2018, Year of the Best

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, which isn’t terribly surprising.  I’m not one of those peeps that make a point to write something at least once a day.  I’m like, once every 6 months at this point.  But yeah, I figured it’s update time since I’ve got a free minute and there’s nothing else pressing at this point.

Soooooo, life is pretty grand!  The jist of this whole post is that 2018 is literally going to be my year.  We’re mid-April but things have been pretty stellar since this year started.  Let’s break it down:

I quit smoking.  This has been a thorn in my side for at least the last couple years.  There’s been a solid two stretches that I’ve quit before – the first being in 2011 when I was dating my ex, and I quit for her.  Naturally when that ended, I picked it back up.  The second stretch was while I was my last job.  Naturally when that ended, I picked it back up.  So now we’re on the third real attempt at kicking the habit, and so far so good.  I’ve had some fall-off-the-wagon moments, but there’s a concerted effort going on so I’m feeling pretty good about it.  The real difference this time is that I’ve improved my coping mechanisms in dealing with stress.  People that have never smoked or never tried quitting don’t get just how addictive nicotine is, but believe it, it’s insane.  I had a lot of reasons to quit, but never truly had the motivation to until recently, so I’m pretty thankful for that.

In addition to quitting smoking, I’ve really focused on improving my health in general.  I started buying groceries, which for me was unheard of.  Cooking at home, and paying attention to the nutrition and healthiness of my choices.  It hasn’t been easy, by any stretch.  When your body has been running on processed foods, fast food, high fat, high calorie options for years, it doesn’t just go willingly into this new era.  It hits home when I think about this article I read years ago about what’s called an Extinction Burst.  Basically, it is what happens when your body forms a habit and you attempt to break that habit – when the habit is threatened with extinction.  Your body deals with being cut off to a point where it throws a tantrum in one last attempt to get you to go back to the habit.  The link explains it a lot more in depth, but it’s a truly fascinating read.

So I’ve been eating better.  I haven’t had a soda in over a month, I drink water on the regular, been cooking at home a majority of the week, and I’ve even been a lot active physically.  Hiking a couple times a week, and a couple days ago got back on a bike for the first time in years.  You might remember back in the day I was riding my bike like a mofo, you know, 30 mile tides and all of that?  Well my most recent ride was barely 5 miles and it absolutely wrecked me.  I hurt all over.  Granted it was a mountain bike that is far too small for me, but that just made it clear how out of shape I’ve gotten.

I’ll be honest, midway through that last paragraph I tried to find the posts about my weight loss and all that jazz.  In particular, these two posts:

Fuck Your Title (04/09/2013)
Fuck Your Title – Redux (04/09/2015)

Ironic that they were both the same day, two years apart.  And here I am getting back on the health kick three years after the last.

But anyway, I was trying to find those two posts and ended up copying a bunch from The Wayback Machine, since my database got deleted when my hosting lapsed a while back.  It was fun reading my thoughts from years ago, so I guess it isn’t such a bad idea to keep blogging.  Just gotta make sure I don’t lose months or years worth of entries.  We’re self-hosted now, so I can’t foresee these latest posts disappearing, but I’m definitely going to be keeping better backups.

So I got sidetracked finding those posts and now I can’t remember what I was on about.  Guess it’s a good point to wrap this up then, deuces!

Sticks & Bricks

I’ve made a commitment recently to get in shape.  For my own well being and because Allyssa has already made a ton of progress on her own.  I’ve cut out eating out unless it’s a special occasion or it’s a necessity.  I’m eating smaller, more healthy meals.  It’s going pretty well, too.  So far I’ve dropped 2 pounds in 5 days.  Granted since my heaviest, I’ve lost almost 30 pounds, this is still progress.  I’ve also committed to running regularly and exercising as well.  I’ve been using Nike+ to record my runs so I can see my progress as I get better.  Also on the list of apps I’m using, Runtastic and RunKeeper for walks, hiking, bike rides, and the like.  And lastly, I’m using MyFitnessPal to record my calories and nutritional intake.  It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it.

Today has been pretty boring, in all honesty.  Work has been slow.  The weather sucks.  I’m pretty hungry…  BestWerx is going great, steady number of clients coming through the “door” so to speak.  Had to go out in the rain last night to pick up a PC, actually.  Clinton and Kirkville were horribly flooded.  I thought at least three times that my car was going to go under and stall, but my GPS got me rerouted around the closed Route 5 and all that jazz.  Pretty crazy weather for September though.

Lastly, it would appear that my previous blog post hit fucking home for some people.  And at the same time, it proved my damn point – people were talking, yet again, behind my back rather than addressing their problem to my face.  One person did text me, but the post wasn’t aimed at them so that was a non-issue.  As for everyone else, I stand by what I said.  Grow up and if you’re gonna talk about me behind my back, get outta my life.  I don’t need your shit any more.