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Productivity Report - February 2019

This month's banner features my new pair of Red Wing Iron Rangers.

Broad Overview

February 2019 is the 30th month in which I have tracked my productivity.

  • Fitness: 29.25 hours
  • Software Development: 34.75 hours
  • Music/Art: 2 hours
  • Other: 2.75 hours
  • Total productive hours: 68.75 hours

My average amount of productive hours per day (from all categories) was 2.46 hours.

Software Development

My software development goal for the month of February 2019 was:

  • Work hard in Programming Languages and Operating Systems classes.

So far, both classes are going well. Early on, the workload from both classes was very light, but it has picked up quite a bit in the last couple of weeks. I’m actually getting plenty of opportunity to code now with recent assignments. I’m really enjoying my Operating Systems class since it deals with system level code that I probably would not have gotten into learning on my own. Not much else to say about it for now. I will continue to work hard throughout next month.

Fitness

In February 2019, my overall fitness hours totalled to 29.25 hours. I spent 21.5 hours lifting weights, and I spent 8.0 hours on the exercise bike. My average lifting hours per week was 5.31 hours, and my average cardio hours per week was 2.0 hours.

Since going plant-based+, I find it much more difficult to gain muscle. Even when I am sure I am eating a good amount of protein from varying sources (making sure to get a “complete” protein profile), muscle and strength gains just do not come to me as quickly as when I was eating meat. I also find it more difficult to maintain mass and strength when cutting. So where do I go from here?

I am not ready to give up on this diet yet. I enjoy the food I eat, and there have been some minor benefits (like better skin). The main reason I am not willing to change it up at this moment is because the more research I do the more I think that a mostly plant-based diet is the healthiest diet in the long- term. Of course, there is no consensus on what constitutes the healthiest diet; in fact, there is a ton of disagreement. Either way, I’m sticking with it for now. I am trying out just a couple of things though.

For one, I have started to take a creatine supplement. As long as I have been lifting weights, creatine is something I have never tried. Mostly I just didn’t believe in it, and I saw great results without it, so why bother? After doing some research, I decided to give it a try. Since I’m not eating red meat, I’m not getting a lot (maybe not any) natural creatine in my diet. I bought enough to last me maybe 2 or 3 months. We’ll see what happens.

Another thing I am trying out is intermittent fasting. Basically, I’m just skipping breakfast and/or lunch. The goal is to still eat the same amount of calories I regularly would, but just to do it in a smaller window of time. Why am I doing this? I have seen a lot of information recently that suggests intermittent fasting leads to an increased lifespan. It also could be easier to lose weight with fasting (which is the main reason people do it), but I find losing weight to be fairly easy anyways so that doesn’t matter much to me. I’ve even heard that fasting can improve focus. Now that is something that I am interested in. I will update next month with how it’s going.

Music/Art

I spent 2.0 hours on music this month. That time was split between producing a new beat and writing lyrics to go with it.

Other

In this past month, I spent 2.75 hour doing other productive stuff like writing last month's blog entry and meditating. I stopped meditating right around the middle of the month. While I did find some value in it, ultimately it is not something I will be spending time on every day. With that said, I may still meditate from time to time if I feel that I should.

Goals for next month (March 2019):

Software Dev Goals:

  • Work hard in Programming Languages and Operating Systems classes.

Fitness Goals:

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