Time to challenge myself and lean into this all the way

I’m setting a challenge for myself. One video & blog post a week. For a year. That’s 52 total. I know that’s a lot but let’s see how it goes.

So if you didn’t already know, I used to like making random YouTube videos. I especially liked making them for a student organization I was part of during college. It was a nice outlet for me outside of course work and going to the gym. Making videos was a nice way to remember events or to just share with friends. I’ve been wanting to get back into that for a while now.

A travel vlog I made for the two weeks I spent in Cambodia with my family in 2016.

This blog was actually supposed to alleviate that missing feeling. However, I haven’t really been keep up with it much. I think that’s mostly because I haven’t had much time. Alright let me explain why.

How I used to spend my time

So I work a full-time job. I love my job actually. I roll in probably around 8:45am, get a coffee and check my emails for the day. My hours are definitely flexible and I definitely don’t need to come in that early but it just helps me get my day started. After all my meetings and work, I leave around sometime around 5:00pm.

After work, I drive over to the gym, which takes me about 20 minutes or so depending on traffic. My workouts at the gym are long and hard and end up taking me about 2 hours to finish. Plus I’ve gotta do a cool down and stretch at the end of it. This means that I don’t leave the gym until 7:45pm.

Then once I’m home, it’s a rush to shower and eat dinner. I’m usually not eating dinner till like 8:30pm or something. And that’s only if I’ve prepped dinner. If I have to cook dinner after gym also, I’m probably not eating until like 9:15pm or something. Like dang.

In bullet-format, my day looks like this:

  • 8:00am – wake up
  • 8:30am – work
  • 5:00pm – leave work
  • 5:30pm – gym
  • 8:00pm – home/shower/dinner
  • 12:00am – sleep

So what has changed since then?

I quit the gym. Why? Well there are a lot of reasons. And just a disclaimer, by no means am I trying to bad mouth my old gym. It is definitely a great place for some people. Just not for me at this moment.

It was expensive. $80 a month is a good chunk of change for most people. For some, it’s practically gas money for the month. And for me, just commuting to the gym ended up costing me about $30 in gas a month. Paying $110 a month ad infinitum is kind of hard to justify. Compare this to my old gym which was $25/mo with much better hours.

It was time consuming and didn’t always work with my schedule. So if you think about how the gym works into my schedule, it takes up about 3 or 4 hours of my day. Imagine what I could do with that time back. On top of that, my gym had very limited hours. Closed on Fridays and only 2 hours of operation on each day of the weekend. Imagine if I was out of town that weekend and also had something to do during a weekend night. I would practically miss half the week. And that kind of week is very common for me. Visiting my parents, going on vacation, and so on.

With all this said, it was hard to say that it was worth it. I actually talked about something similar to this in my last blog post. You can read it right here!

If I’m going to the gym to get better at weightlifting and be more competitive, I can’t get by with just training 2 or 3 days a week while not having enough time to keep my nutrition and recovery in check.

So for now, I’m taking a hiatus from being competitive. I’ll come back soon.

What am I going to do with all my time?

I’ve been kinda feeling a little bit of slight anxiety now that my evenings are wide open. Kind of like agoraphobia. What am I supposed to do now? The way I am, I want to always be doing something. I can’t sit at home and just waste time. It’s like you spent the last week just binge watching Game of Thrones and now that it’s over, you don’t know what you’re supposed to do.

I’ve been venting to coworkers, bouncing back and forth ideas of what I should do. I want to be financially prudent, so maybe a side hustle. How about flipping sneakers? Okay how about getting back into wood working? Maybe I should just get another job. Ugh, this is too much to think about.

Back to the actual challenge

Well so, what I’m going to be doing with my time is still to be determined. But I figured with all this extra time, I figured I would give myself a challenge. It’s time to start producing content. Let’s just document what I’m doing with all this extra time. I’m going to start building a YouTube channel.

Here are my quick and dirty goals: 100 subscribers within 4 weeks. Alongside that, I am challenging myself to put out a video each week for a year.

It will be mostly vlog formatted. Like maybe me just talking in front of the camera about something I’m passionate about. Or maybe it can go some other direction. We’ll see where it goes.

So what about my weightlifting hobby? Is that going away forever?

No, it’s definitely not actually. My office actually has a decent gym and I’ve got 24 hour access to it. They set the HVAC to eco mode (so it’s like 80f+ with no ventilation) over the weekends but even then, I can train through that. It’s missing a few things but nothing I can’t get over for a little while.

If you didn’t already know, I plan to buy a house this winter. One of the requirements I have for the house is that it have a garage and with that, set up a garage gym. I would love the flexibility to be able to train in my own garage. I dream about getting a workout in on the weekend in the summer, with some of my favorite music playing, some meat smoking on the grill, a cooler of Gatorade. It’d be an open invite, just come over while I’m training and we can hit some sets together. That’s my one-year goal from now.

Here’s a weightlifting platform I made with my friend at his house. He’s using it now to train without having to be bothered by all the people at Gold’s Gym!

So thanks as always for reading this post! If you’re interested in subscribing to my YouTube channel, you can do it right here! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVNJPXLhWQwct-ik5whgIhQ

If you’re looking for another post of ours, try reading this one about Dreamlines! I go over what I’m looking forward to in life and how I wanna make those things real. The upcoming house is just one of them.

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