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Thanks, mF! Prioritizing getting to default alive fits with how I'd like to run a business.

Thanks theanimal and jacob for further input re: selling books.

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Wow, I made a savory oatmeal recipe for the first time today and it was amazing. It fits everything I want in a breakfast too. It may become a new staple in my diet.

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Could you please share the recipe? Savoury oatmeal always seems to fall flat for me so I'd be interested in trying a known-good recipe.

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I used this recipe, kind of: https://healthynibblesandbits.com/savor ... gg/#recipe, but with substitutions based on what I had. Red pepper -> green pepper, coconut oil -> butter, cheddar -> goat cheese. Of the optional toppings, I used walnuts. I used 25 grams of dried rolled oats rather than the amount suggested in the recipe (~2x what I used). I had the cheese on the side rather than stirred in. I also used two eggs. I used half a green pepper and half an onion rather than whatever was suggested in the recipe. I also used three tablespoons of butter rather than the suggested amount of coconut oil.

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I made that recipe a few more times. I'm up to 35 grams of oats, 25 grams of walnuts, and three eggs and it still feels like the ingredients are in a good proportion to one another.

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Thanks for the recipe, I tried it but it really wasn't to my taste. There's something about oat texture that just screams sweet to me. Maybe it would be better if I turned it into scrapple.

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I substituted beans for the oatmeal in that savory oatmeal recipe and it works well. Beans give me everything I like about oatmeal, but better. I can put in 0.75 cups of beans (and maybe more) vs a maximum of 30 g of oatmeal without ruining the texture and balance, thus I get more calories, more protein, and more fiber in a single meal.

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Thu Jan 05, 2023 2:15 pm
[For 2023, m]y answer [to "What's the one thing that, if you do it, all else becomes easier or unnecessary?"] was to increase the energy level and the stamina I have each day. In the long term, I'll have more capacity for everything else I want to do.

Basically, I need to improve my diet, sleep, and physical fitness.

For me, it's mostly about removing things when it comes to diet (ie sugar and processed foods). And it's about consistency for sleep and physical fitness.
I've been reflecting on the year and I wanted to post an update about this. I made progress in this area, but honestly my results fell short of what I intended due to trying bad plan after bad plan. Things have clicked into place within the last two months and I did make progress through the year, so it wasn't a total loss. I look forward to see what another year of my new habits brings given that I think my current set up is sustainable.

For next year, I'm considering focusing on discipline or building self efficacy as a way to increase my discipline. This integrates well with continuing what I set up this year with respect to physical self care while also fitting well with goals in other realms. I'm not sure what this effort will look like. The idea is that if I can count on myself to be disciplined, then I'll be better able to execute any plan. Maybe I can finally check off some goal items if I can work on them with consistency.

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I read "Long-Distance Real Estate Investing" by David Greene. I'd summarize it as a guide to which "guys" you need and how to find them if you are the type of person who has a "guy" for everything (the Fe method of investing?). While I find it useful to know what people are relevant to investing in real estate, I wanted more numerical methods of evaluating whether a property might be profitable to buy. His advice was to first make sure the property followed the 1% rule and then to ask your "guys" what they think since they are experts compared to you. Not exactly my style. I'd prefer more rigorous analysis of the numbers before relying on word of mouth or "experts." So I'll keep looking for more information to supplement what I learned from this book. Of course, I'll also ask my "guys" what they think after I run the numbers, but first I'll run some more in depth analysis on the numbers.

I do respect that his book was a decent guide on how to make sure each property is a small business and not your job. He clearly spells out which "employees" you need to hire into what roles and gives a lot of advice on creating a situation where they can do their jobs in a way that minimizes your involvement and oversight.

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Cooking

Cooking is going fantastically. I finally realized that half of my problem is more like organization and planning rather than an inability to cook. I could follow recipes all along (for the most part). What I really needed was to emphasize a few steps to my food management process more than I was before.

When I think about what to eat, I now think in terms of macronutrients I still need while also getting as many micronutrients as possible. From there I look at what I have available and my energy for cooking and then I come up with a plan for a meal from there. I've gotten better at pre-cooking dishes that meet nutritional targets and that I don't mind eating regularly, but I've also got like 6 or 7 different "meals" that are all a bunch of no-cooking-necessary items that I like eating together. The worst case is slightly better since breakfast and lunch are decent even on those days I usually eat a bunch of junk food from the convenience store at the end of the day, but also my average day is way better because I think in terms of macros and micronutrients rather than dishes which may or may not fit into a good meal plan for the day.

I've figured out a bunch of helpful patterns in my behavior that I can take advantage of to make sure I eat at home instead of at restaurants too. Like eating my least favorite foods after exercising so they taste as good as possible. I also finally figured out some basic, easy recipes that meet my nutritional needs and that I know how to change up in a way that adds variety while only adding one or two steps to the cooking process.

Another major factor is that I started running everyday and I can really feel the difference in how I feel during workouts when I've appropriately eaten or not. That extra feedback on my diet has made a huge difference in my willingness to eat out or not and my willingness to cook.

Finally, I've been eating more calories lately due to the extra exercise and due to no longer aiming to lose weight. I lost 20 pounds of weight last year. I was only about four pounds overweight, but I wanted to get back to a particular weight rather than just getting back into the healthy range. Since I'm no longer on a calorie deficit, I can eat significantly more each day which means I'm far more energetic. It's actually kind of insane. I'm pretty sure half the time I had "no energy to cook" last year was because I was calorie counting and not taking that into account when I planned when I would cook or exercise. Toward the end of the weight loss period, I got a lot better with that by aiming to cook and exercise right after meals rather than at a random time during the day.

Given how my typical day of meals is shaping up, I can finally understand how some people can easily lose weight by cutting a little bit of rice or whatever everyday without changing the rest of their diet. I'm trying to head into that direction where nearly every lunch and dinner has a side of rice (or similar grain/starch) that I can just reduce or remove in the future while keeping everything else mostly the same. It helps that rice is a perfect carb to add calories to lower calorie dishes like soups or lower carb dishes like meat. It goes with a lot of the meals I eat. It also helps that I'm not really eating low carb anymore like I tried while reducing my weight, so having rice as a side for several meals a day is a viable strategy.

Earning

On the earning money side of things, no progress. I am busy with non-earning activities and I don't know if that will change anytime soon. I really want to avoid taking another job, but I'm also not driven to make a business or study up on investing. I wish I had saved and invested more when I was still working. I didn't realize how hard mentally it would be to go back to a job once I got out. I don't even want to interview. Fortunately, I don't need the money, but my family isn't FI, so it would also be better if I earned again. I'm still young, so I have time to figure that out later. Maybe later this year I'll toss my hat in the ring for another job.

Smart Contract Development

My brother and I have been learning how to write crypto smart contracts because he's really into crypto and I'm curious about it all. It's been good for our relationship and I've finally gotten a chance to help him learn to program after thinking he should really pick it up for a long time. Maybe once we get through the course we are using to learn, I'll try to find some work as a smart contract developer.

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Lately, I've noticed that rather than considering any particular way to achieve a want/need as a point, I now see them as circles. That is to say when someone says I need item X, I now consider X in terms of a spectrum of options that all deliver what X is supposed to deliver. It's been getting easier and more natural to do this.

I guess I'm getting closer to unconscious competence when it comes to applying the material in section 5.2 of the ERE book.

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