Finished Fahrenheit 451 a while ago, but have yet to find another book to read. My sister suggested Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake or Jitterbug Perfume by…I forget. I don’t have the money to keep buying books anymore, even at the used book stores around here, and I haven’t paid off my library card yet (whooops…) so, maybe I’ll just have to spend a few hours at Borders instead. Heh.
loveisfree's Life List
1. make a difference
2. Read more books
3. learn photography
4. volunteer abroad
5. hike the appalachian trail
6. Couch Surf
7. give up sugar
8. Backpack through asia
9. Save money
10. decide what the hell I would like to do with the rest of my life
11. get a job
13. find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year
14. get in shape
15. put an end to sugar binges and cravings
16. backpack through Europe
17. get straight A's
18. bike across america
19. travel the world
20. judge a little less and forgive a little more
21. find a career path
22. do something crazy
23. have conversations late into the night with fascinating people
24. Practice Yoga
25. show up at the airport with a bag and a passport and take the first flight available
26. Complete 85 of the 100 Most Completed Goals
27. Listen more, talk less...
28. learn to play the complete Moonlight Sonata
29. speak up when i know things are wrong
30. reduce my carbon footprint
31. Don't look for love, beg for love, or suffer for love. Just live.
33. stop abusing my body
I know I have the capacity to do this. I’ve done it before, very recently over winter break. The thing is, I was back home. Where I don’t walk by the dessert table every day in the dining hall, where I’m not stressed and buckling under academic pressure, where I don’t feel the bite of loneliness so sharply, where I have the resources to make healthy meals and take my time eating them, and perhaps most importantly, I have a car to get to hot yoga every day.
Here, I eat when I’m lonely, when I’m bored, when I’m stressed, when I’m procrastinating. And I’m almost always doing one of those things.
Exercise helps me to fight the cravings, but I hardly have time to get to the gym, and when I do, I’m so exhausted that I would rather watch TV. But there, that’s an excuse. Most of the time TV is simply a time filler. It’s not something I truly enjoy, and I would much rather be hanging out with friends and having experiences.
TV seems to go hand in hand with sugar binges, as well. I always feel compelled to be eating something when I’m watching TV.
Here’s the plan:
1. Cold turkey on the sweets. I can never just stop at having one. Even if I tell myself “a small cookie won’t hurt”, I always seem to lose my head a bit after having it, and always end up taking more than one. It’s easier to just not have any at all.
2. Exercise 2x a week. My roommate goes often, so it’ll be easy to tag along with her at least on Wednesdays, if I don’t want to be walking around at night. Mondays, I get out of class at 3, so that would be a good time, as well. I should go to my 2 o’clock class in my work out clothes just so there’s one less thing holding me back.
3. Go back to the dorms less often. It seems that once I get back, I don’t do much of anything. This will limit TV time, and as a consequence both up productivity and decrease this horrible snacking.
4. Post my progress here, as something to keep my accountable for my actions.
I am now the victim of the most annoying alarm clock ever. Who can complain, though? Now I actually wake up when I’m supposed to and get to class on time. I wonder if waking up every morning in a panic will cause me long term psychological damage. Welll, even if my nerves are shot and my hearing impaired, I’ll at least have a good attendance record to show for it…. :)