Experiment #5: Eat 3 Scheduled Meals A Day

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I don’t eat breakfast.  Well, I do, but I eat it at noon.  I love breakfast food and brunch is one of my favorite things that can ever happen to me.  But I don’t like to eat breakfast at breakfast time.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?  Not for me.

When I wake up, I’m not hungry.  The last thing I want to do before 10am is eat.  Anything.

Sometimes I don’t eat lunch.  Or I skip dinner.

In fact, most days, I only eat 1 1/2 meals.  Sometimes I’ll have 2 meals.  I guess I just don’t get hungry.

I recently read an article that suggested people only eat when they are hungry, which is what I do.  But that’s only one article suggesting that.

It seems like every other article I’ve ever read and every doctor or nutritionist giving advice all advocate the same thing:  people should eat several small meals throughout the day.

When I was in college we had dedicated nutritionists constantly coaching us on how to eat properly to stay healthy and they all advocated eating 3 small meals a day.  Or more, depending on how active we were.  Whenever you watch a show like The Biggest Loser or some other fitness show it’s the same advice.

So, maybe I’m doing it wrong.  Maybe I should be eating at regular times on a schedule.  Maybe I should be eating 3 times a day instead of 1 or 2.

I usually do these experiments for a week, but to really see the effects of this change on my lifestyle I’m going to go for 2 weeks.

For the next 2 weeks, I will eat 3 meals a day at the same time each day.

Experiment #4: Be A Beach Person

I’m not really a beach person.  I don’t go to the beach that much.  I don’t go to the beach at all really.

I grew up near the beach, right on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.  It was beautiful.  In the summer, the beach is absolutely amazing.  I almost never went.

I think the ocean is beautiful.  I think the beach is pretty.  I like watching the sun go down over the water.  I like to see the green flash at the end of sunset.  I like the way the sand feels on my bare feet.  But I never go to the beach.

I live in San Diego, perhaps one of the greatest beach towns in the country, if not the world.  In the twelve years I’ve lived here I bet I’ve gone to the beach and hung out less than 10 times.

I’m just not a beach person…

Or am I?

Maybe I’m missing out.  The beach is free.  There’s no admission, no parking to pay for.  It’s beautiful.  Maybe I am a beach person but I’m just not in the habit of going.

For one week, I will go to the beach everyday and see what happens.

Experiment #3: Obey The Speed Limit

What if I drove the speed limit?  Would I enjoy driving again?

I used to love driving.  LOVE IT.  Not anymore.  Now, I am constantly annoyed by the actions of the other drivers on the road.  It seems like no one is paying attention to what they are doing.  People are cutting each other off left and right, not looking where they are going, and generally acting like selfish assholes behind the wheel.

What if I slowed everything down, at least for myself?  Would I feel more calm and less stress?  I hate getting behind slower drivers, even though I realize they are not doing anything wrong, as long as they are going at least as fast as the speed limit.

Maybe I’m in too much of a hurry?

For the next week, I will try my best to only drive the speed limit, and no faster.  I can already tell…this one’s gonna be hard.

Experiment #2: Use The Hell Out Of Facebook

I don’t like facebook.  I think Facebook is the new spam.  In fact, I think most of social media is a waste of time.

Twitter?  I just don’t get twitter.  At all.

I’ve often thought about completely deleting my facebook account.  The only thing that stops me is I know that everyone else is using it.  It’s kind of like, if you’re the only person with a fax machine, the fax machine is worthless.  Who are you going to fax?  But if EVERYONE else has a fax machine and uses it to communicate, and you don’t have one, you’re missing out.

Am I missing out?  I keep a very basic, rudimentary presence on facebook.  I’m just barely there.  I see other people post pictures all the time and update their status all the time and even put their work schedules on there for everyone to see.

I’ve never thought much of Facebook, in fact, I’ve always kind of looked down on it.  With a few exceptions, I think most of the posts people put on there are because they are fishing for compliments or fishing for sympathy.

But I might be wrong.  Facebook might be a great way for my friends to know me better.  Facebook might be an awesome tool for making plans or getting a bunch of people in the same place at the same time.  Facebook might actually be SOCIAL-media.  It might make me and my life better.  Maybe facebook isn’t spam?

I wouldn’t know because maybe I’ve never given facebook it’s fair shot.

For the next seven days I am going to use the living shit out of facebook.  I’ll post my status all the time.  I’ll post pictures.  I’m gonna use the hell out of it.