WTF Am I Doing With My Life – March 2017

Hello! Welcome to a new monthly blog where I talk about things I’ve done in the past month.

Exercise

I took a substantial break from the Calisthenics Beginner Routine during this month because of travelling and lack of routine. I’m a bit sad about that but I’ve started back again and have been consistent during the last few weeks with no signs of stopping!

To give an idea of the effect this had, just before I took a break I was working towards diamond push ups and able to perform 3×8 push ups consistently. When I started back this month, I could only do 3×4 push ups with good form!

I’m using this great app that keeps track of work out progression and all I’m doing is adding more reps or time to a few exercises every time I work out, 3 times a week. Half of the fun is looking for places to do pull-ups nearby.

My current progression of the strength routine is as follows:

  • Pull Ups: 5×3 (Aiming for 3×5 in the next few weeks)
  • Chair Dips: 3×8 (Need to find suitable parallel bars to progress soon) 
  • Bodyweight Squats: 3×8
  • Foot-supported L-Sit: 3×20 seconds
  • Push Ups: 3×7
  • Inclined Rows: 3×8 (Need to move on to Horizontal Rows soon)

Programming

Also after a long break, I’ve gotten back into my passion project Jotsway Canyon after stewing up some ideas. The restructuring of the code was daunting so it took some time to sit down and get it done. But once I did, I got into the swing of things again and have been enjoying it.

I’m aiming to release the Android version for testing and submit to Feedback Fridays in the next few weeks to get some more thoughts on the new gameplay loop.

New “World Map” for Jotsway Canyon

At the time of writing, I have 424 Twitter followers on my gamedev account.

Social

I moved to a new city this month! So I’ve been looking at social groups I can join. I went to an improv group and it was incredibly fun. It’s a monthly event and I’m looking forward to making it a regular thing.

Other than that, I’m looking into volunteering at an organisation and attending more social groups next month.

Being Mugged at the Improv Workshop

Travel

I took a trip to an island for a few days – Koh Lan. I’ve got a lot of time but not a lot of money otherwise I’d travel to Laos, Cambodia or northern Vietnam. Things should stabilize next year and I’ll be able to tick one or two places off of my list then.

I enjoyed Koh Lan but quite a few beaches can get a bit too busy for me. We managed to find one or two quieter beaches and had a good swim and rode around on a rented bike.

Wrap Up

Overall this month has been really fun. It’s nice having a good amount of time and I’ve managed to do quite a few things I’ve been meaning to do for a while. April should be similarly relaxed and productive in its own little way. I’m particularly interested to see if I can get back to diamond push ups again! We’ll see next month!