I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I was running of motivation. Normally, this is a problem for good habits but I was able to build them within the window where I needed to stay motivated. Now, I don’t even need to think about it anymore and I will still go to the gym and eat less.
I think some of that success comes from how I frame these challenges to myself. For me, creating an impossible challenge where I see incremental progress regularly is motivating. I think it comforts me that there the work I’m putting in will be towards something that isn’t going anywhere. In a way, that progress is saved and is more significant since it’s attacking something big. I can see this especially in budgeting. Wanting to spend $400 a month is something that I know is a big stretch, and in a way, I know I’m not going to reach that goal immediately. This allows me to work on it incrementally. In writing this, I’ve come to realize that the progress is not the completion but the improvement over time. I know this way of thinking must sound insane to some people. How do you frame your problems?
In falling back on things I’ve done before, I fell back on an old recipe I picked up. Teriyaki Chicken. All it involves is marinating the chicken the night before and frying it up when you want to eat it. I added my favorite, roasted brussell sprouts, and ate it with rice.
With only a week to go, I actually have the chance to make my goal! I’m currently at $365.51 of writing this post. I have a little less than $40 dollars to spend over the next week if I’m going to make it. I think that a big part of this spending dip is the conscious effort to eat less in addition to spending less. Eating more would provoke more spending so changing the source of the spending has been productive for me.
I’ve made great progress this past week. I averaged under 175 pounds the whole week and I’m oscillating much less than I when I started all of this. As I mentioned before, I’m really not doing anything different. To me, it’s just a confirmation that good habits over time lead to healthier lifestyles.
I was able to get back into Muay Thai last week. Monday was actually a pivotal session for me because I had left the gym very angry the last time I was there. Long story short, we were sparring and I got socked in the face by someone who was better than me. This basically happened because I suck and I also don’t really know the rules of sparring. But I was angry anyways (Hiro’s reaction was, “well what did you expect?” lol). Long story short, going back in and having a good time again was important for me in realizing that that experience wasn’t indicative of the entire experience.