Dropping all of your vices is scary. Scary but empowering. Motivating but challenging. I have a few vices. I drink too much, not like everyday but usually at every gathering and on Fridays. We do beer Fridays in my world. I smoke. I didn’t for a really long time but I do again. I eat. Oh baby do I eat. I eat good food because I love good food because I can cook good food so I do. Sedentary. I am that. It’s like the food thing. I am good at sedentary.
All kidding aside, these things are really not helping to lengthen my life. While a lot of fun, these vices are costly, take a terrible toll on the body and really don’t do much in way of making you feel GREAT about yourself. This is especially bad considering I am one of those people who love to feel great about myself peoples. Particularly my strength and physical fitness. I was strong. Strong and proud of it. Now, not so much. I wasn’t afraid of hiking or jogging because I knew that I could breath and enjoy myself. Now, not so much.
Clearly things have got to change. But the thing about me is this…the second I tell myself I *can’t* have something, you can bet your ass I’m going to run out and have 15 of exactly whatever it is I’ve just told myself I can’t have. Childish? Yes. It is what it is. So, one would think then the easiest way for me to trick myself would be to tell myself I can’t have a healthy meal or can’t run up a hill and then you’d find me eating my salad WHILE running up the hill….right? WRONG. Nope, you know what I’d say to myself? “Well you’re clearly out of your mind. We’d better have a beer and a cigarette and contemplate this conundrum”. Because I work like a slightly off-kilter, needs-to-be-oiled machine.
So this all being said, I’m going to try to learn something new. It’s called goal setting and achieving. I’m pretty sure 90% of the population already does this but I do not. So I’m going to learn. Fun, right? Probably not. BUT I’m pretty sure it’s not going to hurt me either. I mean not setting goals and not having a plan HAS been hurting me so….
I am a great starter of things…and not a great finisher so that’s my first goal. To get a plan together and stick to it for 30 days. I’ll keep you posted….