That’s right… I’m still here. And I’ve been feeling some kind of way.
Without wasting your time or mine with a long, detailed essay about how I’ve been busy and fighting off lack of motivation when my free time is constantly being compromised by some circumstances within my control (I’m buying a place!) and some that aren’t (my job owns me lately), suffice it to say, there have been too many distractions from my mission.
Over the past few weeks of my regrettable absence from my blog and from DietBet, I’ve had inconsistent focus. I don’t want to say this, but for accountability purposes, I’m going to: I gained. I gained enough to get me pretty far back over the wrong side of 200. It cost me the possibility of winning in my third Transformer bet, which would have been a very nice pot had I made it to the final round. Failing is not fun.
BUT, I have learned that wallowing in shame and avoiding talking about it is what got me to over 300 14 months ago, and I won’t let that experience be for nothing. I have to get back at it. So, this is me, crawling out from under my embarrassment rock and trying to fix things.
I don’t have any insightful reflections I feel up to sharing at the moment. It’s just being busy and having trouble carving time into my days when I can do an hour of cardio at the gym, and/or that 30 minutes of strength training. Mostly, I’m frustrated with myself. It’s no good when I don’t get along with me.
Enter Ira Glass. The June 17th episode of “This American Life” was previewed at the end of the previous week’s podcast — this is one of the many podcasts I listen to avidly — so I knew it was coming. I had eagerness and anxiety in anticipation once I saw it in my iTunes downloads last weekend, and I put off listening to it until yesterday. Now that I’ve heard it, I want to recommend it to anyone who hasn’t heard it yet. Go check out episode 589: “Tell Me I’m Fat.” It’s a bit longer than the length of a typical TAL episode by about 10 minutes, but such a worthwhile listen.
As expected, I had a complicated reaction to listening to those stories. I think I’ll have to explain that in a future post — that gives anyone reading this the chance to hear the episode before I spoil it, too –but it was interesting. A lot of it resonated strongly with me. More importantly, though, it was the last push I needed to snap out of my fog.
More entries to follow soon!