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自力更生 – The first week

As I wrote last week, I’ve been trying to get a hold of the basics. That meant that I focused on having a healthy diet, establishing a regular sleep schedule, and getting enough physical movement. Here’s how it went in each of those areas

Proper Sleep

This has been the hardest part of the basics. While I have been getting between 7-10 hours each night, bed time and wake up time has been fairly inconsistent. My biggest problem has been getting up at 6am in the morning, even if I had gone to bed at 10pm the night before.

Healthy Eating

Proper diet has been going surprisingly well. Before starting this, I ate really poorly with a lot of unhealthy snacks and poor meals. Since embarking on this I’ve been eating a lot of bananas. The first half of this experiment I had prepped meals, but the past 5 days or so I’ve been coming up with my own meals. They tend to consist of rice, and some meat or fish.

Compared to what I was eating before, I’ve been eating really well. I’ve stayed well within my daily allowance of calories.

Regular physical activity

In all three of the areas, this has gone the best. Since last Thursday when I wrote my past post, I’ve been to the gym five times and loved it every time. At this point, I feel somewhat addicted to going to the gym. On non-gym days I’ve been taking walks.


All in all, I’ve been very happy with this 自力更生 experiment. I feel like I have more energy and a lot happier than when I started. I’ve also been getting a lot of things done, while still having time to relax.

To improve going forward, I’m definitely going to have to work more on my sleep schedule. I’ll do another week of 自力更生 with the same focus and see where this takes me.