I did not intend to be away from this blog for three months and two weeks, give or take a day or so. I also intended to write full biographies for every single contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race this season as well as do full write-ups of every episode but I just… stopped. The change in air day really threw me off. Rather than writing about the episode as it aired (on Mondays, which still are a drag if you ask me) I was watching the episodes on Saturday night and then attempting to write about them the following Monday… by which point everyone had weighed in and was there even a point?
I suppose it was all self-pity in a way. So what if I would have been late to the game in writing a review about the episode. A late review would have been far better than what we have had going on here… three full months of absence!
In the time since I have last written I have made some positive changes in my life, about which I will be writing more voluminously soon. One of them is that I am transitioning toward a more plant based whole food diet. You may be thinking… wait, don’t you already eat vegetables? Yes, I do, and I have eaten quite a few vegetables in the last forty years. (I just turned forty on July 30th.)
What I mean by this is I am working on following the guidelines of such books as Forks over Knives as well as Dr. Michael Greger’s groundbreaking book How Not to Die (title not to be taken literally, of course…) — I was a bit of a naughty vegetarian before this. At the onset of July as forty was staring me down like the bull on Wall Street, I thought I would try to go toward as much of a whole food plant based diet as possible and remove everything else from my diet — so that includes all things milk, sugar, and particularly oil. Yes… oil.
I have also gotten a lot more structured about exercise. In the past I have been fairly wibbly wobbly about things and working out “when I felt like it” and you know how well that works? About as well as you can imagine, assuming that you are imagining it being a colossal disaster.
I’m now up at four every morning, getting ready and doing a little personal development listening and lemon juice with warm water drinking, and then having a serving of an exceptional pre-workout supplement at half past four. I sit down and write in a paper journal for about half an hour and manage on average about a page a day, by choice — I’m sure I could go a lot longer or a lot shorter on any given day but constricting myself to a page makes me really think about what is worth writing.
At five I start a workout using an on demand workout service I have been paying for since its inception but not really taking advantage of properly until I started doing the Shift Shop workout program with awesome trainer Chris Downing. I’m now doing a second round of the program and will be doing a cool week long program called A Week of Hard Labor starting the day after Labor Day with trainer Sagi Kalev.
In the three months and two or so weeks I have also consistently sending out a weekly e-mail to subscribers of The Burnt Woods Review. That means that I’ve sent out about fourteen issues of The Burnt Woods Review… which means that yes, I have been writing! I’ve just been not posting anything here. This too shall change.
It’s the end of August and this post should have come a long time ago, but here it is. How are you doing?