Intro My 30 Day Self Discipline Challenge SDC30

Hey, how you doing. Thanks for reading. Seriously. Not too many people stop by around here, so I appreciate those of you who do.

So if you read my previous post about how I’m starting a new daily habit, then you know that I half-jokingly-but-mostly-seriously decided to just drink more water as a way to improve my health. It’s not a bad place to start, but come on…water?

Even I can take on something a little more challenging than that 😉

So, over the past week I’ve been thinking about it (while drinking my water), and I decided to up my game just a little. I realized that what I need more than anything is to work on having more self-discipline, and you know how everyone on Youtube is always doing those 30-day challenges – so that’s what I want to do too.

My 30-Day Self-Discipline Challenge #SDC30

Starting today (August 2 2017), I’m going to spend the next 30 days working on my self-discipline. I decided to start with a daily morning routine.

Years ago, I was a morning person. I had a morning routine and everything! I didn’t choose to become a morning routine person, really, but since I had to wake up super early to drive my mother-in-law to work every morning, it just sort of happened. Okay, well I made it happen, but she started it!

Anyway, I’d get up at like 4am or something like that and leave before 5, drop her off at her job in Honolulu and then go get a good parking spot by my job in Kalihi. Then I’d walk down to Zippy’s (open 24 hours) and sip some coffee for a couple hours before starting work. I’d often take a book and a spiral notebook with me. I’d read a little and spend some time thinking about my goals, writing out some to do lists or whatever, maybe do some journaling.

Then I’d head into work feeling pretty good.



Then my mother in law retired. Then I changed jobs. And then I just…stopped.

Over the next decade, there were a couple of times that I tried picking that up again, but it just never stuck. And I wished that it had, because easing into my day like that felt really good. I miss it.

So I’m going to spend these next 30 days getting back into a morning routine.

My New Morning Routine

  1. Wake up
  2. Weigh myself
  3. Drink a bottle of water 🙂
  4. Exercise
  5. Get the mail
  6. Breakfast – hot or cold cereal
  7. Shit, shower and shave
  8. Read for 30 minutes

It’s pretty basic and can be squeezed into 60 minutes. I already do some of those things most days anyway, but I don’t do ALL of them EVERY SINGLE MORNING, so that’s where the self-discipline comes in.

Actually, I already did it this morning, so I guess I’m off to a good start…



I originally wasn’t going to shave my whole beard off.

I was just going to give it a little trim and then shave around my throat and give it a little touch up every day. But as I was getting started, I realized that one of the reasons I love my beard is that it hides all my chins lol. So, mid-recording, I made a spontaneous decision to just take it all off.

I immediately regretted it, but oh well. It’s done!

Now my fat face has nowhere to hide (at least for the next 30 days). Maybe looking at my chins every morning when I shave will give me that little motivational nudge to eat a little healthier and push a little harder in the gym.

So that’s what’s been happening this week for me. What’s going on in your life?

2 thoughts on “Intro My 30 Day Self Discipline Challenge SDC30

  1. Chris!

    Ah, the 30-day challenge—excellent!
    drinking water is good although I do think people tend to go overboard when they come out with “carry a bottle of water with you and sip every 10 mins” and be sure to drink at least 8 glasses a day. What happened to drink a glass in the morning and then again when thirsty?
    is there a reason you drink bottled water and not out of the faucet/tap?

    I like your morning routine except for #6. cereal is not food. I know it’s easy to prepare but its nutritional value is less than zero. grains take minerals out of the body as they don’t have any of their own. there’s a reason corn comes out *cough* the other end looking pretty much unchanged. I’ll assume you have cows’ milk with it (or to be more accurate ‘filtered blood’).

    When you eat cereal, bread, sugar, and even fruit, your body is saying “where’s the food?”. it thinks there’s a food shortage so it uses some of that sugar for energy and stores the rest away as fat (to keep you alive… as it thinks there’s a food shortage). get a decent breakfast inside you! You’re a man, not a rabbit! cereal is more likely to produce estrogen than testosterone. look at eggs, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, onions, meat, fat, fat, fat.

    You’re a sugar burner which puts you on the path to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, dementia, cancer, etc. it even affects your eyes. Chris, how would you like to be a ‘fat burner’? I eat 200g of fat (animal, coconut, butter) a day (around 14 tablespoons), less than 30g carbs (vegetables), 100g protein.

    To anyone reading, that thinks the diseases above are just a part of getting old, they’re not. it all comes down to inflammation. sugar is a dirty fuel that sticks to our insides, fat (good fat, not margarine and vegetable oils) is a clean fuel. our brains (the most powerful computer in existence) is 60% fat. the liver makes cholesterol if we don’t eat enough of it. down with carbs/sugar, up with fat.

    #5 what exercises are you doing?

    #9 I’d like to see you do eye exercises and say g’bye to glasses.

    Keep it up! I’ll be watching! 🙂

    – Chris (snap!)

  2. Good morning Son, proud of your new 30 day challenge. I have decided to join you.
    The last few years since my back surgery I have had no routine or schedule in my life. If I could get a little sleep through the pain…I slept. It has become a bad habit. Sleep until 9-10am. Get up and feed pets. Have coffee while watching the news for 2 hours. Etc. etc. I finally get dressed for the day and it’s noon or 1pm. Still havnt eaten or done my daily physical therapy. Not a great way to live, yet I cannot seem to break the cycle.
    What I have discovered the last year is that without routine or purpose I am depressed. Tired from doing nothing and depressed.
    Thank you for choosing your new challenge. I “WILL” join you!!
    I’m going to get up early, exercise so I am not stiff all day, eat and get on with the life I should be living.
    Hope I can work up enough energy to set my alarm for 8am every day after I send this…..just kidding…I am with you 100 %.

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