So - as a break from the story (I know - aren't I cruel) I'm doing a bit of an actual update... Separate from the other days.
This one... may be a bit more personal that the others - so if you don't want to read it well... I won't hold it against you.
I appear to have joined a gym. Yes - one of those places with rows of exercise machines and people in shorts that are far too short and t-shirts that are far too tight. But... I've joined one. For those that know me - will know I'm overweight. Have been getting steadily more overweight for years now... (And I hate it. Who is overweight and doesn't hate it just a little bit?) and despite the frequent (and constant) promises to do something about it... I haven't. Not for any real length of time at least.
I'm not sure how much I'm going to be able to update this whole thing through the 750 words project but - hell - I'm going to give it a go. It's just whether I can actually extend it to 750 words a day - or whenever I write about it.
So... the actual stuff I don't normally write about...
I'm currently sitting at about 21stone.
That's a phrase that kind of horrifies me just to look at, especially as I promised myself several times I'd never be on that wrong side of 20 stone.
But... here I am. To be happy, I want to drop about six stone. At least. Because being this size isn't comfortable, it's a pain in the arse to get clothes that fit properly, and it's next to impossible to get LARP armour and such to fit as well. The last one is probably the most annoying and the one that bugs but most... (it probably shouldn't be but LARP is a big part of my life and a big part of what drives me, creatively, where I focus my free time and where a lot of my efforts are concentrated.)
I struggle sometimes when I remember how big I am... because quite often I forget it and I expect to be able to do this with a bit more dexterity and agility than I actually have - and that frustrates the hell out of me at times. I'd love to throw myself around easily at LARP, take tumbles and dives...
Bleh. This is becoming a bit of a contrite and rambling post and I didn't want it to become that.
But that's what it should be really - documentation that I want to change - physically at least. I want to be happy with my body, want to be comfortable enough to walk round topless in the summer - I'd never want to be or see myself as some ripped body builder or whatever but toned. Toned is a good state of being I think.
So - the path to that starts here I guess. I've slowly being doing the eating healthier thing - not always very well - but I've been doing it (with a little help from some good friends,) I started the swimming and am now signed up to a gym which I am, I AM, going to go to at least 2 or three times a week. LARP is my other exercise - and trucking around in steel chainmail for even four hours a day is bloody hard work. So... gym Tuesday, swimming Thursday, LARP Saturday and maybe Sunday and then repeat. Any Sunday's I don't LARP, can be gym days... And then as I get more and more used to it - I can go more and more days in the week.
That sounds fair enough, right?
My aim is to drop six stone. Which - I'm not sure whether that is a lot or not, or how fast is healthy to lose that much but... I can do what I normally do and make it up as I go along, right?
But... I need help generally. I have a short attention span like some kind of ADD - and any projects or whatever seem to drop away with some degree of speed. Most of my life is littered with partially complete projects or tasks or.... whatever. Just things I pick up and run with for a short while before it drops off - either because I lose interest or the next shiny thing comes along.
So - where the help comes in - I already have WONDERFUL friend who is encouraging me with this and going to the gym with me - but people questioning me, encouraging me, spurring me on and general positive re-enforcement would be wonderful. It's probably why I've gotten so far with the "Trouble in Middale" story arc I've been doing - because I've had some awesome people (two in particular,) commenting, without fail, every day. Which is what I NEED, which is what helps to push me on and do more of it.
So... any help is appreciated - and - I'll keep you posted on where it leads.