Things I shouldn’t do…
A random list. Because lists are wonderful. Now for the things I shouldn’t do, these are all habits I’ve recently realized have creeped up in my life and I need to squelch as quickly as I can:
- Eat late at night or within two hours of going to sleep –
Last night I was invited to a fantastic Yelp event which offered delicious and free food. I couldn’t turn it down. I went, enjoyed the samples, and returned home at 10pm stuffed. I had a great time, but it wasn’t my best life choice. No more eating late, I’ll stick with the early-bird special, thank you.
Boast aboutTell people that I’m leaving Ohio in 47 days –
This legitimately bit me in the butt last week when a coworker, who had intentionally been kept in the dark, heard from an outside source that I was leaving. Why did I tell the other person? Because I’m foolish. Yes, I’m leaving soon, but it isn’t necessary to scream it off the mountain tops. I don’t want to offend anyone or get myself in trouble.
- Blog, tweet, gchat, and dilly-dally while at work –
Yes, I say that as I write this at work. I see how it is slowly taking part of my 8 hours (a huge part) and that isn’t fair to my boss. He has been great about the fact that I’m leaving and I owe it to him to focus a bit more.*
- Make excuses to stay in at night –
There was a time when you’d never find me in my apartment, I’d be out socializing. These days I make excuses to stay in, sit on the couch, and watch awful television (that I won’t admit to). Now I’m not saying I want to return to my previous state, but I need to get out more frequently. Enjoy my friend’s company while I’m still in the area and see less of my couch.
- Pine after fried food (and chocolate and cookies and so much more) –
Yes, fried food is absolutely a fantastic thing, but it isn’t great for my thighs. I need to stop wanting things that I’ll be upset about after eating. Tater tots just aren’t worth it (must keep reminding myself).
Now for a more positive spin, how about a list of things I should do:
- Continue to work out regularly –
A good habit I have, I work out at least five times a week and I begin to feel guilty when I take a rest day. Exercising is a drug and I’m hooked.
- Take more time to run, regardless of the speed –
Since I’ve been doing P90X more frequently, I’ve neglected my running shoes. They deserve to go for a spin or two every week and I need to get back on it. My next marathon is far (seven months) away, but I can’t forget about it.
- Be nicer to my mother (don’t tell her I wrote that…) –
My mother possesses the ability to get on my first and last nerve, I don’t know how or why but it has been this way for years. She has gone through a lot in the past. I need to remember that she is my biggest fan and wants nothing but the best for me. We’ll see how this goes when I return home for a week in July.
- Cook more frequently –
I know how to, so there is no excuse for my eating out habits. This is something I need to focus on as I take the next step into my life and become a graduate student. I’ll feel more guilty spending money on a student budget.
So those are some of my bad habits in a nutshell. We’ll see in the coming weeks how successful I am at altering them to fit my life.
What habits are you currently changing? How do you combat bad habits?
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*I closed my browser for quite some time after writing this. Must. Be. Productive. And yes, then I came back to finish…