Slipping the Surly Bonds of Girth

I reflected a little bit this weekend. On a time when I was inactive. Just eating my cares away in negative space.

I began to think on my friends and acquaintances that undertook a lifestyle change. The jealousy I felt. This misaligned resentment I had towards them. How uneasy it made me feel. It was childishness really. A reflection of my insides at the time.

I just want to say that if there is anyone out there that’s reading this thing. Anyone at all. You can do it. I know how hokey and Dr. Phil-ish that sounds. But, it’s legit.

The negative space is only as negative as you allow it to be. Anyone can inject a little light into the dark. And once it’s in there the whole place can and will light up eventually.

God, I love mixed metaphors.

The truth of the matter is, getting started isn’t half as hard as you think it is. That’s the shit people don’t say. It’s easy. We overcomplicate things to a point where it seems impossible and out of reach, but it isn’t. Is it hard work? Yup. You’re darn tootin’.

Is it hard work like brain surgery and rocket science? Nope. Not at all.

It’s an easy concept that you have to work hard to maintain.

Are there bumps in the road? Yup. My road is a little like postwar Paris, and even that can be navigated.

Five months ago I thought that I’d be buried in a piano box, by a gathering of 15 or so volunteers after being cut out of my house. I’ve since changed that narrative. I did it through demystifying what it means to get healthy.

Does it take courage? Yes.

Is it scary? Damn right.

Is it complicated? No.

Right now I feel legitimately empowered. Like I could take the world by storm if I wanted to.

I completed my first run at the running clinic tonight. I ran 2.18km. Which is probably 2km longer than I’ve ever run in my entire life.

I’m fifty pounds down with a considerable amount to go. But, now, more than ever I know, without a doubt, it’s going to happen.

And, I know people say this all the time, but — if I can do this, anyone can.

For those out there struggling, you don’t have to. You really don’t. You can choose to change things. And you can find people who will help facilitate and support that change. They’re out there. You have to find them though.


Take a Hike

This weekend I’m participating in something called the Tele Hike. It’s a fundraiser for the East Coast Trail here in Newfoundland and Labrador. National Geographic Traveller named the Avalon Penninsula as the top coastal destination in the world. And a big part of that distinction is this trail.

If you feel like sponsoring me and my team “The Barasway B’ys” in the walk, that would be fantastic. It’s a worthy cause. And something that really has to be seen to believed. I love it.

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