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This is the first of what will be regular monthly summaries of my personal progress. GAINS is all about self-improvement, so I’m here to share with you my tips, tricks, methods, and the ups and downs of my own self-improvement. I’ll be going in-depth and very honest about what I’m doing and what’s making my site and my business tick.
July! My birthday month. Twenty seven years old - not young anymore, but not too old either. My mother asked me “hey, are you still growing out your hair? When are you going to cut it off?” this month, so I’d like to think that I’m doing all right.
This year I adopted a new cat for my birthday. She’s a wonderful, friendly cat who was already named Dana Scully by her previous owner. She’s been a huge hit on my twitter, so follow me there for more pictures. She’s been an absolute joy to have around and I 100% admire her ability to sleep all day and only move about ten feet from her cat bed.
With vacation it’s been a slow month for clients but I’ve also had a bit more free time, as well as a weeklong visit from a close friend.
Training this month has been proceeding well, with volume hitting 10RM PR’s across the board (and putting me on track for 1RM PR’s in a few months).
Running out of television to watch, meaning that I may finally be able to focus more on reading in the next couple of months.
Weight measured 87.8kg (194lbs) on Aug 3rd in the morning.
Bodyfat measured at 15.4% via an Omron handheld fat loss monitor. (Not terribly accurate, but you work with what you have.)
Volume emphasis building into strength, focusing on sets of 10.
Progress This Month:
Bench Press: 110kg x10 - a rough one, but glad to hit a new PR.
Squat: 135kg x10 - squats are killing me lately. Still a new PR, but feeling very rough.
Push Press: 80kg x10 - felt like I could have managed more but choked with 7 reps @85kg. Still a new PR.
Deadlift: 190kg x10 - a real grinder, this one knocked me out so hard I knew I had to start a deload and move onto a strength cycle immediately. Had hoped to get a bit higher but still pleased with this volume PR.
Adam’s Notes, Training:
This month was a good one for this volume cycle, with consistent volume PR’s at the 10RM mark. I’ve been experimenting with a new program style which I hope to unveil soon. Not too surprised to see I’ve been losing a bit of weight - diet lately has been a bit off, with about 1 large meal per day and the rest of the day mostly being coffee and tea and occasional snacking.
Was so crushed by the 190kg x10 deadlift PR that I immediately knew it was time for this training cycle to end. Took a deload week and starting a new strength cycle soon.
This month is summer vacation time here in Denmark, so our language school has a 6 week break, starting back up in mid August. Practicing my Danish here and there, but definitely falling out of practice a bit. Will improve when I return mid August.
The Obstacle Is The Way - (Audible) - Gave this one a quick listen, but wasn’t honestly too enthused. Tired of pop culture stoicism at this point - has good parts, but just not for me.
The Dark Tower II and The Dark Tower III - (Audible) - Absolutely love Stephen King’s work, and was completely bowled over by how the first Dark Tower book was. II and III are a bit less exciting and don’t quite capture the same charm, but are still excellent books and I’m excited to see where the series goes.
The Lord of Light - A science fiction book about a group of space colonists who adopt various aspects of Buddhist and Hindu mythology to order and develop their new civilization. Not sure how I feel about this one so far, but the prose is solid enough.
GLOW - Women wrestle in the 80’s. Show is still bizarrely racist and even sexist despite its girl power themes.
Star Trek: Voyager - Not the best Star Trek, but makes good work accompaniment. After this and Enterprise, I’ll have watched all episodes of Star Trek - a personal goal.
Supernatural - Good evening television with the girlfriend. Consistently solid.
Les Revenants - This French zombie series is absolutely amazing from head to toe. Amazing cinematography, amazing music, amazing themes and plot. Requires full attention since my French has gone downhill.
Mad Men - I never finished season 7 so I picked it back up. What can I say? Good television. Worth seeing the series to the end.
Adam’s Notes, Television:
Powered through a lot this month. Honestly running out of things to watch. Will be focusing more on foreign language tv soon (since I’m almost out of english language tv).
What Remains of Edith Finch - Awesome, short exploration adventure/walking sim. Really enjoyed it, although my five year old desktop couldn’t quite handle. A girl returns to her abandoned family mansion to try and make sense of an old family curse - told through a series of vignettes about each of the cursed family members.
Wasteland 2 - An excellent game if you’re a fan of the older Fallout offerings - isometric, turn based post-apocalyptic combat. Story is less engaging than Fallout games tend to be, but doesn’t necessarily need to be since the core gameplay is fun. Sometimes I get frustrated about more challenging fights, but in general the difficulty is a bit more fair than the old school Fallout games as well.
Adam’s Notes, Games:
Honestly haven’t put much time or effort into playing a lot of games lately. Steam sales meant picking up a handful of big AAA games on discount, but sadly my desktop is no longer capable of really handling the better titles, so I’ll need an upgrade before I can really get into playing through games like Dishonored 2 or Fallout 4.
Coursera - Game Design and Development (Michigan State University)
Funny that I travelled so far from home just to start taking online courses through MSU. This one has been a part of my ongoing efforts to learn coding and game development. The courses continue for 6 months, so this will likely be my only course offering other than the language courses for quite a while.
Nothing on it for the time being. Haven’t had much time, with the focus I’ve been putting in on a lot of other projects.
Finishing up my first Twine project, Hygge, has taken time. Hygge is a short text adventure about the last year of moving to and living in Denmark. Will be setting it up on itch.io soon and discussing more about the creation process when it’s ready for a full release.
Small dip here due to the loss of a group coaching client. However, picked up a few small donations to help offset.
Other Clients: $1167.50
Slow month due to a lot of vacations. Some clients taking a break to travel, plus no prepays for the period.
Other Income: $300
Affiliate Income: $0
Looking to launch a greater focus on affiliate income in the future, but no real action yet.
Product Income: $0
This month’s focus has been on finishing up free products as a lead in to paid products - so nothing yet but more should be on the way soon.
Most Popular Post This Month:
The most popular post this month is "How The Hell Am I In Shape", a post about how investing in your fitness early means you have to spend less effort on it down the line. Check it out if you haven't already.
The focus this month has been on finishing a series of free ebooks to serve as new signup rewards for the site. I’ve also been putting a significant amount of time into Instagram, since this seems to provide more consistent growth than most of the social media networks. I’ve managed to keep myself pretty strongly on track this month, including a weekend where I ended up working two 10-hour days in a row (entirely unexpectedly).
This month has been a slow month, but I’ve been using my free time productively to focus on other ways to improve my site. Most importantly, I’m planning on posting 2-3x/week now (and posting these regular monthly summaries) to keep myself busier and more productive.
Piece of advice this month: buy lots of candles. You can never have too many candles.
Looking forward to seeing how I can improve this month. How can you improve this month? Let me know if there’s any way I can help you, or any posts you want to see or topics you want to hear about.
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