Posted by: quilnib | March 2, 2008

Dorm tour, Life Advice, and Diets

Hey there. I’ve only written a few things in my blogs since coming to school and I haven’t uploaded any videos. Sorry about that. Here is a new video in which I give you a tour of my glamorous new dorm. It’s very exciting and comes highly recommended by someone, probably. I’ve been reading a lot of the blog posts by Tim Ferriss, the author of 4-Hour Work Week and and inspiration to many people. He gave me the idea for my new workout, which requires that I only actually work out twice a week for half an hour. That post was titled “From geek to freak: how I gained 34 pounds of muscle in 4 weeks.” That should give you an idea of how effective this workout can be. There are also some crazy before and after photos. I’m going to add his blog to my list of links on the side because you should really check it out, well worth the time. In my last post I talked about my “walkabout”, well that’s not happening anymore because I found something that will be much more exciting. I’m sure I’ll do it at some point, but maybe I’ll wait until the weather is a little nicer.

One of the most important differences I have noticed in myself since December is that I no longer feel guilty about stuff anymore. It’s not that I can do bad things and not feel bad about them. Not that at all. It is that I don’t do anything that requires guilt. I used to feel guilty about things I had to reason to feel guilty about, and that doesn’t happen anymore. I realized this when several people recently tried to guilt me into stuff and it didn’t work. I used to always be easily guilted into things, not anymore though. It’s awesome! Guilt free is the way to be. It’s kind of like one of the things I try to tell people. I feel the advice “live life without regrets” is some of the worst advice you can give someone, because human beings aren’t usually rational enough to make quick decisions on important things. Besides, it is not possible to live a life without regretting things. It is going to happen whether you like it or not. The phrase should be changed to “don’t regret the life you live.” Live life in such a way that in the future you can look back and say “yeah, I have some regrets, but I lived my life in such a way that I can be proud of it and if I did it again I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Diets: Why most people are complete idiots

The typical view of a diet is something that restricts your eating habits for a period of time usually with the goal of losing weight. Here is the problem, that is the worst way to look at it. Your diet is just your eating habits. You should always be on a diet, there is no way to not be on a diet. Take for instance when people talk about animals. They say, “its diet consists of…” and then go on to say whatever it is they eat. For my example we will use a snake. They don’t say “the snake’s diet consists of only mice this month because it wants to lose an extra pound.” That would be ridiculous. You diet is just what you eat and is not a temporary thing, you should always have a healthy diet that is not constrained to a period of time. The goal of your new diet (what you eat, not a weight loss program) should be health, not weight. You should be eating healthy to get all of the important vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Losing weight will be a side effect of health eating habits, not the goal. The reason diets don’t work for most people is because they look at it as something temporary, when they should actually be changing their eating habits for the rest of their life. This is one of the hardest concepts to get people to understand.

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  1. Tim! This is definitely a change from Coe but I’m glad you made reference to the Flunk Day cup 🙂 I hope things are going well. I miss you!


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