A New Year, A New Me…
So as 2007 opened up, I started making a few changes in myself. Not because I wanted to have a “new years resolution” or anything, just because these are some things I’ve been gradually working towards since I moved here anyways, I just felt the need to step it up a notch. I had a bit of a reality check after spending a few weeks in Ohio over the holidays as well. That and I got a free 8 week membership to Ballys, which ironically gives me a gym membership right up the the day I leave for my cruise!
1. Get in shape. It’s a common goal for many, many people, one that I’ve been slowly working towards since I moved out of my parents junk food filled home. I’ve progressed towards buying all healthy food, and watching what I eat. Not necessarilly a diet, but moreso keeping an eye on what I’ve been eating. Also I try to walk whenever possible. The only time I really take a train or bus is when I have to go to work. Anyways, as part of this, I joined the gym through the discovery channel. They do an 8 week “national body challenge” thing that challenges you to get in shape. I joined Ballys up near Grand Central. I live about 25 blocks away, so on nice days, I’ve been walking to the gym, working out for a little over an hour, and walking home. It’s a nice excuse to get exercise and explore the city. When I do take the train on days where it’s like 2 degrees outside, I get off in Grand Central, and it’s always an interesting trip. For instance, a man was standing outside the other day barking and making advances towards everyone that passed him, including myself. The sad thing is, this is not the first time I have encountered a “barking man.”
2. Replacing the internet with books and newspapers. My internet in my apartment has been down for almost a week up until today, in which case I’ve found myself reading a lot more. Last night I got in bed and read an entire 120 page book cover to cover. Then I started another one, but fell asleep after about 25 pages. Over the week I’ve read numerous books and newspapers, instead of sitting around on google all day looking for pointless information. I’ve even picked up two New York books that dish out all of the information about the hot spots in the city, which I really think I need to look into, instead of the same old Irish pubs every weekend when I can afford to go out.
3. Turning off the tv. When I first moved here in August, I don’t think I turned on my tv until about December. Then I fell back into my addiction of watching the news. This turned into watching The King of Queens, Friends, and Sex and the City (which all coincidentally take place in NYC) every night, just because it was 6:00pm and dark out, and I didn’t feel like venturing out into the dark, cold night. Now, any time I turn on the tv, I can only watch the history channel, the discovery channel, or the travel channel, something that teaches me. Oh yeah, and the ever so depressing news.
4. Conserve money. I walk pretty much anywhere possible. I haven’t gone out nearly as much. This kind of goes hand in hand with trying harder in school. I didn’t quite get the grades I had hoped for my first semester, so instead of going barhopping on the weekends, I wanna try and spend a lot more time on homework (as if that is possible) and maybe only go out once a week or once every other week?
5. And finally, stop biting my nails. I haven’t cut, bitten, or ripped apart my nails in WEEKS. They’re looking really good. I just discovered this place called The Beauty Bar. It’s on east 14th street between 2nd & 3rd aves, and apparently they offer “A Manicure and a Martini for $10.” I saw an ad for it in The Onion, but I really want to go check it out. I’ve heard of the beauty bar before, but I didn’t know they did manicures and whatnot in there. Just curious if anyone has been there before?