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  1. It can take some getting used to. Maybe try again another day when you have more free time and see if it happens again. There are many benefits to fasting beyond weight loss. Hope it didn't scare you off haha. --------------------------------------- Today was just ok. Soon after waking up today I noticed I had a headache. It was one of those headaches that just lingered all day long, it wasn't super painful.. it just wouldn't fully go away, even taking many pills didn't seem to help. It's only now and the very end of the day where I've noticed the headache has gone. Because of this headache, I just didn't feel like coding today, I didn't want to have to stress my brain and potentially make it worse. I will make up for it tomorrow. I did fast for about 20 hours or so today. Because I wasn't feeling great in the morning I didn't want to prepare my meal for the day so I had to get takeout as my only meal. It could have been worse, but it certainly could have been better too. I still accomplished my goal today but I can will do better tomorrow.
  2. About 18-24ish months ago I was doing 16 hour fasts with 2 meals a day. High protein, low carb. The main goal was to lose weight. It worked very well. I got down to the lightest I'd been in over 10 years. In the last year or so I've gained almost all of it back (I wasn't fasting). Now I want to try to get approx 20+ hour fasts in with 1 meal a day. This will allow my body to spend many more hours in fat burning mode. The goal is to lose as much as possible, as fast as possible. All my IF knowledge is from Dr Sten Ekberg on YouTube. Amazing, IF youtuber. I've been doing OMAD for 5 days now and I feel great so I'll monitor as I go. Thanks 😃 ----------------------- Today has been a day of reflection and perspective. I had a lot of free time this morning to think about where I am, where I've been, and where I want to go. I was curious about the things I was talking about when I first journaled here 2+ years ago so I began to read through the early days of this journal.. ended up reading it all. I had forgotten how much I struggled with consistency. I don't remember being so frustrated but reading back some of the entries was really enlightening. One thing became crystal clear as I kept recognizing the same problem over and over again. If I want to lose weight successfully, I must reduce the instances each day where I am faced with a choice. If I eat 3 meals a day, each day I must choose healthy foods 3 separate times. The odds that I will make a poor decision rise with each additional choice I must make, as willpower is a finite resource which depletes throughout the day. I thought about it all morning, and I know what I must do. Beginning tomorrow April 1st, I pledge to eat only 1 meal a day for the entire month of April. Here is why this is the perfect plan for me: 1) One meal a day will greatly increase the chances that I avoid making a poor / unhealthy decision. 2) Every meal will be planned ahead of time to avoid any surprises. I already plan out every week on my Google Calendar so I know when I'm supposed to be working, I know when I'm supposed to be at the gym, I know when I will practice coding, I know when I have social commitments, etc. I simply need to check my schedule for the day and make ONE decision about when/where/what I will eat to achieve my goal for the day. 3) Eating 1 meal a day will increase my fasting window from 16-20ish hours (which already worked great for me in the past) to closer to 20-26ish depending on each days commitments. This will allow my body an additional 4-10 hours of fat burning PER 24 hour cycle. Nutty. 4) It is SO much easier to only have to plan, prepare, cook, eat, and clean 1 meal a day than it is to do that entire cycle 2 or 3 or MORE times PER day. This allows so much more free time. In preparation for this, I dumped the last of my coffee creamer down the drain this morning. I really love coffee but I need to cut out all added sugar from my diet and I want to see what I can do if I go absolutely berserk for an entire month. This will also help get more water in my body which is obviously a good thing. But yeah, I'm pumped for this. I could go on and on but I've covered what I needed to. I will probably be writing about this journey all month long anyway. Oh yeah, in the midst of all that reflection this morning I found 60 minutes to code extending my #100DaysofCode streak to day 5. I also fasted all the way till approx 9:15ish pm which was about a 26-27 hour fast. It wasn't hard at all, I could have gone longer but I planned it earlier in the day. Anyway, that's enough for now. I cannot wait to get started tomorrow. I will succeed. LFG NannerZ
  3. Just finished coding for about 90+ minutes. Today I moved onto the functions module. I found it quite a bit easier (but not easy) than loops but will still review again tomorrow. That's day 4 of #100DaysofCode complete. Also easily completed my 5th day of 100 days of Intermittent fasting. I Believe it was about 24hours or so that I fasted between meals so I'm exceeding my 18+ hour window goal easily. Also I have decided after doing some more research and thinking about it more, I am going to only eat 1 meal a day for the entire month of April. I've actually only been eating 1 meal a day now for at least 4 days and it's been way easier than I thought.. it actually makes your whole life easier. It's 1 less meal to plan, prep, cook, eat, AND clean up. That's precious time I'd rather spend working on my other goals. Things are going well so far, just gotta keep it up. I'm really glad I decided to come back here to journal, feels like this is the accountability that I've been missing.
  4. Wow, good job. I don't think I can do a dry fast, I find the water really helps with any hunger issues. If I feel stomach rumbling I just drink some water and I'm good for another couple of hours. But yeah, fasting is the best, it's really changed my life.
  5. Great job getting started with your journal. Glad to be of some inspiration to you, I can confirm that it has been a very positive, transformative experience to my life. Keep at it, don't give up. There will be bad days, just forget about them and keep moving forward. Just to clarify however, I am in fact a dude 😃 Good luck, I'll keep checking in on your journal.
  6. Wasn't able to journal or complete my python challenge yesterday but one of the golden rules of "Atomic Habits" is to never miss twice. Life is busy, life is complicated. It's okay to miss your goals, just don't miss twice. As soon as you let it get away from you, you've already started to build a negative habit (avoiding the good habit you're trying to build). I just finished up coding for about 90 minutes today. I redid the loops module as i struggled with it yesterday. I did much better but still found it quite difficult near the end of the lesson. I'm ready to move onto the next module tomorrow, there will be plenty more chances to get better with loops. I did complete my 23ish hour fast and one healthy meal goal yesterday though so it wasn't all bad. I'm about to start cooking today's only meal as well and by the time I eat I believe I will be over 24 hours of fasting. So it looks like I've made it through another day accomplishing my goals. Just need to keep it up. Also I weighed myself today just to see if 3 days of mega fasting with low carbs would have made a difference and I was surprised to see I'm already down 2.5 lbs from day 1 weigh in! Just gotta keep stacking the good days. Onto tomorrow. LFG
  7. Successfully completed day 2 of the #100DaysofCode challenge and my own personal 100 days of Intermittent fasting challenge. The fasting was easy. Just don't eat, how much easier could it be? Healthy meal to break fast around 6pm and am already a few hours into the next fast. Today my lesson in python was loops. I found it quite a step up in difficulty compared to lists yesterday. I will definitely review before moving on. Not much else to say today. I just saw Will Smith slap the shit out of Chris Rock and yell like a crazy person. Wild stuff. Back at it tomorrow.
  8. Today officially marked Day 1 of the #100DaysofCode challenge that I started. This morning before work I found 90+ minutes to complete the "lists" module on my Codecademy beginner python 3 course. Really pleased at my progress so far, really felt like there were some breakthrough moments this morning. I will be publicly tweeting my day to day progress at @pegcitydfs on twitter. It was also day 1 of 100 days of intermittent fasting. My fast began last night around 8:30 or so, and was broken almost 24 hours later tonight around 7:30 - 8 ish when I took down my only meal of the day. Chicken breast, vegetable medley, almonds, cheese, protein shake. All meals will be tracked in myfitnesspal app. A great way to start an important chapter in my new life. Just need to repeat this day 99 more times. Tomorrow is another day. LFG
  9. Well, I'm back. The last time I updated this journal was 30 months ago. Covid started a few months after I stopped journaling, coincidence? This journal helped me lose 40 pounds (I've gained about 25 back), get a job after being so depressed I couldn't work, become more confident, learn about myself, grow as a man, discover new hobbies and interests, and most of all helped me learn my own potential. Hell, I was even reading complete strangers journals and commenting on them, wild stuff. A lot has changed in 30 months. Some good, some bad. A lot of the same. I barely game these days. When I first started this journal gaming was the primary destructive habit in my life, and I knew I had to do something about it. I'm not saying I'll never have gaming problems again, but I haven't gamed problematically (that I can remember) since I began this journey 30+ months ago. I do still game but it's absolutely on my own terms and I'm comfortable continuing this way for the time being. So why have I decided to start journaling again? I have been stuck in the mud in my life for well over a year. I can't seem to accomplish goals I've had for over 18 months, I can't stay focused. I'm rudderless and I'm drifting through life without direction or purpose. As the weather outside warms up and I can begin to reclaim some freedom with pandemic restrictions (in my area) finally being nearly extinguished, I find myself with new found inspiration to get my life back on track. When I try to think of why I was so successful at achieving my goals when I first starting journaling here versus why I haven't been able to find any sustained success in the last 18 months, I'm led to believe it is a combination of being able to pour out all my thoughts / goals / struggles / dreams / desires on here, which allows me to work through what's holding me back and what I can do better to succeed. As well as an excellent accountability habit. When I put these thoughts out into the world I accept that others may read them and perhaps relate to me in some small way. When the only person who is held accountable for my actions is myself, I will lie to myself. I will tell myself whatever bullshit lie I want to hear to justify whatever short term fix I need in that moment. I found that when I wrote my goals clearly here for all to see, I simply did a better job at making them a reality. I have a few goals in mind that I will begin tracking tomorrow and I may add more as the momentum will inevitably kick in. Here they are: 1) Begin the #100DaysofCode challenge tomorrow. I want to become employed as a junior python programmer by the end of 2022 or by June 2023. I will give myself a very generous window of Oct 2022 to June 2023 to find my first job in the field. 2) Begin a 100 days of Intermittent fasting challenge tomorrow. Shortly after I stopped journaling was when my weight loss truly took off. I discovered the awesome power of IF combined with a low carb diet and the pounds melted off. The amount of compliments I was receiving every day was more than I had ever gotten in my entire life. As any dude will tell you, we don't EVER get complimented so it felt absolutely amazing and I want to feel that way again. The reality is if I really do this well, I will likely not need the full 100 days to lose all the excess weight. When (not if) that happens I will happily alter this to more of a muscle build diet. LONG way to go but I know I can do this (I already did). 3) 100 days of no fap. I tried this last time I journaled and it went very well. I believe I got past 70+ days and another time past 40. The science behind this is inconclusive at best but all I can say is, after awhile I just felt better. At the very least the porn part of fap has to go. It's not natural, and it can't be good for you. These will be the main pillars I will be focused on while adding anything else I see fit along the way. Some other things I will be doing: Lifting - main focus initially will be Intermittent fasting and low carb but gradually want to be lifting more and more. Stop buying & eating junk food - This ties into the IF and low carb but it bears repeating. I have wasted many small fortunes on fast food as well as gained many pounds. This must stop for my health and my wallet. Reading - Need to find more time to read. So many books to read, so much useful knowledge I could be using but I'm struggling to build the habit. Movie & TV backlog - Okay this one is just for fun (I gotta have some) Slowly start working on this massive backlog Drastically reduce smart phone screen time - I need to find a way to track and reduce my phone screen time. I'm genuinely terrified to discover how bad it is. I check the same 6 apps over and over. Get outside more this summer - Get some vitamin D. Walk. Hike. Bike. Golf. Meet up with friends. Go on dates. Just don't waste another summer. Stop mindlessly browsing the internet - This is truly one of my worst habits. If I can control this and the phone screen time I'm guessing I'd gain minimum 2 hours a day. Go on dates / acquire GF - Well.. this one should be easier if I can make progress in all the above areas. But I'd love to have someone to spend time with this summer. I have been on an app for a few weeks and been on 3 dates now but too early to tell. Got my eye on someone else tbh. We'll see 😃 That's all I can think of for now. Excited to be back, I think this will be a good move for me. LFG boys. NannerZ
  10. Day 121, Sept 3 Another really good day health wise. Started with a clean breakfast. Then I packed a healthy lunch and snacks with me to work. I went straight from work to the gym for a very quick cardio workout and to build the habit of showing up. Kind of a boring day otherwise but I definitely met and exceeded my goals for the day and am looking forward to doing it again tomorrow. Today also marked 60 days of no fap. Insane. While occasionally I do get cravings for it, there honestly hasn't even been a close call. My streak is more important to me than giving in, and honestly I would be pretty upset with myself. Next step is to hit 90 days! 100 push ups a day counter: 39 no fap: 60 days
  11. Day 120, Sept 2 Today was a really good day, a great way to start what I'm planning on being my best ever month. Ate clean all day, did a short workout at the gym, walked for 60 minutes, and did 60 push ups. Planned my day for tomorrow, including my meals, and a short workout after my shift at work. I think the key to my continued success is going to be planning and scheduling. I need to know what I'm doing tomorrow, today. Because I don't always work the same hours I need to think about things like: How many meals am I planning on eating? Approx what time will I eat them? What will I eat? When does the gym best fit into my schedule this week? What errands do I need to do this week, and when is the optimal time to do them? Etc. Google Calendar has been super useful, I thought it would be one of those things I'd use for like a week and then never touch again but I've been using it on a daily basis for well over a month now. The convenience of being able to use it on multiple devices makes it great for being on the go. Anyway, happy with my day, just need to have like 50 more of these and I'll be living the dream. 100 pushups a day counter: 39 no fap: 59 days
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  13. Thank you so much. You can absolutely do it! I was hopelessly addicted to gaming for 20 years, never thought I could stop. I feel really good. My life in the months leading up to beginning my detox on May 6th was possibly the lowest I've ever been. I remember there were some dark days. But in the darkness I found Cam's videos and the GQ's community. I'm soo soo much better today. My biggest area of improvement is probably my mental health. I feel like that life I thought I could never have is actually attainable now. I learn new things about myself and the world around me everyday. It feels good to level up in real life for a change. I hope all is well with you. Here to talk / help whenever if you like. Good luck on your journey.
  14. Day 119, Sept 1 I got busy last week and couldn't keep up with my journal. It was a decent week, it had it's good parts and it's not so good parts. I had a mega cheat day yesterday at my friends place for our big group fantasy football draft. It was such a good time and I crushed it (obvs). But anyway, all that's behind me now and the calendar has changed to September (that was fast!), I'm ready to have my best month ever. Seriously though, I've had some good days, some good weeks even but I still haven't lived up to the standards I want to hold myself to. I will make September my best month ever. I will put my health first, both mentally and physically. I will be disciplined, and structured. I will succeed. No more excuses, it's time to get to work. I made really good progress with Colleen too. We had some really good conversations this week. Been a long time since I've been this into a girl. Unfortunately, she's on vacation for almost two months now so I won't see her for awhile. I didn't have the courage to ask to hangout or for the number. It felt too early. It felt like if I went for it now, she would think all our convo's were 'fake' , and honestly, maybe I was afraid she would say no. While it does suck that I won't see her for awhile, it presents an opportunity to really surprise her when she comes back. 50+ days of hard work can make a huge difference, and I'm going to use it as motivation. But it's not just Colleen. There are others in play too. My game has a long way to go but it's stronger now than it's been in 4+ years easily. I've upped my wardrobe game, hair game, styling game, social game. I go out of my way to talk to girls now. It's been a real help to my mental health just knowing that I can actually attract women I'm interested in. 120 - 150 days ago I was so depressed I actually cried a few times. I saw no end to my shitty unfulfilling life in sight. When I started the detox and began to view myself as an addict, the healing process began for me. I'm still not living the life I want to but I can actually envision a path to get there now. It's actually possible now to achieve a life that provides real fulfillment and happiness. I'm in such a better place today, and I'm really proud of myself for all my hard work so far. Tomorrow is a big day. It's time to set the tone for the month. I'm ready. 100 pushups a day counter: 39 no fap: 58 days
  15. It sounds like you're coming out the other side of that dark tunnel now and can see the light again. Very happy for you! 1% changes absolutely works, keep that mindset! It's been working wonders for me too. Keep it up!