Operation 4.0

The yet-inconclusive tale of a guy in his journey to success.

More Challenges

First of all, I took my first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lesson yesterday, and will pay for 3 months of lessons tomorrow. I’m also trying to do a few sets of pushups before I shower whenever possible. Additionally, I am now taking the stairs whenever I’m not in a hurry. Finally, I am considering only having meat on the weekends, but I am still not sure about this one.

Also, I’m starting to realize how much work this term will be. No one that I’ve talked to thinks I’m capable of doing it. All the more reasons to prove them all wrong. 🙂


Challenge #1

I just got back to college from Winter Break (those two weeks where you sleep, eat, and sleep some more). Given the ever-growing number of scattered rules I keep coming up with, I decided to put some of them together as a challenge for my first month. From now on they’ll be split into categories: Fitness (Diet/Exercise), Academics, Time management, etc. Here is my first 30 Days Challenge:

Time Management/Academics:

1- No Facebook.

2- No more than 1 hour of internet surfing per day (Reddit, BBC, web comics, etc.)

3- I must spend at least a chunk of EVERY day studying. Even weekends.


4- 2.5 liters of water per day.

5- No junkfood/eat healthier.

And if possible:

6- Find time to run/go to the gym regularly.

7- Begin Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lessons (2 lessons/week).

(I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too many rules, so I’ll keep those as extra goals)

Things that will be coming up soon:

– Study in different locations/atmospheres (my own room, study room, library, w/o friends and music) and figure out what works best for me.

-figuring out a nice morning routine (I love starting my day on a high note, I just need to figure out how!)

My challenge begins today, on January 12th and will end on February 12th! And I’ll leave you with a quote this time instead of a movie:

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Facebook, Fat & The Pursuit of Happyness

I deactivated Facebook before my new term begins, and it’s gonna stay that way for at least a month. Yey willpower!

I’m also fat. 76kg at a height of 172cm or so. Which is why I’m starting to drink 2.5L of water a day (at least that’s how much Water Your Body suggested on my Android). I also have plans about running/going to the gym, but those haven’t been entirely finalized yet.

And last but not least, one of my favorite movie scenes:

Rules #1, #2, & #3

I figured that if I want my 4.0, there needs to be rules. I think most of those are going to be non-sensical unwritten rules that successful people follow all the time, but I happen to need to write them down. Don’t judge me.

So here are the first three (golden) rules:

1- I will attend all my classes (and not play Angry Birds in said classes).

2- I will begin my homework the day it is available to me, or otherwise as soon as possible.

3- If my grade in any class falls below an A, I won’t be allowed to go out until it’s back to an A. (This rule might need some tweaking later on).

Of course, rules are worthless without penalties. I’ll have to come up with something…

Operation 4.0

So this is my first post…”Hello world”?

I decided to make a blog in hopes that it will help me keep track of my goal. Which is to get a 4.0 GPA in Winter 2011. Why do I want a 4.0 next term? because I need a 4.0 next term. At least if I intend to stay in the Honors program that I am currently in.

See, I am a freshman at a prestigious North American university. I got accepted with a $3 000/year scholarship and chose to do an Honors Computer Science major, with a minor in Cognitive Science. Ambitious dreams and goals, scholarship money, everything is great! Fast-forward to Winter break, and I’m sitting there with an F in one of my 4 courses (one of which is an elective with no final). An F in Multivariable Calculus. Me, the kid who (I believe) was among the top of his class in Math. A GODDAMN F!!

*Pages of self-loathing were edited out*

So I’m sitting here, with a GPA that will be somewhere around 2.0. This automatically means that I will not be qualified for a scholarship renewal (It is mathematically impossible for me to meet the GPA required)…$9 000 just went down the drain! Also, I need to have about a 3.0 by the end of the year to remain in the Honors program.

Anyways, what’s done is done. I screwed up big time. It’s probably not ALL my fault, but that doesn’t matter now. Only one thing does: Getting a 4.0 next term. I know what I did wrong, and I know how to fix it. So let’s get to work!

I’m not sure exactly what sort of content will be on this blog, but it’s mostly gonna be sarcasm-filled posts about me succeeding every step of the way. Also, there will be a motivational/inspirational/thought-provoking youtube video at the end of every entry. Yey!