NoNothingNovember, Day 22

Growth occurs by fits and starts.

Some days are very slow, others are really extremely efficient. Day 22 was the most productive day in November, if not in 2014, for me.

I wrote several articles for this blog, plus finished my “homework” assignment for the Science Writing class I am attending and still managed to get ahead at work.

That being said, with day 22 I can also review my complete progress in November so far.

NoNothingNovember goals


Without an alarm clock – I did not need to be at work on time – I slept close to 7 hours. I sometimes wake up after 5 hours and make myself sleep longer until I have a minimum of 6 – 6.5 hours. I really want to get my body used to a regular sleep time.

I don’t want to ever think I could sacrifice work for sleep, that just makes me fall back into old patterns of behavior. Instead of urgently needing to finish my work, I could lose my discipline and postpone it, regarding sleep as an optional resource.

Enough with that BS.

Since the beginning of november, I have slept an average of 6 hours 20 minutes each day.

Sweets and snacks

Once again, it was a saturday, so I indulged into oatmeal with blackberries and apples, sweetened with honey. Fantastic. Even after freezing and warming it up in the microwave.

So, of course, no sweets and snacks that contain refined sugar.

I am down from 227.6 lbs at the beginning of november to 216 lbs three weeks later. That is a loss of 11.6 lbs or 5.3 kg.

My body fat went from 25.3% to 23.4%. Almost 2% lost, which amounts to 7.9 lbs (3.6 kg) pure fat.

In other words: by removing sweets and snacks from my diet, 68% of the weight I lost consisted of fat.

Social media

When I open Facebook or twitter to post about things that I am grateful for or answer an eMail, I have almost no interest anymore following the stories people post. In the cases where I do find it interesting after all, I click on the link and bookmark the site that has opened for later, thus eliminating all potential distractions.

Social Media don’t distract me anymore.

What have I achieved?


I spent a lot of time with searching for a way to handle a software error. The other day, I was recording pictures with a high-resolution microscope, and now the software does not display the data properly. The problem is absolutely solvable, but needs some additional work.

That is one of the exciting or “sucky” things about science. You spend a lot of time trouble shooting.

And what did I achieve since the beginning of november?

I am not as far as I thought I’d be with assembling the figures for the manuscript. On the other hand, I have managed to get most of the experiments done that were still missing.

Now I have to finish the experiments completely, then focus exclusively on putting the figures together. Thanksgiving will give me a bit of time to do that.


I planned on writing three articles for this blog on the weekend, and I finished them all. So that was productive.

Since the beginning of November, I have revamped the design of my blog and published around 25 blog posts.

That is pretty much the pace I wanted to have. Now I feel I can even amp it up and publish more unique, non-dairy style articles.


I have still managed to finish a homework assignment for my Science Writing class. How? I worked the whole week at it and NOT started in the “last moment”.

That is something writing this blog has shown me.

You can’t finish an article within two hours after starting and hope it will always be as good as you want it to be. 

What the Science writing class has taught me in addition:

There are a lot of style elements in a text that you can improve upon, and it is absolutely worth taking your time to extensively edit your texts.

That being said, of course: it is better to have a draft that you can improve upon rather than not getting started.

NoNothingNovember continues: Day 21 tomorrow.

(a description of my goals for the #NoNothingNovember challenge can be found here: