So we’ve endured the longest month in history and are FINALLY into February. And I know what you must be wondering: how did my January goals pan out? Did everything fall apart after your last blog post? Even if you weren’t wondering, I’m gonna tell you anyway. These updates will be brief, as I didn’t really choose these goals to attain some higher truth about myself. Mostly it was about seeing what all I could do with a little bit of focus (previous blog post outlining my January goals here).
Nailed it! And it surprisingly wasn’t that hard, which I guess means I’m not a raging alcoholic, so yay! Despite a birthday brunch, holiday work party, and a race that had free beer at the finish, I stuck to my guns, reached waaaayyyy back to the days of D.A.R.E., and just said no.
To be honest, I felt great. I didn’t have to worry about nursing a hangover (did plenty of that during Drunk December, thank you very much) and I didn’t feel as bloated. Yesterday I had my first beer after having a month off, and I immediately felt very full and sleepy. So while I’m not doing dry February, I do plan to exercise more moderation when it comes to drinking. And I may do a couple more intermittent dry months throughout the year because why the hell not. One thing I did notice while not imbibing was just how much alcohol is involved in our social activities. I say this not to pass judgement but to remind myself that life is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s okay if I don’t guzzle 5 beers in an hour like I’m about to head to the electric chair. At the end of the day, the beers will still be there to enjoy later, and if I don’t drink in excess all the time, my liver will still be there, too.
This had mixed results, simply because for the last two Fridays I forgot I wasn’t supposed to eat meat. Last weekend I went up to Tallahassee to visit my sister and her family, and even though it was just a short weekend trip, my brain was in vacation mode and you best believe I went hard as a motherfucker on some Panda Express orange chicken en route. And that’s really saying something, because most of the time, I find Panda Express to be subpar, preferring to take my chances on getting my Chinese food from one of those places in a strip mall that may or may not have several current health code violations. So congratulations for raising the bar, Ocala Panda Express.
Wow. That turned into a real tirade.
Anyway. Panda Express orange chicken last Friday, and this past Friday some heat and eat chicken and vegetable potstickers because I was menstrual and hungry and was looking for whatever was edible in my house and I forgot again that I was supposed to be abstaining from meat. BUUUTTTTTT I did like doing meatless Fridays when I remembered, and it’s a good way to get more fish in my diet, so I’m going to keep that train chugging throughout 2020. WOO WOO.
This was a fail. I kept up with it for about a week and then fell off the train because this month work was trash and it felt like I was dealing with bullshit nonstop and at the end of a long day, you know what I want to do when I get home? NOT set a 30-minute timer, and start cleaning out a closet, that’s for damn sure. And I accept that and am okay with that. However – I am trying out a block scheduling system I learned from a YouTuber named Jordan Page that seems like a flexible way to allow you to complete all the shit you need to do in a reasonable time. I tested it out yesterday and got A LOT of stuff done before noon. This coming week will be the first full test of the system, and I’m hopeful that this system, along with my own plan of doing one “big” chore most weekends (like cleaning the bathrooms and showers yesterday) will allow me to better keep on top of things and keep a home that is clean and tidy.
So there you have it – my 2020 update. I debated doing a challenge in February where I don’t eat out at all, but I’m not fully into that idea, and if I’ve learned anything, it’s you have to be 100% intentional when deciding to set any sort of goal. Going into it with the mindset of not being all in is just a waste of time and setting yourself up for failure. And ain’t nobody got time for that.
How are your resolutions panning out?