion.

Eunice Hii (founder of the passion project) in the TED talk video below believes strongly in following our passions has since learnt a few lessons about getting it right. Her lessons are :

1) follow your passion but remember to work hard too

2) you can follow your passions even if it is not your work (or job)

3) your passions could surface much later in your life

4) to be able to follow your passion is a privilege. Follow your passion with gratitude.

It does not mean anything to follow your passion if it isn’t in the service of others – Eunice Hii

    I also found an interesting read on Chris Guillebeau’s blog( blog link) on views for following your passion and career success. Most comments on there suggests that there is certainly a direct correlation between passion and success but it all still requires some action taking. The good news is that with the current level of connection the internet provides, following our passions without major disruptions to our current commitments is perfectly doable!

I am saying : ” Lets go for it and live happier and stronger! “

             Choose to live better!

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Personal development, Workouts

Your mind plays tricks on you

5 weeks ago I weighed 5 pounds more and barely fitted into a UK size 10. Last weekend I attended my cousin’s wedding in a size 8 dinner gown. In the past I would laugh at the thought of me doing push ups. Now I can do 15.

Despite the clear improvements, I was still nervous going into the last 4 weeks of the INSANITY workout (by Shaun T) because I knew it was going to be a lot more challenging than before. My mind told me I would injure myself. My mind told me I was too tired. My mind told me not to push myself, to STAY RIGHT HERE, to watch out for the unknown because I might be wrong about this. Sounds familiar?

I woke up from a long slumber this morning dreading the workout as soon as I opened my eyes. But the warrior in me made a promise to see the programme through. I began chanting ‘ don’t think’ over and over again. I put the video on and began the warm up. The video crashes. I went on Youtube to find a better version and that crashes as well. I came back to my original video and the video image is lagging from the audio….. ARGH!

But I. KEPT. GOING.

My back was aching and my legs started to shiver. I was yawning continuously in spite of my pounding heart. Shaun T’s commands ringing in the background.

Dig deeper. Don’t stop. Keep pushing.

I know the last 28 days of the Insanity workout will be a strong test of strength both mentally and physically. Nonetheless, this is a training ground for my mind to break boundaries and accept the unknown. The flat abs and strong arms I am developing is just an external manifestation of the greater fitness cultivated in my mind. The fitness to endure challenges in the pursuit of my life’s goals. So thank you Shaun T and team Beach body!!! Go go go!

Upon learning about my commitment to getting fit, many friends asked me for tips on what to do to get started. For me there is no foul proof formula. You just have to get up and go. Check the short video out of my journey of getting started to get fit. Good luck in getting stronger!

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