Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Keeping Up With The Kardashians Season 4

January is the most popular time for the beginning of something new, we see it as a fresh start, it is a time to make a change, time to try succeeding where we have failed before. We've all made a New Year's resolution (or four in my case) knowing very well that we can not keep them for a long. It's a well-known joke that the gym filled in in January, just to be empty out by mid-February.

Of course, resolutions are meant to be broken. But trust me, the intent is good, setting goals and moving on. Deciding to make positive changes, stopping a bad habit is always a good idea.

Arrange the potato slices in your baking pan.

My 2017 resolution is concrete, it is not a philosophy, I keep it super simple. It is not a list long as grocery list, but it does completely give my life a change. I am prepared, slightly stunned as I began to live like this. Four years ago I got surprised by divorce and I was forced to change my life. Now I am doing another change willingly.

For a long time and until very recently, I felt like I was waiting for something. Somedays I still do. Things are uncertain. Some days are difficult, sometimes I struggle immensely but I'm making it through.

In the last four years I was so used to f*cking things up, so regularly, that to stop doing it now is actually impossible. I am still wild at heart and I’ll always be up for that last minute trip, the spontaneous activity, the random exciting hour.

I have introduced the rules in my life and living by the rules should give me freedom. The rules though, are mine - my values, my truth.

1. Regular, daily exercise. 

Daily yoga practice at home helps me to stay healthy, more energetic, calm and happy all day long. I have learned yoga techniques for full primary series of Ashtanga yoga. I have learned it properly because I was going to the studio for about four years. I am comfortable to practice on my own.

The morning practice is generally considered to be the best as it keeps energy levels high during the day. Yet, if it does not happen, I don’t let it be an excuse to skip my practice. I have opportunity to do the practice after the work at 6:00 PM. So I will have no excuse to miss the practice.

Since New Year I have done 16 practices (today is 25th of January) and I was 6 times in gym. I know, it can be better and it will be better. On Saturday I lead half primary ashtanga yoga class to my friends. It is fun and hard work at the same time so I will keep doing it.

Prepare ground meat, onions, garlic, vegeta, black paper.

2. Change of diet. 

The weight is an important and serious issue for me. I'm a single guy, living alone, with plenty of free time as 52 years old I want to be healthy and look good. I am not a nutritionist or a dietitian. I am not a yoga trainer, a coach or a fitness expert of any kind. Please do not consider anything you read here to be advice from an expert.

Basically, the weight loss is simple - consume fewer calories than you burn. I am a person of extremes and if I don't see results in short period of time I'm discouraged and I quit the endeavor. The diet rules are simple - no more refined carbohydrates, no sugar at all, eat dark rye bread, no more alcohol. I have started to make a home made meals. Here you can see my work on Greek mousaka with ground meat and potato. It is delicious. Trust me.

Layer meat sauce on the top of potato.

3. Less social activities. 

I don’t assume that my viewpoint is the only way. You may not agree with me. That's fine. Whatever I know, there is still more to understand about life, friendship, love and the meaning of all that. The more I observe, the more I realize how empty those things are. 

My tendency is to take things for granted. I usually get tired of people. Since New Year I went out only once. "I don’t feel like it” is my main saying. I spend a lot of time asking myself, “What am I doing there, sitting and drinking beer after beer, talking nonsense?” I have the courage to ask that question at the forefront of my friends.

My life values are something that I believe are important. Not always, but they determine my priorities and actions, and, deep down, they're probably the measures if my life is turning out the way I want it to. When the things match my values, life is usually good – I'm satisfied and content. But when these don't align that is the source of unhappiness.

Cover it with another layer of potato.

4. Careful with money spending.

In 2017 I must be very aware of my money spending habits. I'm not working on a contract anymore, I'm now a full time employee. I owe $3000 on credit cards. I am going to Montego Bay with the Dreamer in February and we bought tickets so additional $3000 will be added on the end of the month.

In our world, it is accepted that people have large amount of debt on their credit cards, actually it is quite normal thing. I don't share that opinion and I am going to pay off the debt in next three months. No spending in restaurants, drinking in bars, no gifts. Having a girlfriend is an expensive thing especially if she is not willing to share expenses.

Having said that, I did started to save money on different account. 10 % of my salary is going there regardless of credit card debts. Yes, I am keeping up with the Kardashians.

Bake it, on the end add milk and eggs on the top.

One big problem with a New Year's resolution is that I make the resolution for myself, but really I'm the last person I should be taking advice from. And according to the statistics, another big problem is the resolution is usually forgotten a month after making it.

So having the odds against me, this afternoon I did yoga after work, I came home and just did it. My recent practice is long and very hard.  Obviously my New Year's resolution is working.

I want to keep the disciplined life and do my activities accordingly.

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