The Anti-Climax of Not Smoking

“Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.” – Seneca

As a child I lived through a period of anxiety and emotional trauma, living with two aggressive alcoholic parents (one mentally, one physically), and at around the age of 14, I developed an addiction that would stay with me for over 20 years. Continue reading “The Anti-Climax of Not Smoking”

Dry January – Why this is a thing for me

 

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.” – Oscar Wilde

To celebrate the start of the new year (alongside all the musings about the past, and signing up to crazy sporting events), I’m going to not drink alcohol for a month.

This is partly because it’s Dry January (heeey…is that a BANDWAGON I can jump on?) and mostly because I celebrated a bit too much over the Christmas period and now I feel like my liver has it’s own heartbeat. Continue reading “Dry January – Why this is a thing for me”

#60 Began Marathon Training

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”

Today was the actual day that I began my marathon training. A little while ago, on a whim, I entered the Queenstown Marathon, which will take place on 18th November 2017.

This gives me 14 weeks to get fit and ready to run 26 miles / 42 km. Continue reading “#60 Began Marathon Training”

#57 Discovered Chickenless Chicken

“The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Gandhi

Not eating animals isn’t a new thing for me. For around 10 years, I have swung between vegetarianism and veganism, and most recently have fully embraced the vegan lifestyle.

I don’t need to go into all my reasons for not eating animals here, apart from that I don’t support barbarism, nor do I think eating animals is necessary. As the deity Morrissey once said, “Meat is Murder“, and I’m inclined to agree.  Continue reading “#57 Discovered Chickenless Chicken”

#56 Quit alcohol for 10 days

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut” – Ernest Hemingway

 

Not drinking alcohol is a new experience for me. There. I said it. And I’d feel a lot more ashamed if I didn’t know that many people my age would also say the same thing.

Drinking alcohol is part and parcel of everyday life.  Not just in mine, but in my friends, co-workers, and…well, in the lives of pretty much everyone I know. Continue reading “#56 Quit alcohol for 10 days”