I’d say that the leaves have started to fall, but I honestly don’t live anywhere near a single tree.
This month was thrown off more than expected by travel. Fitness suffered, my strength cycle is a bit off, and I’ve been playing catch up on work for a couple weeks. That being said, progress is still happening as usual, and everything’s looking good.
Had quite a good month for business, with a few prepays and a particularly popular blog post (The Beginner’s Guide To Lifting Weights). That said, catching up on work and working out has made it harder to focus on side projects.
Had very little time or motivation to read or focus on other intellectual pursuits much this month either, but looking to put more of an emphasis on it this coming month.
Weight measured 86.1kg (189.8lbs) on Sept 3rd in the morning.
Bodyfat measured at 15.6% via an Omron handheld fat loss monitor. (Not terribly accurate, but you work with what you have.)
Strength emphasis focusing on sets of 3-6. Just reaching the point where I’m overcoming the vacation setback, and everything is starting to feel a bit easier again.
Progress This Month:
Nothing notable this month, though I’m seeing promising trends in bench press and push press performance that suggest I may have a very good month next month.
Adam’s Notes, Training:
This month has still been focused on recovering fully from time off. Now a few weeks into serious training again, I’m back into the swing of things. Some lifts (deadlift in particular) are still suffering a bit from the time off, but are already recovering. This month’s training is essentially the same as the last month’s, but with 5kg added across the board with upper body lifts and squat. Bench and overhead are doing well, squat is suffering in volume slightly, and deadlift is essentially unchanged since last month.
I'm also down a few more pounds. This isn't ideal, but it does explain why strength hasn't been as high as expected in some cases. I really do need to focus on getting my weight back up a bit, but I've just been busy enough lately that it hasn't worked out.
Passed the level 2 (out of 6) exam this month with perfect marks. Danish is starting to feel easier, finally - grammar isn’t perfect and listening comprehension is still rough, but I’m starting to really get the hang of things. Feeling really excited and confident about it.
To The Lighthouse - Not quite my cup of tea, but a wonderfully written book. I’ve been meaning to pick this one up for a while, and I’m glad I did, but it’s one of those books that seems to drag on a little longer than you wanted.
The Lord of Light - Speaking of dragging on! Finally finished. Ultimately, I found a lot of the book boring - abrupt shifts in tone and perspective, paper thin characters dressed up with Hindu mythology, and an ultimately uncomplicated narrative. The moment to moment writing is beautiful, but the book itself fails to fully connect together to create a more interesting whole.
Star Trek: Voyager - Finished! It definitely picks up a bit towards the later seasons, and I appreciate the Borg plotlines a lot more than anything else. Definitely worth a watch, after all.
Star Trek: Enterprise - This continues to be not that great, but it’s still something to watch, and at this point I’m dedicated to watching all episodes of Star Trek, ever, so it’s still something I need to finish.
Star Trek: Discovery - Speaking of watching all episodes of Star Trek, this is easily promising to be my least favorite entry in the franchise, even though it’s not anywhere near complete yet. An abrupt shift in tone and style from all previous series (with the exception of the recent movies).
Dollhouse - Easily my least favorite Joss Whedon joint. Poorly written, filled with some really annoying characters, and a bizarre preponderance of violence against women.
American Vandal - A parody of Netflix documentaries, and good for a few laughs.
The Good Place - New season starting up, one of my favorite new shows and one of the few that I’m watching weekly.
Superstore - Easily my favorite modern comedy. Again, one of the few I’ll be watching weekly.
Adam’s Notes, Television:
Still powering through all the Star Treks - as always, longer than expected. But, at least I’m down to the last few unwatched seasons.
Sproggiwood - A quick roguelike. Cute art style, and definitely fun. Worth a solid 10-15 hours of play.
Thomas Was Alone - Catching up on all of Mike Bithell’s games, starting off with the classic. A minimalist platformer with a good story.
Subsurface Circular - Bithell’s latest, a short text adventure where you play as a robot detective investigating unexplained robot disappearances from a subway train, primarily by talking with the other robots in the car. Well worth the money, and does a great job of exploring its themes.
Volume - Another Bithell game, but a bit less interesting. A stealth game where you play a modern day Robin Hood taking down a corrupt government. Drags on a bit long, but still fun.
League of Legends - Picked this one back up after a long break. Soothing to play a quick match every now and then, and playing occasionally with some friends.
Adam’s Notes, Games:
Been buying new parts to overhaul my computer this coming month, which will allow me to catch up on a lot of games that I’ve had in my backlog for a while. Looking forward to the PC release of Destiny 2 soon.
Coursera - Game Design and Development (Michigan State University) - Gotten a bit thrown off here, but still keeping on it.
Still haven’t had much time for this.
Small bump due to the gain of a few lower level supporters.
Other Clients: $2615
More prepays this month - this has definitely inflated the numbers a bit, and will make next month look poor by comparison.
Other Income: $462.56
Affiliate Income: $0
Looking to launch a greater focus on affiliate income in the future, but no real action yet.
Product Income: $0
Haven’t had the time to focus on other projects.
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.
This month was definitely a better business month than last month. That said, I’ve been struggling to keep on top of the workload while still having time for side projects, particularly since I’ve been posting 2x/week. The double posts have gone well, but I may need to put them on hold in the future to focus more on side projects. We’ll see what happens.
One development is that one of my clients is now fighting breast cancer. Her prognosis is very good, and her surgery is soon - but of course, it’s still had a psychological toll. Still, she’s been doing her very best, keeping her activity levels high, and absolutely kicking ass. It’s been a hell of a journey to support her through this challenge, but it’s also been one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had with a client. Fingers crossed that everything goes well.
News lately has been pretty disheartening. It’s odd to look back at the United States and see all the flaws that I was dedicated to overlooking for the sake of my own sanity when I lived there. You can never really give up your home, but it still feels strange to grow up and see with the eyes of experience.
That said, all you can do is push on. I’m always tentatively excited to see what the future holds. It’s always about the process, and not the goal.