First off, for the one person who I know is reading, Happy Canada Day Parker Mason! I hope New Zealand is treating you well, my friend.
It’s just after midnight on July 1, 2015. I’ve spent the better part of the last 365 days not making a good effort on things like my diet and my health, while spending time focusing on things that, in hindsight, have been time consuming and got me off track. One major thing that happened was buying a home, packing, moving, unpacking, and settling in, which I knew would be disruptive. I’ve also spent too much time dating. [in fact, here’s one thing I’ll say about dating that I learned from Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance: for many, many people it can be exhausting, and I think I have reached that point. Too many choices, so many people, nobody is perfect!]
Over the next 6 months, I’m going to try some new things, and putting them out in the world on my blog will hold me accountable, sort of how my 30 Day Clean Eating journey worked except I don’t feel the need to post updates. So, the following are changes I’ll make as of July 1, 2015:
For the month of July, I’m going to try to stop drinking. I fully admit that I will probably have a drink or two or more in July, but I will be very careful to only have one in situations that call for it.
For the month of July, I’m going to try Soylent, which is a meal replacement that I have purchased enough of to probably last me the month. I will not be giving up food, but the idea is to have a single meal of food a day, along with Soylent, and I’ll try not to snack. I don’t expect to enjoy this but I’m going to try. My eating habits have been pretty bad the past year!
I intend to get to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. I am usually in bed after midnight (oops) and awake somewhere between 7:30am and 9am, and lately it’s been closer to 9am which is a problem for someone who wants to attend 9:30am bootcamp classes downtown.
Ideally, I’ll exercise every day, in some way shape or form. It will be bootcamp, or weights, or running. I think the one thing I’d like most is to get back into running shape, which I lost after having a great running season last spring and figuring I would just be fast forever without making much effort (I was wrong!)
None of these things are impossible. They’re routine things a person can do, and I like routines. While I’m not going to spout off excuses, I’ve had a tough time lately settling into a good routine. July is a perfect month to start fresh for a number of reasons, so hopefully I’ll be checking back toward the end of it with a good routine to speak of.
Happy Canada Day!