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Monday, June 13, 2011

Moderation and I DO NOT Get Along!

I do not believe in moderation.  I am an all or nothing kind of guy.  Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes not so good.

This past weekend my wife and I, along with another couple (Hi Rich and Heather!), went to Princeton, NJ to visit friends of ours (Hi Meredith and Chris!).  We visited the Princeton University campus, which was beautiful.  The architecture is amazing.  As somebody told me before we went; it is very "Hogwarts-ish".  Pretty sad that we are now describing one of the most beautiful campuses I have visited to Harry Potter, but anyway...

We had a great time visiting our friends but as I said above, "I do not believe in moderation".  During our travels I consumed McDonalds twice.  While in Princeton I consumed a few alcoholic beverages, a big meal at a Mexican restaurant, half my wife's meal, and a lot of homemade taco dip.  These foods are not part of my normal diet, but I went into this weekend with the attitude of "If I'm going to eat bad, I'm really going to eat bad!".  Was this the smartest game plan for the weekend?  Well, I had a great time...

But I feel like crap today, and the weekend did nothing to help me advance in my training!  If anything, I have taken a few steps back.  So I have decided to use my dislike for moderation for the good of my health instead of bad.  I read an article last week about Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, describing the one year challenges he gives himself in order to "learn something about the world, expand my interests and teach myself greater discipline".  His latest challenge is to only eat meat he kills himself.  You can read about the challenge HERE.

Mark Zuckerberg has motivated me to issue myself a one year challenge.  For one full year I am going to consume no alcohol.  No, I'm not going to have some on special occasions.  No, I'm not going to have just a little bit.  I am going to consume zero, zilch, zipola alcohol for a full year.  Remember, I am an all or nothing kind of guy, so I am choosing nothing here.

I wouldn't consider myself a big drinker anyway, but I do enjoy some adult beverages when spending time with close friends and on special occasions.  Especially during the summer months when hanging out around the camp fire or cooking animal flesh on the grill.

Can I do it?  I'm sure some will have their doubts.  Heck, I have my doubts.  A full year is a long time.  That is why I am announcing this challenge on my blog.  If I fall off the wagon I will have to answer to all you readers.  So keep tabs on me.  Hold me accountable.  Don't let me fall off the wagon.


So why is all or nothing better than moderation? sounds like the all or nothing with your eating habits made you feel like shit on Monday. WHAT is giving up alcohol going to help?!?!

"All or nothing" isn't necessarily better than moderation, it's just how I do things. The fact that I don't believe in moderation is more of an opinion than a fact. Kind of like how I believe aliens built the pyramids. It's not a fact, simply my opinion.

As far as giving up alcohol. I believe it will help me on my quest to better fitness and teach me better discipline. It should be a worth while challenge.

I understand what you are saying Mike. I'm not good at limiting myself either. Guess if you aren't drinking for a year, either will I. Good luck!

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