October weather! Sweater weather is finally here, and I’ve been enjoying it.
A good month in many ways. I’ve finished up a fitness writing project I’ve been working on for a while - a series of related books covering the topics of being your smartest, healthiest, strongest, wisest, and biggest self. I initially envisioned them as a free release, but they’ve grown enough in the meantime (about 40-50 pages apiece) that it’s clear that they’re more of a paid product. So, I’ve finished my edits, sent it to my editor, and will hopefully have them ready by the end of November.
I’ve had my usual ups and downs this month, but otherwise it’s been a pretty solid month. My strength training is proceeding nicely, and I’m up into the higher intensities. Will be peaking later in November, planning to put a few pounds on my squat and overhead press at a bare minimum. My squat is also feeling much better this strength cycle than the last one, where my leg injury was still bothering me. I may not hit an all time PR, but I’m already handling the most weight in years.
Weight measured 86.2kg (190lbs) on Nov 12th in the morning.
Bodyfat measured at 15.2% via an Omron handheld fat loss monitor. (Not terribly accurate, but you work with what you have.)
Strength emphasis, focusing on sets of 1-3 with dropoff sets of higher volume. This is a pseudo-Bulgarian styled program, adapted a bit for my needs.
Progress This Month:
Thus far, already some awesome numbers: a 160kg squat is the best I’ve put up in years, pain free. I’ve put up a 100kg push press, not far off my personal best. Deadlift is a bit disappointing right now, but I’m confident it will catch up. Bench is strong.
Adam’s Notes, Training:
Much more confident this month, and much better at sticking to training. Excited to see how maxes turn out at the end of November. Continuing to lose weight, but starting to lean out a bit in the process. Interestingly, even if I don't PR, this would still be the strongest I've been at this weight, since I haven't been this lean in a few years.
Ups and downs. Last month I was quite confident, but this month I’ve taken a bit of a confidence hit, for a few personal reasons. That said, I’m still on top of it and moving quickly.
The Diary of Anais Nin - This has been wonderful night reading. While Nin is an amazing writer, these diaries, which chronicle her life in great detail, are perhaps her best known work, and almost literary in style. I’ve been picking away at this one slowly, enjoying the process of reading.
Deep Work - I’ve heard this one recommended around, and I finally got around to reading it. The concept of Deep Work is that in order to achieve periods of intense productivity, many world class performers enter a state that the author calls deep work. In this state, isolation is a common method for avoiding outside interference, as well as certain other quirks and rituals. I liked it enough that I wrote a post about it. At the same time, I have my misgivings - the book drags on at parts, and harps a bit too much on an anti-technological bent for my liking. Still, plenty of good lessons to draw from it.
The Secret History - A friend recommended this one to me as one of her favorite books, and I’ve really been enjoying it. A young student begins studying Classics in his university under a very eccentric professor, and quickly gets drawn into a world of surprisingly deep intrigue. Still in progress, but excited to see where it leads.
Everything Matters - This is also an amazing book, but I’ve had trouble picking it up. Ostensibly, it’s the story of a young boy who inexplicably knows the day that the world is going to end. Unfortunately, I have this problem with certain books - whenever I read them, it just ends up giving me a lot of ideas for projects I should be working on, so I can’t keep reading or I lose that insight. I’ve been very start and stop on this one for just that reason - which is a good sign, in the long run.
Battlestar Galactica - I got through the first season a few years back and loved it, but wasn’t able to stick to it at the time. Now, I’ve picked it back up, and am really enjoying the second season so far.
Mindhunter - I expected to be pretty bored by this one, but Fincher can definitely put film together. Despite material that I find honestly a bit boring, it manages to be surprisingly compelling all the same.
Stranger Things 2 - Just picked this one up. Loved the first season, second seems to be more of the same so far.
Game of Thrones - I’ve been behind for quite a while, but finally managed to sit down and power through the last two seasons. I was kind of bored of it, but I’m excited about the most recent season mainly since they’re past the books at this point - I read the books when I was a teenager, so I got a bit bored of the show after the first couple of seasons. Going past the books has piqued my interest enough to bring me back.
Lord of the Rings - Watching through this with the teenager, who’s been excited to see these for the first time. One a week, nice and slow.
Adam’s Notes, Television:
Being done with Star Trek left, well, a Star Trek shaped hole in my life. I’ve managed to fill it well enough!
League of Legends - Still keeping on this, after all.
Destiny 2 - Loving this to death. In ways, much better than the first game. In others, I’m finding it a bit disappointing, particularly in terms of how short it is. All the same, I’m really enjoying it.
Adam’s Notes, Games:
Finally overhauled my PC in time for Destiny 2. Runs amazingly now, and I’m also planning on catching up on a few of the big budget titles that have been sitting in my Steam list waiting to be played.
Learn to Code Now (SuperHi) - This is a book on learning frontend coding that I’m working through. Has really helped to visualize some of the concepts at hand.
Finally had a bit of time for fun writing, inspired in part by Everything Matters. I’ve really been finding time for it, even though I don’t really have any!
Holding steady here, no change over previous month.
Other Clients: $1715
Fewer prepays this month make this look a bit deflated - but it’s still a good number.
Other Income: $317.03
Affiliate Income: $0
Product Income: $0
Been productive this month, but catching up a lot. Struggling to do work on side projects. That said, I’ve also picked up a few new clients this month, so the workload has been a welcome amount of busy. A good month.
A good month. The site continues to grow. A couple clients fell off this month, but I’ve been able to replace them without too much issue. Onwards and upwards as always.
The advent of the cold weather has got me feeling the same complicated feelings I always feel about winter - joy at the cold weather mixed with the irritation of longer nights and shorter days. Sometimes a lot goes right, sometimes a lot goes wrong. As always, it’s a mixed bag.
I’ve been dealing with some stressful personal issues this month - something I’ll be exploring in future summaries. This has thrown me off a bit, and made it harder for me to keep on track. At the same time, I’ve been putting in good training and getting a lot done, so it’s all been doing better than expected. Not a perfect month, but not a terrible one either.
I’ve been really enjoying answering questions on my curious cat this month. Not sure what it is, but something about answering questions has been pretty soothing for me. Likewise, Destiny 2, though I might be a bit disappointed in it, has been a wonderful stress reliever.
It’s NaNoWriMo this month - I’m not so inclined to participate, since I’m always writing to some extent or another! - but it’s tempting to give it a bigger push. We’ll see how it all works out.