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Creative Structure is Key by Haruki Murakami

There is a quote I read today by Haruki Murakami that really made me sit back and think about how I handle all my daily task and projects.  Especially with my obsession lately for absolute peak performance in my life.

“When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five or six hours.  In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen-hundred meters (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music.  I go to bed at nine p.m.  I keep to this routine every day without variation.  The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism.  I mesmerize myself to read a deeper state of mind.  But to hold to such a repetition for so long-six months to a year-requires a good amount of mental and physical strength.  In that sense, writing a long novel is like survival training.  Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.”


So I’ve been getting up @ 5am to workout and I must say that I’m pretty psyched about it. Well not the getting up at 5 part. But I’m pretty happy that I’ve been consistently going to the gym lately. My six-pack is just a few short months away from finally arriving!! I’m working on my diet as well which if doesn’t kill me will hopefully make me ripped. Here it is essentially, Daniel and I call the AC Slater diet.

After morning workout – Protein Shake
11am – Protein Shake
Noon – Tuna sandwich, banana
3pm – Protein Shake or cheese
5pm – Apple
7pm – Protein Shake

All Day Long – 1 gallon of water.