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Day 348 07.03.20 (finally I have normal internet again 🙂 )

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for a great family.
  • Today I am grateful for being healthy. (honestly the panik about the corona virus is completely bonkers in my country at the moment.)

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • visited my parents home again and was elated that everybody in my family is also healthy and well

Workout/run

  • more than 13k steps

Meditation

  • 20min (in the morning and the afternoon)
  •  only a bit zazen 😞 

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (1hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied 1h
  • listened to a bit to podcasts and read a bit in the evening

my wake-up time

  • 08:35

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy,

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:0/NW:20/NS:11/NM:13)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, had a nice day cooking a bit, meeting my family, helping out at home, reading a zen book and studying a bit

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • should have gone to bed earlier and could have studied a bit more

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up around 8, help out at home, study a bit, go to the gym in the evening

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

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Day 349 08.03.20 

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for having a great family.
  • Today I am grateful for withstanding my cravings.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • helped getting the garden at my parents home ready for spring which felt great honestly everything felt great as long as I got outside of the house and away from my cravings

Workout/run

  • more than 12k steps
  • 2h workout at the gym

Meditation

  • 20min (in the morning and the afternoon)
  •  only a bit zazen 😞 

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (2hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied 2h
  • listened to a bit to podcasts and read a bit in the evening

my wake-up time

  • 09:00 (overslept 😞 but in hindsight it gave me the necessary energy for the day 😉 )

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy,

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:1/NW:21/NS:12/NM:14)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, had a relaxing evening at the gym,  had lots of fun meeting my family and helping out at home, studied a bit, finally finished my coursework

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • should have gone to bed earlier and could have studied a bit more

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up around 8, go to university, study, meet a friend for coffee

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

  •  the problem I have at the moment is that the next exam is still 2 weeks away and not that big so my motivation to study ahead is non existent (as you can see just looking at my study record for the last weeks) and with a lot of freetime there come the cravings to  game again it seems I have to plan not only the exasms for the semester but also how to cope with bigger pockets of freetime
  • nevertheless I hope that this time is an extreme case of having too much time an my hands because of the virus is going around and so people tend to stay away from bigger crowds and also I am not drinking alkohol at the moment which makes partying in the morning more than a bit dull (strange I know but when you are the only sober person in the club/bar it is not fun believe me especially since our country is big social drinking)
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Day 350 09.03.20 

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for having a few funny friends.
  • Today I am grateful for nice professors at university.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • -----

Workout/run

  • more than 13k steps

Meditation

  • 20min (in the morning and the afternoon)
  •  only a bit zazen 😞 

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (4hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied 4h
  • listened to a bit to podcasts and read a bit in the evening

my wake-up time

  • 08:35

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy,

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:2/NW:22/NS:13/NM:15)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, studied a bit, had a few relaxing courses at my university, cooked 🙂, read my zen book and had great fun with my friend while drinking coffee,

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • should have gone to bed earlier and could have studied at least 1 to 2 hours more

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up before 7, go working, play basketball in the evening, maybe study a bit, 

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

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Day 351 10.03.20 

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for being healthy.
  • Today I am grateful for nice professors at university.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • -----

Workout/run

  • more than 14k steps
  • 100min playing basketball

Meditation

  • 10min (in the morning and the afternoon)
  •  only a bit zazen 😞 

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (0hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied less than 1h
  • listened to a bit to podcasts

my wake-up time

  • 06:50

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy,

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:3/NW:23/NS:14/NM:16)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, had a nice working day, basketball was okay even though I really do not like our new trainer, cooked 🙂, read a bit in my zen book and relaxed the evening

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • should have gone to bed earlier and maybe could have studied a bit in the evening

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up around 8, study, go to the gym in the evening, meet a friend for champions league watching but probably at his or my home (for the reason see below)

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

  • so yeah it happend after all after italy my country is the second one in Europe to reduce the dangers of the corona virus to a minimum so no university till the middle of april, no sports courses anymore until the danger has passed, also I fear I will have to do homeoffice starting next weak, so the social life is going to be nearly non existent and for me the greatest problem is the closing of all study rooms at the university so I fear  that during the next weeks my cravings are going to skyrocket and a lot of my countermessures are not going to work anymore and I have think of new ones 😞
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Day 352 11.03.20 

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for being mostly healthy.
  • Today I am grateful for having great friends.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • -----

Workout/run

  • more than 13k steps
  • 2h workout at the gym

Meditation

  • 10min (in the morning)
  •  only a bit zazen 😞 

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (2hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied 2h
  • listened to a bit to podcasts

my wake-up time

  • 08:35

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy,

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:4/NW:24/NS:15/NM:0)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, had an okayish workout, met with friend in the evening to watch champions league, went on a shopping run to be prepared for the weeks to come

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • should have gone to bed earlier and should studied at least an hour more and ordered pizza whicharrived with meat on it instead of spinach and I did not have the heart to throw it away so I have to restart the no meat challenge again 😞 

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up around 8, study, meet a friend for coffee for the last time for weeks I guess, get healthier and maybe go for a run if I am fit

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

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Day 353 12.03.20 

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for being mostly healthy.
  • Today I am grateful for having great friends.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • -----

Workout/run

  • more than 9k steps

Meditation

  • 10min (in the morning)
  •  only a bit zazen 😞 

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (1hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied 1h
  • listened to a bit to podcasts

my wake-up time

  • 09:15

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy,

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:0/NW:25/NS:16/NM:1)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, met with friend in the afternoon for a coffee, tried to study but it did not go well

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • did not feel completely healthy so it try to recuperate all in all it was a forgetable day

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up before 7, study, go working to get my office laptop for home office, go to sleep earlier,

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

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Day 354 13.03.20 (sorry forgot to insert Friday)

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for a relaxing day at work.
  • Today I am grateful for having the possibility of working with home office.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • -----

Workout/run

  • more than 13k steps

Meditation

  • 20min (in the morning)
  •  only a bit zazen 😞 

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (2hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied 2h
  • listened to a bit to podcasts

my wake-up time

  • 06:50

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy,

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:1/NW:26/NS:17/NM:2)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, worked quite a long day, do not feel that healthy but I should manage, did some shopping for next week but a lot of esentials were sold out

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • could be more healthy, should avoid to much newspaper and social media to avoid going completely crazy with all these news

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up healthy, try to study, go to sleep earlier,

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

  • so after today It is going to be home office for the forseeable future and we will see how productive this change will turn out
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Day 355 14.03.20 and Day 356 15.03.20

Sadly I was sick this weekend, just a normal cold not the big bad flu but nevertheless not the best days I have had so far this year. So there is not much to write about these days as got to nothing but trying to get better. Since Austria is after Italy the country in Europe with the most restrictions to the social life the days were quite chaotic since knowadays it seems a lot of people have to be protected from themselves.

I am still not healthy but the sunny side of the whole stay at home and stay safe directive is that all my university courses are streams and home office as well should be doable tomorrow. The shady side is that all exams are postponed which I fear will throw me in a deep whole when at the end of this week or the next one I do not have enough stuff to work at home, I did not have a lot of social contacts and could not go running because I am still fully healthy. I hope I will find something productive to waste my time on then but we will see.

So stay save and healthy guys.

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Day 357 16.03.20

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for feeling healthier.
  • Today I am grateful for having a flatmate so that there will be at least a minimal of social contact during these hard times.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • -----

Workout/run

  • more than 15k steps

Meditation

  • 20min (in the morning)
  •  only a bit zazen 😞  (my plan for this week to start for earnestly)

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (3hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied 3.5h (because all of my immidiate exams were postponed so I will have to reconsider my next steps and redraft my study plan in the next days/weeks)
  • listened to a bit to podcasts

my wake-up time

  • 07:00 (I will try even with no real constraint to wake up in the morning at least at 8 o'clock or earlier and start to build a rountine around it)

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy,

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:4/NW:29/NS:20/NM:5)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, had 2 long online university courses, studied a bit (but sadly without much motivation), cleaned pour flat, cooked, went for a long walk (hopefully I will healthy enough at the weekend to start small running distances), made a few lists and organized thethings to do, to buy, to clean this week and also now that I have the time things I always wanted to do but I shied a way because of the time commitmend(mabye a bit python or baking or or or...)

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • could be more healthy, should avoid to much newspaper and social media to avoid going completely crazy with all these news and should meditate more 

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up healthier before 8, work home office, go to sleep earlier, have a boardgame night with my flatmate and another friend who lives in the same building

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

  • I have created the perfect indoor training plan (something I wanted to do for months to become less dependable on gyms) sadly my health is against using them at the moment but I feel this the ideal time to create a training routine at home which I will be able to follow even when the danger of the virus has passed 😉 
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Day 358 17.03.20

Gratitude journal

  • Today I am grateful for feeling healthier.
  • Today I am grateful for being productive even with having to stay in my flat.

One amazing thing that happened/I did today

  • -----

Workout/run

  • more than 7k steps ( i never realised how time consuming it is to get my daily 8 to 10k steps  when I do not have to go anywhere 😞 but nowadays time is something we have in droves 😉 )

Meditation

  • 0min (the first alarm bells are ringing in my head I completely forget about meditation so I have to implement it in my morning routine again also since I am doing normal one and zazen I fear that the possiblity will always exist that I forget one of them so maybe a morning and an evening routine? we will see)
  •  did my zazen  finally  (only 5min buit it is a start)

Visualisation and daily affirmation

  • did my affirmations and my visualisation in the morning

Reading (0hour(s) of studying for the next exam today)

  • studied 0h (no exam -> no studying 😞 )
  • listened to a bit to podcasts

my wake-up time

  • 07:20 

Weekly Goal(s)

  • use my time better, mediatate more, stay healthy, stay sane while staying indoors and create more routines for my life to cope with the new challenges before me

Monthly Goal

  • work and study with greater focus and intension, do zen daily, create a healthier sleeping rythm, avoid porn

3 Month Goal

  • have fantastic lent and try to implement the habits I accomplish during that time also afterwards as well, stay away from porn, be more social and outgoing

What went well today: (NP:0/NW:30/NS:21/NM:6)

  • did my a bit of usual meditation and my daily spanish session, worked 6 to 7h (I will have to get accustomed to working at the same place where I study and do part of my freetime activities) had a great boardgame evening

What I could have done to make my day better:

  • could be more healthy (my throat is only getting better at the slowliest rate), should avoid to much newspaper and social media to avoid going completely crazy with all these news and should meditate more 

What I will do differently tomorrow/What I have planned for tomorrow:

  • wake up healthier before 8, work home office, go to sleep earlier, have a skype after work beer with my working collegues 😉 

Weekly summary, thoughts and improvements for the future

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Day 359 18.03.20 to Day 364 23.03.20

I never thought that at the end of my first year of no gaming I have to fight every day against the urge of just trying it again. That is part of the reason why I did not write my usual dairy entries online in the forum because since my go to solution to avoid video gaming, porn and other bad habits was always either do some sport, try to meditate or leave the flat (especially the last one saved me countless times).

Nowadays when everybody has to stay at home option number one is limited but still possible with enough discipline (still no running or going to the gym is going to be really bad for my figure 😞 ), the second option is sometimes essential for a "normal" day but the loss of option number three hurts the most because now I am locked in my room/flat  nearly 24h. I work via Home Office, I have University classes from home and I spent my freetime at home 😞. This is the reason I fear I will not write a lot of online diary entries as long as I am fighting against my urges because to counter them I started to reduce my laptop screentime immensely and do most of my things from the company computer or my mobile phone to avoid even the possiblity of gaming. Therefore I even broke my lent resolutions and started to drink alcohol and enjoy a bit of sweets sometimes just to have less other cravings which could amplify the gaming ones.

Nevertheless I am well and mostly healthy with most of my days having a strict routine: (maybe it helps somebody who is in a similar position as I am)

  • waking up before 8 
  • mediating (I am trying to implement it in the evening as well)
  • do some workout (there are a ton of great apps helping to start a routine with minimal time investment, for example this week I try the 3000 burpies challenge but not 100 a day like it is normally done nope I try to finish it in the least days possible 😉 )
  • then working with the occasional university course in between or the reverse depends on the day
  • cooking  and every two or three days I go for a shopping run
  • and in the evening either
    • reading a book (boy did I read a lot of books so far hopefully it does not get boring anytime soon)
    • or meeting some of friends, family or working collegues online for a skype beer and chat about everything
  • write in my physical diary (extremly important otherwise I would loose oversight of my days)
  • going to sleep early with my usual spanish session

on the weekend the plan changes a bit but then my flatmate and I are playing boardgames, clean the flat extra thoroughly, more skyping 

I am going to post more updates hopefully every two to three days depending on how well I cope with the situation.

So have a good time, stay healthy and try to avoid going crazy at home (if you have similar circumstances as I do),

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Day 365 24.03.20 to Day 372 31.03.20

nothing much happend this week. I worked 4 times this week, went running three times and tried to stay fit on the other ones (thank god for my workout equipment at home), did my usual university courses and have a ot of homework till friday this week, cooked everyday some thing new especially learned how to do a great guacamole and an aple tiramisu but botched my next attempt at baking bread 😞

Something I am really proud is that I was able to meditate 40min three times in a row (especially on the weekend even if it is really hard to differentiate between weekday and weekend nowadays) and that I find ways to meat new people every week (even if it is only via skype or teams at the moment) and we are already planning a meeting in person when the whole spook is over. 

Now on to the bad things, I am gaining weight again 😞 so this is something I have to fight all the time now because getting a training routine at home is far harder than at the gym or going running also because of work, university and meeting people in front of a screen I am sitting far too much and my posture is slowly getting worse. ALso I forgot twice this week to do my daily spanish so I have to do it again after waking up like I always did when I realised my habit is sliping. The craving for gaming is strong  as ever but here cutting screentime is really a legit help and I am going to cope with it.

All in all I am fine and healthy and I hope you and your loved ones are as well.

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I have a theory regarding the workout routine. This is mainly built on my own self observation and the ideas by James Clear.

Your identity dictates, what you enjoy, what resonates with you and what you are able to do. I give some theoretical examples:

The couch potato: He does not care about sports, likes junk food and games. Will he do sports every day? Unlikely. Ideal workout: Anything. Even a crappy routine is good (ofc nothing that will injure the person).

A person, who has the identity of a gym rat: He will do sports and all cost. It is super important for him or her. Any workout will be fine. Even a super advanced and tough one.

Where are you right now? Is sports something, you enjoy? Or is it a burden? If it is a burden, which I feel, since you are considering it as hard, it is not resonating with you right now. A common problem, which hinders people to do a workout, is that they have to do the "right" workout: If I don't include the big 6 in my plan, why even doing it? Without a pull up bar, why even start? There was a time, where I had my weights at home, but did not use them for 2 months (before corona). So what did I do instead? Workout classes like strong by zumba or les mills via youtube. Why? Because there were fun to me. They resonated with me at that time. The journey from one identity (gaming all day) to another (sports "addict" and high interest in health) is a progression. The workout has to resonate with that. 

To put it more simple: Do whatever is fun. There are a million options of workouts you can do. It is not important, if it is not the ideal one, which you probably consider to be the gym. Any workout will do. Of course it should challenge you to at least some degree. But there is one workout that is even less ideal that the optimal workout or just any workout: No workout at all. Just do, whatever you consider fun. Otherwise, it will not last.

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Thanks for the tipps. I have a few plans and also weights for my workout at home but you are right nothing resonated with me so far. I am going to test one every day and hopefully I find a fun one fast.^^

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Day 373 01.04.20 to Day 379 07.04.20

nothing much happend this week again, but I fear that is going to last a few weeks. So this week as well I was working far more than usual so that I am able to use my extra hours in May or June when there will be hopefully some exams. Additionally I had the first part of a study project to finish which worked like a charm because besides me there were 3 other motivated guys and we accomplished the goal far faster than I imagined. As a consequence I decided that I will learn Matlab in my available freetime just to be a bit productive even in the easter holiday season (normally we would have exams 😞 ). Sadly my motivation for spanish was really low this week but I try to implement it in the daily routine for the coming days.

On my fitness and mental health side a bit has changed with the warmer weather so nowadays I go running for 10km at least two times a week so far (I am going three times the whole 10km next week) and managed to mediate on two days for a longer period of time (between 30 und 50min) . I also tried two Zumba workouts and three different fitness apps all quite fun but running is still the number one for me by far. On a really possitive side no coffee and less screentime for a longer period of time changed my sleeping rythm and habits to a way healthier ones.

Socially nothing has changed I participate still a few video calls in the evening during the week but I reduced my alcohol consumption because my weight increased by two kilos since the start of march. 😞 

All in all the most important thing is that I am healthy and I hope you and your loved ones are as well.

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