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Jan 16, 2019 19:29:35

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by @basilesamel PATRON | 533 words | 496🔥 | 547💌

Basile Samel

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Finally arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday and got myself a new place to live. It was time to shuffle my routine a bit.

The main goal over the next two weeks is to release many features and bug fixes for 200WaD while keeping on growing the community.

Needless to say, it's going to be an intense period. I need the right habits to support my work, and exercising is one of them. It's the first time I'm working out over the last 2 months.

I love sports. France is a football nation. We grow up playing football. I am not good at it and I don't like watching it on TV or in a stadium, but I've always found it fun to play. Playing football during my childhood must be one of the main reasons I like exercising now. The dopamine rush is addictive.

My years in middle school kind of helped as well. I've always had a slim figure and slanting eyes. I used to have long hair.  I was the typical nerd who topped his classes.  I started studying work out programs quite early out of frustration. I wanted validation and a girlfriend, not verbal abuse and bullying.

I started with home workout programs (Lafay Method). I kept practicing on and off until college. Mostly off. In college, I joined a gym and did some weightlifting. My year spent in Sweden was the most productive one. I used to wake up at 5AM three times a week and get a good workout (Stronglift 5x5 program) when everyone was still asleep. I hate crowded gyms.

The thing is, I never managed to persist for more than a month. Every two to four weeks I spend another three doing nothing. It's a habit I just can't figure out, yet.

When you are traveling all the time it doesn't get easier.

You have to find a gym which is accessible, not overly expensive and offering one-month memberships. And not crowded as you can't afford to lose too much time.

Asian megacity condos typically have a gym and a swimming pool accessible to all its inhabitants, which is nice.

You can always find a way to work out from your apartment if you rent one, but it's always hard to replace pull-up bars with an equivalent exercise. Lifting buckets of water, doing broomstick pull-ups between two chairs, lifting pieces of furniture... it's nice but it's not super efficient.

In KL I planned to use the condo's gym (for pull-ups) and the swimming pool. I've already started doing bodyweight exercises: some pistol squats and different sorts of push-ups to get back in shape.

I made peace with the fact I will never grow big. I don't like stuffing myself to put on some weight. It's just not my personality. Growing up I learned to accept my body the way it is, and to use the advantages a slim figure offers me over other body shapes.

My only motive now is to stay healthy, in both body and mind. The process, rather than the pursuit of a body goal.

Let's see how I can apply the 200WaD philosophy to exercising over the next two weeks.

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    @basilesamel I'm glad you're finding the time & will to exercise. One of my biggest problems with Gyms and weightlifting, in particular, is that it requires focus and my mind wanders off too easily while doing it. I will find myself zoning out for minutes in-between sets & different exercises, and that's a huge waste of time.

    I find that I do much better when I can do a single exercise for an extended period of time, like running, swimming or cycling. At least 30 minutes is ideal. That way I can even couple the exercise with a podcast.

    I still wish I could do weight lifting though, but I haven't found a way of making me focus enough.

    Matheus Cardoso avatar Matheus Cardoso | Jan 17, 2019 21:31:37
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      @cardoso maybe a program with a small break time in between each set? using a stopwatch always helps me as well

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 18, 2019 09:44:47
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    @basilesamel jump rope is a cheap and easy way to get some cardio in if you don't mind the repetitive jumping :) can get it from Daiso in shopping mall for rm5

    David nge avatar David nge | Jan 17, 2019 02:00:17
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      @davidnge I'm terrible at jump rope ? I did hear it's an efficient workout though, maybe I should try some day!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 17, 2019 10:56:09
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    @basilesamel Glad to hear that you are focusing on health and recognizing that you want to be in top form to deliver on your goals. Keep up the great work!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 16, 2019 14:56:34
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      @brandonwilson Thanks! Will do :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 16, 2019 22:50:36
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    @basilesamel Yes man! This year not only shipping but staying healthy too!

    Gene Lim avatar Gene Lim | Jan 16, 2019 13:42:28
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      @wernminlim we can keep each other accountable yes :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 16, 2019 21:11:49
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