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Real Life Update - April 29

Well, I don't know if I have anything really exciting to say, but I have made a new goal in my life and thought I'd share it. As rednihilist would say, feel free to ignore. Anyway, some of you might know that my flatmate got married earlier this month. And yes, there were photos. Ugh. Don't remind me.

Okay, so here's one taken of me at the wedding:

Tell me I'm a horrible person for the self flagellating, but all I can see is the boobs and the glasses and I think I look like a troll. Please, please let me win Lotto so I can go get the lasik I've always wanted and the boob reduction. Seriously!

Anyway, one of my flatmate's cousins came to the wedding. He lives in England and his name is Arshad. He's an interesting guy and very intelligent. Also very artistic. He's an animator. And no, there is nothing there. Sorry, this single chick is still going to be single by the look of it.

Anyhoo, back on track, Arshad told me when he was 14 he was like the biggest kid on the block, or is that the chubbiest. And to look at him now, you would not think that in a million years. I mean, fit as anything. He's into martial arts. We got talking about exercise, which I think made him happy because my flatmate and her sister didn't want to take him seriously. But the thing we were talking about was setting goals.

Now one of my favourite novels is one by Robert B. Parker called Early Autumn. Some of you might remember the tv series starring Robert Urich called Spenser For Hire. It's what got me into reading the books. The plot of the book has Spenser being asked to help a boy who is caught in the middle of a divorce between his parents. Each one of them want the boy to get one-up on the other, but neither parent really wants the kid. So Spenser knows this kid is headed down a very bad road. What does this have to do with setting goals? Well, after much talking, and wisecracking by Spenser, he decides to take this fifteen year old, who is very skinny, and very unattractive, with no goals, no cares out into the wilderness and he starts teaching him survival, by running, boxing and lifting weights. And together they build a cabin. It's not so much that the kid is made to do all this stuff. The most important thing is that he achieves something. That he has something to be proud of. Spenser could have taught him anything, but this is what he knows best. And the boy at the end makes a decision about his own life rather than becoming dependent on a surrogate Dad.

So, after chatting with Arshad, who reminded me about the novel, I began thinking about my own goals. And I no longer want to be the person in that photo. I want to see something different when I see a photo of me. And I've taken the first step.

I've started cycling to work. And it's a pretty good hike from where I live to my work. About 11 kms. I used to cycle 10kms each way from home to university, so I didn't feel this was a big deal. Boy, was I wrong. Right now, I don't have the strength or the fitness to be able to go up bunny slopes, let alone the two steep hills I have to get through on my way to work. But it's all good because my goal is to be able to cycle all the way, or almost all the way, without getting off and walking. And part of that goal is conquering those bunny slopes. Let's see in six months if I can cycle up those two big ones as well.

Anyway, that's me and my life. For now. Maybe I'll be able to post another photo in a year's time and be able to say: wow, look at that sexy body! LOL




( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 29th, 2010 08:58 am (UTC)

That's great to hear honey!

Apr. 29th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
Thanks Jan. I'll probably be crying on your shoulder a lot in the next few months, especially about my jelly legs, haha. Glad to have your support though. You are a true friend.
Apr. 29th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
Go, you! That's a wonderful life decision. What a great story - very inspiring. I wish you all the best with your goal, and I hope you'll keep us updated on your progress.
Apr. 29th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I realised that by focusing on the weight I was focusing on the wrong thing. Who was it who said every journey in life begins with a single step. So I decided this would be my step.
And I so love that book - I've always found it inspiring.
Apr. 29th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness honey. This post is wonderful. I know you can do it. I have such a good feeling about this for you and your attitude is wonderful. I am so amazingly proud of you. (((HUGS)))
Apr. 29th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
As Arshad said to me, it's all about attitude. Do it for the right reasons and you'll succeed and I really think this is the right reason for me.
Apr. 29th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Good for you! Making a committment like that is a wonderful thing and I'll be rooting you on. Let us know how you do! ^_____^
Apr. 29th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
With friends like you guys encouraging me, I'm sure I'll reach my goal. Thank you my friend.
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