Doing More with Less
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The past week or so, I've seen a trend emerge: reducing the resources I consume, I end up with a better result.
I'm currently working to reduce how much I'm spending and how much I eat. The second is obviously conductive of the first. The reduction in how much I'm eating feels like it's making it easier to move around (sans the mistake yesterday when I ate bread; when will I intuitively learn that it bothers my stomach?). I've felt more productive at work too.
Also, in the same vein, I realized, last Thursday, that I was punching (I practice martial arts 2-3 times a week) using too much energy. Much of the extra energy expenditure was because I was trying to overcome my shoulder tightness. If I simply relax my shoulders (and keep them relaxed), I can strike more fluidly. I just need to focus on form and intensity (which is form + speed, when practicing). I still need to get my form right, but I think reducing the force output can help me with that (and not rotating as much on the part of the moves giving me trouble).
So, fewer expenses, less food, and less energy expenditure means better eating (less "extras" sneaking in since the "extras" aren't around), better movement, and overall better feeling.