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My insanity: let me show you it

Friday, February 28, 2014

I am about to embark on a completely crazy project, and the only way to do it properly is to put it out to the world so that I have nailed my trousers to the mast (“don’t you mean your colors to the mast?” “No, trousers; that way I can’t crawl back down”)*

I am starting a project that I’m calling “100 Days of All The Things.” From March 1 until June 8, I am committing myself to:

* Go to the gym daily
* Cook healthy meals (except for days when we are specifically going out or doing something that takes me away from the kitchen, but no, “Eh, don’t wanna cook; let’s get Chinese.”)
* Read
* Practice Italian
* Journal (and not endlessly about this experience; actual, substantive journaling)
Do something crafty

I fully expect that by day 2 I will be wondering what the hell I was thinking. But if I can do this, I hope that I will develop some good habits that will stick. I feel like I’m doing too much “drifting” through my days. I want to live more intentionally. I will also continue working, and keeping house, and having time with Ferrett, and walking my dog, throughout this.

And now y’all know. So you can help keep me honest. Wish me luck.

*Extra Brownie Points of Extremely Impressed-ness for anyone who knows the original source of that slightly-rewritten exchange!
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    Good goals. Very positive! emoticon
    1878 days ago
    Super! Keep us posted. AWESOME GOALS.. and not insane at all.
    1878 days ago
    How does that saying go? when we reach for the stars, we may catch the moon?

    I think this is great. Setting high goals will move you further along toward reaching them than if you had no goals, and made no effort in their direction, at all.

    The thing I'd worry, if I did this, would be how I would deal with the first "meh" day - would I pack it in as an utterly failed project, not worth trying the following day? Or would I say, "why didn't that work today? how can I make sure it works tomorrow?" I'd probably prepare for that conversation with myself by having a long rumination about what counts as 'working' and whether I need to do everything perfectly to count, and if I could be perfect in some areas, but 'good enough' in the others...then, knowing me, I'd probably write it all out into some sort of a chart with a sliding scale to measure poor to perfect performance, assign numeric values to those definitions, and then aim for a daily range... (Yes, I am an assessment nerd. And all other kinds of nerd, too.)

    But I think you can do this - your goals are high, but not impossibly so. You can do it!
    1879 days ago
    WTG. Make it Happen!
    1879 days ago
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    Sometimes, it takes an outrageous goal to shake us out of our lethargy. Enjoy your outrageousness!
    1879 days ago
    The quote made me think of Pirates of Penzance, but I doubt that is correct.

    Give yourself some latitude with they gym for the days you can't make it. Allow yourself to exercise at home or outside or something. You will know if you are "cheating" or not.

    I'm on Day 56 of mental toughness training. Not much difference in terms of final destination.
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