You'll Be Seeing Less Of Me In Future
Looking back at past entries for the same time in previous years, I see that – predictably – I said I was determined to lose weight. It hasn’t happened. I’m going to be 32 next month, and so I’m getting to the stage where being too heavy means I'm rolling the dice with my life.
This is reason enough to get fit, but I want to do it for aesthetic reasons too, and also because I just don’t see myself as a fat person spiritually. There are things I fear about losing weight, but I don’t feel that my current condition is the real me.
That being so, it’s time to eat better, and exercise more. The method is straightforward for almost all of us (and certainly for me). The doing is harder.
I think the key is just to do it. A counsel of perfection isn’t the way forward – accepting that I’ll have good and bad days but that I need to change my lifestyle is better. I’ve written before about my need for black and white. It’s clear that in this area of my life, I have to live with shades of grey.
It’s not about giving up crisps. I didn’t eat crisps until the last few days of my three months in South Carolina, yet I put on a stone. It is about making such things treats, and eating proportionately and healthily. It’s about learning to cook. And when I slip, I need to jump back on the wagon and not get despondent.
And it’s about exercise. I want to walk more, to go to the gym more, to play squash and five-a-side football and to dance more. I want these things to be more of a pleasure.
I need to embrace what I can become, not slip into a slough of despond about what I have become.
And I need to think and talk and write about it less, and get on with it now.
Almost entirely unrelatedly (but not quite, as fitness impacts on everything) I want to take my comedy career on to a new level. I need to do more gigs and to travel further afield. I’ve progressed ability wise, but I want to share my laughter with the world!
Good luck for all that you wish for and all the good stuff that you haven’t even wished for in 2008. Keep reading, and drop me a line at the email address above.