In the mind of a person (me) who can't get enough (and it's no fun)

1% better every day at 11:11am - newsletter #068

6 days without writing anything. I doubt that you hold it against me, but I am nevertheless sorry. I made a promise to deliver a newsletter every day at 11:11 am. It's been 100 days since I made this decision, you read newsletter #68.

So we are on a 68% success rate. It could be better. It could be worse.

Today, I would like to talk to you about what goes on in the head of a person who can never get enough. I know this person very well because it's myself.

For the past 6 weeks, I have decided to live life up to my expectations. As Harvey Specter says in Suits: "Life is This, I like This". So I've switched to Full-On mode.

I have therefore defined a list of important things to do every day, from my habits (meditation, reading, morning pages,...) to my training sessions, including a precise calculation of my calorie deficit. The objective was: no mercy

40 days later, I finally realize that I'm pulling the rope too much. The results are certainly there, but at what cost? I wake up tired, I've lost my creativity, I'm on too many subjects at the same time, I've lost my good mood and I'm starting to disappoint the people around me.

I am fighting against my ego which is trying to justify the situation. Its argument is convincing: "Maxime, you complain about being too hard on yourself, but look where it's gotten you. Your life is beautiful, isn't it? You're in the best shape EVER, aren't you? You have a lot of projects, don't you? So why are you complaining? Why do you want to change?

Now I understand why some behaviours are so hard to change, when they may seem so simple to us.

When my friends say to me: "Maxime, just try to do nothing today, you'll see it will do you good". It's like saying to an alcoholic: "Maxime, just try not to drink today, you'll see it will do you good!".

I'm convinced that it would be a good thing for me, but I can't help it, I can't... do nothing! It's inked so deeply into me. It's been my operating system for so long. I also know that as I write these lines, it is my ego talking.

You probably won't learn much from reading this newsletter, but it does me good to talk about it. It is often said that healing begins by first realizing that there is a problem and then starting to talk about it.

So this is my first step.


ONE QUOTE TO SHARE

  • “The key, if you want to build habits that last, is to join a group where the desired behavior is the normal behavior.” - James Clear


ONE ARTICLE TO READ

It is the night before the weekly shop. I look in the fridge and consider my three tomatoes, the sweet potato and the asparagus. Normally, I’d take this as my cue to nip to the fish and chip shop.

However, I’m trying out Plant Jammer, an app that promises to rustle up a recipe based on whatever food you have lying around, using artificial intelligence.

It searches three million recipes to find often-paired items. It then consults a library of ingredients that the company has hired professional chefs to group by flavour - salt, umami, sour, oil, crunch, soft, sweet, bitter, spicy, fresh and aroma. Finally, the software learns from this data and devises new recipes.


ONE VIDEO TO WATCH

Based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, the new movie follows the 1984 original film and a 2000 television series. It centers around the desert planet, and the spice melange that's found on it, which is one of the most valuable resources in the universe.

The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who is no stranger to the sci-fi genre, having directed "Blade Runner 2049" and "Arrival."


ONE QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF

  • What are the 2 things that if you get them done today, you'll go to bed content?


ONE WORKOUT TO DO

  • Take your bike and go as far as you can !

So maybe not as fast as this madman, but you get the idea. Get on your bike, ride at your own pace and try to go as far as you can. As in Gattaca, forget that you have the return trip to make and enjoy the ride !

PS: don't forget to take cereal bars (1 bar every 45min)


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