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Well, 2015 didn't go as I thought it would. A lot of priorities changed, usually for the right reasons. This year, life is a bit more stable. Here's the plan at a glance:
2016 - Q1 (Jan-March): Health + Loose ends from last year
Lose another 20lbs - Keep losing weight. I've lost about 25 lbs since September when I decided to go Keto. It went well at first, and then the holidays happened, which slowed things down (but didn't stall them). Now that holidays are over, I'm back on that wagon.
General health habits - Aside from the weight loss, I'm ramping up health habits that really should have happened a long time ago. 1) Quitting porn for good. 2) Meditate daily.
Get the vasectomy handled - Like I said in my other thread, I don't want kids, and this is just the responsible thing to do.
Close on the investment property - Little commercial property side-project that's been stretching out a while for reasons I won't get into. I want this thing closed (owned by me) by the end of Jan, and stabilized (automate whatever possible, as far as payments and stuff go) by the end of Feb. Either that, or if it falls through and I have to walk away, do it by end of Jan.
Online class - I've been taking a data science specialization online last year. It's almost over, just have the 10th class (big final project) to get through, which ends at the end of this month.
This looks like a big laundry list, but it's really just "habits that should be part of life anyway", and "things that require a bit of upfront work here and there, and a lot of waiting in between the bursts", so I think it's quite doable. The thing taking up the most time at the moment is that online class.
2016 - Q2-Q3 (April-Sept): Aside from keeping things running and habits going, the main thing I want to focus on: Do the lose your virginity program. No, I'm not actually a virgin, but all of my past successes just kind of fell into my lap, in that I've never had to assert myself and "make luck happen". So, I kind of feel like I still have to show myself that I can make it happen whenever I want.
I'm not setting other goals this year until these things are handled. They might go quickly, which is great, and then I'll do more. Or they might take the whole year, which is not the end of the world as long as I'm making focused progress.
Replicon wrote: the main thing I want to focus on: Do the lose your virginity program. No, I'm not actually a virgin, but all of my past successes just kind of fell into my lap, in that I've never had to assert myself and "make luck happen". So, I kind of feel like I still have to show myself that I can make it happen whenever I want.
I can relate. That seems like a really good idea, actually. I'm not a virgin either but my dry spell sometimes makes me want to put a bullet through my brain. I found some useful information reading GLL's lose your v-card article. Worth a try.
Have fucked at least 2 new girls
Lose another 20lbs - On Track - Going good so far. I'm well under the target burn-down on my daily weight spreadsheet. We're on track here. If I remember right, from last time I did something like this, it's gonna need fine-tuning in the later stages, to keep the weight loss consistent all the way through.
General health habits - On Track - Been meditating daily. I find it's important to not do it as the very last thing in the day, cause I'm too tired. Mid-evening (like, 6-7pm range, close to dinner) is best, since I'm alert enough to focus on it and benefit. Mostly off the porn, but not 100% yet. Still working on getting this to just be consistently gone.
Get the vasectomy handled - On Track - I have the consult scheduled for this coming Wednesday. On track. Hopefully, I can schedule it really soon afterwards, and then it's just a matter of shaving my balls and going in for the procedure. It would be cool if on my next update, this is just done, but that's at the mercy of scheduling.
Close on the investment property - At Risk - This is, unfortunately, dragging on longer than I'm comfortable with. Fighting with one of the banks over a couple of details. The closing date will have to move, and there's a chance this is going to fall through. That's a risk I've known all along, and have come to peace with it. Will push through February with it. It seems like one of those "things always get worse before they get better" situations...
Online class - Done - This is handled and done. Scored really high, too.
I've also started laying out plans for when "slots" free up in a couple months. I went through all the "lose your virginity" stuff. After March, and after all the stress from dealing with this fucking building, are cleared up, I'll get moving on that stuff with more focus. I also have some good ideas for some affiliate marketing experiments for later. Won't get into that until I've focused enough on everything else on this list (including the LYV stuff) to be autopilot.
Lose another 20lbs - Partial Stall - I haven't gone over the deep end or anything, but there's just been too much "visiting friends in other city" kinds of things, resulting in less clean eating than normal. Looking at the daily weight chart, it's obvious the loss has leveled out over the last month. Will be cleaner in March.
General health habits - On Track - Good consistency with meditation, more than I've ever done in the past. A little bit more, and the habit will be cemented for good. Also generally been staying really consistent with the "getting up at 5am 6 days a week" habit. I'm getting to bed earlier, and getting more done during the day. Eating pretty consistently well when I'm not out of town. Need to work on food habits when traveling.
Get the vasectomy handled - On Track - Got the consult done. The real deal is schedule in the middle of March. Birthday gift to myself.
Close on the investment property - At Risk - Through an amazing stroke of good fortune, this is still going on! I thought I'd have had to walk away by now, but managed to get over what I think is the worst of the hurdles. This is still "at risk" because I won't delude myself, but things are looking better than they did a month ago. I may be a slumlord yet!
Progress goals for March:
Get the vasectomy done.
Close on the damn property
Start looking at things needed for the LYV program (get good pictures, fix up style, etc.)
Lose another 20lbs - Partial Stall - Faaaak! Yeah, definitely stalled on this. With all the randomization (birthday party, and a few other celebratory things), the weight has stayed constant (though in better shape, so probably overall better). I think I'll do a full-commit reboot of the process this month to drive it through properly.
General health habits - On Track - Overall decent consistency, but there was a bunch of randomizations here (recovery from procedure, got sick at some point, etc.) That stuff just made it legit to sleep in, but also slowed down other progress.
Get the vasectomy handled - Done - Got this handled!!! I'm really excited about this. Best decision I've ever made! There's no feeling as liberating as choosing what YOU want when it goes against the social narrative, and pulling through it.
Close on the investment property - On Track - Ugh this was SUPPOSED to close yesterday (March 31st), but we hit a retarded snag (seller had an outstanding judgment against him). The title company dropped the ball on this one - NOT COOL to only catch this at the last minute. In any case, that's been cleared out, and now it's just a matter of waiting on the processing. I'm thinking this should be finished within a week.
During the time I took off for the vasectomy recovery, I read up on the LYV program, and also checked out Rooster's guide (it's on Kindle Unlimited, and I figured as long as I have to be sedentary for a little while, it's a good time to sign up for the free trial hehe).
So, things to get into in April:
Close on the property for real again this time - I hate how I keep having to include this line item, but it's out of my control at this point, and just have to slog it through.
Re-commit to health habits. Kick the weight loss back into gear for another little while, and get to bed around 9pm every day, since I think I'm a bit underslept.
Start looking at style changes to max out looks. Expect the "help with style" post sometime hehe.
Online class - I signed up to another course, this time about building websites. I'm rusty in that and need practice. This will be really useful for work as well.
Weight loss/health habits - Maintenance Mode - Getting realistic: I've been ridiculously busy with a couple of other things (see below). The best I can realistically do with this thorughout May at least, is to keep from slipping, and slowly inch forward, and really push this when I get some time back for it.
Close on the investment property - Done - YAAAAS!!! Took fucking forever, but FINALLY this is handled! Ooh, it's good to have land haha.
Stabilize investment property income - On Track - There's a bunch of work to do here to get this going. Basically, need to rein in the tenants we have. I won't call this done until we've reached a steady-state where income is consistent, and enough to pay expenses. There's a couple of bouts of bullshit I'll have to fight through to get there, which is one of the things keeping me busy.
Stabilize investment property income - On Track - This is going smoothly. Probably the thing in my life that is the most stable, with the least amount of unknowns. I'm about half-way through the program already.
May will be very busy, and I want to focus on nailing down those two things (in addition to a demanding full time job). I don't think there will be much of anything else going on, unless I get some downtime and can fit it in.
Little late this month. Haha just noticed 3 and 4 from last month is the same heading, but that other one was that online class.
Just a real quick update here... May was incredibly busy, with three out of town trips (work, weddings, etc.) and two old friends coming into town and hanging out. Needless to say, I was randomized like fuck.
* In spite of all that I didn't go off the deep end health-wise. Steady maintenance.
* Online class is still going really well. I'm way ahead of expected schedule.
* Property: I've got it mostly stabilized, though there's some more work to do with one tenant.
* Property: Uncovered some weird drama/situation with one of the tenants. Will need to proceed with caution. I wanted to be farther along with this. There's always some bullshit going on with this thing. Still an awesome investment I don't regret at all.
* With all the randomization, did not have time to do anything else, so just kept it real and stayed put.
* Push the property thing along (know path to green - no delusions about it being fully handled)
* Start upgrading looks
* Made decent progress on the property. Things are moving well. It still needs some "special" attention before I can just automate most of it.
* Health: Steady maintenance, but it's time to go a bit more hardcore again.
* Online class endgame in sight.
* EDIT: Oh and how could I forget - Vasectomy final results are in,and I'm officially clean! FREEEDOOMMMM
* Looking back at the original plan, I was hoping to be well into the online dating/LYV stuff by now. I'll need to make that more of a priority once the two main things I'm working on spin down.
* July is "vacation month" - I'm taking 2 weeks (3 weekends) off and going to be out of town. This is usually a time where I don't focus so much on diet/exercise. I'd like to change that, and while I'm definitely going to be eating more randomly than I am now, the goal is to exercise every morning and pick a healthier option half the time I eat out haha.
* Finish up the final project for this set of online courses. There will be plenty of time to get the work done, and I've got a new laptop for doing personal work while on the road.
* Figure out concrete plans and priorities for the rest of the year. This is usually a great time for that kind of reflection. No work-related distractions.
First Half of Year Retrospective
Like I said, if I look back on the original plan, I really wanted to be farther along my "set of things" than I am now. However, it's not all bad, and a lot of it came from understandable setbacks. One, the property is just taking longer than it should have, but it's starting to wind down a little bit more. Two, I committed to making a small website for a friend, to help with his business, which has zero online presence right now, aside from shitty aggregator sites. That's just about out of the way too, and still counts towards my goal of getting up to speed with web development, so that wasn't a waste of time.
I'll be out of town, on vacation, for the next while, and that will be a good time for reflection. I want to figure out prioritization for the rest of the year.
* What can I do now to get going on the LYV thing, but which won't take up all my time, because of the other stuff that needs to finish?
* I want to get back into more hardcode weight loss, without it taking up way too much time, and so I have to come up with updates to the meal plan. I think I have this mostly figured out at this point.
I should have answers to these by the end of the month.
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