Maximizing and Satisficing. Inaction and Inertia.

Get over myself

I always feel like everything has to be perfect before I can make the first move. I also feel like I always know what’s best for me. Instead of doing that, I need to be able to listen to other people, use systems that work, take advice.

This is the thing I’m struggling with right now.

Satisficing is finding a good-enough solution and sticking with it. Unfortunately for me, I have a hard time with that. From diet to exercise, coding to knitting, I always think the “right” way is just around the corner. I know this is false, but yet it nags at me. I also know, beyond any doubt, that any action is better than inaction (in these types of pursuits), and yet….

So today, I did something. I ate mostly veggies, and finished the night off with pizza. Far from perfect, but miles away from giving up.

The other advantage to just doing something is inertia. Once the ball is rolling it’s much easier to keep it going. After a while, it’s harder to slow it down then continue. So let’s get a streak going!

2008-10-03 end of week wrap-up

It’s been a few days and I’m being prodded (thankfully) to update this site.

I’m starting slowly, becoming aware of what I’m eating and how much I’m moving, and trying to ease into this (as opposed to every other time I’ve gone full throttle). My initial push is to log all my foods, and Chad has suggested using, so here is my diary from there:

I do have the urge to go as hard as I can for 12 weeks to see where I can end up (like body for life and other 12 week programs, it’s a great time-length for making changes – but do they “stick”?).

Erik’s ’08 Comeback Special

Look who gives a crap.

This blog has laid dormant for a long time…

However, I’ve decided to revive it, and get my life back on track. The goal this time is not to get a six-pack, but to get – AND STAY – healthy and fit. Here are a few of the things I need to do:

  • Find Instant Results

    Instead of freaking out about how long it takes to notice changes, I need to focus on the day-to-day triumphs and accomplishments. Things like running further than yesterday, eating better than last week, enjoying my daily walks…

  • Enjoy the Journey

    Last time I was so focused on my goal that I didn’t stop to enjoy anything along the way. That is totally unsustainable, and if it’s not obvious, one of my major goals is to get into habits I can use for the rest of my life (so a chicken and apple sodium depletion is out – sorry guys ;))

  • CARE

    Not caring is worse than anything. I haven’t cared for a long time and that needs to change for ME to change

  • Get over myself

    I always feel like everything has to be perfect before I can make the first move. I also feel like I always know what’s best for me. Instead of doing that, I need to be able to listen to other people, use systems that work, take advice.

Why Now?

There are a few things that have tipped the scales and gotten me to finally get off my butt, here’s some:

  • John nagging me all the time :)
  • Chad getting in shape (for the first time, and KILLING IT!)
  • Harvest For Hope
  • And the #1 reason: Danika Checking out the fall fashions

How can I help you?

I will be asking for your help, but I wanted to first add what I can hopefully do for you…

  • Coding / Design / Consulting

    I’m always available for regular consulting, but for my friends on here, I will do everything in my power to do whatever I can for you. Most of you know I’d do this for you anyway, but hopefully I can help you help me!

  • Advice on Diet / Trainging

    Those who can’t do, teach

    I don’t do the things I know I should (but this blog will help), but I know LOTS about all this stuff. If you’re looking to make a change with me now or whenever, let’s talk.

  • A virtual workout buddy

    Wanna have a contest? Let’s do this. Need someone to get up each day and chat with you while you ride your bike? Let’s chat.

Here’s where I ask for your help… again

There is no doubt in my mind that my successes of 2006 were in large part due to the support, encouragement and prodding from the commenters on this blog. Here is where I ask you all for something none of you owe… More! If any of you would be willing to do any of the following, I’d be greatful beyond belief.

  • Comment on my posts… On here, twitter, email, im, in person, ANYWHERE

    The comments last time were a *huge* help, and knowing that if I slacked off, people would say something was something that kept me going when the going was tough.

  • Call me out.

    When I cheat, call me out.
    When I miss a day, call me out.
    When I whine, call me out.
    When I stop caring… call me out, drive to my house, kick my butt and make fun of me.

  • Ask me if today was better than yesterday

    Whenever you remember, ask me on twitter or IM if TODAY was better than YESTERDAY. Even if it’s not, I need to pay attention (is YOUR today better than yesterday? I hope so, and if not – make sure tomorrow is.)

My Goals

I have a few goals and guidelines I’d like to stick to. These are not set in stone yet, so I’m willing to entertain changes and addtions.

  • Avoid Dietary Relativism

    I am a total snob when I’m eating well, and it annoys me. I’ll have more to write about this later

  • Build my Cardio up

    I don’t have a set goal yet, but it will be something like run 3 miles

  • Teach one day a week at my sister’s Taekwondo school within 6 months

    I’m really excited that Alicia has asked me to teach one day a week. Once I’m able to get through a class without clutching my sides, I will be down there kicking butt!

  • Contribute regularly to the health and fitness of others

    I’m hoping this blog will help with that in general, but more specifically I’d like to help people 1 on 1 as much as I can.

  • Give this blog love often

    Posts, design, comments, etc. I want to make sure that this blog and this endevour is at the front of my mind every day. Call me out if I start slipping.

If you’re interested, contact me however you will, and let’s push things forward.

Thanks Chad for the blog title idea. And thanks John and Chad for reading the outline of this post.


I started on may 1 ’04. Ever since then, I’ve used this day to evaluate my progress. This year it’s pretty bleak. I have been working out sporadically since the first of the year (remember my old post where everything was rosy for the year ahead?). My diet has been spotty as well.

I truly have no excuse. I’m going to try to not feel guilty about it right now, but that hasn’t been working out so well.

Nothing to see here.

1/12 – Nothing much going on

The eating is not going well, but today is better then yesterday!

* 1 mile
* 100 pushups

1/10 Great workout

Like the title says – awesome workout (without treadmill too!), but my diet totally stunk today.
I went down to class at my sister’s school — I’m gonna sleep well tonight.

* 100 pushups
* 150 crunches
* 3 sparring rounds
* 6 form reps

* Domino’s pizza
* Burger
* Trix cereal
* Coke

1/9 morning workout

I’ll be back later
* 1.75 miles
* 20 pushups
* 100 crunches

1/8 So much for habbit

Well, so much for my habit idea! I didn’t workout today. I will be back tomorrow.

1/7 a habit?

I really wanted to just go to sleep while reading (actually I did fall asleep!). Then I took out the dog and thought, “Why not!”. I went downstairs and did a mile, and some pushups / crunches.

This might be becoming a habit. I want points for each day I work out – the number of which will be based on how much I do. I also want a multiplier for each consecutive day I work out. Make it a game!

* 1 mile
* 55 pushups
* 150 crunches

* Pancakes
* Granola
* Raisin bran (with silk)
* Popcorn
* Pop tarts
* Fruit bar
* Chocolate covered plums
* Saltines
(I think that’s all!)

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