Week 9 of #12weekyear: So…My Confusing Journey to a Better Life is Working (Kind of?)

So this is a kind of “Welcome back” post to get me reoriented.

First…yes, I failed 75 Hard again. One time was for a drink. Another time was because I had an emergency and had to go out of town and didn’t really plan to do 75 Hard while goine. The other time I had another drink.

But…..I getting even clearer on what I want from my life. I know how I’m supposed to eat (I think!). I know what kind of look I want to go for. I know my money goals.

So I started dropping everything (books, piles of papers, files, bookmarks, etc) that wasn’t part of that dream.

The more I visualize, the easier it is for me to say “I want that” or “Nah, that’s not for me.”

I’ve also realized that I need more prep for 75 Hard so I now try to do most of meal prepping on Sunday most of cleaning on Saturday (followed by a rest period).

Besides that, I also realize that the job I have now is what I no longer want. I don’t like the call center environment. It’s demoralizing. While I don’t take calls, it just like “Blah, blah, blah”

I am getting more of an idea of what job I do want: Helpdesk/Jr. Sys admin?

I also dropped the bodyweight workouts. I wasn’t reaching full extension, so I shouldn’t advance. I would much rather just stick to a 30-day yoga program with foam rolling and shower afterwards.

As far as diet, it’s still heavily Paleo with some carb. I am still following the version of Creed diet I found online.

Lastly, I’m going to drop the monthly thing of reporting on a multiple stream of income, etc. like I said last week. With so much happening and the fact that I haven’t connected those goals with what I do every day…I decided to just do a reflection on my week.

Day 14 of 30 #75Hard …Almost Halfway….So What’s Next?

As I get to the halfway point in this challemge, I’ve started to think about what’s next. Do I just charge off into another 75 Hard challenge.

Actually, no.

I’m supposed to take a 30-day break.

My over-planning self is not ready for a break.

First Workout: 45 minutes.

Second Workout: Walking (45 minutes)- First long walk (relatively speaking). I walked to the mailbox and a little bit past it. Over 1 mile walked.

Progress Picture

10 pages of reading: Page 90 of “Maximizing Your Potential”. The book talked about the power of potential in a way I never thought about it. Potential is not shown by what you give, not what you store

1 Gallon of Water

Follow a Diet

5 Minute Cold Shower

8 Critical list tasks

10 minutes visualization-Did 2 sessions Morning and quick night session

Week 8 of #12weekyear: Thanos Simplicity

So…I’m kinda at the final leg of 12 week year.

Am I completely different than when I started? Heck YEAH

Did I screw up everything in trying to figure out my next “something”? HECK YEAH

So, I see now how I was too focused on trying to pull off goals out of a hat, of seeing goals and then say “Yeah, I can do that in 2 weeks…and that, and oh, that…and I can do that too.”

I’ve identified this negative habit of mine (distraction), and tried…unsuccessfully…to fix it.

But all of that over-thinking and distraction was a part of the process because once I found the right book and mindset, I dropped everything with Thanos simplicity.

The two books that changed my mindset are “The Moses Code” and “The Millionaire Mindset”.

With those books and the stuff I’ve been practiving with the “The 12 Week Year”, I came up with a repeatable monthly plan that I can use to level up each month of my life until I hit legacy….or screw up horribly and then it won’t matter.

That process:

1 New Income Stream each month

1 Course each month

1 Mastermind (I have 4 I want to join for now)

1 Habit to replace, refine, or replace for 30 days

4 Pounds of Muscle each month

For the month of June

Income Stream-Notary (Finished course, Filing application)

Course-Notary (Actually finished!)

Mastermind-Gibborim (Red Scorpion challenge which starts in July?)

Habit-30 days continue of no porn

4 pound-Gained 2 of 4 pounds already!

This is all I’ll be reporting on for the last month of these 12 weeks…and going forward

Day 13 of 30 #75Hard …Protein Got My Body Like What

Yeah, I missed a day of reporting on this blog.

In other news, I’m getting my routine better and refined even more. My body has no idea what to do with all of this protein and real food.

I’m eating consistenly on a whole different level. I’m still tired of cooking, shakes, etc. but my body feels happier with the nutrition

First Workout: 45 minutes. Added fourth set, restarting with one rep. Decided to try kettlebell for next phase?

Second Workout: Walking (45 minutes)- Back to normal walking. No plans to change anything yet.

Progress Picture

10 pages of reading: Page 80 of “Maximizing Your Potential”. The book talked about how God will hold us accountable for how we treat our body. I had to ask a prayer for forgiveness for the way I’ve treated mine in the past.

1 Gallon of Water-Planning on moving to just carrying water jugs around

Follow a Diet

5 Minute Cold Shower

8 Critical list tasks

10 minutes visualization-Did 2 sessions Morning and NIght

Day 10 of 30 #75Hard …The Hardest Part of 75Hard (For Me) Is…

75 Hard is really SIMPLE stuff-eat, read, exercise, etc.

But it’s a habit change.

That’s the hard part.

Like I said before, I’m a horrible eater. I either skip meals or eat everything in sight. I used to drink soda and coffee whenever I wanted.

I didn’t have to plan what I ate. I didn’t have priorities or critical tasks.

I just did what I wanted…..

…and I ended up becoming a slave to distraction, sugar, and poor eating habits.

I am slowly unwinding from that or rather 75 Hard is forcing me to confront me that at a rapid pace.

First Workout: 45 minutes. Not the bodyweight workout, my body was not in a mood today with a headache. I did home cleaning (20 minutes slow, with a 5 minute break, and then another 20 minutes)

Second Workout: Walking (47 minutes)- Slow

Progress Picture

10 pages of reading: Page 52 of “Maximizing Your Potential” and my mind is blown

1 Gallon of Water

Follow a Diet

5 Minute Cold Shower

8 Critical list tasks

10 minutes visualization-Did 2 sessions (Morning & Night)

Day 9 of 30 #75Hard …Narrowing Down to Start Building Roots For the New Life

So today was a mixed-up day. I got up really late and really tired. My muscles ached, but the show must go on.

As I move forward, I’m starting to move away from “just creating goals and to-do list items because it would feel cool to do them”. I am starting to ask “Why?” and putting the answer within a framework for my life in the future.

At the same time, the visualization exercises are stretching my brain far beyond anything I ever dreamed.

Doo, I’m in the unique position of having bigger dreams but now more focused on how to reach them.

First Workout: 47 minutes. Muscles hurt so moved slowly.

Second Workout: Walking (1 hour 23 minutes)- This might have been too much at my level without eating on time because I got really tired

Progress Picture

10 pages of reading: Page 31 of “Maximizing Your Potential” and my mind is blown

1 Gallon of Water

Follow a Diet

5 Minute Cold Shower

8 Critical list tasks

10 minutes visualization-Did 2 sessions (Morning & Night)

Day 8 of 30 #75Hard …Learning to Respect Food (Yesterday)

So, I’m getting my proverbial “ducks” in a row as far as my freelance and side businesses. First, I decided to not attack everything at once. Instead, I am only tackling one thing.

I’m tackling mutliple paths, but one thing in that path…if that makes sense (more coming in the Weekly Update”.

Anyway, today’s focus will be on respecting food…or learning how oto anyway.

I’m started to realize that one of the reasons that I’m skinny is that I’m not a foodie. Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but I can skip meals when I get busy and then I’ll rush to the quickest food I can consume.

75 Hard is teaching me that this way is not good for looking better naked or for my overall health. I might could get away with this kind of eating in my 20’s, but not any more.

As I continue with 75 Hard and sticking with one diet, it’s getting easier to not really have to worry about what to eat. I know exactly what to eat and when.

Now, I’m not eating perfectly on time…but I’m getting there

First Workout: 45 minutes. Settled on Al Kavadio bodyweight workout for a stretches and updates to some of my workour for set program with levels vs randomly doing a workout.

Second Workout: Walking (45 minutes)-

Progress Picture

10 pages of reading: Page 21 of “Maximizing Your Potential” and this book is awesome

1 Gallon of Water

Follow a Diet

5 Minute Cold Shower

8 Critical list tasks

10 minutes visualization-Rushed but done

Day 7 of 30 #75Hard …The Learning Behind 75 Hard

75 Hard can seem very simple

Find an eating plan…Stick to it

Read 10 pages….

Exercise twice a day

But I’m learning that there’s lot of learning (especially about yourself) during a 75Hard cycle.

You learn how to adapt your time and get all of those activities done.

You learn how to be more mindful of how you eat

You learn how to fit your life into a new way of thinking.

First Workout: 45 minutes. Had to finish up at night because I was trying to find a good book. Attempted “Anabolic Energizers” by Elliot Hulse

Second Workout: Walking (45 minutes)-

Progress Picture

10 pages of reading: Began “Maximizing Your Potential”

1 Gallon of Water

Follow a Diet

5 Minute Cold Shower

8 Critical list tasks

10 minutes visualization-Visualization focused on the top 10 books I would carry if I had a million dollars and walked away from it all today.

Day 6 of 30 #75Hard …Learning Priorities (Yesterday)

So yesterday, was an unexpected day and lesson in prioritization.

After reading “Millinair Mindset”, it finally set into my skull that my plans of trying to attack everything at once where not working. Tha’s why I was feeling rushed!

So, I dropped all of those plans (weekly update coming soon)

I have tendency to get caught up in overconfident overplanning. I’m like “I just need to start a business, become a notary and get further training in coding ALL AT THE SAME TIME.”

A bigger and more impactful lesson is prioritizing what I need: What do I need to do first? What needs to happen? What needs to happen next?

But anyway, I’m digressing.

I also ended up in several Facebook Messenger coaching people, which threw my schedule off, but I got caught up before bed. (My room is a mess!)

The point is, I’m learning the lesson of priroritization…and I finished day 6

First Workout: Stretching/Bodyweight (?)-I forgot to hit “Finish Workout” and it says my workout took 9 hours

Second Workout: Walking (45 minutes)-

Progress Picture

10 pages of reading: Finished “The Millionaire Mindset” This book reprogrammed how I’m pursuing goals

1 Gallon of Water

Follow a Diet

5 Minute Cold Shower

8 Critical list tasks

10 minutes visualization-Realized that when you let your imagination run wild, your thinking expands

Day 5 of 30 #75Hard …Humbled, Rushed, and Squatted

So, today was “rent day”, which is always fun….especially with my landlord.

But beside that, I had to switch my workout because I walked in the morning and did my bodyweight in the afternoon.

Speaking of bodyweight, I’m not what I’m used to be…and it was humbling. I am coming back to fitness after I felt comfortable to start working out again after (undiagnosed) peripheral neuropathy.

Before, I could do thousands of pushups, crunches, and more. Now….I’m building back to 10 reps of each.

It’s humbling….but it’s also a challenge.

Other than that, I’m rushing on drinking water because I was away from home and forgot to fill my 32 ounce bottle.

First Workout: Stretching/Bodyweight (48 minutes)-Added squats

Second Workout: Walking (49 minutes)-

Progress Picture

10 pages of reading:Page 51 of “The Millionaire Mindset” Book is inspiring me to rethink my goals in a bigger way

1 Gallon of Water

Follow a Diet-I’m eating so much

5 Minute Cold Shower

8 Critical list tasks

10 minutes visualization-Realized that when you let your imagination run wild, your thinking expands

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