My thought process on life has changed within the last few years.
When I was in my early 20’s, I thought that I should make the most of each moment, do what I wanted to do in that moment, and not worry so much about the consequences because that old life seemed very far away. Now that I’m in my late 20’s, I feel very differently. I’ve witnessed how my body breaks down in response to all the strain I put on it. I have less energy than I used to. And I feel that if I keep going at the same pace I’ve been going and that if I keep doing the same things I’ve been doing, my life will continue to break down and deteriorate. I want to change my lifestyle into something sustainable and I’m willing to make compromises.
I’ve come up with this plan:
Exercise: 4 days a week, for 1 hour each time
I’m sure many of my peers feel as strangely about exercise as I do. It’s something that I like doing, I know it’s good for me, and yet it’s so easy to forget about and push to the bottom of my priorities. I’ve heard and read that following through on goals like exercise is easiest when it becomes a habit. Thus, I decided to sign up for a Muay Thai class in the evenings, Monday through Thursday. I will share my general fitness as time goes on and use my weight as one of the key metrics (currently I hover 180 lbs). I remember training with Wes when we were in college and I remember it kicking my ass all the time. I’m hoping for a similar experience this time to keep me lean and fit.
Diet: Cook my own meals that balance meats, vegetables, and carbs
It’s hard to find food from restaurants that is healthy these days. If I want to buy a salad, it’s almost $10, maybe more. I ain’t gonna pay that much to suffer a salad when it could be even cheaper to cook my own meals and eat better food. I have no intention of making this the main focus and trying out new recipes every week because that’s just too much time and work. That being said, I will share what meals I make, how much the ingredients cost, and how to prep them with a focus on efficiency.
Budget: An allowance of $400 per month is allowed for meal spend.
Last year I spent $17,000 on food and alcohol. I like food, but that’s just way too much money. And most of it was spent on day to day eating out; not going to Michelin star restaurants or other famous eats. The only way I will stop this behavior is if I’m aware of it, so I will share my meal spending every week. If I’m aware of how close I am towards my monthly limit, I can take actions not to exceed it.
Accountability: I will update this (E)ating & (E)xercise series once a week on this site with my progress
Like most of the other things I’m working on, I intend for this to evolve with me as my experience grows. I don’t want to be too rigid and destroy my way of life for the sake of these rules. That means that this plan might change. At the same time, the whole point of this is to be a parent to myself and cut myself off from things that are beneficial. Updating and using this blog will be a way to hold myself accountable and be intentional with changes I make.