Remember last month when I said I was going to actually dedicate myself to this better-my-lifestyle endeavor? Well…
I actually did! Let’s see how:
Crap food – I hit my goal, having just one crap Jack in the Box lunch for the whole month. I also only had one crap breakfast. Nothing more to be said here. Grade: 4.
Vegetables – I made a realization that I made a goal that I couldn’t possibly BEAT. You can miss fewer than zero days. So I’m changing my goal to no more than 1 day in a month without at least one serving of vegetables. That being said, I did have one day right at the end where I literally had no veggies in the house and did not want to go shopping. Still, best I’ve done so far. Grade: 4.
Sodas – I tied my best ever by hitting my goal exactly, six sodas or energy drinks for the month. Nearly cracked a seventh one the last week but my fleeting willpower held strong. Grade: 4.
Overall diet grade: 4. Hit every goal, even if I didn’t exceed any of them.
This is going to be a “caveat” entry. I started pretty good on working out, averaging two a week (my goal). Then on October 23, I didn’t work out because I CLIMBED FRICKIN’ PEAVINE MOUNTAIN. That’s right, having not really hiked in twenty years other than my Peavine attempt last year, I hiked 15 miles up 3,500 of vertical grade. It’s 8 days later and my feet are only mostly healed, so that eliminated the possibility of more workouts. Still, 5 gym workouts plus Peavine – we’re gonna go with a straight up success grade. Grade: 4.
I started strong with this goal but petered out a little bit at the end. Ultimately, I meditated 8 days this month, which is a bit under my goal of 12. Still, we’re going to say I was pretty close. Grade: 3.
I didn’t touch a disc this month at all, including not mailing the one out that I borrowed in September (grrr). I did sign up for a local one-day even in November, though, which will wrap up my year nicely.
So I haven’t written 2,500 creative words since 2012. But I resolved to kick ass this month. Did I? Well, I may not have kicked it, but I did give it a hearty squeeze. I plopped out 2,531 words. They were all done in one day, so you’d imagine this goal is something I should have no problem with, but there just wasn’t a whole lot of days where I had the time and energy to sit in front of my computer again after work. Still, this was heartening, and a ton of fun. Grade: 4.
Recall that I had a one-month goal of “cutting out all booze and pot” for the month. Well, the short answer is we didn’t cut it out all month – there were a couple of rough days that we wanted to toast away. However, the goal was implemented for financial reasons, and we didn’t spend a single penny on vices the entire month. My vice budget was simply a bottle of booze we bought before I made the resolution and some sodas. So I can’t call it a success, but I managed to keep the spirit alive (RETROACTIVE PUN ALERT!), so we’re gonna say close but no cigar. Grade: 3.
OCTOBER OVERALL: 3.5 – I hit all but three goals, and they were pretty close. Unfortunately, I didn’t EXCEED any of the goals. So let’s try and make my lowest grade next month a 4. Maybe see some 5s in there.