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Going Raw

I used to walk into McDonalds and often times I wouldn't be charged for my food. Why? Because I went there so frequently and brought so many friends, that they knew I was good for business. My favorite meal was the Fishwich, a mighty sandwich made with a bun, american cheese, a deep fried fish patty, and a generous portion of tartar sauce. To fully sate my appetite I always supersized.

My parents had always encouraged me to eat healthy. I just didn't see the point. I felt good, I wasn't fat, and I never got sick. Why fix what isn't broken? I was thankful for my good metabolism and assumed that eating healthy was for people who didn't have it so good.

Then a couple years ago I watched Super Size Me. I watched it for entertainment, but it was the first time I began to believe that what I ate actually mattered. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. When subjected to a McDonalds only diet, the creator became depressed, lethargic, and generally didn't feel too well. That was the day I stopped eating fast food.

Results, Not Feelings

On Huan M. Nguyen

The way I used to do my homework was through feelings. Early on, it was enough and I generally got most of my work done.

Now, I have a lot more work to do, and more general life responsibilities like housekeeping. So my internal, instinctual gauge of how much I have done gets thrown off.

Some days, I'll feel like I get a lot done by working out and meditating early in the day, as well as washing the dishes and doing laundry. But I'll not have much homework done and that's not good.

I tackled this problem by implementing tracking and a daily todo list that I write out with the goal of completion in mind. That helps both my internal gauge (it feels damn good to have the whole list crossed out when it is), and also to help me keep track of how much actual work I'm getting in.

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