This past year I’ve gotten into cycling, and in order to help up my game I wanted to get a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) to see how I’m doing and to get a good grasp of how much effort I am putting in. I also run a 5k at least once a year, with that coming up I decided to go with the Wahoo TICKR X due to its ability to do both Bluetooth and ANT+, and that it should work with my Nexus 4 while I wait to purchase a cycling computer later this year.
As Mr. Money Mustache has done since he started his blog I am also putting out there our expenses for the past year. With this report I have gone through our year and moved some of our special purchase from our overflow budget area (retirement savings) to their respective budget categories to better reflect how much we actually spent and where the money went. During the year sometimes we would discuss a purchase that we wanted and would just categorize it as Retirement to spend the money from there. Towards the end of the year I stopped doing things like that and instead would move the allocated amount around. Our goal is to better understand where our money is going. We budget as a plan of where money will go, and to help restrain our impulses slightly, but it doesn’t control us entirely.
Wow, it has been quite some time since I made a blogpost. As it turns out writing a blog can be a lot of work, and trying to balance that with life, work, and cycling can be tough. Sometimes you just get burnt out while trying to pursue everything at once. That's essentially what happened to me, too much, too little time, a lot of stress. Though blogging can be a great way to get rid of that stress, it can also add to it. As my cycling got more serious I found it hard to make the time to write for this blog, and as the time went on every time I thought of writing it came a little easier to just put it aside, and the desire to write slowly dwindled.
With the success of the first 3 Diet Better challenges behind me and three new ones started it has been an exciting time. My belt has two new holes added to it in anticipation because I have already dropped three belt holes and was on the last one.
For a long time I’ve gone back and forth on various diets and exercise routines, trying this and that, but never getting into fads. Very early due to my chronic skeptical nature I refused to accept some weird fad diet going on, so things like the Atkins diet never affected me. What really struck me was The Hacker’s Diet by John Walker. This book has had more impact on me than anything else I have read about dieting and is the inspiration for OpenDiet.net.