Like A Used Up Shoe Or A Cake Half-Eaten
Well, I finally went and did it.
I joined a gym this past weekend.
After my last check-up, wherein my new Doc recently told me I needed to lose some weight & get my cholesterol levels down, I figured it was about time to get up off my not-quite saggy butt and do something about it. Fortunately, I was able to locate a nice place through my union benefits program, within walking distance of my apartment, and at a ridiculously affordable price. Also, it's neither one of those corporate, everybody-spends-more-on-their-gym-outfits-than-I-make-in-a-week type places, nor a haven for hard-core gym-rats, muscle-bound steroid abusers, or bleach-haired aerobunnies; just a quiet neighborhood workout place, where nobody's judging you on your lack of physical condition, because presumably they're more focused on improving their own. Just what I need.
I figure I'm going to need at least a month of regular attendance just to get into shape to start getting into shape; initially, I'm concentrating solely on weight-loss and cardio, taking things slowly, and easing myself into a long-term program. One of my tendencies is to go at something like this full-bore, then either get injured, discouraged, or both, which generally leads to disinterest, and eventual abandonment. I'll try to do better on both counts this time around.
Another somewhat significant change is also occuring simultaneously: I've decided to relinquish the Chairmanship of the Seattle Equity Liaison Committee as of our monthly meeting last night. I've been the Liaison for more than six years now, having taken the position at my very first committee meeting back in late 2000, as someone pointed out, and I just felt it was time to give someone else a shot; bring some new ideas, new energy, and new direction to the Committee. It wasn't a surprise to anyone, as I announced my intentions back in October, but now it's official. I'm planning to continue serving as a regular member of the Committee, and will actually be retaining many of my former duties: delegate to the county Labor Council, running the tax prep program and whatnot, but now another Committee member gets to answer all the questions, interface with the staff in our Los Angeles office, attend all the conference calls, receive all the documents & publications, and schedule meetings, among other things. So, in effect all I lose is whatever perceived prestige or cache came with the title, while at the same time passing some tasks onto someone else's plate. I think it will be a good thing, all the way around.
on 11:47 AM