“I don’t want it”

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John Tesh
‏@JohnTesh 11 Jun
Learn to use the diet phrase “I don’t want to,” instead of “I can’t.” It makes you feel empowered instead of deprived. ‪#TESHsays‬

I’ve been trying to follow this advice lately and it does seem to help a LOT. John Tesh actually does have some interesting advice on occassion.

Something else that I’ve been doing to help along with the dieting is sort of ‘marking’ symbols along the path to help me stay on track. It’s sort of like putting little magical sign posts along the way where there’s evil and telling myself to get back on track. A few years back I did something like this but used cross bones and skulls on little pieces of paper that I stuck on vending machines, on gas station since convenience stores are a major temptation to eat bad, etc. This time round I’m using little targets instead of crossbones for a couple of reasons… First, ‘staying on target’ is a more positive message than the skull and cross bones. Also, it seemed too much like ‘marking my territory’ as a gang sign with crossbones, especially since the Pirate was my high school’s mascot. The targets really do help, and if they are placed strategically, only I know they are there since most everyone else just ignores them, doesn’t see them, etc. At gas stations, the little holsters above the tank where they put credit card applications is a nice little spot for this. Inside, the corners of candy and snack shelves is another place. On vending machines, if the thing is taped way back near the back where no one looks, no one but you notices. The crossbones on vending machine I put in the cafeteria at work 2 years ago is still there. It doesn’t always phase me, but maybe if I put a target up there too it will.

new goals and organized life…

I’m going to try to get organized in my life again. I’ve created a daily spreadsheet that I will try to write too and check off as I go along that lists all the stuff I should be doing daily. Included in the list are
– walking the dog in the morning
– walking on morning break
– inhaling lunch and doing something creative during the last part of lunch breaks
– walking on afternoon breaks
– walking the dog in the afternoon after work – maybe ride a bike with the dog if I don’t walk him… possibly working up to 5 miles on the MKT trail someday?…
– working out for at least half an hour nightly either at the YMCA, with a workout video, on the wii, riding a bike, on a jump rope, or doing some other form of excercise for at least half an hour
– working on updating online places – this blog, turbosquid, entropia universe stuff, entropiaforum stuff, and whatever else needs to be updated…
– doing at least one chore a night (one chore is something like a load of laundry, mowing, working on organizing the basement, working on organizing the attic, dusting, cleaning one room of the house, working on a 3d project, working on a 2d project)

I like doing little organized excel or google document spreadsheets like this to keep myself organized. I used to do this sort of thing for 24 hour schedule back in college and a couple of years after that, when I was still in shape, healthy, and had a lot of ambitions… Well, it’s time to get my ambitions and goals set again, and not just continue to let myself be an out-of-shape old man… Time to be young, healthy, wealthy, and wise again…

Time to actually stop being a lazy bum with no direction in my life. The time has come, today is the first day in the rest of my life… an organized, orderly, and fulfilling life. A life full of vigor and life. A life worth living to the fullest!

Happy Wednesday.