After I wrote Friday’s post about not really wanting to drink… I changed my mind. And probably drank more in the last weekend than I have in a long time. Oops! Like a 21 year old on their birthday, drinking was a novelty that was too fun to pass up – and when combined with a wedding that reunited me with my NYU sorority sisters, it was even harder to resist.
But now that it’s out of my system, I think I’m going to be cutting back again. I’m not going to the point of invoking Alcohol-Free September (though BF was swearing to it when he woke up on Sunday morning after a day of football watching and beer drinking), but I think I’ll probably be drinking a little more than I did in August but a little less than I did in July. (Of course, with the notable exception of the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston this Saturday that I can’t wait for – my Untappd account has gone neglected for far too long!)
So what is my September challenge going to be? Glad you asked. I tossed around a few different ideas (30 days of yoga, Sugar-Free September…), but none of them really spoke to me that much. I honestly don’t eat that much sugar (though I do find it hard to resist Tasti D Lite when I pass one in NYC), and the reason I don’t do yoga more is because I have other priorities – and that’s fine with me. When I thought about what would be meaningful to me, I realized it was already one of my goals for the year that was important to me – but had somehow fallen by the wayside. Reading!
I set my 2012 goal to be the same as 2011 – read 100 books. I know that you should always push yourself to do more than you did previously, but last year I made it to 100 even and don’t think I really could have read many more. And this year, I’m totally behind (though I haven’t taken any beach vacations yet, and I make up for a lot then). But then I happened on Dan’s inspiring post, Three Books in Three Days, and I realized that getting back on track may not be as hard as I thought. Maybe one book a day isn’t sustainable for an entire month, but if he can do that for a few days, maybe I can do a lighter version for a month?
And so with that, I propose: 15 books in 30 days. In addition to enriching my mind and forcing me to watch less TV, the third bonus is that I often read on the stationary bike – so I’ll be getting my biking muscles in shape. Good thing, since a friend is organizing a bike/wine tour of Colorado in early October where we’ll be covering 50+ miles a day! I’m going to be in trouble if I don’t put at least a little work in.
Get Smarter in September has begun!