Welcome!

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.

Blog

Day 115: Drinkjacked! (Again)

Twice in two weeks! Last time around I called it being a “booze hostage,” last night the phrase in mind was “drinkjacked.” The situation: I’m not drinking. My partner is not not drinking. Social occasion — volunteer thing at a bar. She orders a beer for her and our friend. They drink. Then he orders a beer …

Day 114: Running Music

Is running music a crutch? As a fan of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, this snippet with Captain Holt haunts me:   Because I have had exactly that thought. While exercising. Also while not exercising, I suppose. I’ll hit a bad song that doesn’t really work in the moment and think “I should take this out of rotation.” …

Day 113: Lucky Me

It occurs to me frequently that I’m a lucky guy. And that it’s important in life to know the difference between luck and skill. I’m not sure what brought that to mind this morning. Something while I was making coffee got stuck in my head. It’s important to know the difference between luck and skill. …

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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Contact

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