Hey there friends!
I have a couple of meetings today in town, and so I came down early to hang out at one of my favorite coffee shops and get some writing done. I have a couple of writing projects that have been sitting on the back burner for a little while, so it seemed right that I should spend the morning working on some of that.
There is a tremendous book called the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. You should all read it, as it contains wisdom and insight into battling the resistance toward getting your work done when you are a creative person. I am actively embodying that resistance right now. I am like a professional when it comes to giving in to resistance. I sat down and opened my laptop. I looked at the projects that I need to do some writing for. I decided that I needed to get organized. So I opened Evernote. I organized the folders of notebooks in there, some dating all the way back to my seminary days. Then I decided that I didn't like the way Evernote organized things, it simply wouldn't work for the projects I have to work on now. I then opened my iCloud account, and made separate blank documents for every piece of the project that I have coming up, because that'll help me keep my head on straight. Then I needed a refill on coffee. Then I decided that I needed to sit down and actually write something. So I opened up my blog...
I'll get around to writing for the work projects coming up. Truthfully, a lot of my resistance to working on it is that I have a couple of really big, exciting projects that I'm working on all at once, and deciding which to focus in on is a bit of a challenge at the moment. That's not the worst place to be. It's certainly better than not being excited at all about any projects that are on the horizon. I've been there before too. This is better.
In other news, I went for a rather large bike ride yesterday:
We've had a little group ride going at the church, and I absolutely love it! It's a great chance to get to know people, and chat with them while we're riding bikes. However, the group ride goes a little bit slow for me to get an actual work out. So I came up with a plan: I was going to ride from the office to the trail head near my house, ride the 10 miles down hill from there to the start of the group ride, ride the slow 5 or 6 miles of the group ride, eat some ice cream, and then hoof it 10 miles back up the hill to the trail head, and then eventually back home. 33 miles later (I had a double back a couple of times on the group ride) I rolled in to my driveway with a big smile on my face. All of that riding at the end of a long day at work used to break me in half. But I got home last night feeling like I had enough energy in my legs to go for 30 more.
I think that's in large part because of the progress I've been making on the weight loss challenge. To recap: I need to lose 2 pounds a week through October to make sure that my money goes to the Mario Lemeiux Foundation and not the (team name redacted to preserve the PG-13 rating of this blog and not scare children) Charities.
So, for the sake of accountability, let's do some math. The challenge is 6 weeks old. Needing to lose 2 pounds a week suggests that I should be 12 pounds down right now. How we doing?
Game on folks.