I got a final little shock as a result of the holidays the other day. Mrs. Geek took some candid pics of me sitting with the relatives. I looked, well, large... rotund... at least a little more than I thought. Granted, some these pics were not me at my best, in any sense. But they were a wakeup call that I need work on thinning my middle a bit.
I've heard it said that if you really want to know what you look like, check out photos. Kind of like those videos they take on shows like What Not To Wear. You know the ones where people walk down the street in mustard-stained sweats and bunny slippers.
I don't mean to make this sound like I suddenly realize that I'm a bloated, beached whale or something. I just was seeing the glass a little more full than empty where my personal fitness is concerned. I was kind ignoring the tight feeling around my waist for the last few months. Seeing a few pics from a few different angles kind of reinforced the suspicion that "yeah, I need to work on that."
My weight and health issues are on my mind right now. I need to get a physical. It's been a few years, plus I learned a while back that I have a family history of high blood pressure. Of course, the first thing that a doctor is going to recommend for that is diet and exercise... and I want to get the jump on this.
Though I don't remember it much, I also obviously mentioned my weight when I was visiting my family in the Land Of My Birth. So much so in fact, that my Dad (who is losing weight because of said high blood pressure) sent along one of the dieting books he was reading over the holidays. Of course, he now weighs about 20lbs less than me. Maybe I should listen, as he's obviously doing something right.
This was a pretty good week otherwise. I'm making good progress with data collection at work. In fact, I just got a Service Award, for being at Company O. for five years. I'm eating right, and I made it to the gym all five days this week.
Seeing the picture, just somehow suddently made me realize that I can feel a lot better... and be better, if I just try a bit. So, I'll just call it a holiday bill that came a little late.
on 2006-01-20 at 10:28 p.m.
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