Mario Villalobos

First 100 Days

This entry marks the end of my first 100 days on this blog. I plan to write many, many more entries, but for now, I want to revel in the fact that I made it here. 100 is a nice and big round number, a number that finally brings me to triple digits, and a number that means I’m not playing around anymore. I’ve come a long way since Day 1, and I can’t even imagine what the future holds. I’ve done over 75 straight days of my Insanity workouts, with many, many more to come. I’ve written over 31,000 words in my novel in 100 days. I’ve written over 60,000 words here on my blog. I look and feel better than I’ve ever felt in my life.1 My novel brings me so much joy and spiritual satisfaction. And my blog keeps me accountable. If my next year can be like the last three months, then I can only imagine the man I could become.

I didn’t have a job when I started this blog since I had quit my old job weeks before. I lost my best friend in the whole world the day before I started this blog. I left my niece’s fifth birthday party with a couple of beers in me. I had gained over 10 pounds in the months before I started this blog because I drank either a full bottle of wine a day or a 6 pack of beer. My novel lied untouched for over 16 months. I just signed off on a new car loan a few weeks before, where I lied and said that I still worked at my old job. I desired so much to run away and go someplace I’ve never been before so I can start a new life and leave the pain behind. I lied in bed all day eating junk food, getting drunk, and watching TV from morning to night. I was lazy, irresponsible, and gluttonous. I needed all that to change. I needed to change.

100 days. That’s all it took for me to get from there to here. But it took just one day for everything to change, and that was Day 1. Day 1 was when I was fed up with how my life was and where it could end up. I needed to change, and all I needed was to act on that desire. I spent the almost $100 on this Squarespace account, spent almost no time setting it up, and just started writing. I’ve kept a journal for years, but something on that day told me to turn it into a blog. I didn’t think to help anyone when I started. Hell, I didn’t even think I’d have 1 reader other than myself. I didn’t think I’d actually get this far. But here I am. 100 days, 100 entries, 1 life transformed.

I like where I am today. There are things I’d still like to change and improve upon, but my life is nothing like it was before this blog. Old habits die hard, and I’m struggling with a few2 every now and then, but I’ve yet to succumb to any of them. I leave for California in a few weeks, and I hope to return with stuff marking the day I finally decide to settle down. Until then, here’s to a lifetime of greatness.

  1. I have abs! ↩︎

  2. Mostly drinking. I miss drinking. ↩︎