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Kwesadilo stops living like a bum

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Since I moved, I've been getting things done when I really needed to, but most of the time, I've been doing things at the last minute, and things with no deadline have gotten the short shrift. The vast majority of my free time (at least, outside the gym) consists of activities that won't improve my life in any meaningful way. I'd like to get on more of an upward trajectory, and that means attending to some things that I've allowed to languish for awhile.

 

Goals

  • Keep going on Texas Method. Lifting isn't going anywhere. Things have gone smoothly so far, and I'd like to keep it that way.
  • Finish my move chores! My mail forwarding runs out soon, so I actually need to update my address with my correspondents, like, now. I'll count this goal as complete if I can close the browser tab that has the list of things I needed to do when I moved.
  • Make a plan for my finances. This sounds like a tall order for 4 weeks, but I actually signed up for a service related to this months ago and have been snoozing the email reminding me to fill out their intro questionnaire every few days since then. It's pretty pathetic. I don't need to have every little thing hammered out by the end of the challenge, but I'd like to have at least a general idea of what I should be doing and how it relates to what I'm currently doing.
  • Buy a vacuum cleaner. My old apartment didn't have carpet, and my new one does. I need to clean it at least occasionally.
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Week 1 update

  • Lifting: Last week was pretty solid. On Friday, I benched 210x5, which is a new PR, which hasn't happened in quite some time in general. I also deadlifted 345x5 for the first time in awhile. My back was bothering me a little bit towards the beginning of the week, so I went a bit light on squats and didn't try to increase the weight on Friday. It's felt OK today. Hopefully, it's fixed.
  • Move chores: I started changing my address with the organizations on the list I had made previously. The first one on the list was AAA, and I can't log into their website for some reason, so it was an inauspicious start.
  • Finances: I took the quiz, which only took like 15 minutes. To my horror, it resulted in a lengthy checklist of things I'm supposed to read or do to improve my financial planning. I haven't figured out which of them pertain to this goal yet.
  • Vacuum: No progress.

As a bonus not-living-like-a-bum task, I scheduled a doctor's appointment for today, which has been on my to-do list for weeks, with the result that I now have a primary care physician for the first time in my adult life.

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22 hours ago, kwesadilo said:

Finances: I took the quiz, which only took like 15 minutes. To my horror, it resulted in a lengthy checklist of things I'm supposed to read or do to improve my financial planning. I haven't figured out which of them pertain to this goal yet.

 

My long term plan was to marry a banker... now I just hold out my hand and say 'money please'

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Posting from my phone this week, because I finished at the gym 30 minutes ago, and they are still cleaning the locker room.

 

Week 2 update

 

Lifting: Still going strong. I think I'm going to transition intensity from sets of 5 to sets of 3 this week.

 

Move chores: I had to get on the phone, but I managed to change my address with my credit card, which will now allow me to change it with various merchants.

 

Finances: Not much movement. I downloaded the form to finish my backdoor Roth IRA contribution.

 

Vacuum: No progress.

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Week 3 update

  • Lifting: On Friday, I switched to 2 sets of 3 and continued to increase the weight for squat and bench. I might have been able to go another week with sets of 5 for bench. For deadlift, I did a 10% reset, because that's what Practical Programming said to do.
  • Move chores: I changed my address with all but two entities, which I will have to call on the phone.
  • Finances: I sent in the form I referred to last time. Otherwise, nothing here.
  • Vacuum: I started shopping online, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet.
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9 hours ago, kwesadilo said:

Vacuum: I started shopping online, but I haven't pulled the trigger yet.

 

Since I am constantly on the lookout for one of these (for when the pet fur inevitably kills my current model), am I curious to hear what you eventually end up buying and why.

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On 5/14/2019 at 8:21 AM, scalyfreak said:

 

Since I am constantly on the lookout for one of these (for when the pet fur inevitably kills my current model), am I curious to hear what you eventually end up buying and why.

I got the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352, because The Wirecutter recommended it, and I didn't see any derogatory reviews that were sufficiently credible to hold up my purchase. There is a highly ranked negative Amazon review, but the author seems like the kind of person who likes writing bad reviews. I'm not expecting this thing to be perfect. I haven't really used the vacuum yet. We'll see how things go.

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Week 4 update

  • Lifting: Last week, I did not follow my regularly scheduled workout program, because I had previously scheduled to receive some coaching this weekend, and I didn't want to interfere with that. Although it wasn't part of Texas Method, I consider the coaching and thus the light week beforehand to have been planned.
    • I'll say I completed this. No serious derailments happened. (That will come next week, after I get back from a trip, when I attempt to implement the coaching advice I received.)
  • Move chores: I finished changing my address.
    • However, I did not establish a local bank account and close my old one, so this goal is incomplete.
  • Finances: No movement this week.
    • I didn't complete any of the checklist items I referred to previously, and I'm not really much closer to having a financial plan that I feel good about. Minimal points.
  • Vacuum: Done.

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