“So far so good.” I say to myself when I think about how the year is going thus far. It’s true that it’s only been a week, but I feel that I am sticking to my guns very well. Like I said in my last post, these are not resolutions for the new year, but rather ongoing changes in my life that I want to continue to improve upon. I am merely using the new year as a starting line to amplify my efforts and focus into making these changes stick this time. It’s true that some of my personal goals are for me only and will remain that way, but there are a few I can share. Like most people probably agree, being in better shape is preferable than not, so I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I discovered something totally new that will change the world and make this journey successful for me. What I do know is that last year when I exercised and rode my bike a lot more, I was in better shape. So one could conclude that if I did that again, I could better myself back to that person I was. The problem is that all that stuff takes up so much time. I have different priorities this year. I don’t want to be gone every Saturday for 6 hours riding a century. Sure, once in awhile is fine, but some Saturdays I want to hike, or camp, watch movies or play guitar. I want to do so many things that there is no time to dedicate to one thing to hard and I prefer it that way. So there is my dilemma. I must juggle all the things I want to do, and at the same time, enjoy the benefits of each activity to the fullest.
I’ve heard that it takes just a few weeks to form a habit, so that is what I am trying to do. So far, I am doing a great job of eating better, both in what I am eating, and also in quantity control. I am starting to decrease my carb intake, while increasing my vegetables and lean proteins. I am also cutting way down on coffee and soda, which in turn drops my sugar intake in parallel. These changes, combined with gym workouts and running are making a difference. I don’t feel like I have to kill it at the gym to make progress as long as i am consistent and don’t kill it at the buffet. Smart food in small proportions coupled with smart exercise seems to be better than eating what I want coupled with killing it at the gym to compensate for the bad choices I made earlier. It takes so much less energy, the results are better and healthier, and I have more time for myself and my family to do more of the things I want to do and learn.
I want to use this surplus of energy and time to form better habits in other areas of my life as well. I want to become more musical, and that doesn’t mean I put on my headphones and try to listen to every song every made. What I want is to learn, re-produce, and and then create my own. Ukulele and guitar are my new passions. Once I learn to play a bit, I want to learn to play some existing songs that others can recognize. Then eventually I would like to create my own songs. I’m not interested in becoming famous for it, but I think it is magical when someone can pick up a guitar and just play, and even better when they can just start putting words to it on the fly. During this process, I also will need to learn to sing. My wife says I have the low range covered, but the mid range and definitely the high registers need some work. Being in better health and fitness will help that as well since I need more air in my lungs to be able to sing better. Anyways, creating lyrics is a hope. Right now, I guess you could say that I can write a little poetry, so putting it to music is the natural next step.
This year is going great so far. There is a world of new possibilities in front of me and my new habits are going to help me explore and enjoy many more of them. Even the company my wife and I work for just merged with another company, creating a new name, a new brand, and a world of new possibilities and opportunities to explore. Life is good and 2015 is going to be the best year yet, and I am going to make sure of it. I don’t care if it’s 7 degrees outside….. LOL. 🙂
Until next time, take care of yourself and the ones you love.