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The Japanese On Fitness And Money

Haruki Murakami, the excellent Japanese novelist, wrote about the sign inside his Japanese gym. It was something like,

"Fat is easy to get and hard to lose. Muscle is hard to get and easy to lose. Such is life."

It's similar to another Japanese expression about money --

"Getting money is like digging in sand with a needle, spending it is like water soaking into sand."

I remember where I read the first quote -- it was reading "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" in 2008, when I was in Barcelona and living near Placa Espania. At the time, I happened to be on a fantastic routine of waking up at 4:30AM, reading and eating in a little Spanish shop that served a fantastic Spanish egg/potato/vegetable omlette until my gym opened, spending a couple hours in the gym, and then working until dinner before sleeping early.

Is it the low moods or the high moods that break you?

A useful exercise:

Sit, think, and consider this: when you go off a desired habit of yours, when do you usually do it?

Is it during high moods -- celebrations, victories, birthdays, holidays, parties, festivities, and happy moods?

Or is it during low moods -- anxieties, fears, doubts, losses, boredom, setbacks, and negative moods?

It's worth sitting and thinking this through. That way, you can be more vigilant during these times. If you know you tend to act stupidly, drink too much, spend money in ways you don't like, eat horribly, and treat people badly when you go to a bar when you're having a bad day... then stop going to bars when you're having bad days!

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