Red Belt Challenge: Day 16

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Synopsis of the Past Two Days

It was a light day where stairs and miles are concerned. However, I balanced out the day with a 24 hour fast which went better than I thought.

The reason I mention this is I have not intermittent-fasted more than 19 hours while at school. I figured that with all the commuting, carrying a heavy pack for at least a couple of miles every day would be too much.

I think I was wrong in my presumption. Only one way to know for sure. Test it.


Here is how the day breaks down:

  • Backpack 25 lbs
  • Climbed 498 stair steps (with pack on)
  • Walked 3.00 miles (with pack on)
  • Fasted for 24 hours
  • 1 hour Taijutsu training



This morning while waiting for the boat to ferry me over to the mainland I was miserable. It was cold and clear, well below freezing. Bundled up in a sweater and heavy fleece I was shivering.

Then the most magnificent dawn colored the sky vibrant oranges, pinks and yellows. All of a sudden, I did not feel as cold. It was at this moment; a thought struck me.


Everything in nature is balanced. We are part of life and should be loyal to the natural balance within ourselves.

It seems that in today’s society we want everything right now. We were raised that way from instant noodles to emails.

Do I want to be physically fit right now? Yeah, I do, and yet it does not work that way. It is a process, a journey, a retraining of my body and mind.


Ask yourself, does instant or nearly instant gratification equal better?


I have a sneaking suspicion that in most cases it does not.


The old axiom “Anything of value takes hard work and time” applies here.




Sweat, tears, and bruises can create something beautiful. Suddenly, it was worth it.






Thank you for reading.

J. R. Lowe

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