Tracking Health – How To Stay Healthy Forever

Being so anal about your health seems like an overkill, too much work and pretty pointless. A couple of years ago, I would’ve probably agreed, but when you’ve gone through a serious health issue and faced uncertainty for a couple of days, weeks or even months, preventative health care suddenly seems like an excellent option.

The benefits of checking in on my health go beyond detecting issues at an early stage, it’s also about experiencing piece of mind. While there’s millions of health markers to track and too many ways to define health I can wrap my head around, for the sake of simplicity, I decided create a personalized plan.

That means only tracking things that I’ve had issues with in the past – known weaknesses. It’s an investment in long-term health and as such an absolute TOP priority – despite costs and discomfort.

The Tracking Process

Dentist – 3x/Year

Seriously, I know people that haven’t been to the dentist in years. I don’t want to be one of them – ever. Not that I have big issues with my teeth, but there’s minor problems with my gums that I want to get looked at by an expert on a regular basis. I consider teeth very, very important and fixing anything dental-related can quickly become expensive.

Unlimited dental checkups are covered by my insurance, there’s literally no reason not to make use of it. In addition to the checkups, I will also take pictures on a monthly basis in order to monitor changes related to my gums. Again, this is a personal issue and since changes occur very slowly I would probably not notice a difference without looking at the pics.

It’s a great way of seeing at which rate the gums recede and what I need to prepare for.

STD Check – 1x/Year

I might fuck a series of girls in a row – Bangkok (11 in ~ 2 weeks) – but when I am not on the road, the only thing that’s putting my penis at risk is not washing my hands before jerking off. Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases is very important since many of them come with no symptoms at all. At the same time it’s probably enough getting tested only after a sex trip.

Never would I fuck a girl without a condom, but getting a blowjob is an entirely different thing. I know it’s not a good idea, hell, I don’t even like getting my meat sucked. Sometimes though, it’s just too tempting to put your dick in a girls mouth when she’s lying next to you looking so innocent.

Full Blood Panel – 1x/Year

Significant and measurable changes in the blood take at least a couple of months to be visible on tests. When changing diet or lifestyle, it’s always wise to have a look at specific markers such as Vitamin D3 (I’ve had horribly low levels), Magnesium, Testosterone, etc. – but again, once a year will do the trick.

This is just to notice if things were to go south. My diet is pretty consistent anyway, so doing it more often would be an overkill. Unfortunately, this isn’t something covered by my insurance. One full blood panel is probably a couple hundred if not thousand Euro, so last time I simply went to my GP and mentioned “erectile dysfunction”.

The letter of referral just said “check hormones”, but the laboratory people didn’t know what it meant specifically so I just ended up telling them a whole list of markers that need to be tested. It all worked out fine and I saved a decent amount of cash.

Kidney Issues – 1x/Year

Again, nothing severe but I’ve had back pain a couple of years ago which turned out to be caused by my kidneys. I didn’t notice anything ever since, but the doctor’s recommendation was to come in for a checkup once a year. That’s no effort at all and what I’ll stick to.

The first time I went to the hospital for this issue, I got to experience a urethra catheter.

Picture this: 12 inch tube put INSIDE your penis, all the way up to your stomach.

Even worse, last time, the nurse too it out too early by accident and had to put it in an hour later.

The lesson? Avoid AT ALL COSTS.

The Value Of A Journal – Little Work, Massive Rewards

Adding content to a journal on a regular basis takes a lot of time and effort. There’s no way to outsource any part of the process and the monetary rewards are little to non-existent. Despite all of that, I’ve come to realize the not so obvious benefits and transformational power of it all.

If there’s one activity for personal improvement and self help that comes close to being a magic pill, it would be journaling.

I am not kidding, it’s amazing.

Crystal Clarity

Thinking is something we all do, but most of it is undirected and repetitive. There’s no scientific evidence to back up my theory, however, writing down your thoughts seems to help with structuring them and eventually thinking more clearly. This is especially helpful if you frat about some issue.

Many of the blogs posts on here cover something I am struggling with or ponder about. Having these conversations in my mind is usually an endless loop; the only way to resolve anything like that is to put it on paper first and gain clarity. Most of the time, the solution becomes obvious or the simple act of writing makes the issue less significant, or irrelevant.

Getting To Know You

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. I thought I knew myself very well already and had good self-awareness, but journaling made me realize what I didn’t realize. Unconscious patterns, flaws in my personality, insecurities and desires I didn’t even knew I had.

Capturing life experiences is the only way of noticing gradual changes – especially when looking back and seeing how beliefs, behaviors and thinking patterns have changed, in some cases very radically.

Life, A Series of Moments

Life isn’t really one big chunk of time. 60 years, 70 year, 80 years or however long you life. If I look back at the past 26 years, I only remember a series of special moments. Some of them were positive, others were painful. Beyond what I experience in the current moment, these memories make up what I consider “my life”.

Most of what I’ve gone through – even the amazing experiences – I have probably forgotten already. After all, there’s only so much you can remember. This is something I regret A LOT.

“Collecting” life in a journal is the best way to have more of these special moments – and remember them forever. More meaningful experiences captured equals a life that I perceive as more worthwhile and fulfilling. Doing all of that in the form of a blog is another great way of sharing it all with the world and friends without having to repeat yourself and tell stories over and over again to each individual.

It’s the small things that need to be captured, most of the big stuff we remember anyway. One such rewarding experience happened a couple of days ago. I had just published a new blog post and that same day a friend sent me feedback about it on Facebook. He just happened to check out my blog and read through the article.

Small, but rewarding moment.

3 Things I HATE About Bangkok, Thailand

Considering all the places I’ve been to, Thailand resembles paradise the most. Sunshine year round, most things are cheap, oh, and plenty of hotties on the streets, in malls and hundreds of nightclubs and bars.

Pretty much all you can ask for, and it doesn’t surprise that people come back, year after year. Nonetheless, there’s a couple of things REALLY bothering me, something I need to address to maintain objectivity.

1. Dirty Streets

Any normal person would jump back shocked when a rat suddenly runs across the way. Sadly, there’s so many of them that I’ve gotten accustomed, it became the norm. The nasty thing is that you see them near the food stands on the street, right next to a family of cockroaches running around hysterically.

Besides safety, this is the main reason I only get fresh fruits and coconuts off the streets. These are inside plastic containers and refrigerated in fresh ice.

Hygiene-standards are superb in most bathrooms, but they’re beyond words on the streets. Besides, most places look run down. Not more than in London, or most large cities, but certainly not up to what I’m used to from Central Europe.

The malls look extravagant, but many places outside look more like a slum, with water dropping from the ceiling and dirt everywhere. Again, I am comparing to the super-clean standards I am used to – Bangkok is not THAT horrible!

2. Pushy Salespeople

Anyone coming to Bangkok will quickly be annoyed by people approaching you from all sides, everywhere, at any time. I’ve learned to cope with it and rarely walk on the sidewalk if there are massage ladies or – at night – ladyboys in sight.

If there’s no other option, I carry something like a plastic bag (pretending I was shopping), look at my phone or play with my camera in order to look distracted.

Being nice is one thing, but good luck keeping up that facade when you get aggressively approached 20 times in a matter of minutes.

Try walking on the streets instead and now you’re dealing with an endless stream of taxi drivers stopping or honking. Everyone wants to take you for a ride and make a couple of bucks, perhaps even more if they are able to convince you to go to a places where they earn commission.

Ignorance or a quick gesture is often enough to be left alone. Having taxis always nearby is great when you need them, otherwise it’s more annoying.

3. Accommodation

Sure, you get what you pay for and I probably could’ve gotten an extravagant place also. Nevertheless, I’ve switched places 3 times during my stay and they were 16, 24 and 26€ per night. Cheaper than any hotel, but not super cheap either.

Granted, you can still save a lot of money by booking an entire month, but I am still surprised that the quality-price ratio isn’t higher. Also, I have to get used to the Thai living standard, which is essentially people living in one giant room that resembles a hotel room, doesn’t have a kitchen and occasionally lacks air conditioning.

The conclusive rant is reserved for just that, air conditioning. It really sucks, you easily get a cold and the fan is too loud. Once you turn it off, you’re happy for half an hour until you start breaking a sweat.

I know it’s weird saying that when one of the benefits of coming to Thailand is the climate. The heat is fine at night when going out, but during daytime it’s unbearable, especially the humidity.

Updating Life – Turning Frustration Into Progress

Recent experiences, insights and beliefs have caused me to freshly evaluate my life choices and behaviors. I guess there comes a time when a series of patches doesn’t cut it anymore, when you need to install a full-blown update. That time has finally come.

Cherishing Time

It’s self-evident that time is one of the most precious and valuable resources I have, yet that still doesn’t stop me from occasionally wasting it like there’s no tomorrow. Not just on activities that don’t add any real value to my life, but also people that are a negative influence and drain to my well-being.

Outsourcing On Steroids

I am not the one eager to spend money on virtual assistants and outsourcing work simply because I don’t like to spend money. However, this behavior – spending time and energy on menial and unimportant tasks – is a roadblock to success, scaling up business ventures and becoming a true entrepreneur.

The first lesson I’ve learned from my business coach was to be confident enough to value my own over anyone else’s time and see every minute as important. That means conditioning myself to outsource and delegate whenever possible.

In the past, I would only outsource design tasks and content creation but stick to doing all the marketing myself. Then, I learned that this coach who is also a very successful publisher doesn’t even read or open the books he puts out – I was blown away!

He literally outsources to quality people and then let’s the market dictate whether the product (book) is good enough, needs to be expanded or revised.

Pulling Weeds

It sounds harsh, but by weeds I mean people. In some cases friends that I’ve spent significant amounts of time with, but don’t add value to my life and neither make me feel good in their company. This applies to both men and women and comes down to cutting out certain people – unless they are willing to change – and finding better alternatives in moments I feel bored or lonely.

This is not easy, especially knowing that most people who are negative are really only scared. One friend comes to mind in particular, I’ve tried to help and guide him in a more positive direction but now it’s time to put myself first and show that I value my own time.

In the context of social interactions, I also need to work on being even MORE forthcoming and straight-forward. I am good at this already, but still occasionally think about saying something or not, go back and forth and waste huge amounts of energy and focus where it’s not needed.

Basically facing rejection in order to save time and applying the same mindset that I used to be bold with women – risking everything and having the certainty that in the end, one thing won’t be waste – TIME!

A Calm, Focused Mind

Being an employe was the worst and I hated every minute of it – except the day I quit. There was one positive thing though – the comfort of steady payment. I never had to worry or even bother with the future, all that was necessary was staying in zombie-mode and collecting monthly paychecks until I retire.

Now I can fully understand why most people don’t even consider escaping that system – it’s the comfort.

Ever since quitting my job, I’ve had to face a series of new issues. Frustration, overwhelm and uncertainty about the future. And all of that despite still having a secure income at the moment.

However, this is something I must not run away from but rather adapt to. It’s one of the challenges that comes with the new-found opportunities that are substantial income and absolute freedom.

At the forefront of issues are lack of focus and distraction. Blaming technology, the Internet or lack of motivation wouldn’t be fair – after all, it’s my own inability to focus that’s at the root of all current problems.

The time-tested tool of meditation will be my weapon of choice. I’ve done it extensively in the past but kind of gave up on it over time. It’s important to realize that meditation is not a waste of time – quite the contrary – it’s one of the highest leverage activities I can engage in. Focus, focus, focus!