Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

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Towards self-improvement

Posted 26 September 2006 in diet, exercise, improve, lifestyle, and sleep

I have made significant, conscious changes to my lifestyle from the day I arrived back at Northwestern. When I first arrived, I had the opportunity to fall back into the slothful, spiraling lifestyle that precipitated my hiatus in the first place. It was cold, rainy, and unpleasant outside for days! Staying in bed and warm was an easy choice, but I made some deliberate decisions, and I've been holding to those.

  • My bed gets made almost every day. I'm not talking pull-the-sheets-up "made", I'm saying I strip the blankets and sheets off and remake the bed. The entire room takes on a different atmosphere with that simple change.

  • I have my 5-bulb lamp on at all times when I'm in my room. Not only has it prevented the headaches I was developing due to my room's overhead light, but it's helped keep the temperature reasonable! I really do think I need to get another lamp or two in here, though. Where headaches once developed, I am now experiencing mild eye strain. Oh yes, and I keep my window open to let sunlight stream in.

  • I tend to be in bed at a reasonable hour now. Every morning I wake up to my alarm and find that my clothes have been laid out the night before. Getting dressed, even when I know I'm going to be studying indoors all day, has shaped the direction of my days.

  • Almost every day my lunch consists of a large salad, boiled eggs, milk, and water. I don't eat dessert and I don't drink caffeine, although I do usually top off a glass of milk with a tiny amount of chocolate milk. Pre-sweetened cereals and fruit in thick syrup is becoming a little too much sugar for me now, so I'm probably going to switch to fresh apples and Cheerios. Finally, I don't overeat.

These changes have been radical departures from the choices I made even during my hiatus. The single biggest change I've yet to make is to exercise beyond sit-ups and such, but I really do want to get into that habit.

Now if you'll excuse me, I failed to gorge myself at dinner and I'm getting hungry, which means it's bedtime.