Alternative title: It’s Lunar New Year and I didn’t write anything.
3 things I started bought/started using
My neck and back have been hurting, because I skipped over my youth and now have the body of an old person. Thanks to a friend’s recommendation, I’m now trying out this pillow. We’ll see if it helps with any pain.
These have been so useful, as far as my paltry home gym setup goes. Before this purchase, I only had stackable dumbbells that go up to 21 pounds on each side. More than that, with the bands, I’m now able to do exercises (like flys, rows, assisted pull-ups) which I’m super excited about.
These are a gift from a friend so I didn’t buy them myself, but Tencel sheets have been a freaking REVELATION.
2 things I started doing
At the start of the year I figured there was nothing to lose (except for my fat percentage), and decided to give the slow carb diet a try. It’s a lot like how I ate anyway, and the only two changes I need to make were: 1) Changing my carb sources (rice, noodles, bread) to beans, which I love anyway, and 2) not eating desserts and snacks for six days a week, because there’s a designated cheat day on the weekend.
I did okay, for about four weeks? I also saw some pretty awesome results — though most of it is probably water — but I stopped doing it when I got sick, and then Chinese New Year was coming up. So yes, lots of excuses.
I think I might do it again soon though, and see how far I can push myself this next time.
I haven’t properly written something fictional since 2013ish, but I’ve started getting back into it. It’s been really nice so far, actually.
1 mindset shift
Sum of money invested, not per dollar-cost
This one’s tricky to admit, because all of last year I obsessed about getting the best dollar-cost averaging, which is the anti-thesis of the principle itself. I tried timing the market, to little success. (Naturally.)
So what I’m thinking is I should forget about the average cost of each unit, and just think of it as the total amount of money I have in the market, if that makes sense.