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  1. Quote I’m contemplating: "The best investment you can make, is an investment in yourself... The more you learn, the more you earn." Warren Buffet. Proud that I finished my book! Status check: I feel great. I was extremely productive today. I woke up early, ran 6 miles, went to class, went to work, worked, finished a job for my client, finished formatting my thesis, read ~70 pages of my book (and finished!), started an assignment for class due Wednesday, and I'm cooking food for the next few days now. Three things I’m grateful for:My ability to live without caffeineMy parents.I’m grateful for my wonderful forgiving girlfriend who is much better than I deserveThree amazing things that happened today:Finished my book! I already got the next one lined up.Getting so much work done.Waking up earlyHow I could have made today better: I don't know, honestly I did great. I think I could have extended my run to 6.2 miles for a 10k, but I'll take it. Thoughts: I think everything is going really well.
  2. Thanks for the update! It's very encouraging.
  3. +1 linux, nowadays anything you need you can get with a linux. And as you said, gaming laptop or not, you can still use it for plenty of productive things.
  4. I just moved too- it’s actually a great feeling and opportunity. Right now is the best time to make new habits and get rid of old ones!
  5. Good job with not gaming! If I may, I'm not much of a design person but I read though The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman, and it really was a great book. I just thought I'd recommend it to you, there's a lot of free pdfs floating around.
  6. Shamelessly stealing @SlackRamen 's templateI skipped journaling yesterday because of @giblets ! Not really, but he did help me realize that I just wanted to be with her rather than talk to you guys, no offense. It was great! Today was spent traveling 2000 miles back home, it sucks to be away from her again, but I will be strong.Quote I’m contemplating: "If you want to be tougher mentally, be tougher" - Jocko Willink. I started listening to Jocko's podcast and it's great. I want to make the decision to be tough. Status check: I feel, ok. Kind of strange. I had a great weekend with my girlfriend but now I'm back here alone. It was nice to see her though. I see her again in 1 month, I'll be counting down the days. I feel a little stressed out from traveling all day, and anxious about getting back to work tomorrow. Three things I’m grateful for:I'm grateful for legs and being able to run and continue my mile a day for 365 days goalsI’m grateful for my business and educational opportunities I haveI’m grateful for my wonderful forgiving girlfriend who is much better than I deserveThree amazing things that happened today:Got to wake up next to my girlfriend- any day that happens is a good day.I managed to get a lot of work done, including finishing some hw and a lot of work for a client.I'm proud that I managed to run my mile despite a headache and traveling all day. How I could have made today better: I'm not really sure. I broke down and got some decaf today which I regret, I think i need to stick to just no coffee/decaf at all, but I suppose it was a good compromise. I could have run a little further but I think I needed to rest (had a 6 mile day yesterday). I think I could have done my HW better too. Thoughts: I'm anxious and excited to go back to work tomorrow. I feel like I have a mountain of stuff I need to do that is going to hit me, but I just need to tackle it one day at a time.
  7. I'm enjoying your format, I might switch to something similar soon. Sounds like you're doing well, keep it up!
  8. Wow guys, thank you all for the support! It truly means a lot to me. quick post today, I’m on mobile: Woke up, class, then I went to the bus station, 3 hour bus, 2 hour waiting at airport, 4 hour flight, but during that time I got a lot of work done so it was nice. Then my girlfriend picked me up and we got some food, but unfortunately her car got towed. I was pretty upset but I decided to keep my commitment to run a mile everyday and ended up running to let off some steam, and actually got a new personal best time for 1 mile. Then I spent some time with my girlfriend and she’s asleep as I write this. i have absolutely no plans for tomorrow, I don’t need to do any work, I’m just going to be with her and I’ll be happy at some point I’ll run, im thinking an easy relaxed 5k.
  9. I listened to two of Jonko’s podcasts, and they’re great. He has a super interesting perspective on life. Thanks for the recommend Andre!
  10. I'm a big fan of Eric Thomas, so I like to listen to his Secret to Success Podcast. I also like The Running for Real Podcast, which helps me push through my long runs. I'm going to check out Jocko's podcast tomorrow during my commuting. I'll let you know how I like it!
  11. I only had 30mg of caffiene today! That was big. I also took 2 naps... haha. Last night my caffeine headache was killing me until I took some ibuprofen. So I woke up around 9 (no alarm too), I got up, and I ran 7.7 miles with a new personal best 10k of 1:03:55, which is still kind of slow but I'm getting a lot better every day. I came home exhausted. I laid down for like 30 minutes before I went to class, which was great. I really enjoy my class it's extremely interesting and challenging. I feel like I have a good handle on the material too. After, I got some lunch with some friends and went back to the library and finished my math hw, then came home and packed up, as I'll be visiting my girlfriend this weekend. I'm getting a little stressed because I just got dumped with a bunch of shit I need to take care of, but I will get to it on time and it will be well done. Tomorrow: wake up, I hope I have time to run a quick 5k in the morning (depends when I wake up I guess), then go to class, and immediately go to the bus to get dropped off at the airport, fly back, then spend the night with my girlfriend. I'm excited to see her again.
  12. Thanks Simon! I should be proud of myself for even trying, I suppose. But you're right, the act of writing it really helped me push through and not sit in depression. Today was good. I went to class, got some HW done, then went to a meet up for entrepreneurs, and I learned a lot. After I went for a 5k run, it was a great run, I didn't care about speed or distance I just ran to run. However today I had significantly less caffeine than usually which gave me a terrible headache. I'm decided that I'm going to quit caffeine. I'm going to switch to decaf for the week then quit. I'm about to sign up for a half marathon in 30 days, my goal is to run in under 2:00:00. Tomorrow: wake up at 10, go to library, do some HW, go to class, more HW (finish!), and work on the job for my client.
  13. Day 3: Life is pretty good. I got some stuff done. I did some work on my car and am hoping it'll get better (I'm starting to think it's just a clogged injector, I really hope that's it). I didn't run 10k today because as soon as I stepped outside I realized that my body had not recovered yet, so I only did a 3k, but managed to keep a decent pace for me (27:35). I went to class, which was great! I'm really enjoying it and I'm happy I actually understand what's going on. I feel more confident that I can do it. I worked on the project for my client. Also, I decided to try mile a day, to run at least 1 mile everyday. I'm pumped but a little scared. Tomorrow I think I'll take it easy and do a relaxing run, I might even head out after class to a local park in the area. Tomorrow: Wake at 9, get ready, go to class, and finish the work for my client, and my hw.
  14. Fern, thanks! Day 2: Today was a nice day, I felt like it was very balanced. I didn't wake up early (I think my body wanted me to sleep after running so much), but I got to class then went to work and got my code running again and worked on some HW. During this time I got another potential job with my client. However I was still completely exhausted so despite a fair amount of caffeine I just came home and crashed. When I woke up, I scheduled some networking events for Wednesday, cooked for the next few days (beef spaghetti), read a chapter of my book, and just took it easy. I really liked what I did today, aside from the need to sleep for so long (probably due to running), because it was so balanced. I took care of my body, did my work for school, worked on my business, cooked for the next few days, like everything I needed to do (aside from my car, which isn't a big deal because the bus has been working fine for me). I also had a great realization. Over the past 2.5 months, I've stopped smoking cigarettes, smoking weed, drinking alcohol, doing other drugs (I have a severe addiction to stimulants like adderall), stopped gaming (with a few speed bumps, but I'm not going to give up just because I fail, that's just more reason to try harder!), and I started nofap two days ago. I've been dressing nicer (a good friend of mine even told me how he wanted to start dressing professional like me!), my business is more successful than ever, my work is going well, I've been making my bed everyday and keeping my apartment somewhat clean, I'm in the best shape I've ever been in my life, I've been cooking for myself every day and saving money, and I'm actually happy. It's one of those things that makes me think, like damn, I didn't see my progress from day to day, but when I reflect on my journey I've progressed so much. I think it's because I've been trying to improve constantly. I think the second that I think "Oh look at me, I'm doing perfect, everything is fine" I start to relapse. I want to run an ironman triathlon, I want to have a million dollar business, sure, but it's as much goals like that as it is just deciding to not fap for the day, or wear nice clothes everyday. Everything is going better, but the joy in all of these things doesn't come from where I am now, but trying to constantly improve myself. Tomorrow, I will: Wake up at 10 (feel like this is more realistic for me) and fix my car, then go to class. Then I will run, my goal is a 10k in under 1 hour. After that I will help my friend with some code, and then I'll do some HW, and read.
  15. Day 1, restart: I ran a half marathon today! It was great. I can't say I really did anything else but it was still awesome. I needed to prove to myself, and I did it! It was the most i've run since high school, when I was the most athletic I had been in my whole life. I did it. Great day, short post- I'm exhausted Tomorrow, I will: wake up at 7, call to get my car working at 7:30, if they have room, I'll drop it off in the morning, then I'll go to class at 10:30. Then Ill take bus to campus and go talk to the post-doc to fix my code, then I will work on code and do HW, and then I'll come back home and cook some dinner.
  16. Today I completely failed. I watched streams all day. I know some people might say that's not he same thing but I know the only reason I didn't download steam again was because I left my mouse at my office (to prevent this very thing from happening) and my car is broken down so I couldn't get it. I'm starting again at day 1, tomorrow. Even though I didn't game, I still watched streams which I felt like was just as big of a problem when I stopped. I dreaded coming here and confessing this to you guys but I figured I had to. After I wasted my day watching streams, I wrote a song to remind myself that tomorrow is a new day. It's pretty stupid and cheesy but: I only wrote it to pump myself back up because I feel like I just failed. When I was watching all the cravings flooded back. But I know I'll stronger now, if I keep going. Tomorrow, I will not watch any streams or do any games. I don't really care what happens otherwise. I might go biking with my friend or finish some hw.
  17. I just installed it Daniel - I've gotten so much done in the past hour. I needed this!!!
  18. Welcome! Thanks for sharing your story. The dreams go away, so do the other side effects. Stay strong. It's never too late to completely turn your life around, if that's something you want to do.
  19. Day 12: Good day! Very productive. Got up early and had a good night sleep (not drinking coffee after 1 did wonders). However I did drink a decent amount of coffee today, but I was planning to stay up and do work anyway which I did. I got my code running and now am just waiting for it to run. I even ran it on another two subjects for the hell of it. Also, I learned MATLAB today and was able to get started on some of my hw. I'm taking my time with it because I really want to do it right. I also read around 30 pages of a book, a short fiction one, which is going well. Now I'm just watching anime. Tomorrow I think I'm gonna be super bored because I'll be stuck at home all day as my car is broken, but I'll just end up doing some work so it won't be so bad. I'm really happy I'm not gaming anymore. Not many cravings today, if at all. There's ups and downs but the trend is definitely going up. Tomorrow I'm gonna wake up at 9:00 and finish my homework, and update my business' website.
  20. Today was more or less the same as yesterday. I didn't drink my usual afternoon coffee but regretted it as I came home and drank soda to get my caffeine fix instead. I'm gonna get some tomorrow. Kind of in a shitty mode right now because my code doesn't work but I'm just gonna close my computer and forget about it. My boss is happy with me and my relationship is going well so I guess that's really what matters. I've been having cravings to game. They're getting stronger so I'm worried about it. I'm just gonna take it one day at a time. I think it's because I have a hard time dealing with failure, which I've done a lot recently. Tomorrow: I'll wake up at 8, bus to campus, go to class, go to the office and try to get some help with my code, and work. I think i'll bring a pair of workout shorts so I can lift weights tomorrow too, that'll be good for me.
  21. Quick post today. Was decent day. Productive. Just another day grinding really. I did drink less caffeine and I had like 4-5 glasses of water today, so that was good. I'm exhausted so I'm going to sleep early. I finished my job so that was nice. More time to work on other stuff. Tomorrow: Wake at 8:15, take bus to campus, work until class at 2, keep working after. Finally got my assignment for my research so I'll be looking into that for sure.
  22. Congrats on job man!!!! That's awesome!! Keep it up! i also noticed when I quit gaming that social media began to be a problem for me so I'm in the process of cutting back. I only check it at night now when I get done with work and it's been going pretty well. you shouldn't be worried about your friends if you don't instantly respond- I'm sure you can reply 12 hours later and still be just as social. I don't think the actual checking videos is bad for me but it's the mindless scrolling.
  23. Ha, nice idea! heres my try I can't game, my guildmates (family) are counting on me to succeed!
  24. Thanks Cam! Yeah, that's definitely a good point, and water is probably what my body really wants. I think sugar might be part of it too. Otherwise I eat decently healthy, but my sugar consumption in drinks is pretty bad. I wish I had seen this post earlier, it probably would have motivated me to not have the second coke of the day. But tomorrow is a new day, and I'm going to keep trying. Day 9: Today was pretty great despite the fact that it should have been bad! I think my positive mindset carried me through today. Imagine that, I had another bad sleep. I really need to cut out caffeine. So I was a little groggy, but I still managed to get up and out without too bad of an attitude. Then, the worst part of the day - my truck started slipping gears while I was driving, flashing colors on my indicator dash, etc. So there's something very wrong with my truck. It has 220k+ miles on it, so maybe it's about that time. I was hoping to at least get one more year out of it though. But anyway, I didn't have time to check it out because I had my test, which I did decently ok on. It really didn't matter, it was just a pre-test but I wanted to get a 100, just to prove to myself. I don't think I got there, but I will keep trying to improve. So after I took the bus home, and ended up nearly finishing the work for my client (will finish by tomorrow!) and read 3/4 papers for my class tomorrow, I couldn't keep my eyes open for the last paper so I'm just gonna shoot for doing it tomorrow morning. I also ended up going for a quick 3 mile run, which was very relaxing. I also cooked food for the next few days, some chickpeas, tomatoes, beef, carrots, celery, bell peppers, threw them into a crockpot on high for 4 hours - it's a pile of protein, but it tastes pretty good. Tomorrow I will: wake up at 8, take the bus at 9, take the other bus to get to the hospital and go to my 10:30 class, then i will head back to main campus and sit in my lab and try to finish the job for my client, which would be so nice. Then I have an optional session at 4:35 for my class, which I'm definitely going to go to so I can learn the basics of MATLAB. After, I will come home, go for a run, and finish the job, no matter what it takes. I'm excited to be done with it! I will also take Cam's suggestion and when I crave caffeine past 2pm instead of going for coffee I'll chug some water. Maybe the positive mindset (doing something, drinking water) vs negative mindset (not drinking caffeine) will work better. Putting two bottles of water in my backpack now for tomorrow, and drinking one right now. It's worth a shot.
  25. Thanks Fern! I can't tell you how much better my life is now. It's really improving. I don't want to get complacent though. Day 8: Today was a great day, despite some minor setbacks. I had a 5 hour energy around 5pm last night which was a huge mistake, and I realized my addiction to caffeine has gone through the roof. Just today I had a redbull, 2 cups of coffee and a 20oz coke, and that was me limiting myself. Tomorrow I'd like to cut that to 1 redbull, 1 cup of coffee and 1 12oz coke, still a lot but I'll consider that a success compared to what I have been ingesting. Anyway, I had pretty bad insomnia and woke up very groggy today, but I still got up and got dressed for the last orientation. It went ok, I didn't actually pay attention because it didn't have much to do with me but I got some work done for my client. Then I realized that school was starting and I'm no longer at my tier 3 public school, I'm now at my dream school, where everybody else works just as hard as I do, so now I need to work harder. I have a pre-test for a machine learning class tomorrow which decides if I can stay in the class or not, so some of today I spent going over linear algebra, which I completely forgot, and some vector calculus. I also have 40 pages to read by Wednesday (so, I have 40 pages to read tomorrow) of super dense scientific papers to read, and I have no idea how I'm gonna manage that. But, I'll figure it out, I always do. But anyway, after the orientation, I went to my boss' office and he was a little too busy to talk to me, which was fine because I had a lot of other stuff to do anyway. After that, I talked to a CEO and investor that my client introduced me to for an hour about my business idea (he works in software development too) and I got some really valuable insight. He even told me that he would keep me in mind as a future contractor, which was pretty amazing to hear. I realized that I had been going in the wrong direction, but hey, that's why it's market research and not market do-what-you-think-is-correct-right-now. I realized I need to learn one thing and do it well, I need to master one thing. But, I still am in awe that I'm even in this position right now. Not gaming got me here. Otherwise, I would have just come home and started playing dota. After, I kept working on the job for the client, and then something really shitty happened and I accidentally deleted 4 hours worth of work, which was infuriating to say the least. However, I managed to keep a steady head, resigned to what happened, and just kept working. I just finished what I should have finished 4 hours ago, so I'll have to wake up early to study for my test more. I'm not worried about passing, the practice test isn't that bad, but I want to get a 100%. If I'm gonna try, why would I try for anything less? Also, I stopped looking at reddit and FB today during the day, which I think really helped me a lot. I'm writing this a little earlier than normal so I can read a bit and stop looking at screens. Tomorrow I will: Wake up at 7:30, go workout, go to the hospital and try to get my parking permit (again...), study for my test in the morning, work on the project (maybe finish?), read the papers, and cook dinner.