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February 24th, 2016

04:07 pm
Another relevant excerpt from Mr. Van Dyke's book, Keep Moving. I'm sure there may be more to add once I finish his first one - My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.

"You don’t have to act your age. You don’t even have to feel it. And if it does attempt to elbow its way into your life, you do not have to pay attention. If I am out shopping and hear music playing in a store, I start to dance. If I want to sing, I sing. I read books and get excited about new ideas. I enjoy myself. I don’t think about the way I am supposed to act at my age – or at any age. As far as I know, there is no manual for old age. There is no test you have to pass. There is no way you have to behave. There is no such thing as ‘age appropriate.’

When people ask my secret to staying youthful at an age when getting up and down from your chair on your own is considered an accomplishment, you know what I tell them?

'Keep moving.’”

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February 17th, 2016

09:48 am
A great excerpt from Dick Van Dyke's book "Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging":

At the end of the day I have dessert. I always have dessert. I don't skip it, and neither should you. That's a motto to live by. It might be one for the headstone: "He enjoyed his dessert." As I said earlier, my end-of-the-day treat is vanilla ice cream topped with Hershey's chocolate syrup. After dinner I get out the ice cream and chocolate syrup. The two are the perfect combination: two generous scoops of ice cream, then a healthy pour of Hershey's syrup over the two scoops. They are proof that opposites attract. Interestingly, there are no directions on the can for the right amount. I recommend a slow pour, letting the sauce fall onto the top of each scoop and slowly cascade down the sides. Keep pouring until there is a generous pool of syrup at the bottom of the dish, just enough so that it appears the ice cream is resting on a thin sheet of chocolate. Then wait two minutes before eating. This does two things. First, it allows the ice cream to melt into the sauce, which enhances the flavor. Second, it increases the anticipation of the first bite. Pay no attention to the nutritional information on the ice cream or the chocolate sauce. Dessert is about rewarding yourself with something sweet: a just dessert at the end of the day. As Thornton Wilder, the great playwright, put it, "My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate."

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August 27th, 2015

12:25 am
Weird dream I had Tuesday morning.

Dreamt that I drove slightly far to a place waaaay north of Hollywood around San Fernando Valley or further for an evening Kiwanis event, where Peter and Robert were also present. I don't recall if it was a recruiting event or something else. It was at a medium-size auditorium somewhere, similar to what was used for CLE training but with a higher ceiling like an auditorium/cafetorium. After it was over, I was going to drive home and I was driving a 4-runner. I had pulled over to the side to run directions via the GPS. It told me to go 2 miles west to get to the freeway. Next thing I knew, I had left the 4-runner and was on a bicycle to bike the 2 miles to the freeway. My GPS at this point was not my phone, but via my Gear Fit, which now resembles how the pager format looks. I bike a mile in, pass an intersection that is pretty liquidy muddy and where people are high on drugs (marijuana). I think the mud had marijuana in it too. At this point, it is not dark but still light out like it was the afternoon. I remember some cop cars passing by but not doing anything about the drgus. At this time, I was thinking more straight and realized that it made no sense for me to bike to the freeway and try to go home on the bike when it would be much faster and efficient driving the SUV. So I start to bike back to the SUV and then I woke up.

What does this mean?

And this morning, Wednesday morning, I woke up remembering a dream where I feel like an A-like person was terrorizing me. I recall being at this event on an open field, like a carnival or market meet or something and someone following me? I remember seeing things disappear and finding it somewhere else, like plates or other junk. Then I recall being in the mountains and finding that someone stabbed my horse in the hind leg with a large thorn/horn, thus disabling this mode of transportation and also sabotaging a red Prius car too. John Tien appears in the dream during this time (during the car/horse scene). I remember vaguely a white shack and me approaching it to find supplies or help. Then I am back at my old condo. It is nighttime. I hear a noise outside, open the front door, and yell into the darkness. It seems like A planted several cut-outs of bears in various looks and features that would pop up from the wall/bushes when I had called out, as if the bears were watching me and responding to my callout. Very creepy. Made me feel that A was always one step ahead of me all the time. Similar to how it is on Pretty Little Liars. Does this mean that I have been watching too much Pretty Little Liars that A had seeped into my subconscious?

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June 10th, 2015

10:30 pm
So I turned 30 11 days ago. @_@ T_T -__- were my feelings about it. I didn't and still don't want to be 30. 30 is the threshold in which I consider one to be old and I DO NOT want to be old yet! Sigh. No more 20s anymore.

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April 26th, 2015

11:44 pm
I have stopped weight lifting for almost 6 weeks because of the March Madness Pedometer Challenge (because you get more steps doing zumba than weight lifting) and have walked excessively just to get extra pedometer steps. I walked around the mall for hours, around Costco for hours, even walked to return my Redbox movies 2 times instead of driving. The result? I lost 4 lbs! Andrew says it's from the loss of muscle since I stopped weight lifting, but even if it were, I'm impressed that more walking can add to that.

Luckily we've now past and made it into the Final 4 phase. Our team has now scaled back and resumed our more sedantary way of walking. After pushing myself to hit over 200K total for the week leading up to the Final 4 determination, it feels like to sit more often now and not do so much pacing. I think this past week, my total will be my lowest yet since the challenge started -- a lowly 78K-ish.

I am also looking forward to getting back into PiYo workouts in 3 weeks after school is done.

Compared to 1.5 years ago, I don't think I've been as active or have as scheduled a fitness regimen as...well, ever. The things aging and the want to eat whatever I want will do to you!

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April 3rd, 2015

01:26 pm
All these techno songs coming out of late....absolutely love it! Lyrics also very apropos in a post-DCON time, with all the warm fuzzies still abound.

    I want you to know that it's our time.
    You and me bleed the same light.
    I want you to know that I'm all yours,
    You and me, we're the same force.
   I want you to know that it's our time.
    You and me bleed the same light.
    I want you to know that I'm all yours,
    You and me run the same course.

   You and me run the same course.    

            - Zedd feat. Selena Gomez, I Want You to Know

                        When face to face with all our fears
                        Learned our lessons through the tears
                        Made memories we knew would never fade

                        One day my father -- he told me,
                        "Son, don't let it slip away."
                        He took me in his arms, I heard him say,
                      "When you get older,
                        Your wild life will live for younger days.

                        Think of me if ever you're afraid."

                        He said, "One day you'll leave this world behind,
                        So live a life you will remember."
                        My father told me when I was just a child
                        These are the nights that never die.

                               - Avicii, The Nights

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March 6th, 2015

05:23 pm
So the Resolution Solution gym challenge ended almost 2 weeks ago. Promptly after it ended, I went to Factory Tea Bar and got my usual order of unsweetened green tea with boba. Yum.

So I didn't do too badly in the challenge. During the two voluntary weigh-ins, I ended up gaining 2 lbs and losing a pound. Ultimately, at the final weigh-in, I came in about 1.5 lbs lighter. Woo hoo! Of course, I made sure to come in first thing in the morning, having not eaten any breakfast or drunk any water to make sure I got the optimal weight recorded. =p

Now that that is over, the fitness center is starting up another fitness challenge - the March Madness pedometer challenge. Our department's EA organized the top 5 people in our department from the last company wide pedometer challenge to form this sort of Elite team so that we can make it to the Top 16 teams list and eventually 8, 4, 2, and 1. I'm on the team along with others who had led the pack with daily 20,000+ steps in our last challenge. Looks like a lot of walking in store for me for the next 4 weeks!

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January 16th, 2015

05:42 pm
So I was super good during the first full work week in January. I worked out every single day, with the slight exception of Friday.

Sat 1/3 - 3 mile run
Sun 1/4 - 3 mile run
Mon 1/5 - workout of the week
Tues 1/6 - free motion circuit, zumba, and turbokick
Wed 1/7 - spin and abs
Thurs 1/8 - PiYo
Fri 1/9 - tried to briskly walk around the mall but ran into Andrew's nephew so stayed the evening at the mall entertaining him

Surprisingly, my body was okay for 6 consecutive days of working out, with only some soreness on Tuesday from Monday's workout of the week.

And this week, I slightly fell off the wagon, missing workouts on Tuesday (due to the Lakers game) and Thursday (due to class), and Friday (my usual workout day off).

I signed up for the gym's 6 week Resolution Solution challenge. Winners are based off total body weight loss. I resolved to give up boba and most sweets during this time. And to continue drinking lots of water, be careful of my diet, and working out whenever possible. Hopefully the results would include some good habits established, with winning the challenge a more unlikely end.

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January 2nd, 2015

02:01 pm
Since the beginning of this year and after my surgery in December 2013, I've been trying to stick to my goal of being active in going to the gym and being active outside the gym. I've even marked the number of times I did a workout on my calendar at work. It definitely tapered off during the time after my surgery and when I went on vacation in March. Now that the 2014 year is over, I can reflect that I:

- worked out 198 times
- went to the gym 117 times
- had peak months in April, June, July, August and October

The craziest I was was during October. Work had started a pedometer challenge and I wanted to keep towards the top of the list each week (which didn't quite happen -- I ended up #170ish on the list after the 6 week ended). That meant I ran almost every weekend, did double workouts on Tuesdays, and consistently went to the gym every Tues-Thurs. I had 26 workouts that month, and only skipped workouts on 9 days because of class, studying, and other commitments. Because of that, I did get a little burnt out in November. However, I did feel really good in October and felt stronger. I don't think my plan to stay active has made much improvement towads losing weight, but hopefully it has been making me stronger and leaner than before.

Now that it is the second day of the new year, I haven't even done any exercise, but hope to keep it up and exceed what I was able to do in 2014. Looking forward to be able to do a legit pull-up by the end of this year!

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December 29th, 2014

02:01 pm
Today I cut off my ties to Swarm/Foursquare. I uninstalled the apps. It makes no sense to have two separate apps that no longer do anything for me. Yelp has what I need to do, even if they don't have check-ins to every place.

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