Day One, Two Things

I did in fact record my calories, and shut down my screens before bed…around 8:30. (Remembered to take melatonin and magnesium as well…almost slept through the night for the first time in many many months.) Bad news…went way over on calories and my avg over 6 day dipped to -217 below maintain. My goal is to maintain an avg of -400 per day.

TWO THINGS

I have a tendency to try to go ALL IN, and put way too much on my plate, and sort of set myself up for failure. ‘If I just do these FIFTEEN things everyday this week, I will be kicking ASS, I will be amazing, this week will be amazing, I’ll be rich, happy, beautiful…’

And of course it’s too much and I can’t sustain it, I put a ton of pressure on myself, and I am constantly starting over.

But I am not sure what I really learn from that futile exercise. What things are actually hard to do, hard to find time for, are most important?

So I am going to try an experiment. I have many things I want to be sure to do, but I am picking just TWO things.

And no matter what I am going to do these two things, every day. Even if I do NO other thing on my giant change your life list.

Those two things, this week, are:

  1. Keep track of what I eat, and the calories, and write it down.
  2. Turn off all screens, laptop and iPhone, at 8:30 pm.

THAT’S IT!

The week will be a success if I follow through on these small, but significant, tasks.

And by the way…I am at 5 days and 1948 calories under maintain, so my average has slipped below 400…need to watch what I eat (and WRITE IT DOWN) today to get back on average.

Health slowly but surely

One thing that it is never too late for is physical health. It’s never too late to be in the best shape of your life. That’s my goal! Not to get in better shape, but to get in the best shape of my life. But I have a long long way to go! I tend to set very unrealistic expectations….on everything. And then fall off the track and castigate myself for my lack of discipline. And I think the reason I do this is that I am ‘programmed’ to think very very short term. I want to be in the best shape ever…TODAY. I am impatient, and in some areas that makes me very productive…I am going to finish editing that video TODAY! And I do. Health is not and cannot be like that. So my simple goal is this…I’ve figured out the caloric intake I need to maintain my weight. My goal, now, is to eat just 400 calories less per day. Not impossible, and thus far, 4 days in, successful! I am at 1668 calories under maintain, an average of 417 per day…and this includes a happy hour get-together on Friday with friends, which was a lot of fun, but definitely skewed the average. Add to this a goal of 5 days a week at the gym. I go in streaks with gym-going…despite the fact that I actually really like going…I often say that the % of times I regret going to the gym, is zero. I ALWAYS am glad I go…getting there of course is the hard part. One of the reasons for the public posting is, as many do these days, to set up a super easy accountability, even if no one but me reads this blog. If I do the above for a year solid will I be in the best shape of my life? Without question. I think the only way I can get there, however, is to take the long view. I will NOT be in great shape in a day. or a week, or a month. I am committed to the long-term.

Ramit Sethi

Listening to Ramit Sethi on James Altucher’s podcast. Two interesting takeaways (among many).

Be specific. And A/B test in your daily life. For instance, what do you say when you meet people? That’s an interesting thought. He mentions things as simple as how he describes what he does. For awhile he said he was a ‘writer’…he noticed a change in people’s attitudes towards him when he started saying he was an ‘author’.