Lessons about myself

I am learning new things about myself everyday. It’s partially a result of the blogging process and partially because I am trying to be more aware of myself and the decisions I make. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to eat healthier.

I have read a lot of stories about old people who say things like,

I wish I hadn’t spent my 20s eating cheeseburgers and drinking my life away. I wish I had taken care of my body. I wish I had exercised regularly. I wish I had put on sunscreen. I’m paying for all these things now.

And as a general rule I try to take good care of myself. I wish I had had this sort of self-awareness in high school, when I remember eating pizza more days a week than I can believe now, had ice cream sometimes more than once a day, and probably existed as a dehydrated potato chip.

I did stop drinking sodas in high school, but didn’t replace that with more water. How did I play soccer without any water in my system?

So, in my efforts to eat better and treat my body better so it lasts longer and doesn’t look worse for the hopefully extra years I’ll get out of it.

All this self awareness provides some interesting self-feedback. Here are some things I’ve learned about myself.

1. I will always choose cookies over bananas. Sorry Jillian Michaels.

2. I constantly tell myself that I don’t have any money to prevent myself from spending large amounts. However, I often will go on many multiple $25 spending sprees. That adds up. To more than I would have spent if I had just bought myself the expensive things I wanted.

3. According to my USDA recommended “Food Pyramid” plan, I don’t eat enough vegetables. Or fruits. Or enough of anything for that matter (beside cookies).

4. I have a strange sense of humor. For instance, I like to change song lyrics to make them appropriate to sing to my cat. Not many other people find them that entertaining.

  • I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it. Fish in the air, I don’t care. I love the smell of it. Claws have grown, may break your bones, but tuna noms excite me.
  • If you really want noms, meow it out louder. It’s not a chore, feed kitty Lyra. And meow it up, take it up higher. Gonna push it tuna lemons, give me more.
  • I don’t think it’s funny, funny, funny. When you make my food so runny, runny, runny. I just want to eat some hard food, but my teeth think it’s too crude.

5. Apparently normal people don’t watch their favorite movies over and over. I could watch Lilo and Stitch three times a day and never get tired of it. “Elvis Presley was a model citizen. I’ve compiled a list of his traits for you to practice. Number one… is dancing!”

There are lots more, but I’ll save them for another post.

Dance Instructor: Stop, stop. Lilo, why are you all wet?
Lilo: It’s sandwich day. Every Thursday I bring Pudge the fish a peanut butter sandwich.
DI: Pudge is a fish?
Lilo: But today we were out of peanut butter. I asked my sister what to give him and she said a tuna sandwich! I can’t give Pudge tuna! Do you know what tuna is?
DI: Um. Fish?
Lilo: It’s FISH! If I gave Pudge tuna, I’d be an abomination. I’m late because I had to go to the store, to get some peanut butter, ’cause all we have, is-is stinking tuna!
DI: Lilo. Why is this so important?
Lilo: Pudge controls the weather.


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