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2021: Personal Growth & Health Challenge - Day One

This is a very different entry than my usual, but as things are changing constantly and nothing is guaranteed but the present, I have made a few goals for myself for the year and I'd like to write about them here as a way to keep myself accountable, and to encourage you to join me if you should so choose.

A few years ago, I weighed about 230 pounds (I'm 5'6) and was a miserable liberal. I shared this image on Gab earlier, if you missed it:

I lost the weight over the course of about a year and got down to 135 pounds. Admittedly, Covid-19 has brought out the lazy in me a bit and I've gained about 20 pounds back. No biggie, I can lose it again, and I plan to. :)


Another thing, is over the course of this past year I have accumulated a LOT of random stuff and my house is a bit cluttered and messy. It's not gross, but when I lost weight I had adopted a bit of a quasi-minimalist style (I mean, I still have plenty of stuff, but I got rid of excess and had one-in-one-out rules for buying new things before I threw it out the window for the short-term gratification that comes with Amazon Prime purchases.)


Well yesterday, I cancelled Amazon Prime as a small form of protest against their insane measures taken against Parler, and I highly encourage you to do the same.


I have a few new goals for this year:

  1. I want to slowly declutter and reorganize my house, doing a little bit a day.

  2. I want to get back down to the weight I was at the beginning of 2020.

  3. I want to get fit.

Here's what I did to take steps toward accomplishing this today:

  • I cleaned out under my kitchen sink, emptied my dishwasher, and washed a few dishes I had in the sink and put them away.

  • I put cleaner down my kitchen sink drain, then cleaned the stainless steel with some Barkeeper's Friend.

  • I cancelled my DoorDash subscription and have set a goal of only eating out on special occasions (as in when I am invited for birthdays or with friends/family, etc.) and cooking at home. I've been a lot better about that lately than I was in the middle of the year last year, but I need to commit fully. Losing weight for me was easiest when I was managing my caloric intake, and restaurant food tastes so good because they use a ton of salt and butter- cutting that out of your life is a huge step in losing the weight.

  • I want to be able to do 365 consecutive full push-ups and 365 consecutive sit-ups by the end of the year. Today I did 4 female style push-ups and 4 sit-ups.

Tomorrow's Goals Are:

  • Clean off my kitchen countertops completely and put away all the random things that accumulate on the upper counter and clean off my kitchen table.

  • Cook all my meals at home.

  • 6 female-style push-ups and 6 sit-ups.

If you are interested in joining me on my quest, please do, and let me know how it goes for you! If this does not interest you, let me know and I can see if I can find a way to disable email notifications for these specific types of posts.


The goal of this is to become a better, healthier, and more fulfilled person, and if you are someone who struggles with procrastination and putting off taking care of yourself... I think you'll understand where I'm coming from here. I hope that you'll join me, or share your own tips and suggestions for how to be healthy and happy in today's crazy world.


I will also be making an announcement about a new show I am going to be doing twice a week for two hours each day, as well as a list of upcoming projects that I am working on!


Stay tuned! Good things are happening all around us, and I want to be in the best shape I can be in to fight for myself and for you and to navigate into the future with a healthy mind and body, and with a mind full of knowledge.


Thanks for your time,


L

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