Another year, another reflection to summarize 1%+ of my life.
I think my Japanese has reached a plateau, but it’s something I’m comfortable with for now. The biggest gap is in my vocabulary - I’m still looking up words in a dictionary every page I read a book or a more mature manga.
But whenever I play video games, I do it in Japanese! That’s a pretty good benchmark for me, and helps me keep practicing my Japanese aside from my weekly 30 minutes lessons.
My Farsi has not developed significantly since last year. I’m just on a slow, steady trajectory of reading one page at a time.
I did pick up one of the stories I read last year and tried it again, and I was able to get through most of it by myself! In addition, I am able to have some conversation with my in-laws. So despite the relatively slow progress I’m making sufficient progress to be satisfied.
Next year though, I’d like to invest more in my Farsi - get to the point where I can read a good chunk of literature without help from my teacher.
Fitness and Health #
I focused heavily on fitness this year, similar to the tail end of last year.
I have yet to do my Dexa scan for end of 2023, but I sit at roughly 180lbs. My Dexa scan in April showed I had lost 12 pounds of body fat and gained 6 pounds of muscle since October 2022 - not bad at all for six months!
My second half of the year wasn’t as aggressive - I lost 2 pounds, hopefully fat but January we will see.
It’s been grueling to get there - my diet now consists of one proper meal a day (dinner), with protein and huel shakes in between to provide 80 grams of protein. Between that and soy lattes, I get at minimum 90 grams of protein before dinner or snacks. That’s putting me at roughly 1.2+ g protein / kg of body weight, which is less than what most recommend for building muscle mass, but I haven’t seen much of an issue.
Next year my goal is to stick my diet a bit more, and achieve 12% body fat or less. Once that happens I think I’ll try to maintain my weight and start focusing on other things.
Zone 2 on the treadmill #
I’ve been struggling to get more Zone 2 exercise into my routine - basically 30+ minutes of my heart rate at 70%-80% of my max heart rate.
This year I found something that works for me - playing videogames on the treadmill!
I’ve been playing an RPG that keeps me engaged - Persona 4 has worked really well for me. It also helps that it’s a long RPG, with 100+ hours to beat it.
With that I’ve been able to clear 30 minutes at a 12% incline and 4 miles per hour without issue, although I don’t get past 45 very often (too late at night or just get tired of it).
OSS Contributions #
Since I’ve left Google as TL of API design, I’ve been working on a fork called https://aep.dev/. It’s been an interesting ride, discussing API design with API leads at Roblox, IBM, Netflix, and Microsoft.
I built a prototype protobuf generator as part of my work, which was a fun coding side project. Hopefully in 2024 we’ll see more established and some parts of the spec entering production use.
Random other things #
- My vscode PR was completed by someone else! awesome, this means I can finally translate my emacs keybindings over.
Goals for 2024 #
Similar to 2023, my 2024 goals are conservative - I’d like to focus on my family and that means all of my afternoons and a good chunk of my evenings are working on things relative to them.
But among my goals, they are:
- Be able to read a Farsi book and understand most of the story (a movie may be too hard for me).
- Learn to play 5 new pieces on the piano.
- Built a foundational knowledge of machine learning and abstract math.