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Three Things

Three Things

Great days, terrible days, ruined days– we have all of ’em. After all, a lot can happen in a single day to change our outlook.

But I want to challenge you to simplify your perspective: “What are the three things you need in order to consider a day, a good day?”

For me, I’d want to…

  1. Exercise – This was my crutch for my first big break-up, but it’s been a staple ever since. With all the stuff in my life that’s out of my hands, this is one area that I have complete control over. All the frustration and stress can be exhausted at the gym. So no matter how rough the day’s been, I can still get a sense of accomplishment.

  2. Eat Meat – Just to clarify, I love vegetables too. The problem being I could eat vegetables all day long and still not “feel full”. I need meat to feel satiated. This is probably why 1) I’m able to keep my sanity while dieting and 2) I never got too homesick for American food while in Japan. Meat will always be there for you!

  3. Talk to a Pretty Girl – Look, I know chemistry is whack and signs are misleading, but that’s dating. I’m talking about enjoying the tiniest of tiny victories. This isn’t even on the same level as getting a girl’s number. Just being able to say, “Hey, see that lady? I talked to her.” Satisfaction, baby!

Now there’s a trick to all this. Being able to meet each point is totally doable every day! In other words, I’ve rigged the system so that each and every day is a good day.

Can you set yourself up for good times too? What are your three points? 

Let me know in the comments below or via e-mail (commdao @ gmail) or on this reddit thread. I’ll be turning this idea into a little side project, so expect your comments to be featured again in a more grandeur fashion!


Pound Down

Here at last, my weight loss journey– all the ups and downs, the dieting and non-dieting, the progress and regressions.


I’ve been using this picture for the past couple of months. It gives a pretty decent overview of the pounds I’ve been able to shed, but it ain’t the COMPLETE story. So, in true Vietnamese fashion, let me rewind back to the beginning… Continue reading “Pound Down”

Unmotivated =/= Impossible

About a year ago, a friend asked me for some advice: “What’s a good workout for your core?”

Instead of doing tons of crunches, I recommended the plank.

I am not the Asian pictured

He wasn’t too keen on the suggestion, but I encouraged him to try it out. I wanted to find a way for him to add it regularly into his other routines, so I pitched the idea of holding 60 minutes of plank in a month.

I started a group on Fitocracy, just in case others wanted to join in, and the response has been HUGE! Some people got addicted, pushing themselves to hit double or even triple the amount in thirty days. I know a few who’ve branched off and started a group to reach 60 minutes in a single day.

yo dawg, that’s crazy

I’d say it’s one of the most active groups on the site. I have a hard time keeping up with all 2,500+ members.

But lately, there’s a certain trend I’ve noticed on the feed. A lot of people are talking about how they’re losing interest… how they’re feeling unmotivated. And the thing is, I’m in the same boat! Planks can be tedious. Planks can be boring.

But here’s the most important thing to keep in mind: planks are doable.

And with all the things in life that are out of my hands, I need more things that give me a sense of being in control. Exercise is one of those things– and it’s a really good thing!

But I think sometimes people put so much pressure on themselves. They think, “Once I jump on board, I’ve got to keep momentum 110%.”

And as much as I appreciate that enthusiasm, I think that’s a lot less doable. Besides, you don’t need that type of motivation to reach your goal. All you need is determination.

If you’re faced with a task you don’t want to do, that’s fine. But, a loss of motivation does not mean something is impossible to do.

You can do it. You got this!