Monday, June 25, 2012
1.) Become a great chef.
I recently started reading some material on cooking. I'd give myself a 3 in the kitchen, 1 being most of the youthful women I've met in the last few years, and 10 being the King, Bobby Flay. Needless to say, I've got some work to do. I can cook a mean steak, 'wok' some magic with stir fry, and make some pretty simple pastas as long as I don't have to cook the corresponding sauce. I'd say my main problem is that I'm not educated well enough on different foods and what goes good together - this leads to a lack of creativity in the kitchen for fear of ruining an otherwise delicious meal. While in LA, Brian, Ian, and I hatched the idea to start a dinner club. Twice a month (or more, depending on how popular it becomes) we'll get about 8 people to pitch in 10 bucks each, so we can buy some ballin' food. We will decide beforehand who is going to cook and assist (we don't want a power struggle while a steak is burning). I'd like my nights as master chef to be requested and appreciated by all who participate in it.
My goal will be complete when I can continually cook unique, delicious, high class, presentable meals, all without the assistance of a recipe or a culinary consultant.
2.) Weigh 185 by graduation (May 2013).
This is one of the more difficult goals I have set for myself, as I have been consistently gaining 10 pounds per year I have been enrolled in college. Weighing in at 165 now, I'll let you do the math.
There is an implication with my goal weight, however, that requires me to be lean in addition to massive. I'd like to be sub-8% body fat when I achieve my goal. This will require eating clean, eating a lot, and working out consistently. My goal roughly equates to gaining 2 pounds a month. Doesn't sound like much, does it? The most difficult challenge is eating, by far. I literally need to force food down my throat, because if I wait for hunger to motivate me, a.) my muscles are already experiencing a state of catabolic breakdown, and b.) I won't reach my caloric goals for the day.
3.) Maintain a healthier lifestyle.
I'd like to cook delicious and fresh meals for myself many times a day. This will save money, but certainly not time. I need to be able to plan ahead more effectively in order to avoid leaving my house to eat at a restaurant or fast food place. I'd also like to sleep less in the night. As I currently am, I tend to sleep 11 hours if left to my own schedule. My body seems to function fine with 9, but I think I should be able to comfortable operate on 7 or so. The most difficult challenge is always waking up. I have the willpower of a crack addict trying to quit when I wake up in the morning. This is mainly due to the fact that my circadian rhythm is set to "Sleep at 2, wake at 11" which I'd like to set back by 4 hours at the very least on both sides. Ideally, I want to sleep when I'm tired, whenever that might be, and wake up at 5. It's a bit of a necessity waking up early in Tucson, because it helps to work on cars when you're not in the dead 110 degree heat.
The first day is always the hardest. I suppose that's tomorrow.
I'd like to stop drinking. It's an incredibly difficult thing to do, especially when most of the people in your life are college students. You can only say I'm not drinking so many times before friends stop calling you for anything, let alone parties and club gatherings. It's also difficult to exclusively stop because I'm not an alcoholic. There are no negative effects of drinking on my social life, I don't yell at my friends, smash stuff, or fight cops. When a person says "I don't like to drink" it's often interpreted by others, and society in general, it seems, as "I don't like to have fun." I'd rather spend an early Sunday morning rock climbing or working on my car than sleeping away a hangover. To each their own, I suppose.
4.) Learn more than all of my other classmates in college.
It's not about a grade. If you understand the material, grades will come naturally. I'm tired of being focused on how well of a grade I will get on an exam. If I understand what is taught to me, I am sure I will do well on exams and homework.
I'm hoping anyone who still reads my posts will be able to hold me accountable for the things I have said here, I don't want to let anyone down, and especially myself!
Live well, laugh much, and love often,
Sunday, April 3, 2011
"You know the man you aspire to be every single morning you wake? That's who I am. I'm the you who changed every time he realized that there was something that needed improving. I'm the you who never gave up. I'm the you who is the ruler of his emotions. All it took was a single moment, like flicking a switch. When you wake up, are you going to be me, or you?"
Then I woke up.
Friday, December 31, 2010
What I don't like is them waiting for a landmark event, such as New Years Day, in order to begin making those changes.
If you recognize that there is something about yourself that you want to change, CHANGE IT! Why wait?
In addition to that, making a change on a particular event or date during the year makes it easier for you to put it off until next year. Besides, whats one more year of smoking, drinking, partying, and being lazy? A lot. I saw a quote that struck a nerve with me: One year from now, you'll know why you started TODAY.
So do the rest of us people who actually want to change something a favor, and stay out of the gym unless you're going to stick with it for more than a month. I don't like waiting to use equipment for 20 minutes just so your fat ass can give up in 30 days anyway.
A lot of it has to do with self discipline. It is hard to say you're going to do something difficult and stick with it. Here are some tips that I randomly thought of in order to insure you stick with your goals.
1.) Tell your good friends and family about the goals you've set for yourself. Also, tell them to hold you to them. If they are true friends, they will want to make sure that you follow through with something that will make you a better person. For example, have someone go to the gym every day with you. This will make it so they will motivate you to go on days that you don't feel like it, and vice versa.
2.) Don't make New Years Resolutions, it's too easy to give up on them and wait until next year. Instead, set goals when they come to mind. Want to lose weight? Start as soon as you realize you want to. You will also feel gratification because you changed when you wanted, not when dictated by a holiday.
3.) Make sure that you have a clear goal or outcome. Set goals that you can achieve, not outrageous ones so you won't feel bad when you fail them. Instead of "I'm going to lose 20 pounds this year," It should be something along the lines of "I'm going to lose 3 pounds a month until I'm X weight, and maintain X weight."
Self improvement means nothing if you go back to your old ways when you've achieved your goal.
I've made no New Years Resolutions, not shall I.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Suppose for a second that I am a particularly spiteful God, to the point at which I would allow only certain people into Heaven.
Surprisingly enough, this decision required almost no thought at all. When I decided to write this blog post, I had just finished brushing my teeth, and I thought to myself, “If I were God, whom would I let into Heaven? And, being the vain, prideful, and decisive person I am, I followed that with a prompt answer. “I would only let people in who lived their lives to the fullest potential.” People who embraced all of the joy, love and happiness in the world would be allowed; who stood up for what they believed in, and became the best human being they could be. I could care less if anyone ever had "Faith" in me.
Then I came upon the realization. If I were to die tonight, I would not allow myself into Heaven. In other words, if someone were to come to me for judgment that had lived the exact same life as me until tonight, I would tell him to go to hell.
And he would.
Before I throw myself into an eternity of torture, I would ask my God self:
And I (God) would reply:
“Have you ever experienced love? Too far out of grasp? How about passion, true passion, for anything? Did you even attempt to find a passion? You’ve certainly thought about it, but never acted to advance the vision of your perfect life. You watched life pass you by, and who knew that the punishment for apathy would be eternity in hell?”
“I understand. I apologize. I am ready.” I say.
“Before you condemn yourself and accept your punishment, I’m going to send you back down. The meteorite will not crash through your roof and kill you while taking a dump, and you will continue living your life as though it never happened. You will remember this conversation.” God me says.
“I cannot expr—“ But I’m cut off.
“From this moment forward, every time you look in the mirror, instead of yourself, you will see me, judging you each and every day. And each time , stare at me in the eyes and declare: “I will not disappoint you.”