Sunday, June 10, 2007

Me And My Shadow (Are Getting Smaller)

I am six feet six tall (1.98 metres, 198 centimetres, however you want to measure it). I've been that tall since I was 14. The problem is, that while I figured out the whole vertical growth thing at an early age, I have yet to discover how to stop the horizontal growth thing. I have been wider and narrower, then wider again most of my life. My problem is a common one - all the things that I love to eat are not so kind to me, and I just have to look at food and it becomes a nine-year old wrapped around my waist. Oh yeah, and I could exercise more too...

But I think I have found a solution - and it's social networking. This spring I bought a pedometer and set the goal of walking a minimum of 10,000 paces a day. So far I am down two belt notches so it is slowly, but surely working. But it's not the walking that's doing it - it's all of you.

I have been posting my daily pace count on Facebook and the notes and encouragement ( and needling and abuse if I miss a day or post a low number) that I have been getting from my friends have been the momentum and incentive that I have needed to succeed. So thank you very much for pushing me, and please keep it up. I hope to have only a six year old around my waist by the end of the summer and then who knows (oh yeah - I do - I've committed to gasping my way through the Bluenose 10 Km race (a slow jog for me) in May 2008). There I said it - it's public, so start pushing...

Ain't social networking grand?

2 comments:

Carolyn said...

There you go ... the commitment to the Bluenose is in writing! You can't back down now.

And who ever knew that social networking would amount to a great dieting technique? I think you're onto something. So when is your diet book coming out? :-)

Ian H. MacLeod said...

Yep, I am so committed now (or I should BE committed, one or the other).

As for the diet book - maybe a wiki instead...