Archive for March, 2012

Initial Post, 29 March 2012

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Accountability

I started a blog several years ago just because I enjoyed writing it. Nobody ever read it, unless I sent some friend a link or something, but I enjoyed it, anyway. I wrote about sports, politics, pop-culture and whatever came to mind.

I didn’t enjoy writing when I was in school, it seemed more a chore then than a pleasure, mainly, I guess, because I wasn’t doing it for me, I was doing it because it was an assignment.  In the late ninety’s I, along with some friends, started a Christian motorcyclist newsletter (called the “Son-o-gram” at first and later the “Kickstart Chronicles”). I edited the newsletter and wrote a Bible study column.  The newsletter has since passed on, but I enjoyed the writing.

I won’t be blogging every day, I simply don’t have the time. But I will be blogging occasionally and this time when I do, I will post it on my facebook wall. It still may not be read by anyone, but at least my “facebook friends” will have the opportunity to read it if they wish.

This will be the first entry since taking this direction and the first entry of this new blog.

I will be writing about various subjects here, too, including pop culture, sports, politics, news, “religion” and bible matters, and whatever else strikes me.

I will also be posting here about my struggle with my weight. I have known for years that I needed, desperately, to do something about my weight and for years it has only gotten worse. I am working under the assumption that if I put it out here for all to see, maybe I will be a bit more diligent in trying to deal with it. Accountability makes a difference, and that is why this first post is called “Accountability”.

Now, about my weight.

When I left the army (1979) I weighed about 200 lbs. When I married my lovely wife in 1984 I weighed 190. For a few years after that my weight stayed about the same, I had a job in which I got plenty of “exercise” (I worked on a loading dock in a warehouse).  There wasn’t much future in the warehouse, so I used the GI bill and went to school. I worked full time and went to Community College full time and got trained in drafting. In 1987 (actually Dec of 1986) I took a sedentary job at first on a drawing table, then later on a computer screen. In 1998 I was diagnosed with hypertension and I quit smoking. The combination of substituting food for the smokes and mentally working (sitting)  for physically working added quite a few pounds to my weight. I got on the scale last week and it said 311 lbs (this is fully clothed and in work boots, I use a scale that we used at work to weigh outgoing shipments).  Even taking the clothes and boots off, I still hit the magic (or tragic) 300 number. I decided then that that was it. As Jean-Luc Picard said in TNG “This far and no further!”. I have started watching my diet and got on the scale today and it said 303. I have a way to go, but at least I have started.  Thanks for looking.

Vaya con Dios. ML

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