In part 2 of my interview with David Banner, he explains how before he began working out and getting in shape, he was known for his excessive drinking. Now? Not so much. He says:
“That’s what I was known for, drinking a half a gallon of Hennessy every two days. But now, by the time I work out, that takes me an hour… it takes me a half hour to get ready, a half hour to an hour to get home, wash up and start my day. It’s like, you don’t have time for no bull.”
This is an important aspect of getting in shape or getting “healthy” that people often overlook. It’s this idea of how your process affects other so-called lifestyle choices, like drinking. If you’re in the entertainment business, this is almost triple fold, as our business relies heavily on the drink for, well, everything. You go to a recording studio, there’s generally alcohol around. You go to a listening event, liquor available. Afterwork meet-up with friends, drinks abound. Dinner meeting, I’ll have a glass of red wine with my meal. Hipster bar in Williamsburg to see a new band, ah what the hell, when in Rome, give me a Pabst.
Before you know it, you’re drinking damn near every night of the week. You may not be a raging alcoholic, heck you may not even drink much at all. But there are a lot of calories in alcohol, and on top of that, usually the ingredients that alcohol is mixed with are high in sugar- whether it be juices, sour mix, soda or whatever.
It’s not the worst thing in the world to have a drink from time to time, but think about all the additional calories you’re consuming as a result. And is it all worth it?
That’s debatable. You want to put in face time, that’s for sure. But these days, when a lot of people are telecommuting and such, and it’s all about skill and productivity, you may find yourself opting out of a lot of social engagements and commitments that don’t directly impact you in some very real and identifiable way. Like, showing up for that listening party (and drinking at it, no less) may not get you another assignment from an editor. But getting the proper 8 hours of rest at night, and making sure you’re bright and attentive at 9am, thinking clearly and sending out pitches will.
Your diet and exercise efforts will subconsciously put this all in perspective for you as you move along.