I think Tokyo’s subway system is such an appropriate reflection for Tokyo’s mood. Millions of people rushing through minding their own business quietly but efficiently. That’s what I thought about Tokyo.
It was colder. Colder than Kyoto or Osaka, and not just the weather. And yet it is still a city to be admired. A city full of things to do. I’ve lived in a city all my life (Sydney) and yet being in Tokyo made me feel like I lived in a suburb.
The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo with the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. It’s ranked 1st in the Safe Cities Index. At the same time, it manages to be highly ranked (or first) in terms of nightlife, helpfulness of locals, shopping, public transportation and cleanliness. All this while being one of the most populated cities in the world.
Truly I think other cities in developed and developing nations have a lot to learn from Tokyo as an international city.
Pretty much the worst training cycle of my life. Wanted to end the year with new PRs but life wouldn't have it. It's so frustrating to give something your all but injuries just keep messing everything up. Gonna take an extended break from powerlifting, work on myself and travel the world. Hopefully this hard reset will do some good.
Powerlifting will always be my love but I need a break.
205kg with straps
Bodyweight 68.7kg. Previous PRs were 200/130/227.5..sigh
What are some of your favourite weight-loss hacks or tips? Weighed in at 77.2kg today, slowly on the grind to get back to where I was in this picture (~74kg). You don’t have to be jacked beyond belief or shredded to a bone to look and feel good. I’m neither of those but losing weight is something I can do, and something I can teach. And it’s something that you can do too, as long as you understand proper nutrition. For anyone who is also losing weight, here are five things that I am implementing to into my daily routine:
1. Intermittent Fasting: first meal at noon, last meal before 6. The perfect way to restrict calories through portion size and helps keep you full. By doing this, I can be more lax on the restrictions on what I can or can’t eat. Drink a cup of coffee in the morning to curb hunger.
2. Increased daily activity: I’m lucky enough to work from home these days, and even luckier to have a stationary bike. A few minutes on the bike every hour isn’t a lot, but it adds up quickly.
3. Proper training routine: making sure to hit each body part at least 2x a week, and going hard in the gym. It’s still early on in the cut so energy level are good, but as strength levels go down when you get to single-digit body fat, it’s important to keep the intensity of the workouts.
4. Mandatory 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep is vital in ensuring your body has enough time to rest and recover. -
5. Consistency: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. We’re starting with a small calorie deficit, and dragging the cut out for as long as possible. This way we maximise the amount of muscle preserved as well as our sanity.