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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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Jaguar’s Journey, Part I

In my other life, I train people for a living.

One such person is Michael Jaguar Singh, a medical professional who shouldn’t need my services. However, he is human and therefore not perfect. I met Mike four years ago. He was interested in studying martial arts to protect himself, but we ended up dealing only with his weight:  He was about 200 pounds overweight (he only stands 5’6″), and suffering from many medical and physical problems as a result.

He was a diligent student; losing a considerable amount of weight in just a year’s time. By the time he had stopped training, Mike was doing things he’d not been able to do all his adult life–he was kicking, practicing with weapons, working out for three 3-minute rounds at a time. His stamina had improved greatly, and he had become quite strong and much healthier.

I recently heard from him while he sat in an emergency room stretcher. Michael had not only gained back the weight he lost while training; he gained more, and was now in worse health than when we met each other’s acquaintance years earlier. Resolving to regain his health, he returned to training just yesterday. Well, he did it once before, and he’ll do it again, I assure you. He is just as determined, although we must start from scratch.

Funny thing about fighters–and anyone can be a fighter–they are like a Phoenix, rising from places many people would expect to remain forever. Fighters can lose a fortune, and amass another one. They can have their hearts broken and just destroyed–and love again. They can tiptoe the line between life and death, and live an even fuller life than ever before. Mike is one such person. After getting into the best shape he’d ever been in his entire life, he returns back to the state he was in before. His own physician gave him the lecture “Lose weight, or else”–and he is back in the gym, like Rocky after a crushing defeat, poised to push that glass ceiling as high as he can push up to his tippy-toes.

I am proud to say that I will be a witness to see him do it. So proud, I made a blog in 2008 to document it. Yeah, I had my own (marital) issues and failed to maintain it. But if you’d like to be a fly on the wall, head over there and subscribe. It’ll be updated regularly. There are a few white lies I’ve told over there (he doesn’t want anyone knowing certain details about him, although he did agree to be featured on a blog), but everything is pretty much true (lol). I’ll make sure to post pics as well.

And if anyone in the Sacramento area would like to get back in shape and extend the expiration date on your life (and increase the sexability score on your strut), that blog will be the place to be. I will have fitness and weight loss tips, exercises, and other useful stuff. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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