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    Join me: A Year Without

    Inspired by Leo Babauta's post of a similar name on his blog zenhabits, I have began my 'year without'. What does this mean? It means that for the next twelve months, I will be giving up twelve different aspects of my daily life for one month at a time. The purpose of this is to figure out what is really essential in your life and what is simply a distraction. It's meant to help you focus and break old, unhealthy habits and replace them with new, healthier ones.

    Here is what I'll be going without for the next year:

    July - Soft drinks
    Replacement habit - 8 glasses of water per day.

    August - Bread products
    Replacement habit - Eating more fruits and veggies.

    September - Fast food
    Replacement habit - Self-prepared food, quality restaurants

    October - Buying non-essentials
    Replacement habit - Sharing, borrowing, and community service.

    November - Using computer and iPhone in the A.M.
    Replacement habit - Physical fitness, reading, and writing.

    December - Sweets, pastries, cookies, cakes, etc.
    Replacement habit - Eating more fruits and veggies.

    January - Meat
    Replacement habit - Eating more fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts.

    February - Processed foods
    Replacement habit - Eating more fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts.

    March - Non-essential internet usage (except for writing and academics)
    Replacement habit - Physical fitness, reading, working on creative projects

    April - Netflix, television, video games
    Replacement habit - Physical fitness, reading, working on creative projects

    May - Meat and dairy
    Replacement habit - Eating more fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts.

    June - Computer, internet access.
    Replacement habit - Physical fitness, writing, reading.

    Not many people are up to these types of challenges, often set in their ways and unwilling to undergo small discomfort. For those of you looking to make some changes, though, you can either follow my list, follow Leo's, or make your own version. If you choose the latter, please post it here for others' inspiration!
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    Dude....i admire your dedication and i would LOVE to do summit like this! Props to you, but i wouldnt last a month!

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    I will congratulate you once you've been succesful in this task I feel like it isn't really worth it for me, as I know what is important to me and I know what I would miss. But good luck!

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    I'll post in here every so often to let you guys know how I'm doing. Thanks guys.

    This month's going without soft drinks won't be particularly challenging for me, aside for in social settings, maybe. But having been drinking sufficient water for the past couple of days, I can already feel a (good) difference.

    I still encourage anyone and everyone to take part! It doesn't necessarily have to include what I've included, but something that will challenge you and help you adopt some healthy habits.
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    I will join you, from now on water it is, lol. And milk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SchaffinOSX View Post
    Join me: A Year Without
    January - Meat
    Replacement habit - Eating more fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts.




    i'd sooner die then go without meat for a month, just the thought make me dizzy


    joking aside, hope you do well with it.


    i might try a month where i shorten the amount of time i take in the shower. having said that. the luxury of hot water is something i know i take for granted. myself, coming from a place where hot water is an actual luxury
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    I'll give this a go! I'm more likely to fail but I'd still like to try it!

    Cool thread, bro!

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    Eating more fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts.
    Sorry bro but nonsense.

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    Hm. Already done most things on that list. For me, I'd have to turn it up a notch... BAM!

    Gave up soda right on the new year and have since, only drank it twice but only because my brother took me to Burger King once which I ironically gave up as well. The other time was when I went to Subway. (I don't trust restaurants with providing clean, filtered and un-flouride water.)

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    Good luck with that.

    Now, that is almost my lifestyle.




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    Quote Originally Posted by mickice View Post
    I will join you, from now on water it is, lol. And milk.
    Sweet, man. Let us know how you do. I have to say that while originally getting the 8 glasses of water per day was difficult, only a few days in it is almost second nature. Shouldn't be too hard and the benefits are enormous.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fijiandoce View Post



    i'd sooner die then go without meat for a month, just the thought make me dizzy


    joking aside, hope you do well with it.


    i might try a month where i shorten the amount of time i take in the shower. having said that. the luxury of hot water is something i know i take for granted. myself, coming from a place where hot water is an actual luxury
    I went without meat for awhile, the only problem is that I wasn't really prepared for the shift. Didn't have enough food to eat, didn't know what to eat, etc., so the confusion just kind of burned me out. Knowing a few months ahead of time should ensure I'm prepared for the change.

    As for the hot water idea, that's actually a good one, one I didn't think about.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Wolf View Post
    I'll give this a go! I'm more likely to fail but I'd still like to try it!

    Cool thread, bro!
    Good luck! Even if you don't succeed, you'll still be better off for it. Remember, you can always tailor the list to your liking to better ensure you success.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shingo View Post
    Sorry bro but nonsense.

    especially
    Meat isn't that huge for me, not something I couldn't give up. Like I said previously, I went without if for awhile once and only returned to it because I wasn't really prepared for the shift and therefore was taking in about 1000 calories less and pigging out on junk foods in my confusion of what to eat. This time I should be better prepared.

    Quote Originally Posted by Morganator View Post
    Hm. Already done most things on that list. For me, I'd have to turn it up a notch... BAM!

    Gave up soda right on the new year and have since, only drank it twice but only because my brother took me to Burger King once which I ironically gave up as well. The other time was when I went to Subway. (I don't trust restaurants with providing clean, filtered and un-flouride water.)
    I do feel the same way about water at most restaurants. Some seem fine, others, well, yikes. But hey, if my list is too easy, make a more intensive one for yourself. Everyone has things to sacrifice.

    Quote Originally Posted by brebaz View Post
    Good luck with that.

    Now, that is almost my lifestyle.
    Thanks man. It's going to be a challenge, but that's what I'm all about. Looking forward to pushing through these sacrifices and coming out better on the other end. This will be good for me and some of my silly tendencies.
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    That's awesome, good luck. After 10 years I'm quitting cigarettes. That's my one focus right now.

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    I am trying to quit

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    Quote Originally Posted by SchaffinOSX View Post
    I do feel the same way about water at most restaurants. Some seem fine, others, well, yikes. But hey, if my list is too easy, make a more intensive one for yourself. Everyone has things to sacrifice.
    Hmm. I'll think of something i can do.

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    Dang, good luck with that. I know I couldn't do almost everything on that list with a strict discipline. I'd fail horribly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MATRIX 2 View Post
    Be a man and go without the internet for a year.

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/30/29...thout-internet
    I just read the article you linked and the article he wrote upon his return. Very, very interesting read and very insightful. Like Miller, I was expecting him to come out on the other end entirely different than when he embarked on the journey. Rather, he realized that the internet is critically connected with his life and enables him to stay connected and productive. It makes easier what many of us wouldn't do without the convenience of the internet.

    But that's much the point of what I'm doing, after all. Some of the things I go without I know I will return to, but am attempting to see if I use them unnecessarily at times, if that can be stopped, and to gain a greater appreciation for them. Someday, when life permits (I can't go internet-free on the verge of beginning college), I might go all-out like Miller and see how a year of not being connected works out for me. I'm curious to see whether I would become lazier and indulge in other vices as a result, or if my results would greatly vary.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkoStylo View Post
    That's awesome, good luck. After 10 years I'm quitting cigarettes. That's my one focus right now.

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    An admirable goal. Best of luck to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
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    The "year without" concept would be excellent for you, then. It seems like you have a few larger, broader things you'd like to overcome. When it comes to breaking any bad habit, which 1 and 3 are as well, it's difficult to go 'cold turkey' and stop outright. By giving up specific things for a month at a time, you're more likely to stay focused on what you're doing and cultivate new, healthier habits along the way.

    I'd definitely encourage you to make a list and share it here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SchaffinOSX View Post

    The "year without" concept would be excellent for you, then. It seems like you have a few larger, broader things you'd like to overcome. When it comes to breaking any bad habit, which 1 and 3 are as well, it's difficult to go 'cold turkey' and stop outright. By giving up specific things for a month at a time, you're more likely to stay focused on what you're doing and cultivate new, healthier habits along the way.

    I'd definitely encourage you to make a list and share it here.
    I give up drink for a full year and a half, but a certain point in my life that drove me back to it, was full on self destruct and nearly killed me

    So time for change and i am kicking the arse off 30 and i change now, i will have a better chance for a healthier life
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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    I give up drink for a full year and a half, but a certain point in my life that drove me back to it, was full on self destruct and nearly killed me

    So time for change and i am kicking the arse off 30 and i change now, i will have a better chance for a healthier life
    Indeed. At 30, you still have plenty of time to throw yourself into gear so far as health is concerned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SchaffinOSX View Post
    Indeed. At 30, you still have plenty of time to throw yourself into gear so far as health is concerned.
    All true.. But i have to do away with the demons first and then i will be more healthier
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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    All true.. But i have to do away with the demons first and then i will be more healthier
    I think one of the best things to remember whenever dedicating yourself to a healthier lifestyle is this:

    Everyone has their problems and impediments that prevent them from succeeding. Whether they are physical, mental, or social, there are endless array of reasons and excuses to not make the important changes necessary to live a happy, healthy life. The intensity of these impediments vary from person to person, of course--some people have more on their plate and more to worry about, making achieving health-related goals a more daunting task.

    At the end of the day, though, there is only one person your decisions to eat that delicious pastry, to sit on the couch rather than go for a jog, effects: you. After I adopted this mindset I had a greater sense of accountability and felt it less acceptable to put off my goals or make excuses, no matter how seemingly legitimate or terrifying they were.
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