on balancing myself (with gym)

In contrary to what I had always said to people around me, I finally decided to start gym membership back in October last year, with the hope of getting bored after 6 months and signed myself off then. The thought of applying for gym came after: I got easily tired during my Komodo trip (the trip really demanded for physical fitness) and I hung out with Tata very much (she had started being this athletic since her last ex-boyfriend at that time).

30 day home workout plan 2
30 day home workout plan for those who don’t have time for gym

It wasn’t my first time signing up for gym – I was a gym member back in 2010, where the gym was located on the upper level of my office back then, but signed myself off after only 6 months of joining due to the irregularity of me working out (I worked as an engineer who had to visit customers now and then) – so I was a bit pessimistic that I would actually pass my first 6 months. A lot of friends would all be very sporty that they could exercise 4-5 times a week during their first month and stop exercising after a couple of months of subscription. Looking at the pattern, I decided not to be too sporty, keeping working out at my own pace and not forcing myself to the gym if I don’t feel like it. Here I am now, still a proud member of the gym who only exercises 2x a week (with additional 1x session on the weekend per month): 1x self exercising + 1x joining class (my favorite is body balance).

What Tata told me before we subscribed is proved, even though I was initially more stable physically and mentally than her: my mood swing is getting better, I’m less prone to sickness and tiredness, and less emotional than ever (well, I can’t figure out if the last point is because of me exercising regularly or simply getting older).

I came to the conclusion that maybe everyone really needs to find things to balance himself. Sitting on your desk at office, staring at your computer all day, arguing with colleagues, and driving furiously facing the worst traffic jam can really consume you off. Other than the normal movie/music/alcohol/nightclub-hitting, you can start getting healthy by working out. 🙂


setting targets

If anyone asks me now what the most important thing in life is, my answer would be: setting your own life targets.

When we’re talking about life targets, most people will only set their targets for the most important aspect in their lives. What we actually need to do is to set targets for all life aspects: career, love, family, etc. Of course, after setting those targets, you are allowed to prioritize and adapt. Even a psychic cannot know what’s going to happen in the future, so it’s ok to update your targets once in a while. At least when you have your targets, you’ll know how your path’s gonna be.

I read in a magazine a while ago (I’m not the motivational book reader type) that writing your 5-year ahead targets down is the most effective way to make sure to keep yourself on track, hence I do. The key to setting down life targets is to make a balanced-life targets. For me, balance means I’ll have enough time to spend with friends and families in between work. It could be different for everybody. I have a friend who’d prefer to have a work-life integration where he’ll be able to work from home on the weekend.

Targets are not resolutions. People often misinterpret those 2 words as resolutions are also about what you want to achieve the future. In short, resolutions are things you expect to have over the time period (normally people set up a year resolutions), while targets are things you will be doing and achieve over the time period. It’s ok for a resolution not to be completed when the time ends, but it’s not ok for a target not to be completed.

Of course, certain things in life are out of your control. Office politics, the deceased, being sick are some examples of those things. When those things happen, what you have to do is to update and evaluate your life targets.

Wish you all the best with your life targets. 😉

some aspects of life targets