Now that I've decided to begin this journey, I guess it's time to get out a basic blueprint. Knowing myself and what has or has not worked in the past, I base these on the following:
1. I cannot do cold turkey. Food or lifestyle change.
2. I loathe failing myself, and this loathing leads to more failure. The spiral continues.
3. I need accountability. I can talk myself out of anything.
4. My pride is one of my biggest hurdles.
5. I am awful with money.
So, with those five factors in mind, this is what my plan for reformation.
- Exercise everyday. At least something. It can be a quick calistenics session, or an hours-long lifting session but I have to work my muscles somehow every day.
- Move often. No more sitting on the couch. If I want to watch TV, I can either do it standing, exercising, or sitting on the floor with no support.
- Eat plenty of fresh food. After a great deal of research, I've decided to begin this experiment following the Primal Blueprint guidelines for diet. This, as well as anything on this blog, is subject to change.
- Play. And beyond that, play without concern for how I appear to others. Who cares if my neighbors see me wearing a tiara and having a tea party with my four year old? Or pretending to be a monkey with my 18 month old?
- Get plenty of sleep. My body and mind will need rest from all the activity, especially at first.
- Make and follow a budget. I can already tell this is going to be a fairly expensive endeavour. Especially the dietary changes. The days of blowing money on movies and snacks has ended.
- Eat processed food. I'm not quite to the point of making all my food from scratch but at least I can buy lots of meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, and water. Speaking of water...
- Drink anything that isn't water. I get between 25-30% of my daily calories from sugary beverages. That's just unacceptable.
- Beat myself up for failing. Especially for failing to meet my unrealistic and unspoken expectations of my own behavior. Not only does it not improve my behavior, but having those expectations at all makes me feel as though I'm starting from behind. But behind compared to whom? I sense potential for a whole blog post on this subject.
- Use the previous bullet as an excuse to just do what I want. The purpose of not self-flagellating isn't to give myself an excuse. It's to prevent backsliding. Holding myself accountable and beating myself up are two different things. I just have to learn the distinction.
- Forget to update my wonderful audience on my progress. Having never run a blog before, I can imagine it would be fairly easy to let the life changes overwhelm my time and forget about all you good people.
So, there's the basis. I know I'm going to add more to this later, but for now, I think this counts as a good start. I know this is not an actual plan. But, baby steps. I've just set the ground rules the plan is required to follow. This feels like a definite good start.