A “Hackable Me” post is a few words on incremental personal self-improvement: a personal hack to better myself. I’m actually very skeptical when it comes to the kind of DIY, fixer-upper, read-this-book-to-change-your-life sort of self-improvement one normally thinks about. On the other hand I tend to consider that (a) publicly scrutinized goals and (b) introspective evaluation of those goals through words tends to lead to making me a better person. This is just a thing to do with that.
It’s that post-summer-season once again when idle minds turn to the complex thoughts of dredging into the flighty foibles of food and fitness fun. Insert sarcastic proclamation of joy here.
So… you just ran a marathon and now what? Actually, I’ve been eating like a pig on the way to market. Actually, the fine folks at the not-quite-healthy lunch spot I frequent started to recognize me. Actually, I gained a pound or two while running sixty-plus klicks per week. I suppose that there is something about locking your mindset into full-on training mode that also seems to let you off the hook, and surprisingly easily I might add, on the all-too-tenuously-grasped task of carefully paying attention to your caloric intake.
I’m still training, yes, with another hundred-or-so klicks worth of racing effort on the agenda in the coming months, but I’ve officially strayed from the straight-and-narrow path of virtuous vittles (if I’m being completely honest with myself here.) And since we’re being honest, you don’t actually read this stuff to hear about me succeeding in bounding leaps of effortless fancy, do you? You crave blood and tears, don’t you? I need to earn your fragile respect, am I right?
I Do Enjoy The Game
It is a game, after all. Hackable Me…ing… my life is something I enjoy, find compelling and challenging in a completely personal (and perhaps narcissistic way), and has been one of those things that has worked out very well for me in the past, of course… when it has worked.
I like games. But when I was training for my first marathon, and in particular leading others on that path along with me, that was not the time to be playing games. So… I paused the game, focused on the training, and ran away with the summer.
But the game is back. Today. And until I run that stupidly long Dopey race in January, it’s back, kicked off with the grand event of HacktoberFest, huzzah!
Adapted, Adjusted & Tweaked
I’ve done this effort three times previously, and like anything else that I work on I’ve striven to make iterative changes to the process. Some have worked. Some have not. So I’m trying again. If you are truly interested, comment below and I’ll privately share the maths and the specs on the new tracking system I’ve developed. It’s not pretty… not marketable or something anyone else would necessarily use. But it’s mine and I’m working at making it work better for me.
In that vein, I’ll be reporting more, too: that’s the accountability bit that is oh-so-important here. You may think this is all gratuitous blogging, but public accountability is a vital ingredient to my goals –or so I’ve found. As such I’ve designed a series of “levels” tied to a trio of “challenge classes” (and maybe I’ll add more in the future) and each of these has stages for success (or failure) that mark apparent effort and natural check-in points.
The Nitty Gritty
- HacktoberFest Two-Oh is a gamified points system for my health
- I earn points for eating well & running
- I deduct points for poor food choices & skipping/shortening runs
- Points accumulate and I “level up”
- Level 5 x 2 Challenge Classes = Reward
- It all begins TODAY
- Wish me luck. I’m crazy.