End of Keystone Experiment

Week 2 + Final thoughts

Here’s the week 2 and unfortunately last week of this experiment. As you’ll notice in the breakdown below, it’s not the whole week as I didn’t get to do my weekly review on time and now that I am writing this, I’ve forgotten the details. But I’ve decided to still share what I managed to write down.

While I’ve certainly enjoyed keystone habit approach, it required a bit too much time and I couldn’t fit it into my schedule. Going forward I’ve decided to do weekly reviews in a similar fashion but keeping daily reviews to only what went wrong and why. Less time I spend on daily reviews, higher the chance I’ll actually do them and make it a habit.

As far as April went I’ve got mixed feelings. I’ve stayed on point with my habits till I came back from France. Surprisingly while I managed to keep up with habits even on vacation, I lost all motivation when I came back.

Bodyweight training (Stretching)

As I’ve mentioned in my first week, I’ve realised I couldn’t do Bodyweight training and instead switched to stretching. I managed to stretch most days in the morning, although almost never doing a full routine, which I regret. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed the feeling of being more flexible and I'm definitely going to incorporate it into my daily routine, although not quite sure how yet.

NLP Calculator

Probably the most progress has been done on my personal project. While I didn’t finish it, I got it to a state where I could get other people to test it out. I am cutting down time I am going to spend developing next month in favour of other goals, but I am fairly confident I can get it released in a month or two. I’ll make a proper blog post about my experience sometime after I release it.

Intermittent fasting

This is the second most successful thing I’ve done as part of this experiment. While I slacked off a bit after I came back from Paris, it still became the habit of mine and I constantly think about my schedule in relation to it now.

Over the course of April, I’ve had an average of 14hr daily fasting, which is better than I was expecting. It allowed me to break through stagnant weight I’ve had, dropping full 2 kgs after staying the same weight for 2 months prior. And that’s with less exercise compared to other months. I am very excited to see my progress in combination with increased exercise in May and beyond.

Below is all the data I’ve gotten for the 2nd week.

Monday

Stretching

  • Progress: Not great, 4 exercises missed
  • Analysis: Not motivated to finish the whole routine

NLP Calculator

  • Progress: Good, ~1.5 hours work
  • Analysis: Managed to get some work done even though I was on the move
  • Strategy: Try to work between 2 and 3 hours
  • Adjustment: Plan in advance when and where I could work

Intermittent fasting

  • Progress: Great, over 16 hours fast
  • Analysis: Motivated after skipping IF past few days

Tuesday

Stretching

  • Progress: Ok, 3 exercises missed
  • Analysis: Apartment in Paris is too small for some exercises
  • Strategy: Figure out how to do exercises that require more space
  • Adjustment: Make space more accommodating to exercises that need space

NLP Calculator

  • Progress: None
  • Analysis: Trip to Paris, woke up early, no energy to work in the evening.

Intermittent fasting

  • Progress: Ok, 15:35hr fast
  • Analysis: First day in Paris, was too tempted to eat at places I’ve walked by.

Wednesday

Stretching

  • Progress: Ok, 3 exercises missed
  • Analysis: Still not sure how to do bigger moves
  • Strategy: Same as before
  • Adjustment: Same as before

NLP Calculator

  • Progress: Good, ~2 hours work
  • Analysis: Found a Starbucks with plenty of space & good internet
  • Strategy: Arrive earlier so I can work full 3 hours
  • Adjustment: Plan a 3 hour working session around sightseeing plans.

Intermittent fasting

  • Progress: Not good, 11:57hr fast
  • Analysis: Left home early and without internet, decided to look up where to eat first thing before sightseeing.
  • Strategy: Think how early I’ll have to start eating next day to adjust IF
  • Adjustment: Stop eating earlier, if next day I have to start eating in the morning

Thursday

Stretching

  • Progress: Good, 2 exercises missed
  • Analysis: Manage to work on bigger moves, so skipped exercises are those I don’t know how to do.
  • Strategy: Same as before, look up exercise execution.
  • Adjustment: Make looking up stretching info a priority!