MOHT – Day 30 – 5/18/2015

4:45 wake
5 – 6am – coffee, planning day
6am – shower
7am – at work
7am – 9am – zoho and day planning
9am – 12pm – calls
12pm – lunch at desk
6:30pm – gym
7:45pm – dinner at home
9pm – meditation and decompress
Frustrating day. I don’t entirely know why. I made enough calls, but my knee was very sore so I didn’t work out, although I could have.

I did do yoga in the morning. Woke up at 3am.

I truly want to do something remarkable with my life. I need more people in my life. I need to be healthier.

If you ever get cold, just stand in the corner for a little bit. They are usually about 90 degrees.

MOHT – Day 29 – 5/17/2015

Whoa. Slept late. Till like 1pm. All in the drinking the day before. Went to the church. Smoked very little. Less than 10. More like 8.

Ate at waffle house. Listened to The Challenger Sales. Sounds like your typical cheesy sales book so far.

“It’s about the evolving world of solution selling, irrespective of economic challenges, however complex.” “Solution selling is different than product-selling where things are more commoditized.”

Rest of tonight:

Eat sandwich at home.
Listen to sales book.
Plan Monday and Tuesday.
Plan next “month of challenges”.
A guy walks into a bar with his pet monkey. He orders a drink, and while he’s drinking, the monkey jumps all over the place, eating everything behind the bar. Then the monkey jumps on to the pool table and swallows a billiard ball.

The bartender screams at the guy, “Your monkey just ate the cue ball off my pool table — whole!”

“Sorry,” replied the guy. “He eats everything in sight, the little bastard. I’ll pay for everything.”

The man finishes his drink, pays and leaves.

Two weeks later, he’s in the bar with his pet monkey, again. He orders a drink, and the monkey starts running around the bar. The monkey finds a maraschino cherry on the bar. He grabs it, sticks it up his ass, pulls it out and eats it.

The bartender is disgusted. “Did you see what your monkey did now?” he asks.

“Yeah,” replies the guy. “He still eats everything in sight, but ever since he swallowed that cue ball, he measures stuff first.”

MOHT – Day 28 – 5/16/2015




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Up at 8am for soccer games.

Victory in game 1 at 9am.
Tie in game 2 at 10:15am.

Austin was tired, but we sat down and had some waffles with chocolate chips. They were so yummy I had some the next day.

We chatted about making money. I told him that people make a minimum wage if they work some places. $7.50/hour in Georgia. He said he wanted to make some money. So, we agreed I would pay him minimum wage (about a dollar every ten minutes) and set off to find some work to do.


Vacuumed the car ($1)
I detailed the interior
Ran the car through car wash.

Then, we:
went to the house and cleaned the bathroom ($2)
shined one pair of black shoes ($3)
blew off the back porch ($3)

Austin was methodical and did the bathroom with no supervision. “It’s my favorite. I’m good at it.” We took my coins to the Coinstar machine at Kroger and I gave him seven more dollar bills and 50 cents.

He asked to go to the Dollar Tree. I asked, “How much are you going to spend?” He said, “One dollar only.” He spent one dollar.

Texted with Josh some. Beau came over. Derek and Kim were nice enough to make hamburgers. Kim went to chaperone a prom. Beau, Derek and I drank and chatted until I grew too tired at 10:30pm and passed out of the couch.

Maybe 15 cigarettes? the patch helped in the morning.

A man and his wife go to their honeymoon hotel for their 25th anniversary. As the couple reflected on that magical evening 25 years ago, the wife asked the husband, “When you first saw my naked body in front of you, what was going through your mind?” The husband replied, “All I wanted to do was to f*ck your brains out, and suck your t*ts dry.” Then, as the wife undressed, she asked, “What are you thinking now?” He replied, “It looks as if I did a pretty good job.”

MOHT – Day 27 – 5/15/2015

Woke at 7:00am. In bed late around 11:30pm and didn’t sleep well. I think it was a twilight type sleep due to the nicotine patch.

Oh yeah, going the patch route. And gum. I’m trying to use it to get down to 5 cigarettes or less by next month’s challenge.

Probably ended at 13 cigarettes, so I’m trending down.

“The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate
our ability to deal with them and then make our plans with confidence.”
-Henry Ford II

A lady sitting in the dentist chair told the dentist, “I would rather go through the pain of child birth than have you drill in my mouth.” The dentist replied, “Well, you had better make up your mind so I can adjust my chair.”

MOHT – Day 26 – 5/14/2015

7:14am wake up.

In at work around 8:45am.
Drank too much last night.
Ate apples and yogurt because my stomach wasn’t up to a full meal, but hey, meal at home.
Went to home depot and dry cleaners. Got wood to finish project. Didn’t read. Finished Hitchens audio book.
Today, try to make 50 calls, will mostly be like 30.
Bought the patch and gum. $100. Big expense. Let’s see if it helps. I smoked a whole pack last night.
Texted with R. last night some.
Upcoming – Tonight. Do mortises in bench. Need good rasp
Didn’t woodwork. Did some work analysis after hours. I reduced my smoking to 15 cigarettes. Ate dinner at home. Yogurt and Apples is okay, but I’m very hungry in the morning.

MOHT – Day 25 – 5/13/2015

Up at 7am. Awake too late. Three beers is too many. One is ideal with an occasional two. Try to pick days where I don’t drink. None on Sunday or Monday. Tuesday and Thursday, then Friday and Saturday.

I’m grateful for having my education. I was truly lucky.
I’m grateful there is still time to improve myself and have it stick.
I’m grateful for Josh.
I’m grateful for great music and wonderful literature.

Finish Best Western Calls and call Texas AHLA contacts
Thursday Texas AHLA contacts
Friday AHLA contacts, prep for presentation

Trying to reduce my smoking in preparate for quitting on the 22nd.

Today: 15
5/14 – 14, etc.

5/21 – 6, then quit

Go to the Gym on Thursday. Let’s get some stretching, bike riding and back exercises in.

MOHT – Day 24 – 5/12/2015

Woke up late at 7:15am. I find that if I way up really early, my body eventually wants to compensate for it. There is some truth to the idea of waking up earlier incrementally by 15 minutes each day so your body can adjust.

So far, I’m pleased with:

– eating at home. I’m at about 25 meals. That is not where I want to be, and I need new recipes, but I haven’t missed many meals
– staying in touch with friends and family. Texted Josh and Patrick last night.
– waking up earlier, on the whole
– what little meditation I have done has been beneficial

I find staying busy supplants time to insert negative thoughts. So, that’s a pleasant change.

MOHT – Day 23 – 5/11/2015

4:45am – away, gratitude list, three glasses of water, cereal, pack lunch
6:30am – on the road
7am – at work, compiling call list for week
9am – start calling
12pm – eat lunch
1pm – 4pm – calls
4pm – 5:20pm – Zoho and planning

Gratitude list:

I’m thankful to have blessings and privileges like a car, a nice home and good friends.
I’m thankful for my brother. Don’t get frustrated.
I’m thankful for mothers
I’m thankful my father respects me enough to ask my opinion.
Up early. Meditated. Read. Ate three meals at home (one at chick-fil-a). Pretty productive. I am thinking that quitting smoking is going to be harder now that I am smoking more. Hoping knee surgery will take the edge off.

Last soccer practice! Austin is getting taller and more confident. He knows he is good at soccer and you can see a little swagger. Handling behavioral issues is a little bit of a challenge.


Joke of the Day:
How I learned to mind my own business: I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and I could hear all the patients shouting, “13! 13! 13!” The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in the planks, so I looked through to see what was going on. Someone poked me in the eye with a stick! Then they all started shouting, “14! 14! 14!”

MOHT – Day 22 – 5/10/2015

Up at 10:45am.

Mother’s day with the crew at Barnesly Gardens.

Vacuumed – cleaned the vacuum and then vacuumed, pulling much of the furniture away.

Installed speakers. Felt good about that.

Ate dinner at home.

The last week has been a total loss, but I promised to not get bummed about it. Just plan for tomorrow.

Month of Hard Things: Refocus and Redouble Short List

Continue what I’m doing, or refocus on the following things:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • Eat 60 meals that I have prepared myself
  • Wake up before 6:00am each day, even on days off
  • Read 12 books
  • Meditate 30 minutes per day
  • Learn a new joke each day
  • Play golf, have drinks or lunches with 8 friends
  • Reach out to at least one friend a week that I haven’t heard from
  • Visit a new place around town twice per week. Sunday and Tuesday
  • Strike up a conversation with a stranger once per day
  • Plan two trips this year
  • Call a family member each day, tell them I love them
  • Volunteer at two new places
  • Write letters to Hawks, Falcons, Braves, Georgia-based athletes and celebs
  • Build 8 woodworking projects
  • Hang up and iron clothes every day
  • Clean and tidy house ever morning
  • Vacuum and clean bathroom each Sunday
  • Learn to sew