A couple months ago, I did this week-long detox diet that involved eating very little and very specifically, no caffeine, and no alcohol. I did it mostly as a personal challenge, to see if I could manage, and also because it was just after the holidays and you know how bloated you feel after turkey dinners and chocolates and home cooking and baking and lots to drink.
Well, after this last week, in which I generally ate too much, drank too much, and was extremely unproductive as far as my writing is concerned, I have decided to do it again — but a little differently this time.
For one thing, I’ll allow myself caffeine, because, you know, caffeine. And I already proved I could do it once. But I’m also going to add some other lifestyle things to the mandate.
- I will stick to the prescribed diet for the whole week. Today, for instance, I’m only allowed to eat fruit and drink water (and tea).
- Ten glasses of water a day.
- No alcohol.
- Muscle exercises every day. (I often do pushups and situps a couple times a week; I’ll expand those to cover more of the body, and do it every day.)
- If the weather is nice, go for a bike ride. (It’s pouring rain and cold today, and might be for the whole week, but if it does clear up…)
- No biting my fingernails. (This will be tough.)
- Work on some writing every day. (I’ll be unspecific as to how much, but this should be easy. I usually do anyway. Nonetheless, this will help force me.)
- Read every day.
- Keep my M/W/F schedule for my blog.
Again, this is more a personal challenge than anything. Quite often, especially when other things are going on in my life, I lack discipline — regarding health, writing, everything — so this is an exercise in improving that. Ideally, I’ll be able to keep up a lot of these things (not the strict diet) past the end of the week. And hopefully I’ll be able to really get some things accomplished. (Last two school assignments due this week, plus a bevy of other writing projects I want to work on/finish.)
I’ll be using twitter at least a bit for updates. Hopefully the public profile of this (as public as this tiny, ill-read blog lets me be) will help me stick to it.
Sometimes, you just need that discipline to really get where you want to go. We’ll see how far I get.