Scheduling my time from now on.

The other day I got thinking about the amount of time it takes become an expert in something. Conventional wisdom says that it takes 10000 hours of deliberate practice. You can’t just go through the motions and expect to get better at something you want to learn. You have to work on your weaknesses. Continue reading “Scheduling my time from now on.”

My fight with potato chips.

Recently I have put on more and more weight. I have been avoiding updating the blog for that very reason. It’s been frustrating and embarrassing. Especially since I don’t eat much junk food at all. Except for potato chips. They are just so damn delicious. My mouth waters just thinking about them.

I talked to my fitness trainer about it and asked for his advice. He told me to treat it as an addiction because chips aren’t like other types of food. You can’t have just one like the commercial says. When I got home from the gym, I wish I could say I threw out the remaining chips I had in the cupboard but I can’t imagine wasting food like that. The bag was almost finished so I finished it, crumpled up the bag and had my last chips.

That was yesterday. Today I went to the grocery store and walked right by the chips without a second thought. I am now on day one of no chips and so far it’s going great. I am going to try and make it until the end of the year. One of the things I’ll do to deal with the cravings is to drink water or tea. It’ll be tough but it’ll go a long way to helping me lose weight.

 

Thoughts on Meditation from a Beginner

I’m a very scientific minded person so I was very interested in seeing the benefits and effects of meditation. I started with 5 minutes a day and after a few days I decided to push myself and go for 30+ minute sessions. I also tried different sitting positions.
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A Reflection on Life

Recently I had a reality check about the limited time we have on Earth. If we don’t make healthy choices and make the most of our lives it can cost us everything. I believe that our health is the single most important thing in our lives. Without it, we cannot enjoy our life as fully as possible.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t have our vices but that we should use moderation when we do get off track. There is a reason “everything in moderation” is conventional wisdom. It’s because it keeps from repeatedly making the same bad choices. Choices that more often than not we’d like to admit have dire consequences.

It was the first loss of a personal friend that I have ever experience so I am still not 100% sure how to deal with it. But my friends and family are saying I am handling it very maturely. I think it’s equally important to take time to reflect as it is to distract yourself from your loss. You don’t want to dwell on it but you also don’t want to deny yourself time to grieve. You have to look after yourself.

For me that means talking with my friends, getting out and exercising and doing a bit of gaming to take my mind off of things. I also decided to start educating myself about things my friend cared about. Causes concerning social and political problems. That’s how I plan to deal with this. For you that could mean something else.

I won’t get into the details of what happened but I just want to say that my friend Da Wei was a good guy whose life was cut short. He’ll be missed.

Make Your Own Luck

No such thing as luck or natural talent. All you have to do is put in the work. If you are a little further behind your goals than you want to be then just put in a little more work. You have to do it for you because no one who hasn’t been where you are will know the work you’ve put in. They’ll see the results but they will not see all the work. Do it because it’s part of who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow. Continue reading “Make Your Own Luck”

Use Your Imagination

Today I decided to go back to the gym. I was a little nervous because I took some time off for the holidays. I wasn’t going to go but I decided not to let fear get the best of me. I could’ve just stayed home and plopped down on the couch, but that’s not going to get me back into shape. Continue reading “Use Your Imagination”

My House Is My Temple.

Having travelled the world and been in 100’s of temples, churches and mosques I can tell you that there are certain things that all holy places have in common that I think to promote peace of mind. I think that it is important to treat your home like a temple.
clean Many times when you go to a Buddhist temple you will see a monk or two sweeping up. Even if there isn’t much to sweep up it, they still do it! I can’t think of a single holy place I’ve visited that was not clean. Continue reading “My House Is My Temple.”