Start Tracking Everything

Why Now?

I truly believe there is no time like the present. Luckily for you, the present has you reading an article on how to make yourself the human you want to be. If you made it this far in deciding to get your life together take a moment and pat yourself on the back. For real take a moment because this will be the last time I give you that opportunity. Growing up isn’t something we should be proud of, it is something you should just do. Getting started on this rest of your life journey is a horrifying step but a very fulfilling one. So let’s stop pussy footing around and get started with Step #1 Tracking.

Track Track Track.

Currently, there are probably at least 3 things that come to mind instantly that you want to improve, whether that be your health, financial situation, or  social life. If you have more that is even better. I now want you to pick one of these things and create an Excel sheet to track this. Or if you know of a better way to do track progress like MyFitnessPal for tracking calories open that up. In cell A1-3 I want you to write down a goal of where you want to be in one week or one month. That is it, now sleep on it.

How Do I Start?

For this article I am going to focus on my longest running spreadsheet, my run log. At the start of 2018 I decided I was going to run on average one mile a day. This number may not seem large to some people but for someone who has not done a lot of running recently it seemed daunting. After about a month I am currently 33 miles in an slightly ahead of schedule. I set aside 30 seconds after every run to go fill out my spreadsheet. I have a columns for the Run Number, Date, Distance, and Time. Looking at this every week I can see slight improvements in my time but what really does it for me is auto-calculation of MPH, Total Distance, and Total Time spent running.  Attached is a template of the form I use with these calculations included.

It is important to build a habit out of keeping these logs up to date and accurate. If you think you can handle doing 1 try and push yourself and go for 2. If you have a goal of getting in shape keep the Running Form updated but also track your diet in MyFitnessPal. I would recommend against trying to make a lot of changes to your diet at this point just log everything.

Benefits of Tracking

Tracking everything works in two key ways. First of all it forces one to be discipline. Everyday one needs to sit down and recap the day and make themselves accountable.. Secondly, it gives one a place to look monthly or yearly to see progress they have made. It also provides a jumping off point on where to focus next.

That about sums it up for this article. Fire up your spreadsheet program of choice and get tracking. Comment below with what you are going to start tracking or what you have been tracking! Stay tuned for the next article where I will do a deep dive on calorie counting.


What the F*ck is Hashtag Grow Up and Why Should I Keep Reading?

Why Hashtag Grow Up?

I am starting this blog more out of motivation for myself than anything else. Looking back on the past 10 years of my life, “the teenage years” I am not too happy with them. From 12-15 I was the typically want to be teenager who annoyed everyone and was obnoxious. After this stage, I entered a very codependent stage where I was in 2 different relationships for 5 years very rarely left my comfort zone. To finish up this era, I spent the majority of it binge drinking, someone who I am most definitely not. Overall the majority of the last 10 years I have spent doing the easy thing and I am looking to change this. I want be the person who people can depend on and a person I am proud of. Bottom line, it is time to grow up.

Why the need for change?

This whole lifestyle change came to be New Years Eve of this year. This is when I realized I was in the same exact position as I was entering 2017 and probably worse off than I was entering 2016. After this I decided it was time to get in shape, figure out my finance, become discipline, and most importantly grow the f*ck up.

Fast forward 26 days and this New Year’s Resolution is going stronger than ever. My finances are slowly getting better, I am getting much healthier, saving more money, and I have quite a bit more confident.

What are we going to talk about?

The first couple posts for this blog I plan on catching everyone up to what I am doing in the New Year to better myself. After this is covered I plan on updating people regularly on what I am doing to mature. I will also focus on techniques everyone can use to make themselves a better person. Ideally, this blog will focus on health, personal finance, mental toughness, and improving oneself.

Stay tuned for my next post. I will go into detail on what I am doing to keep myself motivated and accountable. For now adios and grow up.