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2007, 2008, infinity, and beyond!

For 2007, I resolved that I wouldn't argue with anyone about anything. By the strictest standards of that resolution, I didn't make it - I certainly did argue with someone about something; though it was a surprisingly long time from the first of the year! However, throughout the year I engaged in far less arguments than I ever have previously, which I can say was only to my benefit. There was no point during the year when I thought to myself, "Wow, I wish I had argued with that person!" and several times when I had, but wished I hadn't. On many occasions, I caught myself starting to argue, and then backed off - so that's a good outcome to a difficult resolution, I think. On the few occasions when I did get stuck in an argument full-throttle, I regretted it afterwards.

In all 2007 was a better year than 2006 - no major tragedies in terms of the deaths of friends or families; no financial losses, and I got back on stage and did two musicals, which I haven't done since high school. I made some new friends, too - really good friends that I imagine I will be long-term close with. I did get plantar fasciitis, and then a ruptured fasciia ligament - a condition which will get better, but never actually go away. That's a bummer! I did some great travelling, saw a slew of great concerts (Flogging Molly, GWAR, The Decemberists with the LA Symphony Orchestra, Manic Automatic, various others...) and some great plays and shows (Wicked, Avenue Q, Full Monty, and a bunch of shows at SMC.) It was an exciting, pleasant, and not very trying year - and all in Venice, a place I love. If 2006 was the year when I got by with a little help from my friends, 2007 was a year when I was able to be helpful to be friends.

So for 2008, some more aggressive resolutions:

  • I will be less deciduous.

  • I will stop my war of vendetta with the platypi.

  • I will break my addiction to Marmite.

  • I will seduce fewer supermodels.




First and foremost, I'm going to lose 30 pounds. I'm tired of being overweight - I've stopped and started with getting back to a more appropriate shape at least a dozen times. This time I'll do it - by the 2009, I'll be back to 190 pounds. I'm not sure which program to follow - I do know that in hte past, simple calorie restriction is what worked best for me. I'm certainly happy to hear from any of you with advice or success stories! I'm tired of being fat. It bothers me every single day. It effects my life, and worst of all - I fear ending up like my father, rather than my grandfather.

Secondly, I'm going to write a movie every season. This shouldn't be hard - I have two half-finished projects so that's half the year right there! It's high time I got serious about shopping around my stuff. I had what seemed like promising bites last year, but they didn't come through. This is what I want to do, I've got to work at it. To work at it, I have to have stuff to show people - that's obvious. That means less blogging, and more serious writing. I've got a ton of ideas cooked up, that's not the problem. Write! Finish it! I will do it.

Third: Learn to sing. The fact is, I love doing it - in the car, in the shower, on the stage. Time to learn to use this voice. I think there's a pretty good tenor in my somewhere. By 2009, I'm going to sing Nessun Dorma, and sound good! I'm signing up for voice classes now!

Lastly, I'll spend one weekend a month learning about a new neighborhood in Los Angeles. This is my city, my home now - I can't use the "I'm from Philadelphia" excuse any longer. Barring some unforeseen weirdness, here I'll stay for the foreseeable future. There are so many exciting little corners to find and discover - I want to get out there and see them, instead of staying in my little West Side bubble.

Comments

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thelastmehina
Dec. 31st, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

As far as dieting - I've never really had to diet (lucky me), but I practice something which I understand has been called demand feeding. If I'm hungry, I eat, even if it's at 11 pm. If I'm not hungry, even if it's lunchtime, I don't eat. If I feel like ice cream, I'll have a little bit. If I want a snack, I'll search out carrot sticks or fresh fruit something like that. And I always make sure to keep my saturated fat intake low.

And when you're in the mood to get to know Pasadena better, let me know.
aghrivaine
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
"demand feeding" is exactly what's got me to my current hippopotamic state! I think I need something more like "demand starvation'.

Maybe I should consider binging and purging?
thelastmehina
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
I think in the long run, B&P would create more problems than it would solve.
aghrivaine
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
oh, sorry - i was being ironic. And before your friend lectures me on the meaning of the word ironic - facetious will also suffice. :)

Bulimia isn't really on my agenda!
thelastmehina
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
I think perhaps the person you are thinking of is someone who is not my friend :)

Glad to hear you don't have any plans to become bulimic. I lived with one for awhile, it really sucked.
aghrivaine
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
...or blew?

::rimshot!::
thelastmehina
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
Did you know that lettuce really doesn't flush too well?
aghrivaine
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't. And maybe didn't need to, really! :)
nixieq
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
in terms of dieting, i'd say go with what's worked in the past, only make it a lifestyle change. smaller portions, sensible meals (lots of veggies, a decent amount of protein, a little fat (not much, but a little), and some starch is generally a good start. obviously you're not diabetic, but the american diabetes association has some good across-the-board guidelines for healthy eating that are sound for pretty much anybody.

sending good vibes your way for the speedy recovery of your feet to help with the exercise side of things. >:)

yay learning to sing better! best of luck with that. i hope you'll record something (even just on a crappy computer mike) by the end of the year, so we can hear it once you've had some training.
nephandi
Dec. 31st, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
I know the plural of anecdote is not data, but...

One man I observed succeeding at a diet (and told me about his methods) used that low carbohydrate, meat and vegetables method that I think is called the South Beach or the Atkins diet. Not sure. But it worked; he did it largely because he had stopped exercising and was gaining weight.

I myself inadvertently lost a lot of weight by being stressed enough to not eat. Prior to that, I lost a little weight by restricting myself to a bowl of Total Raisin Bran every morning, and a low fat bean burrito every night. If I wanted to reward myself in the evening I'd make a tuna melt. I lost a small amount of weight despite having a sedentary job.

Can you still swim with your injury?
ancient_owbner
Jan. 1st, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Here's my diet that has dropped me from 225 to 200 in the past 3 months...

Daily meal:

1 Monster Energy Lo-cal drink (20 calories per can)
in the morning.

Aquafina Flavor Splashs to drink during the day (0 Calories per) and it tastes a lot better than PO water.

1 Monster Lo-cal energy drink in the afternoon)

1 or 2 Quaker Oats Chewy Granola Bars for a snack (100 Cals per, plus it's roughage and reduces Cholesterol)

1 Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie for dinner
w/ an Aquafina.

On the weekends I allow myself to have Traverse City Cherry coffee (6 sugars and coffeemate per cup - my biggest Calorie intake of the week)

I've dropped most of my body fat this way.
Now if I exercised, I'd probably be 10 to 15 lbs lighter, which is my new year resolution anyway, along with quitting smoking)

Oh, and I try to chew calorie-free gum to help with the smoking.

Byrd


Edited at 2008-01-01 05:40 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 3rd, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
Onward, Daddy-o. -K
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