This is a serious installment of Marcus Brain Dumps.
I’m not having any more reward meals. I’ve gotten through the last year rewarding myself with food whenever I complete some kind of task or goal. These can be things like finishing a book or bigger milestones like graduating from my certificate program at UCI. I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to have reward meals for myself. I’m going to use the money instead to buy Magic: the Gathering cards. I’m doing this because I’ve made little progress losing weight this year due to the reward meals. I am, however, going to cheat SOMETIMES on very special occasions and holidays
I’m going to list out the occasions that I’m allowed to cheat on. Generally, I will cheat if it would be weird for me not to cheat such as a celebratory meal with my family or friends at a pizza parlor. Even occasions like these have to be valid. My football team winning is not a special occasion. Even, if it is a bank holiday or Federal Holiday, I will not cheat. I will only cheat if this holiday has food as a focal point. As for reward meals, I will only be doing reward meals on very special occasions. For most rewards, I will instead add money to a fund I will use to buy Magic: the Gathering cards later. For the habits that I am forming on my coach.me account, I will reward myself $5 every time I reach 100 days of a habit. For other big benchmarks, I will allow myself up to $25 for a single cheat meal. This means ONE meal up to $25 dollars, I cannot spend $12.50 on each of 2 meals, for example. If I am already being treated to a meal, that meal counts as my one, and I cannot spend an additional $25. For some of these occasions, I will pay myself $25 for Magic cards
- My birthday, March 21st. And $25 for Magic cards
- Any family member’s or friend’s birthday if we are going out to eat
- Drum anniversary on June 1st. And $25 for Magic cards.
- SEO Certificate anniversary on Sep 1. And $25 for Magic cards
- Suicide attempt anniversary Oct 1st. And $25 for Magic cards
- College Graduation Dec 19th. And $25 for Magic cards
- Every 500 post on Instagram, I will reward myself with a $10 meal and take a picture of that meal for my 500th post
- Every time I finish a TV series, I will eat a $10 cheat meal while watching the last episode.
- Here is a list of Holidays and whether or not I will cheat. I will cheat only at the focal event, e.g. cheating on the 4th of July means only cheating at the barbecue. Take a look:
Date Day of Week Name of Holiday Type of Holiday Cheat? Jan 1 Sunday New Year’s Day Federal Holiday Koreans typically eat rice cake soup as a family, so yes Jan 2 Monday New Year’s Day observed Federal Holiday No, even though I have the day off Jan 6 Friday Epiphany Christian no Jan 7 Saturday Orthodox Christmas Day Orthodox no Jan 13 Friday Lee Jackson Day State holiday no Jan 13 Friday Stephen Foster Memorial Day Observance no Jan 14 Saturday Orthodox New Year Orthodox no Jan 16 Monday Martin Luther King Day Federal Holiday no, no food traditionally involved Jan 16 Monday Robert E Lee’s Birthday State holiday no Jan 16 Monday State Holiday State holiday no Jan 16 Monday Idaho Human Rights Day State holiday no Jan 16 Monday Civil Rights Day State holiday no Jan 19 Thursday Robert E Lee’s Birthday State holiday no Jan 19 Thursday State Holiday State holiday no Jan 20 Friday Inauguration Day State holiday no Jan 28 Saturday Chinese New Year Observance no, not chinese Jan 29 Sunday Kansas Day Observance no Feb 1 Wednesday National Freedom Day Observance no Feb 2 Thursday Groundhog Day Observance no Feb 3 Friday National Wear Red Day Observance no Feb 4 Saturday Rosa Parks Day Local observance no Feb 11 Saturday Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat Jewish holiday no Feb 12 Sunday Lincoln’s Birthday State holiday no Feb 12 Sunday Lincoln’s Birthday Local observance no Feb 13 Monday Lincoln’s Birthday observed State holidayno Feb 14 Tuesday Valentine’s Day Observance Only if I have a date Feb 14 Tuesday Statehood Day in Arizona Local observance no Feb 15 Wednesday Susan B Anthony’s Birthday Local observance no Feb 20 Monday Presidents’ Day Federal Holiday No food traditionally involved, so no Feb 20 Monday Daisy Gatson Bates Day State holiday no Feb 24 Friday Maha Shivaratri Hindu Holiday no Feb 28 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Observance no Feb 28 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras State holiday no Feb 28 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Local observance no Feb 28 Tuesday Linus Pauling Day Local observance no Mar 1 Wednesday Ash Wednesday Christian no Mar 1 Wednesday St. David’s Day Observance no Mar 2 Thursday Texas Independence Day State holiday no Mar 2 Thursday Read Across America Day Observance no Mar 3 Friday Employee Appreciation Day Observance no Mar 6 Monday Casimir Pulaski Day State holiday no Mar 7 Tuesday Town Meeting Day Vermont State holiday no Mar 12 Sunday Holi Hindu Holiday no Mar 12 Sunday Purim Jewish holiday no Mar 12 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time no Mar 17 Friday St. Patrick’s Day Observance yes, if going out for drinks Mar 17 Friday Evacuation Day State holiday no Mar 20 Monday March equinox Season no Mar 25 Saturday Maryland Day Local observance no Mar 26 Sunday Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day State holiday no Mar 27 Monday Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observed State holiday no Mar 27 Monday Seward’s Day State holiday no Mar 31 Friday César Chávez Day State holiday no Apr 2 Sunday Pascua Florida Day Local observance no Apr 3 Monday Pascua Florida Day observed Local observance no Apr 6 Thursday National Tartan Day Observance no Apr 9 Sunday Palm Sunday Christian no Apr 11 Tuesday Passover (first day) Jewish holiday no Apr 11 Tuesday National Library Workers’ Day Observance no Apr 13 Thursday Maundy Thursday Christian no Apr 13 Thursday Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday Observance no Apr 14 Friday Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox no Apr 14 Friday Good Friday State holiday no Apr 15 Saturday Holy Saturday Christian no Apr 15 Saturday Orthodox Holy Saturday Orthodox no Apr 15 Saturday Father Damien Day Local observance no Apr 16 Sunday Orthodox Easter Orthodox no Apr 16 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance, Christian no Apr 16 Sunday Emancipation Day State holiday no Apr 17 Monday Orthodox Easter Monday Orthodox no Apr 17 Monday Easter Monday Christian no Apr 17 Monday Emancipation Day observed State holiday no Apr 17 Monday Patriot’s Day State holiday no Apr 18 Tuesday Last Day of Passover Jewish holiday no Apr 18 Tuesday Tax Day Observance no Apr 21 Friday San Jacinto Day State holiday no Apr 22 Saturday Oklahoma Day Local observance no Apr 24 Monday Yom HaShoah Jewish holiday no Apr 24 Monday Isra and Mi’raj Muslim no Apr 24 Monday Confederate Memorial Day State holiday no Apr 24 Monday State Holiday State holiday no Apr 24 Monday State Holiday State holiday no Apr 26 Wednesday State Holiday Local observance no Apr 26 Wednesday Administrative Professionals Day Observance no Apr 27 Thursday Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Observance no Apr 28 Friday Arbor Day State holiday no May 1 Monday Law Day Observance no May 1 Monday Loyalty Day Observance no May 2 Tuesday Yom Ha’atzmaut Jewish holiday no May 4 Thursday Kent State Shootings Remembrance Local observance no May 4 Thursday National Day of Prayer Observance no May 4 Thursday Rhode Island Independence Day Local observance no May 5 Friday Cinco de Mayo Observance Yes, only if celebrating with people May 6 Saturday National Nurses Day Observance no May 6 Saturday National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day Observance no May 8 Monday Truman Day State holiday no May 10 Wednesday State Holiday State holiday no May 10 Wednesday State Holiday Local observance no May 14 Sunday Lag BaOmer Jewish holiday no May 14 Sunday Mother’s Day Observance Yes, only if celebrating with people May 15 Monday Peace Officers Memorial Day Observance no May 19 Friday National Defense Transportation Day Observance no May 20 Saturday Armed Forces Day Observance no May 22 Monday National Maritime Day Observance no May 22 Monday Harvey Milk Day Local observance no May 24 Wednesday Emergency Medical Services for Children Day Observance no May 25 Thursday Ascension Day Christian no May 25 Thursday National Missing Children’s Day Observance no May 27 Saturday Ramadan starts Muslim no May 29 Monday Memorial Day Federal Holiday Yes, only if celebrating with people May 29 Monday Jefferson Davis Birthday Local observance no May 31 Wednesday Shavuot Jewish holiday no Jun 1 Thursday Statehood Day Local observance no Jun 3 Saturday Jefferson Davis Birthday Local observance no Jun 4 Sunday Pentecost Christian no Jun 5 Monday Whit Monday Christian no Jun 5 Monday Jefferson Davis Birthday State holiday no Jun 6 Tuesday D-Day Observance no Jun 11 Sunday Trinity Sunday Christian no Jun 11 Sunday Kamehameha Day State holiday no Jun 12 Monday Kamehameha Day observed State holiday no Jun 14 Wednesday Army Birthday Observance no Jun 14 Wednesday Flag Day Observance no Jun 15 Thursday Corpus Christi Christian no Jun 16 Friday Bunker Hill Day observed State holiday no Jun 17 Saturday Bunker Hill Day State holiday no Jun 18 Sunday Father’s Day Observance Yes, only if celebrating with people Jun 19 Monday Juneteenth Local observance no Jun 19 Monday Emancipation Day State holiday no Jun 20 Tuesday West Virginia Day State holiday no Jun 20 Tuesday American Eagle Day Observance no Jun 21 Wednesday Lailat al-Qadr Muslim no Jun 21 Wednesday June Solstice Season no Jun 26 Monday Eid al-Fitr Muslim no Jul 4 Tuesday Independence Day Federal Holiday Yes, if celebrating with people Jul 23 Sunday Parents’ Day Observance no Jul 24 Monday Pioneer Day State holiday no Jul 27 Thursday National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day Observance no Aug 1 Tuesday Tisha B’Av Jewish holiday no Aug 1 Tuesday Colorado Day Local observance no Aug 4 Friday Coast Guard Birthday Observance no Aug 7 Monday Raksha Bandhan Hindu Holiday no Aug 7 Monday Purple Heart Day Observance no Aug 14 Monday Janmashtami Hindu Holiday no Aug 14 Monday Victory Day State holiday no Aug 15 Tuesday Assumption of Mary Christian no Aug 16 Wednesday Bennington Battle Day State holiday no Aug 18 Friday Statehood Day in Hawaii State holiday no Aug 19 Saturday National Aviation Day Observance no Aug 21 Monday Senior Citizens Day Observance no Aug 24 Thursday Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Holiday no Aug 26 Saturday Women’s Equality Day Observance no Aug 27 Sunday Lyndon Baines Johnson Day State holiday no Sep 2 Saturday Eid al-Adha Muslim no Sep 4 Monday Labor Day Federal Holiday Yes, only if going out to celebrate with people Sep 9 Saturday Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day Observance no Sep 9 Saturday California Admission Day Local observance no Sep 10 Sunday National Grandparents Day Observance no Sep 11 Monday Patriot Day Observance no Sep 15 Friday National POW/MIA Recognition Day Observance no Sep 17 Sunday Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Observance no Sep 18 Monday Air Force Birthday Observance no Sep 18 Monday Constitution Day and Citizenship Day observed Observance no Sep 20 Wednesday Navaratri Hindu Holiday no Sep 21 Thursday Rosh Hashana State holiday no Sep 21 Thursday Rosh Hashana Jewish holiday no Sep 22 Friday Muharram Muslim no Sep 22 Friday September equinox Season no Sep 22 Friday Emancipation Day Local observance no Sep 22 Friday Native Americans’ Day Local observance no Sep 24 Sunday Gold Star Mother’s Day Observance no Sep 30 Saturday Yom Kippur State holiday no Sep 30 Saturday Dussehra Hindu Holiday no Sep 30 Saturday Yom Kippur Jewish holiday no Oct 2 Monday Child Health Day Observance no Oct 4 Wednesday Feast of St Francis of Assisi Christian no Oct 5 Thursday First Day of Sukkot Jewish holiday no Oct 9 Monday Leif Erikson Day Observance no Oct 9 Monday Columbus Day Federal Holiday Yes only if going out to celebrate with people Oct 9 Monday Columbus Day Local observance no Oct 9 Monday Native Americans’ Day Local observance no Oct 9 Monday Indigenous People’s Day Local observance no Oct 9 Monday Indigenous People’s Day Local observance no Oct 11 Wednesday Last Day of Sukkot Jewish holiday no Oct 12 Thursday Shmini Atzeret Jewish holiday no Oct 13 Friday Simchat Torah Jewish holiday no Oct 13 Friday Navy Birthday Observance no Oct 15 Sunday White Cane Safety Day Observance no Oct 16 Monday Boss’s Day Observance no Oct 18 Wednesday Alaska Day State holiday no Oct 27 Friday Nevada Day State holiday no Oct 31 Tuesday Halloween Observance Yes, only candy Nov 1 Wednesday All Saints’ Day Christian no Nov 2 Thursday All Souls’ Day Christian no Nov 5 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time no Nov 7 Tuesday Election Day State holiday no Nov 10 Friday Marine Corps Birthday Observance no Nov 11 Saturday Veterans Day Federal Holiday yes, only if barbecuing or celebrating with other people Nov 23 Thursday Thanksgiving Day Federal Holiday yes Nov 24 Friday State Holiday State holiday no Nov 24 Friday Presidents’ Day State holiday no Nov 24 Friday Lincoln’s Birthday/Lincoln’s Day State holiday no Nov 24 Friday Black Friday State holiday no Nov 24 Friday American Indian Heritage Day State holiday no Nov 27 Monday Cyber Monday Observance no Dec 1 Friday The Prophet’s Birthday Muslim no Dec 3 Sunday First Sunday of Advent Christian no Dec 6 Wednesday St Nicholas’ Day Observance no Dec 7 Thursday Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Observance no Dec 8 Friday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian no Dec 12 Tuesday Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Observance no Dec 13 Wednesday Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day) Jewish holiday no Dec 13 Wednesday National Guard Birthday Observance no Dec 17 Sunday Pan American Aviation Day Observance no Dec 17 Sunday Wright Brothers Day Observance no Dec 20 Wednesday Last Day of Chanukah Jewish holiday no Dec 21 Thursday December Solstice Season no Dec 24 Sunday Christmas Eve State holiday Yes, only if celebrating Christmas with other people Dec 24 Sunday Christmas Eve Observance, Christian Yes, only if celebrating Christmas with other people Dec 25 Monday Christmas Day Federal Holiday Yes, only if celebrating Christmas with other people Dec 25 Monday Christmas Eve observed State holiday Yes, only if celebrating Christmas with other people Dec 26 Tuesday Kwanzaa (until Jan 1) Observance no Dec 26 Tuesday Day After Christmas Day State holiday no Dec 31 Sunday New Year’s Eve Observance Yes, if going out for drinks Dec 31 Sunday New Year’s Eve State holiday Yes, if going out for drinks