Starting with a change of plans

Today I was supposed to go down to visit my grandparents since I had to work when the rest of the family had the Christmas get together. I wake up to a text from my grandmother saying that she caught some sort of bug. This saves me 2-2 hour drives today, but now I don’t have anything to do. Not having anything planned is dangerous for me. I tend to resort to sitting around eating, watching TV, and slowly thinking about what I could get from Amazon with 2 day shipping.

Today I got my car cleaned because it was filthy, and went to my chiropractor appointment. Forcing myself to go to the gym this afternoon, and see what I can declutter.

I think every week, I’ll post my net worth and weight as a tracker for how I am doing. I’ll also be creating a spreadsheet to track both, with graphs.

Training- Week 9

Remember how I said that last week I was starting to feel close to being even in all of my workouts? This week we found that I’ve been slacking on my obliques. A lot. Going to focus on that as much as possible this week. I really hate feeling let down by just one area. Especially my core because its the one place I can’t see physically working because I still have a bit of a gut. I’m a visual person so I get a little “out of sight out of mind” issues with my core. I can see my biceps, triceps, quads, and calves all working so I know how things are with them. My core is still a bit of a mystery.

A side goal of the general goal of getting in shape is to lose the gut, but knowing how much I love chocolate and sugar, that will be a much longer goal. Especially when the people at catering are so generous in their servings at the gigs I’m working.

Training- Week 8

I know I missed a couple of weeks, but that was planned. I was gigging like crazy and was out of town for most of the last 2 weeks. But that did not stop me from getting workouts in. I’ve definitely had to get creative with some hotels having closed their gyms due to covid restrictions, which is understandable. I find hotel room floors to be disgusting, so I had to get creative with some of my exercises. Mainly planks and stretches. I still carry my 20lb kettlebell with me, which I’m sure the people in the room below me are thrilled about.

This week was the first time I felt like I’m starting to even out. The core is still my weakest, but it didn’t really hold me back too much like it has in the past.

I’ve caught myself lifting with my back a couple of times and to much confusion to the people around me, I literally say “with your legs not your back” out loud. I get weird looks. I’m used to it at this point.

June 2021 Review

I have found that getting into camping is a lot more expensive than I originally thought. Granted our version of camping is pseudo glamping because I prefer to bring a decent amount of kitchen gear and comfort items like a good chair and a good but durable knife set. Due to my wife’s germaphobia, we decided not to bring our indoor kitchen equipment into the wild so we had to purchase quite a few things. My biggest score was getting a backpacking stove for almost half off during a sale right before we went on our vacation. normally almost $100, I was able to get it for $55 and change.

I can’t tell if I am gaining muscle or fat because I’ve stepped up my workouts, but I’m eating pretty terribly at my gigs. Granted the option I had at the country music festival I was at a couple weeks ago my options were burgers, brats, and fried food that was way overpriced. And that is totally on me. I failed to plan ahead and bring my own food which not only showed up on my bathroom scale, it also hit me hard in the wallet. I spent about $18/day just for lunch and dinner. I know I should have planned ahead but it is so easy to be lazy when you pull 4- 18 hours days in a row and don’t have bread in the house to at least make sandwiches.

This week, I am on my game and don’t have the luxury of the hotel breakfast because of covid protocols, but I have brought my own healthy snacks. Plus I don’t have to be on site for my shows until noon so I have all morning to workout and not pig out on fried foods.

Total Assets: $53,889.44
Total Liabilities: -$37,106.92
Net Worth: $16,782.52
Monthly Change:+$1,250.27
YTD change:$6,054.14

Weight: 185.1lbs
Monthly Change:+0.5lbs
YTD Change:-0.1 lbs

Training- Week 7

For once my core wasn’t my weak point. I mean I still struggled, but it wasn’t a train driving off a cliff kinda bad. My left knee (which is the less screwed up of the 2) decided it didn’t feel like participation was necessary during lunge curls. I might have fallen a couple times.

I’ve been able to get more workouts in this week on my own. Let’s hope I can continue that while I go out on gigs this week. My only worry is the hotel we are staying at still has the “pool and fitness center hours may be reduced or eliminated due to the pandemic” and there’s only so much I can do in a hotel room without bringing weights and all of my equipment. Plus all of that and my clothes won’t fit in a carry on. I will try my hardest to be creative. Maybe I can put some sandbags on the packlist for my show and do some exercises while I am bored between acts.

Personal Trainer–Gap week

This week I have been out of town on gigs, so I have not been able to fit in an appointment with my trainer. So I’ve been on my own as it comes to exercise. I know food-wise, I have slacked. Working a few corporate gigs as well as a country festival means good catering and as much fried foods asyou could imagine. I am a glutton when it come to funnel cake and elephant ears. I tried my hardest but being around hundred of other people filling their faces with fried food, I caved.

On the exercise front, I have had the time to put in an hour of workouts every morning as well as adding in a few load ins, shows and load outs. Some of those were countered with hours of sitting behind a light board listening to the same covers of popular country songs and being glued to my chair. I might have gotten some naps in between bands too.

Looking forward to the rest of the summer, I need to make excuses to get out of my very comfy gig chair and hammock to go do something. The amount of sitting around waiting for things to happen (sometimes 3+ hours) is way too much. By the time the headliner goes on I’m on the brink of falling asleep from boredom. I need to be more motivated to even just walk around the fairgrounds or something.

The good news is that I have noticed that even after 3 days of constant physical work, I’m not as exhausted or sore as I used to be before I started learning how to properly use my body. The real test will be when I get to my next big corporate gig where it’ll be 12+ hours on my feet, on concrete.

Training- Week 6

Once again my core is my weak point. I’ve been focusing on all of my core exercises.

The good news is that I had a bad load out at work. Basically we were supposed to have 4 people help us tear down lighting and audio equipment in a casino and 2 people didn’t show up. It was twice as long as it should have been. The good side of this story is that my back, knees, and shoulders aren’t throbbing in pain! Also I had to resize my harness when I had to climb earlier in the day because my legs have bulked up and my gut has lost a few beers in the keg.

A term I have been hearing more and more from the FI community is the “aggregation of marginal gains”. Basically a 1% change is very minor. Until it happens every day. Every week. This saying truly works side by side with “slow and steady wins the race”. Every crash diet or extreme routine I’ve tried has failed. Learning bit by bit about my health and my body is finally seeing positive results. But it took me 6 weeks to finally see it.

Training- Week 5

During the week last week, I had a case lid at work decide it would be a good idea to slam down on my wrist. Nothing serious happened but I was pretty bruised going into my training session. So we got to focus on my core and legs.

My core is slowly starting to build up. It is definitely my weak point, so I have made an effort to focus on that on my own. It became very obvious that I’m not pushing myself hard enough because just half of a session focusing on my core was brutal. Definitely going to push even harder on my own.

Surprisingly my legs felt great. Learning early on that I roll my ankles in because my posture was lazy has finally paid off. Normally after a day of work my knees would be destroyed. Now that they are being properly supported, I had zero, yes ZERO, knee pain. The rest of my muscles felt the burn, but I was expecting to be unable to walk after that many squats, lunges, and shuffles.

I am constantly reminding myself and correcting my bad posture. I never realized how much I abuse my body just by being lazy. So 2 things to work on this week, core and posture.

Training week 4- Shoulders

Last week my shoulders kept giving out and we realized that all of my stabilizing muscles are either overworked because of bad posture or weak from lack of use. This week, I have never felt my shoulders burn in places I never knew could burn. It was definitely an eye opener for me. Especially when it comes to my posture. I slump over and I kept cheating and trying to slouch forward to use other muscles.

I am so close to being able to finish my core workout without having to shut down because my core gives out and my back tries to compensate. My trainer literally shut me down with 2 weighted crunches to go. I wanted to finish so bad, but I also don’t need to continue taxing my lower back.

With some of the exercises we’ve started to do, I have realized that my balance isn’t what it used to be. I’m hoping that that improves as we go along. I guess when you haven’t skated in a year or so, your ankles tend to slim down.

May 2021 Review

This month flew by. I was so busy I barely had time to sit down a look at my life and how it was going. I did increase my debt load because I wasn’t being diligent with my finances and I may have just swiped cards without realizing it. I also realized that waking up early doesn’t mean I can stop for fast food breakfast just because I am up. To fix this, I have a post it in my car that says, “You’re not hungry, just bored” and for the last 2 weeks I have been keeping myself from spending $8/day on food that isn’t good for me.

Being 4 weeks into my first 10 weeks with my personal trainer, I think I have been gaining the muscles I don’t use which is offsetting my weight loss. The real goal of my weight loss is to not just be thinner, but healthier and as far as I know, there is no score for overall health that can be easily measured. I wish there was because right now I feel like I’m finally in the middle. I’m not sore, I get winded less (minus allergy issues, damn trees and flowers), and I haven’t been feeling as destroyed after a 12 hour day of setting up gear.

Total Assets: $51,780.50
Total Liabilities: -$36,248.15
Net Worth: $15,532.35
Monthly Change:+$559.77
YTD change:$4,803.97

Weight: 184.6lbs
Monthly Change:-0.5lbs
YTD Change:-0.4 lbs

Returning to the Plan

In all of the chaos of returning to my old job, I slipped back into my pre-pandemic ways. Going out for food more often. Buying pre-processed and packaged food, not spending the time daily to look at my finances. It is so easy to just swipe another piece of plastic. For the first time since I paid off my credit cards over 4 months ago, I had to choose between pulling from savings, or carry a balance because of my spending spree. I pulled from my savings because I just can’t stand the idea of losing so much to interest.

Spending is almost an addiction for me. This is just like when I quit caffeine and electronic cigarettes (before it was called vaping). The cravings are so present. But with caffeine and nicotine, I’d have to go through the process of buying the equipment to have a smoke or figure out what flavor of Mountain Dew doesn’t taste like death to me. The difficulty of making the choice deters me from even getting past the craving stage to action. But with spending, I am so quick to say, “you know, I need a new, whatever” and just swipe the card.

I have even slipped up on not fully following my grocery list. A couple of bags of candy, or snacks have started to slip into my basket every trip. And the worst part is that I didn’t realize that I was doing it until I finally had the time to see how much money I’ve spent in the last month. So as a reminder I have put “ONLY THINGS ON THE LIST” as the title of my list so I see it every time I look at my phone to see what else I need. I have done the same with a business card in my wallet in front of my cards, but it says, “DO YOU REALLY NEED THIS JUNK?”

Hopefully this will be enough to remind me to stay on track. I only have 11 years before I hit 40. If I want to have the option to retire at 40, I have to stay on track and focus on the goal. Not to mention that Oreos won’t help me on my path to financial independence or being healthy.