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Masochism Month: This Is What Happened When I Gave Up Coffee, Alcohol, Sugar, Grains, and Starches for a Month

In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Thailand.

I don’t plan on restricting myself from enjoying a great cultural experience (like eating delicious foods and drinking Mansome).

However, I’ve also been reading a lot that suggests that our lives would dramatically improve if we cut out coffee, alcohol, sugar, grains, and starches for a month–primarily Jonathan Bailor’s book The Calorie Myth.

My wife and I have actually been loosely following the book for nearly a year (with a “cheat day” once a week or so), but I wanted to know what would happen if I strictly followed what I’d been reading for a month.

No “cheats.” No tastes. No samples. No loopholes.

So, I decided to try this now before I left on our trip just to see what would happen to me.

Plus, I decided to also go to the gym every day for a month. Even though Jonathan Bailor actually recommends working out no more than one or two times a week, it is something that I enjoy (strange enough).

This is what happened…

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How to Save Money for Traveling

If there’s one superpower I have, it is saving money.

(I know, it is probably the lamest superpower anyone could have…)

My wife and I are gearing up for a long trip to Asia in the beginning of 2015.

We currently make more than enough to do pretty well in places like Thailand through our work online.

However, it makes me feel more at ease to have a big stash of cash saved up in case something goes sideways.

It’s my hope that we never have to use this money.

But it make me feel more relaxed to know it’s there.

Right now, it’s looking like we’ll end up with somewhere around $20,000 saved up by the time we leave.

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I got some tickets to Thailand.

My wife and I are leaving on New Years Eve from SFO.

I also find it personally rewarding that the tickets were completely free thanks to reward points.

This should be fun.

Fuck the Hipster Mac! (Stop Screwing Around and Focus on What’s Important)

It’s funny how things start to slide in a slow and nearly imperceptible way.

A few months ago, if you had asked me if I was focused on building my business or working toward my dreams (like traveling), I would have told you, “Hell yes!”

But now, I don’t think that was true.

Somewhere along the way, things started to slip.

You often start out with great dreams of what you want for yourself.

But then life somehow gets in the way.

It chips away at them.

It starts to slowly nudge you off course.

Until one day, instead of working toward a goal of traveling around the world, you find eating $15 “hipster mac and cheese” made with “artisinal hot dogs” at some overpriced and mediocre restaurant to be the highlight of your week.

WTF!

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Digging for Old Dreams

I got back from a trip to San Francisco recently. As soon as I got there, I hiked up to Alamo Square Park and started digging in the dirt around trees.

Why?

Well, that requires an explanation…

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