My exercise was a mix of success and failure this month. On the beginning of the month it was going strong, and I was making good use of the gym equipment at school. Then I went on vacation and I havent done any exercise since I returned, telling myself it was OK to take a break from it. Instead of using that time to study, I spent the time loafing on the internet. O well, at least I’ll have a fresh start during the New Year.
- Have a closer relationship with God.
- Write more neatly. My hand writing is atrocious and I will not stand it any longer. I have to write slower and put more effort into it.
- Become a better man in general, Mentally, Physically and Spiritually.
- Get A’s on my As-Level IGCSE
- Loaf less and do my daily essentials such as reading and writing
- Improve Social Behavior
- BE MORE CLEAN
- Spend more time helping people
- Had fitness training after school= Exhausting
- Studied for my ICT exam= Frustrating
- Listened to Badbadnotgood= Relaxing
Had ICT class as normal today. Was going to go out afterwards but had a massive headache.
I think the things I try to consume is reaching a critical mass. I am giving myself too much to do in one day. My to do list is becoming so long I need a do later list.
The problem lies in my inability to let something go. I always want to see everything something has to offer. I don’t want to miss anything. I will click on anything to make sure I’m not missing anything good. The stuff I can’t consume immediately I throw somewhere for later. It’s as if someone is forcing me to get the best out of everything. Download every free thing. See every picture. Check out every deal. It’s taking its toll and burning me out. I need to relax and slow it down and realize its OK to miss some stuff. It’s not the end of the world. I can always come back to it, and maybe then I can discover something I purposely missed and be delighted.
- Reading from front to back my issue of Reader’s Digest that I bought 3 months ago (weird, ain’t it?)
- Rather than starting a new habit, review the habits I know already in “The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Teenager”
- Learn this rap, featuring a reanimated Hitler vs Darth Vader
My exercise has gone well this month. Despite failing to do it on one day ( and thus breaking the chain) and the colder weather, I have been able to exercise well this month.
There are improvements across the board, but there is more immediate change in my upper torso (shoulders, chest and arms). I try to fit in 15 push ups into each repetition and have begun to do ten in the morning and ten at night. I have also introduced a rule that allows me to take 1 day off. I should use this only if I need it, rather than an excuse to loaf off.
Next month I will:
- Do exercise according to the “repeat until failure rule”
- Do 4 reps if I’m feels brave
- Evaluate if its time to move into intermediate workouts
Today in for P.E we played a combination of Netball and football. For netball, you must pass to team mates to get it to the other side of the field. However, the moment the ball touches the floor, it becomes football! Netball goals where 5 points, while football goals worth 2 points.
I always feel a bit helpless in sports (not being as physically gifted as others) but still try to contribute to the team as both an annoying defender and a cheerleader. I loved screaming FOOTBALL every time the ball touched the ground. My team ended up winning despite me scoring a brilliant own goal. It was also because one of my friends kept forgetting that you have to pass the line while playing the netball portion, and threw the ball into the net 4 times.
After a good half an hour of that we moved onto capture the flag. I was able to sneak into the enemy flag area when no one was looking, but never managed to make it out with it.
In the afternoon I got invited by my computer teacher to hear a speaker about Quantum Computing. Didn’t even know that existed 0_0.
The evening was eaten up by AXN. It’s surprising how you can get sucked in. It was great to relax and watch House, The amazing race and Wipeout. Too bad it sidetracked everything else and killed my time…
To my horror, I realized I had broken the chain. I’ve been following a productivity technique called break the chain where you give yourself a tick for everyday you do a task (i.e reading and exercise). I had created a chain three months long, now broken by a single night.
Today I went to have new glasses made, as well as get my eyes checked. My area has lots of specialist glass shops (almost an over saturation). We went to the glasses shop that my parents went to as young adults and have built up a solid relationship with.
They immediately deduced that I had again, broke my glasses through basketball. They offered to give me a temporary hinge for my lenses as the prepared me new ones. I then went for a quick vision test to see how badly my vision has worsened since the last time I had them checked (about a year ago). My eyesight was 25 degrees higher (not too much of an increase compared with last time). More worrying was my glare, or that’s how my mom translated it. It was now 75, with the real problems starting at 100 degrees. To avoid it, he said to not use screens, read books or watch TV in the dark. Health can be depressing sometimes.
Miraculously my lens fit exactly into a spare frame they had. Very lucky considering that my lenses were shaved to fit my last frame.
The rest of the day was spent preparing for and watching from and returning from the UFC fight.
Today was a lazy Sunday. An unvoiced unanimous decision by the whole family to sit at home and do nothing. I toke the chance to do some work, start using my mole skine and mess around with my DSLR. I’ve learned to zoom better and how to use monochrome. One of my favorite shots from my expedition around the room.
I also started something called Shave Sunday, and Scrub Sunday. I know it sounds silly but it reminds me and motivates me to try to have a “clean” start to the week :).
“A Person Becomes Old When His Mind Is More Occupied by Memories Than Aspirations”
I am sitting here on my bed of reading the second habit of “The seven habits of an effective teenager.” I feel so inspired, if not a little overwhelmed. It gave me a lot to think about. Who I am. What do I stand for. What do I want to be when I grow up. These are hard questions for me to answer. I can be inspired in one moment and then be completely shallow in the next. Of course I shouldn’t expect myself to be inspired and thoughtful all the time; it’s just not practical. But I forget where I’m going, where I want to go. I become numb to emotion and thought. I found a word in my readings that may perfectly describe my situation: apathy. The absence or suppression of emotions. I don’t think I do it purposely but I simply slip into it. Unaware of its numbing effects until I’m on the bed about to go to sleep. It’s as if I need to rediscover myself everyday. This must be ended. I am going to take small steps (because I often bite of more the. I can chew) to change my state of mind. A small evolution. My thoughts will no longer be drowned out by the mechinacations of the modern world.