stone 'sto-n n or stone [ME, fr. OE sta-n; akin to OHG stein stone, Gk stear hard fat] any of various units of weight; esp : an official British unit equal to 14 pounds
As I have documented here once or twice before, I could use to lose some weight. I don't consider myself to obese, though I doubt my body has conformed to the desirable norms within any table published by the insurance industry for 10-20 years. No, I just have something of a spare tire and yearn to fit comfortably into pants with a 36 inch waist. I currently squeeze somewhat-less-than comfortably into pants with a 38 inch waist. To reach my goal, I think I could use to lose between one and two stone, as the British would put it, and convert some weight due to fat into muscle along the way.
Despite my previous efforts this past spring, losing weight over the summer proved to be a difficult proposition. Too many other things were changing in my life (a wedding to plan, a Fiancee to move in, etc...) I find that physical conditioning and weight loss don't require extraordinary effort. They just require persistence rigor; it is definitely slow and steady that changes lifestyle and wins the fitness race.
That persistence and rigor requires creating a schedule for my life in which the difference pieces reinforce each other. Finding that schedule is difficult for me to do when everything is changing. I don't react well to change and I need spend time and energy to react and adjust. That time seemed to eat into what I needed to exercise.
It's silly I know, but I think that's why I didn't exercise regularly over the summer. I was so busy trying to absorb details and adjust to the sands shifting beneath my feet that I lost sight of the bigger picture. That happens to me.
I still have the dream, though. I think part of getting old (versus growing older) is about losing the courage to dream and accept that the way things are is the way they must remain. So, I see this hope that I can still get into the shape I always wanted as a part of staying youthful and alive.
Fine, I hear you say, but does this mean you are going to get off your behind and actually do it? Well, that's the tough part isn't it. I hope to. No doubt there will be setbacks along the way, but, I've been in the gym 4-6 times a week for the last two weeks. It's a start.
on 2003-11-03 at 12:40 p.m.
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