The “V” word

In late 2012, I had just got a new job that paid less than my old one (but paid more than nothing), and while I was out grocery shopping, I noticed that meat was expensive. So I decided “I just won’t eat it for a month and I’ll see what happens.” That month of eating a plant-based diet (also called a “vegan” diet, which is technically not correct–I’ll explain later) turned into a year. And it was followed up by a year of being ovo-pescatarian (eat eggs and fish). During that year, I lost a lot of weight and my health was the best it had ever been in my adult life.

But eventually I got bored with it because my weight loss plateaued. So I transitioned into a paleo-style diet. Did that for a couple months before I slowly started falling back into a standard American diet: Meat, cheese, milk, eggs, and fish. Every day. All of it.  Continue reading

The benefits of anger

I don’t think I have an anger problem. Maybe I do. I’m not sure. I like to think I get angry about as much as anyone else. Although I’d prefer to think I never get angry, but that would be a total lie and would 100% indicate an anger problem.

Today was not a great day. Starting from a bird pooping on my hat before work, to a long day at work, to butting heads with someone, to apologizing because I felt like an ass about it, to finally getting off work after an 11 hour shift. Continue reading

Writer’s block

I had an idea for something to write, but I decided it was too much work, and I didn’t want to put that much effort into something not fun.

I think that’s a good way to approach life overall: Don’t waste time with things that don’t improve you or make you feel good. And if you need to do something you don’t want to do, find a way to make it as enjoyable as possible. Continue reading

Let’s just give up already

Just a few days into my one-two punch of “study Italian and only eat food from home,” I’ve screwed up three times:

  1. I ran late one morning so I had to buy breakfast on the way to work.
  2. I found change in my pocket and bought a Twix bar from a vending machine (whoops)
  3. I really have no desire to study a romance language that’s not Spanish

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The second greatest habit I’ve ever developed (then broke)–after daily writing–was idea generation. It was something I borrowed from writer/investor James Altucher. It’s simple: Write ten ideas a day. About anything at all. Try to theme them, though.

It’s the one thing I always do when I feel an emotional or mental low. And it always makes me feel somewhat batter. And doing it every day makes idea generation a little bit easier, the idea a little bit better, and the desire to act on those ideas a lot stronger. Continue reading

The “Two Projects A Month” Plan

I find it’s easier to do things to improve myself when I set some sort of timeline in place. I don’t want to micromanage it–that’s just frustrating–but instead I want to create habits. And when I want to create that habit, I find what I want to do and I try to do it every day for 30 days.

And since we’re near the beginning of a new month, I figure it’s perfect timing to implement this sort of thing. Continue reading