March is over. Every year I get surprised about how fast the year is moving. This is inevitably followed by feelings of lack of progress. “Wow, I haven’t done anything this year yet”. But that’s simply not true. We have to fight away those feelings when they’re not applicable. If I’ve learned anything so far, it’s that I am always progressing towards something. My weight is going up, it’s going down; I’m within budget, I’m out of budget. Change is inevitable. It just depends on how quickly we’re changing and what direction the change is in. I think this allows me to keep a sense of urgency. If I give up now, all the changes I’ve made in the direction I want to go in will revert back to changes in the direction I made a resolution to progress away from.
Do I even need section headers? The graphs are like headers. When I show the weight graph, you know I’m not gonna talk about my budget. Time to get rid of those. I also low key got rid of my Meal Section last month. I don’t find it interesting to talk about my cooking.
It’s obvious I’m starting to plateau in terms of my weight progress. I’m not sure if this is how far my current plan is gonna take me or if this is just another period of adjustment for my body before I can see noticeable results. I’m going to stick with my current plan for now, mainly because the current plan has become comfortable and I know I can do it.
My exercise has been starting to get more sporadic. But still, this is the change in my life I have become most proud of. It’s clear that I’m more fit and have way more stamina than I used to. I’m having a lot of fun with Muay Thai and I’m even becoming more confident with sparring!
In contrast, my budget is definitely the area I’ve made the least progress in. In March, I spent $944.26. I remember Chris Chen telling me at the start of this that he didn’t think it was worth it to sacrifice socializing to stay within budget. I am also finding this dichotomy. My average weekly grocery bill is around $65 so if we extrapolate that, I should be spending $250 a month for food. How does it get so out of control? Well a bubble tea is usually like $5, any normal dinner at a restaurant is $25-$35 with tip. Eating out adds up so quickly. A lot of discipline is required here and I haven’t found a secret trick or a methodology I’m comfortable with yet.
Accomplishments In March
- Finished reading Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
- Finished reading The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith
- Finished reading The Power of Different by Gail Saltz, M.D.
- Finished reading The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
- Finished reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler
- Completed the MIT Systems Engineering Program
Failures In March
- I planned to take the free portion of the Code Academy Python courses but I never started
I have been enjoying posting to this site. Each post I publish makes me feel like I’ve done something productive with my time. I want to start posting regularly on topics other than my E(ating) & E(xercise) goals so look forward to that!