So, I skipped another week of this series as I did not have any data to present. However, I’ve been back in MD for the week and have also been back to tracking my habits. I realize that my metrics are changing a lot from what I originally cared about at the beginning of the year. E(ating) & E(xercise) isn’t really an appropriate title anymore for what this blog series is becoming, which is a more like a general reflection on habit forming and getting yourself to do what you want to do.
My latest habit I want to hone in on is studying. I’m starting my Masters program in a month and a half and I want to be somewhat prepared to put in a grind when the time comes. I originally wanted to try and put in 10 hours of studying a week to start with. This is really out of the realm of what I’ve tried to accomplish already and this feels the most like work. However, even this huge dedication of time may not even be enough. There’s not going to be a lot of momentum, it’s just going to be about discipline.
My total meal spend for last week was $50.82, which is really really good. It’s kind of misleading though because the only day I actually ate a cooked meal was today, Sunday. I bought my usual chicken and brussel sprouts from Trader Joe’s and the cost per meal is actually $2.16! That’s kind of insane to think about. That means that if I ate that for an entire week, which I think is very possible, it would come out to $30.24. I would probably lose a lot of weight as well. This is a big difference from steak, which costs around $9.99 a pound and chicken, which is $3.99 a pound.
Wednesday and Saturday were days where I ate out and that’s immediately apparent. This was my expectation for how it would like when I started this. Eating out really has appreciated over time relative to buying groceries. I remember when Chipotle used to cost 6 dollars, now it’s more like 10 dollars. I feel like food is also getting fancier in general, which means any type of sit down is going to cost $15+. The only fiscally responsible way to eat with your friends might be to cook for them.
So, the reason a lot of these meal spends are so low is that I hardly paid for food last week. There was free food at work and I had leftovers from when Hiro’s sister took us out to a fancy steakhouse. It’s going to be easy to avoid spending when everything is free. In reality, this is cheating because you can’t count on having free meals but like I mentioned previous, it is well within the realm of possibility to spend under this amount by eating chicken.
So, much like my old exercise calendar, which I wanted to use to help me exercise regardless of the results, I want to implement a study calendar as well. Here it is:
It’s extremely bare, probably because I haven’t studied at all and I’m already failing to meet the goals I set out for myself. Originally, I thought that cutting boxing Tuesdays and Thursdays and replacing those with studying would be viable but Hiro has encouraged me to continue with boxing at the current pace if it’s sustainable.
This means that my off Friday could become a huge contributor to my study progression. Having a whole day to mess with every two weeks is going to be extremely valuable. I hope to make my new study schedule a bit like this:
- Tuesdays: 1.5 hours (between work and boxing)
- Thursdays: 1.5 hours (between work and boxing)
- Saturdays: 3 hours (mornings)
- Sundays: 3 hours (mornings)
- Every other Friday: 8 hours
This is going to be a huge time crunch but GA Tech has already warned us that it anticipates an average of 20 hours a week per class and I intend to take 2 classes a semester…. Yeah that seems implausible but maybe we can actually discover something about time management through this process.