30 Day Lifestyle Challenge Day 8 – The Matrix

February 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Now we are groovin’. Day 8 began well and it is finishing well. I even skipped a meal – lunch – today with no ill effects.

I don’t know if there will be much for me to write about today as it was a day without hunger, without cravings, even a good nights rest without any wacky ‘Golfing to the Death’ dreams.

One thing I will say is that the cravings have turned more into wantings. I walk by an espresso place and I want to stop in and have a shot, but it doesn’t take every fibre of my being to keep walking. My cravings had the dual effect of requiring an intense fight with myself, but they also took up a lot of conscious space as I would be thinking of the object almost constantly. Perhaps I feel that I got more done today as I have reclaimed that conscious space for ‘good’ and not evil.

The other thing I have noticed is that my spending remains quite low. It is dumbfounding how many little impulse buys I can make in a week. In my case most of them involved coffee, snacky foods, wine and, of course new apps for my iPhone. Without the sugar and caffeine crashes my body is not screaming out to get a coffee or a snack just to make it through the day. I’m not feeling the strong desire to reward myself with a big glass of goodness with every day. My mind seems clearer and thus I am not finding distractions, I’m finding solutions. It has only been 8 days, but I estimate that I have saved close to $96… sorry if that puts the breaks on the recovering economy.

Hmm.. the economy. Have you seen Food Inc. or Super Size Me, both great films that state how much of the economy is controlled by a few companies whose concept of what constitutes food is formed by perspectives of the industrial revolution- make it cheaper and have it everywhere. How much of the daily economy is built around coffee breaks, meeting for coffee, hitting Tim Hortons or Starbucks? How much of the economy needs us to search out distractions? I’m thinking a big chunk. I was watching the Canucks game tonight (4-1 winners of Dallas – way to go boys!) and there was no less than 30 fast food & sugary snack ads while I watched the game. The vast majority of the ads were trying to trigger the response that says I need to go to X to get my fix… why because I deserve it.

In some ways I feel like Neo in the Matrix, although I look nowhere near as good with a bald head, where he sees the contrast; understands the greater good but also sees how blissfully easy being in the matrix is.

Anyway if you have any thoughts on this I would like to hear them. I going to unwind a bit by watching the best show ever West Wing and then off to bed. Tomorrow morning at 5:30 I do my first circuit as laid by the best personal trainer ever- my wife.


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