So the past few cycles have been rough... I often find myself having to conciously force myself to keep my eyes open and focused. Because of this I was cutting the cycles in half, but that didn't seem to be doing too much for me. During this last one I decided to just push myself to complete some projects and see if it made a difference. As luck would have it, it made all the difference in the world. Just moving around and doing a few things made me feel almost as awake as yesterday.
As a result I'm going to push my nap forward to make up for those added naps. I'll feel better anyway. I'm still trying to decide on my final schedule. Right now I'm leaning towards 11, 3, 7. The main reason is because it would make it very easy to go out to clubs.
For some reason this time around feels a lot more different than my previous attempts. In a way it seems like I'm more in control. Before I always felt like it may get so bad that I would have to quit. Now I just feel like I may have to up my focus and effort, but that that anything thrown my way can be crushed.
I think that gratitude is an essential part of a good life. If you don't appreciate the people, places, and things that make up your life, you don't have much motivation do anything. I feel the weight of gratitude every day. Many times a day I think of how fortunate I am to be where I am, and how so much of that is due to other people. I can't write that post every day, but I think I can get away with it on Thanksgiving.
I'm most thankful for my family and friends. The two categories of people are intertwined because I feel like I'm best friends with many of my family members, and that many of my friends are so close they may as well be family. Genetics make clear lines, but in real life they're one big group of people I love.
I traveled with a lot of friends this year, and I'm particularly grateful for that. Sharing my favorite places around the world and discovering new ones with friends are among my favorite things in the world. I'm very fortunate to be able to do a lot of that.
I made only a few new friends this year, but I feel like I became closer with a lot of friends, often as a result of traveling together.
For those of you new to Man of the Couch, every Friday I am chronicling my journey from a skinny white boy to awesomely ripped Spartan. The first step on this journey, the gateway work out plan if you will, is the hundred push-up plan found here.
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I probably should have done this last week but I didn't... here's a "before" picture for the 100 push up challenge. Before you look at it though you may want to grab some sun glasses, I wasn't exaggerating my whiteness...
So far, I'm joined by my wife, my mom and dad, my sister, and my friend Mark Bars... (I'm not cutting off the rest of his last name for his privacy, just because it's weird and hard to spell). Here's what Mark sent me right when he started...