Thursday, July 30, 2015

The spiral of good intentions

So now of course I have this plan to start a new diet as soon as we get back from Hawaii. I’m planning to follow it to the letter, which will be…not difficult, really, but it will require some thinking and planning and cooking and strategic shopping. Well, fine. I can do that.

The problem, though, is my brain gets hold of the New! Life! Plan! and cannot stop. Before I realized what was happening, I had mentally made plans to also:
  • Write out detailed meal plans as soon as we get back.
  • Start getting up at 5 a.m. twice a week to go to yoga.
  • Lift weights three times a week.
  • Walk every day.
  • Go back to taking vitamins regularly.
  • Sell or give away every unwanted item in the garage, guest room, and basement.
  • Move one of my garden mint plants to an indoor pot and replace it with something less aggressive outside.
  • Resume meditating every day.
  • Start going to bed at 9.
  • Keep track of how long I use my standing desk and continually try to increase my time.
  • Interior decorate!
  • Shake things up by doing a different exercise every now and then, like swimming or rowing or running stairs.
  • Maybe start trying that Miracle Morning thing again, now that I’ve learned more about it.
  • Resume having regular family dinners.
  • Never waste time again as long as I live in any fashion.
I only wish I was kidding. I caught myself before any of this got written down or (God forbid) entered into an Excel spreadsheet.

Are other people like this? And are their life ambitions as shallow and stupid as mine?


  1. Sometimes I wish I lived closer so that I could be "kept on track" by your ambition. Yes, we are related since I can be like that. I'm such a perfectionist I can't live up to my expectations so I give up (that is our main difference). What's the name of the book you edited that made you so excited? BTW, have a great time in Maui. Meditate but don't worry about the rest.

    1. He hasn't released the name, so I won't yet either. Sorry!

    2. Release it when you can. I'm very interested in reading it.

  2. oh. lord. we are so similar Julie it boggles my mind. and perhaps one of the reasons I don't comment as often as I might. because you (and I!!) really don't need to be reminded of how redonkulous this aspect of our brains are!

    On a side note ... I'm contemplating redoing Precision Nutrition.
    I know. *sigh*

    1. I so appreciate the moral support. For reals you should wait a few months and I'll tell you more about the new book.

  3. Actually, Christian is like this (kind of). In that all his plans are ambitious, whereas I tend to know I can only change one thing at a time (if I'm lucky).