Saturday, December 24, 2016

Resolution 2017 ~ Be Yourself ~ People Will Not Like You Anyway

My condo entrance - former Church of Christ, Scientist

Be Yourself is quite possibly the most commonly used phrase in the history of advice - Be Yourself. Don't be someone else, be yourself! So no wonder it is my resolution for 2017... WTF!

Today is Saturday, the Christmas Eve. It is around 3 pm, I just came from a long walk. At 11 am, I did fourth yoga practice of this week. I am off the work on Monday and Tuesday so I will do yoga every day. I want energy and focus. Sluggishness and laziness is not part of my life.

I am not satisfied with my life. I'm not young anymore, I feel it. In seven days I will be 52, skin changes, wrinkles, gray hair, belly fat, you name it, have started to show up and they won't go away. Fuck it, I am not going to give up so easily. I'm feeling motivated to eat better, exercise more, drink less...

The lifestyle changes are necessary and welcomed. It is all about realistic plan, steady discipline and careful monitoring. I'm ready to live differently in 2017, I'm committing to change.

1. Regular, daily exercise. 

At present my weight is 87 kg and I want to be somewhere between 83-84 kg. I must exercise more and eat less. Exercise is directly related to the metabolism. Having a good metabolism increases the amount of calories that I can take and also burn calories but the increase in metabolism as you're 52 is not so easy to accomplish.

The main point of concern in my life is regular ashtanga yoga practice. Six days a week, 60 minutes, half primary, practice. I'm naturally lazy to move so daily yoga is difficult. What counts is effort, it’s about showing up on mat every single day. It’s about doing the best I can do with my body strength and breath. It isn’t about whether my hands touch toes or not, it is all about persistence.

Also, I will go to gym at 6 pm, 5 days a week, Saturday and Sunday will be rest days. 30 minutes, stomach-arms one day and stomach-legs other day.

2. I'm going to change my diet. 

I'll stop eating the processed food. No more: tacos, wraps, pizza, croissants, pasta, muffins, pastries, bagels, white bread, pretzels, doughnuts, cookies, biscuits, cakes, white rice, wheat, candy, sweets, potato chips, batter, pastry, desserts, jams, soft drinks, sodas and sugary drinks.

I'm going to learn to cook! I want to know 4-5 home-made meals to prepare on my own. I'm starting to write down the recipes. It will be fun thing to do.

Drinking fresh water is the important thing for the next year. I'll drink 2 l everyday. Everyday before sleep I am going to drink piece of ginger root with two whole lemons, processed in juicer. The coffee will be on a watch list. I will continue to drink but much less than before. Maybe just in the morning.

3. I'll have much less social activities. 

My intent for 2017 is to be intentionally unavailable. I'm going to slow down social activities. I mean going out with the friends, drinking and going to bars and nightclubs until 3 am. Or going to house parties where you drink, eat and talk. I don't like such things. I quickly get mentally drained when I'm listening to empty conversations. I can handle a party for an hour or so, but after that I feel I want to leave. I became too tired to properly listen loud bullshit and craft my response. Sometimes, my patience doesn't even last that long. I need to give myself lots of alone time to recover from this.

I'm thinking about this and I'm trying to figure out where the problem lies. I'm not anti-social but it is true I want to leave a party after an hour because I very easily zone out during noisy meals, I get tired listening of the same stories.

I'll not go for Monday's beer night anymore. My intention for 2017 is to drastically cut drinking. I'll not stop drinking beer and wine, but I'll reduce it significantly. And I'll save money too.

4. I'll be very careful with money spending. 

My financial situation is not so good. I owe about $3000 on my visas. I must be careful with spending. In my dating relationship, currently with the Dreamer, who knows how long I'll be with her, I'll not pay for meals like I use to. She has to learn to share the costs or we will not go out. It is up to her or any other girlfriend that I may have in 2017.

Starting the very first pay, on January 5th, I am going to take 10% of paycheck and put it on the side. I'm starting to save money. The rest I will spend. I will take 10% from every single paycheck in 2017.

And that's will be it.

Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit.

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