Welcome to Jerk in Progress, a daily micro-podcast about sobriety, motivation, accountability and one idiot’s slow stumbling steps towards being… well, better.

If you’re here for the podcast entries, you’ll want to hit the blog.

I want this to be your experiment, too! Subscribe on your favourite podcast platform – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. Then check in with me every single morning in just a few minutes.

A brick wall that will be broken by my podcast: Hapeville, GA. Photo: Matt Shepherd
Feel like you’ve hit a wall sometimes? Me too. This podcast is how I’m trying to break through it.

This is a big test for me – initially just an idea to keep myself accountable by keeping a short daily audio log. Then, being a giant nerd, it occurred to me that I could make this into a podcast pretty easily. If I can get people to take this journey with me, the accountability and motivation to keep going with this can only grow.

Podcast updating live (or close to it) 365 days a year

This site (and podcast) is my daily check-in. It updates before 7 a.m. ET (if you’re subscribing on your podcast provider of choice). I check in when I record, and you check in when you listen. It’s an opportunity to generate a little break in your day, listen to me trying to stay on track and on target, and hopefully pick things up that apply to you, too.

Generally, I record and post at some point between exercise and breakfast; I’m working on the trifecta of sobriety, better diet and exercise. This gives me a chance to nail down the exercise part, do my meal planning for the day, and set the simple daily goal of not drinking for another 24 hours. Once the exercise is down and my food for the day is mapped out, I’m in good shape to commit to being boozeless.  Making it time to check in via the podcast. This isn’t a record-in-advance, schedule-weeks-ahead endeavour… it’s as close to live as it can possibly be.

Thanks for listening, rating, reviewing and especially recommending this to other people who might benefit from a daily kick in the ass to ensure everything stays on track. It means a lot to me. And hopefully, even just a little, to you.


Day 440: Volunteer Weekend

A big volunteer weekend for me; spending Saturday and Sunday doing a website redesign and implementation for the local canoe club. Long overdue. It needs doing, but I feel a bit bad that it’s not exactly getting a full creative overhaul, just a standard WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme and dump. But it’ll be a huge …

Day 439: Stupid Early

My wife has the 5 a.m. shift today, she got up at 3:30 in the morning, and I thought “y’know what?” I’m consequently about 90 minutes ahead of schedule, which is cool. Best time yet for a 5k on the rowing machine, astoundingly, given that I got on there at about 3:45 a.m. And now …

Day 438: A lacklustre week!

It’s a pretty mediocre week for this podcast! I blame Daylight Savings — sleep is messed up, and exercise has been pretty lacklustre, and this podcast is FRANKLY UNINSPIRED. Maybe a good time to catch up on some other things — I’m currently distancing myself from some volunteer responsibilities, and trying to normalize some other …

About this sobriety podcast

My name is Matt. Jerk in Progress is about me trying to stay accountable to myself in terms of sobriety, diet and exercise. If you join me along the way, then I’m accountable to you, too. Photos on the site are all mine; many are taken at CFRC 101.9 FM in Kingston, Ontario, where I host a weekly radio show with my amazing wife.

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Email me at matt@jerkpod.com. That’s about it, really.