Day 197: Breakin’

It’s been a great weekend, and a bit of breakin’ from routine for an extended cheat day — not going nuts or anything, but it’s hard to be on top of everything and still host guests, so I’ll take that excuse to slack off a bit.

Today’s a day off work for me — burning off some vacation — so I’m going to be focusing on Side Hustle as a straight 9-5 and seeing how I can do at getting that closer to launch.

I’m excited about the side hustle thing, but also nervous. Longevity and consistency are a challenge for me, sometimes. And I may need to make some tough choices about volunteerism if this starts to go well — it’s going to take some time.

Getting back on it today; as I was saying to my wife this morning, breakin’ a bit is good, and it’s important to have the trend line as well as the rigor. So today the rigor is back — starting with a good day’s focus on the side gig stuff. Well, maybe a little goofing around, too.

Breakin’ (up) is easy to do.

It’s pretty easy to fall into break patterns, and in the past I’ve been focused on “how I make healthy the default, so sticking with good habits doesn’t feel like ‘I need a break’.” I’m beginning to accept that’s a slow road. But I made a few small decisions over the weekend that I’m proud of. And I’m definitely happy with the sobriety stuff (massive water drinking helps a lot).

The sobriety is always the foundation. I don’t know if that makes it an excuse for bad behaviour sometimes, or if the bad behaviour is one of the ways I deal with sobriety. But I’m hitting all the notes for the half-marathon training. I’m eating pretty good all things considered. So I’m not worried about brief breakin’ sprees from time to time.

It’s how I bounce back that’s important.

Day 126: Houseguests!

Oof. It’s a family thing. And I’m happy to have family over, but it’s really starting to do a number on the routine. Houseguests are great, but four visits in five weeks is… it’s a lot.

I have a relative relocating to the area, which is fantastic, and we’re in the final sprint — a visit again this week for a home inspection. And some document-signing. But it’s also turning into a bit of a thing.

One thing I’ve found through this process is that routine is king. This is why the checklist is working so well for me. Routine is a great thing when you’re trying to change things up.

I’m still not doing great on food, but exercise, sobriety and even sleep are going pretty well. It’s all very dependent on routine, though. My wife is in the same boat: she likes a consistent plan day after day. It’s helpful for both of us.

Houseguests are good for morale, but bad for flow.

I feel good having houseguests. It’s nice to do something nice for people. Company is fine. Helping family is kind of a moral imperative.

But my wife and I are definitely having the Big Strategy talk this morning: so far, we’ve been the Very Good Hosts, but this visit (and the next, for the official Signing of the Things) is going to involve a bit of a come-to-Jesus where we need to start re-prioritizing. Which is fair, I think. It’s really a matter of everyone being happy, but now we’re past “social visit” and into “why spend money on a motel when we have a guest room” territory. Which shifts the hospitality parameters.

Again: happy to do this, especially for family. But it’s been throwing me off, so it’s time to be proactive about not letting houseguests mess with the work I’m doing.