Moderation  n.  1. Not extreme or excessive   2. Temperate   3. Of average extent or quality

Moderation is my word for 2011.  I would like to lead a well-balanced life.  More consistency.  I feel like all of my crazy phases are not healthy –

Going from drinking everyday to not drinking at all

Going from not running to running 3 half marathons and one full marathon in one year

Becoming a vegetarian

These are drastic and, frankly, unsustainable changes I was making in my life.  Eventually I would start drinking again after my time off and end up in the exact same place.  I hurt my knee with the running.  I end up going on food binges that just aren’t healthy.  (See yesterday’s post about the Chinese food.  I am shivering just thinking of the experience.)

My point is that I am making an effort toward moderation.  Toward responsibility.  I don’t think removing something like meat is going to solve my problems.  Cheeseburgers are good and I like eating them.  However, I don’t need to be eating McDonald’s when I decide to have one.  I don’t need to sit at a bar alone on a Monday night for 5 hours, but then again I also should not say no to going out for a Happy Hour or a weekend night where I can have a few beers. (My new rule is that if I go out drinking I have to be able to do the following things upon getting home:  Hang up my clothes, brush my teeth, and leave the sink clean.  Simple, I know, but after a certain number of drinks I stop caring about those things.  That is what I am trying to avoid.)

Today, I woke up at 9:45 after getting a good night’s sleep.  I made breakfast.  I wrote a blog.  I’m on my way to yoga.  I’m going to do my laundry.  Then I’m going to write for a few hours.  I’m feeling really good about writing today.  Then I’m going to watch some football.  A well rounded and otherwise productive day.  (Hopefully)

Some thoughts:

Ummm……who am I rooting for in the Jets – Steelers game?   God.  I’m rooting for God’s will.  That’s who!!!!!

Ran 9.2 miles last night.  I’m feeling that today, but it felt good to get back at the running. 

What’s up with the arctic cold?  I feel like I’m in Fargo.

I had my ID checked by a bouncer and he wished me a happy birthday (My birthday is in 2 weeks)  I thought that was very nice of him.

Reading Crash of the Titans.  It is a look at how Merrill Lynch failed.  Interesting to see how the importance of stock price  and the executives chasing of earnings led to the company’s demise.   They didn’t care where they were making money.  They just cared that money was being made. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Enjoy the football today.

Goodnow out.