30 Days Of Running & No Alcohol Challenge Update

Day 7/30 with no alcohol.

In my previous blog, I wrote about going alcohol-free for a month leading up to Saint Patricks Day. A few friends and I decided after a weekend snowboard trip to go without alcohol for a month for a copious amount of reasons; save money, time, health, and to focus on more important areas of our lives.

It’s Not Easy

The weekends can be tough and often where most people let loose on their goals, disciplines, habits, and routines.

If you’re someone who gives in to pressure on the weekends or has trouble sticking to something you set your mind, stop and ask yourself why?

Why are you doing what you’re doing?

I’ve found for me, that the only way to stick to something is the eliminate ALL possible excuses. I decided to make it interesting and run 2+ miles every day NO MATTER WHAT, to change those habits and support a healthier lifestyle.

Trust me, I can’t wait for an ice cold, craft IPA on tap at one of my local pubs or a nice glass of red wine after a month of hard work! For now, ice cold water will suffice.

Why I Love Sundays

Sunday’s are for family, reflection, introspection, and focus. What worked well and what did not during the last week?

I’m spending my Sunday thinking about the previous accomplishments I made this week of remaining alcohol-free, running every day, and pushing myself harder than I have in a long time.

Spend some time evaluating your schedule and how you’re spending your time. Maybe you watched too much Netflix, spent too much time scrolling down Twitter or Instagram, or maybe you were super productive; crushed your job, spent time with the family, were in a good mood, and things just went well.

It’s equally important to reflect upon the good memories and be grateful and appreciative as it is the bad memories. Why did things go RIGHT? Why did they go WRONG?

What are my wrongs from the past week? I woke up later than I had planned, spent a bit too much money on eating out, failed to read for an hour every day, and a few days I let my emotions get the best of me. Many more of course…


The things that went well far outweigh the things that did not. I crushed my fears and pushed my boundaries both physically and mentally to do the things I planned on doing.


Stop Making Excuses

One thing that bothers me is people who say they do things or even want to do something but don’t do it. They talk about things as if they do them but they fail to show results or take action.

These people make excuses for their behavior, attitude, and point blame to others for what is happening to them in life.

This attitude has gotten me into trouble.

Be the type of person who takes 100% accountability for your life. Admit when you fuck up. Admit when you do something wrong. Most importantly, admit when you don’t know something. This will lead you to a deeper sense of knowledge around any subject and help with your level of understanding.

Become the type of person who dreams big, thinks big, and respects the small, patient daily activities required to become the type of person you aspire to be. I believe that it is the actions we take and decisions we make that define us. I use to be a proponent of “selling” myself in order to get ahead on things I didn’t truly understand. This mistake led me to land on my ass a few times. Maybe it’ll happen again, but this time, I’ll admit when I was wrong.

What are you going to do today to prepare for a successful tomorrow?

One Word Inspiration: Choice

Choice: an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.

Our lives are compiled of conscious and subconscious choices which shape our existence. The one life we get is impacted by the choices we make, even more so as we enter our adult years. The choice to go to school, start a business, travel the world or whatever. These decisions will lead up to be the memories of our lives and who we end up becoming.

Who do I need to become to get all I want?

This question fascinated me. It enabled me to begin looking at my life from a big picture perspective. I made a choice to begin assessing my life. To think about what possible changes needed to be made for me to to get all I want out of my one life. What I desire out of my life. Who I want to become. What I want to accomplish. The associations I want to have. The impact I want to leave on others. The type of person I want to be known for. The skills I need to achieve my greatest desires.

These are choices. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, and 365 days in a year. The choices we make end up shaping a good portion of who we become.

Who are you becoming?

Our lives consist of habits as I learned in “The Power of Habit”, by Charles Duhigg. The beautiful thing about the human body and mind is our fascinating ability to change. To learn about our habits and disciplines. To apply the necessary changes to better shape the outcome of our life. How you decide to do this is up to you.

What are your habits? What are the choices you are making each day? Are you satisfied with them? Are you fulfilled on a daily basis? Are you maximizing your potential? Will you be satisfied with your life when it is all said and done?

We are faced with choices each and every day which makes up a majority of our lives. What do I wear today? Where should I stop for coffee? How am I going to get there? Should I take the train, bus or drive? This is why productive and successful people have disciplined habits and routines. They often wear the same clothes every day, eat the same breakfast, or wake up at the same time most days. You need to do what works best for your life. Be mindful of how the choices you make are impacting your life. If they are good, keep them up. If they are not, reassess how you can make small improvements in your daily life.

What choices am I making?

I will travel the world and write about my journey because it is the life I desire. A choice I will make to immerse myself in the world we live in and escape from the material world most of us are far too accustomed with. This is a difficult choice and requires a lot of planning, scheduling, organization, risk, and execution. I believe in my gut this choice will shape my future. I want to learn from life. There is no ‘right’ time make the choice you’ve been contemplating. We all say we want such a great life but rarely put the effort in to deserve it. I’ve lived the life of uncertainty while I was influenced by other people rather heavily. This is the change I want to share with you all. The ability to make conscious decisions to change your life through small disciplines, habits, and choices.

I’m in this unique stage in my life where I feel excited to be alive and grateful for another opportunity each day. This has enabled me to start thinking about investing in areas of my life that are of the utmost importance. Contributing more to society in a way which will help shape my future. I find joy in the little things each day. I relish in the opportunity to appreciate the people who serve me in my life and which I am fortunate to serve. I believe I’ve impacted some people in my life in a way has helped them change their life forever. For this, I am grateful.

We all make choices. Make sure you are making the right ones for you. For your life. For your purpose. Be yourself, and don’t settle for mediocrity.

Here is an article from Tim Ferriss that helped me to understand that regret is past tense decision making. We all have regret. Take control of yours today and don’t wait to make important decisions in your life.