• July Groundhog Day Resolution Report – Bad at Goal Setting

    July 8, 2019

    I wish setting goals were this easy Time to do another monthly progress check for my 2019 goals! The short answer is I am bad at setting goals. The longer answer is that maybe I need to repackage goals so they work with the peculiarities of my brain. Something more enticing to my natural tastes, perhaps? (more…)

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    Dave Seah
  • Weekly Review 0701 – Cutting to the Bone

    July 1, 2019

    Tomatoes and Basil Taking Root In last week’s report:

    • Declared that my goal was building and sharing things, and everything else should feed into that including my work and other responsibilities.
    • Recognized just how much distraction comes from scheduled events, and vowed to reduce it even further.
    • Pondered that I might be destined to be a community manager instead of a maker, and have been mulling this last week.
    • Considered how telling people what I think up front works versus inviting discussion from people to emerge what to do. In some cases, people just want to be told. In others, they are looking for collaboration,. I should be mindful of which approach to use when.
    • Reported that 60 minutes of cardio every day was having positive effects on my mental state.

    Let’s review how the week went from there. (more…)

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    Dave Seah
  • Progress Report: Two Weeks of Cardio

    July 1, 2019

    As I reported last week, I’ve been doing an hour of cardio a day for 14 days to see if it is a simple formula for increased hotness. I’m not sure if it is yet, because it certainly has been a formula for increased eating, but there have been these benefits:

    • It’s a great ritual to start the day when I get up, because it’s a simple directive: put on gym clothes and drive to the gym before doing anything else.
    • Because I have nowhere to go while doing the cardio, there are no distractions so I can think about the activities of the day.
    • It’s not boring because I’ve figured out how to fill the time. I’m using an elliptical machine exclusively, and its smoothness allows me to use an iPad.
    • The intensity and duration have increased my cardiovascular fitness by at least 30 percent over 14 days, so I feel physically good.

    On the downside, I have lost no weight and am still at 200 pounds, which is up 20 pounds from my low of 180 before heading to Taiwan last April.

    I do feel a little thinner, but not appreciably so. I haven’t measured my waist yet and I don’t think I will for another two weeks.

    I’m planning on continuing to do this, because the start of day benefits are worthwhile! Fat loss will be an inevitable side effects.

    I’ll check-in again in mid-July to report if there’s been any change!

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  • Weekly Review 0624 – Accepting Imperfection

    June 24, 2019

    Terrible Pineapple Cakes In last week’s report:

    • Recognized that I have too many schedule-interrupting commitments.
    • Accepted even with my reduced goal list, I am still trying to do way more than I can handle.
    • Accepted the reality of my distracted brain. I can’t change it, so let me work with it.
    • Accepted that herding a distracted brain is a full time job, so it is part of the cost of being.
    • Decided that feeling ashamed about it doesn’t help, so to hell with that. Shame doesn’t help me learn or achieve.
    • Remembered my main strategic goal is to make new works to share with people, because sharing makes me happy and creates pathways to interesting opportunities.

    With regards to making progress on my work and my Groundhog Day Resolutions goals, it’s been slow going. Partly this is because I’ve been building new processes to help manage my distracted nature; the idea is to have a solid foundation and realistic ways to track progress without it all being too overwhelming to remember. But have I made anything and shared it? No. Let’s break it down. (more…)

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  • Will an Hour of Cardio Every Day Make Me Hot?

    June 24, 2019

    I’m running a personal experiment to see if “an hour of cardio a day” will result in an increase in my physical attractiveness, AKA HOTNESS. I’ve always been overweight, though I’ve slimmed down more in the past year. I’m at the point where I want to start wearing more interesting fashionable clothes, and my options would increase if I lost more inches off my middle.

    An hour of cardio on the elliptical is about what I can manage at the moment, though I was loathe to devote “so much time” to a boring activity. But to become hotter is a compelling goal for me right now, so I’m running a 14 day experiment to see what additional spiciness I could attain. I like the idea of a simple activity that results in hotness, rather than a more complicated routine. I’m not interested in developing muscle mass at all. I want to be leaner and more evenly shaped in the middle.

    In the past I’ve done challenges for 15-30 minutes of high intensity cardio a few times per week over a period of several months. The improvement in my cardiovascular endurance was notable. How would an hour every day compare?


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    Dave Seah