Kilter 2017

On health, nutrition and fitness


Using catalysts to stay consistent

Submitted by Ashwin Hariharan (@booleanhunter) on Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Section: Crisp Talk Technical level: Beginner Status: Confirmed & Scheduled

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The talk would be about how I started with my fitness journey. Will discuss about everyday struggles we face in staying committed and taking care of our health, and how you could overcome them with simple yet tried tested methods. By making small changes to your environment and creating a system, you can create life changing habits that ensure you stick to your goals.


We spend so much time on deciding the right choice of ingredients, reading how-tos and watching youtube videos on the right way to perform exercises, but we falter. The novelty of doing something new wears off soon and we slack off. That’s because most often we rely on motivation and will-power to do something. Usually people say that they don’t have the time or they’re busy with work.

In physics, potential energy is needed to get converted into kinetic energy, so we need to get on top of our metaphorical mountain if we want to get rolling and build momentum. That requires that we make small but effective changes to our surroudings to reach the peak, after which our environment does more work than us, and we no longer have to rely on will-power to roll. Here’s a broad overview of my content -

  1. Systems vs goals
  2. Why relying on motivation or will-power alone is a bad idea
  3. Reducing the effort and energy required to get activated - how you can do this in the context of fitness and nutrition
  4. Don’t have time to cook? What can you do about it?



Speaker bio

I’m a software engineer and tech blogger, and fitness is one of my other interests - something I first began with when I was still in High School. I’ve tried everything from regular gymming to jogging and swimming. In the last few years I’ve been into crossfit and cycling, and beginning of this year I began with Muay Thai. I cycle to any place that’s within 10 kilometres of my home.

Staying away from family and living the startup life has also made me experiment with lot of food and dieting hacks - I understand the challenges involved in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while being drowned in routine work.


  •   Kristen McQuillin (@tink) Reviewer 2 years ago

    I think your 4th point alone - don’t cook,nwht to do about it - could be a talk in itself! But really, I am all for systems to ensure consistent good behaviour. You can probably limit the amount of backstory and focus your time on the meat of the topic.

    •   Ashwin Hariharan (@booleanhunter) Proposer 2 years ago

      Sure. To be honest, I’m not sure whether I want to keep the talk to a crisp or a full one. I’ll give an update on this as soon as possible.

  •   Sandhya Ramesh (@sandhyaramesh) Reviewer 2 years ago

    Hi Ashwin, can you please submit slides for this to see how your content flows? Based on that, we (and you) can figure out how long the talk might be.

    •   Ashwin Hariharan (@booleanhunter) Proposer 2 years ago

      Sure, I’m still preparing the content. I’ll be ready with it as soon as possible.

    •   Ashwin Hariharan (@booleanhunter) Proposer 2 years ago

      Here are my slides, my talk will mostly be based on this.

  •   Ashwin Hariharan (@booleanhunter) Proposer 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago)

    Here is a draft of my blog post on the same topic - Catalyze your consistency. My content would be based on this.

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