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Losing Focus

At the start of every year there is an influx of people signing up for gym memberships. Driving home after work you can see lots of people in brightly colored trainers jogging or walking. This is all very normal during the first couple of weeks of the year. As we approach the end of February though, less and fewer people are on the roads sweating their asses off. This too is very normal.

I am no exception to the norm either. My one and only goal for the year is to lose enough weight to get my BMI to a healthy status (around 90 kilograms). I woke up early in the mornings to skip, I ate a fruit each morning, I tried to cut down on my coffee  and sugar in take and I was drinking at least two and a half liters of water a day. Today I don’t do any of that. I don’t wake up early, I don’t skip anymore, I eat fruit now and then, I drink at least three cups of coffee a day and I hardly drink more than a liter of water a day. No wonder my weight is stuck at 110 kilograms lately.

The wheels started coming off around the time my knee started paining. This was about two to three weeks ago. I stopped skipping because I didn’t want to aggravate my knee and risk further injuring my knee. This was also around the time that school started. I work full-time and study part-time. Some nights I only get home around ten PM which leaves me with barely two hours to enjoy my wife’s cooking and catch up on the happenings of the day with my wife.

I’d be lucky to be asleep by midnight, so most nights I only get about six hours sleep. If I’d like to skip in the mornings I’d have to cut my sleeping time even shorter. I feel like a zombie in autopilot mode most mornings. It’s challenging to give 100% at work because I’m just too damn tired. That’s I just knock back those cups of java like it’s going out of fashion.

I do realize at this point I am only making up excuses and offering no solutions. There are people out there who manage to lose weight even with a full-time job, part-time studies and minor injuries. Waking up early and exercising is supposed to boost your energy levels and give you what you need to make it through the day. I’m just being a lazy couch potato.

This is however my last intense semester and my intense I mean I usually have five subjects per semester but this semester I have six. Next semester I will only have three subjects, of which two subjects should be a walk in the park. The next two months is going to be hectic because I’ll have to do no less than ten assignments and write no less than ten tests. With so many assessments on my plate stress would inevitably start creeping in and trying to stick to an exercise plan and diet with so much stress will be next to impossible.

Maybe for March and April I need to shift my focus to my studies to make sure I don’t lose my 100% pass rate. This doesn’t mean I should stress eat and gain a lot of weight that would make it even harder for me to meet my goal this year. All this means perhaps is that I have to keep my weight stable, but I still hope to find a way to balance it all.

Until next time. Thanks for reading.

I’m Back and I’m an Idiot

It’s that time of the year again where everyone reflects on their lives and try to make an improvement. This year will be no different for me. I’m going to give this blogging thing another go just to realize later this year that I actually don’t have time to blog and fail miserably.

I’ve set a lot of goals last year and the main ones that I’m very happy about achieving was that I’ve kept track of all my income and expenditure. I make a budget every month though. When I received a bonus in August, I had so much money that I didn’t feel the need to keep checking my budget to make sure I’m still on track.

I’ve also managed to pass all my subjects in 2016. If all goes well I will graduate at the end of this year. Semester 4 has to go down as one of the toughest semesters. I just never had enough time to get everything done, but I still managed. I was ready to quit school twice. I got angry and upset with the school, especially with my Distributed Systems Programming lecturer (more on that on a later blog post).

Last year saw me change positions for the third year running. 2014 I was promoted from clerk to supervisor, 2015 I was promoted from supervisor to manager and in 2016 I switch from finance to IT and now I’m a computer analyst (or business and data analyst to be more specific). I got news about the switch to the new position in June but it only took effect in December. It was a very frustrating period in my career, but I’m happy to finally be in the field of IT.

No big no-no’s last year. Being married to my wife was smooth sailing most of the time. We hardly ever had any arguments. Our relationship is growing stronger and stronger with each passing day. We understand each other better. I’m mostly the guilty party when it comes to arguments because I show my anger a lot.

I didn’t get my driver’s permit last year, but I am starting to drive. I’m driving almost every day now. It’s just a matter of time before I do get my driver’s permit. Then I can share the driving load with my wife. She is a very impatient driver and gets stressed out a lot by traffic. If I can lighten that load on her end, she’ll be an even happier wife at home.

Last thing I’d like to mention before ending this post. I am the world’s biggest idiot. Last month I bought myself a new smart phone. I was very excited about this. I saw a video online of the same model phone as mine being submerged in water for a minute with no consequences at all, but there is no mention that the phone is waterproof or water-resistant by the phone manufacturer.

This past weekend my wife and I, together with her parents went camping. We went for a swim, I took my phone with me. I took a couple of selfies in the pool. I so badly wanted to take an underwater photo. My wife told me not to. I didn’t listen. As I came out the water, my phone was black. I put the phone in rice. When I turned it back on, the phone wasn’t reacting to any touches on the screen. Now I have to take the phone in for repair and hope it doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg to fix it. I am so upset with myself. WHY DID I NOT LISTEN TO MY WIFE? I think that’s not the last time I’ll be uttering those words this year.

Happy new year and thanks for reading.

System Overload

Frustrated Cartoon

Frustrated Cartoon

It’s been a minute since I posted anything on my blog and its been a minute since I read any other blog posts. Its feels like I’m going to explode at any second because of all the things I have to do or that requires my attention.

I’ve been on holiday for the past week and you’d think I would’ve had time to attend to the small things but not even on holiday do I get a break. I was planning to maybe get my learners permit this week. I didn’t have time to do that either.

As soon as I got to my parents home (that’s where my wife and I decided to go for our week vacay) my dad told me I needed to help him set up a PC at their office, fix his laptop and have a look at their new business plan and make the necessary changes required.

My wife and I had to also drive around looking for places to stay for her mother’s brothers and sisters when we all come down for a wedding in about a month’s time.

Its the last day of our holiday and I don’t even feel like I got any rest. I had to work so hard for 3 days before our vacation began because I couldn’t leave any work unattended. Now that I got here I had to continue working and when I get back, there is lots of work waiting for me.

If there is one thing that I will remember about 2016, is the sheer amount of work I had to do. I never felt this busy in my life, ever!

Only 2 more months before this school semester ends. When I start the new semester I’m going to register less classes, but that will be determined by my average mark I get for this semester. If I manage to achieve a 60 percent average, I won’t drop any subjects because clearly I can juggle it all at once. If I get between 55 and 59 percent, I will drop one subject and if I get less than that, I will drop two subjects.

This week coming week is going to be a crazy week. I have 3 assignments to complete, 1 test to write and 2 tests to study for the following week. If I make it to the end of the week in one piece I will be a very happy man.

Until next time. Thanks for reading.