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School reunion! Glad I went in the end.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Itís been twenty years since I left what is locally called secondary education. High school in the US. I left school about 40 kilos lighter than I am now and with a lot more hair. The girls(women are so much better at this) organised a reunion ala Facebook as many people had emigrated or moved out of the town I lived in. I had recollections of a lot of skinny people with bad hair cuts including my own .
Over the years Iíve learned to accept what I canít change and change what I can. Wisdom is knowing the difference. Thereís nothing I can do about the hair loss but the weight that I can control but didnít really try up until last year. I pretty much sat on my ever fatter ass. There was a time and Iím ashamed to admit it but I couldnít see my toes if I rested my chin on my chest when standing. Iím still a lot bigger that I was leaving school but ironically I never ran 10 k in my life until recently. I run 5 k pretty regularly but Iím still carrying about 20 kilos I need to lose. Although the 5 k now is pleasant run not an ordeal like it was at the start . (couch to 5k is a god Send). I ran three 10k this year and intend to keep training for next.
However I was still pretty self-conscious prior to going. I was supposed to go with a buddy of mine but he backed out. So I was left with a choice of not going or going on my own. You would think that after 20 years of living, getting married, working and having to deal with people that I would have had a little more courage than that. Iím a self-confessed geek and at 16 had the social skills of a brick. I came out of my shell in college. I have to meet new people in my job a lot and that doesnít bother me. I hadnít really figured why I was reluctant to go.
Then the realisation dawned on me that the reason I was reluctant was that I had a real issue with my weight and the way that people would judge me based on it. I could already hear the whispers ďhes really let himself goĒ etc in my head. I didnít want anyone in my class who I hadnít seen since leaving school to see ďfat SeanĒ. I didnít know if I was more bothered about that or the fact that Id let my weight get out of control or even being bothered by what other people think who havenít seen me in twenty years. Of course I should have been more annoyed about not looking after myself more than what anyone else thought but that would have rational .
In the end I decided that Iíd go on the basis that as I was on my own I could leave quietly if I didnít like it. Id already agreed an exit strategy with my wife who was going to text me about two hours into the reunion. I could make my apologies and leave with some excuse. I knew that the girls had put in a lot of effort to organise the reunion and they need the ticket sales to cover the costs of the hotel so I bought a ticket.
So I went made a few jokes about my own weight and no one was bothered. It was great to catch up with everyone after twenty years. Iím glad a I went I had a ball .


Does location influence your weight?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I've been travelling a fair bit in the last few months on business. Mostly around continental Europe . I was reasonably well behaved on the food front. Over indulged on the Beer front but hey I was in Munich for two weeks.
A couple of things struck me.
Places that had good public transport seemed to have less overweight people. Perhaps it was that people had to do a little more walking every day. In city's with large pedestrianised zones it was clear that people walked for pleasure. Being able to amble around the city and then hopping on train seemed to be more attractive than driving and parking in the city.

Cycles lanes , cyclists everywhere and you could take the bike on the train during off peak. Exercise just becomes a by-product of your commute not a special planned activity.

Cultures that have living at the centre than working. Some of my European colleagues that that the 12 to 14 hours days I was putting in were "mental".

It seems to me that the environment and social norms influence your weight and health.
Still I'm back at the gym in the morning. Now where did I put that bike of mine :)


C25K week 4, gardening and Briars

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Some rand om thoughts on c25k, gardening(has to be worth spark pionts)

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SPACELION 5/2/2011 6:51PM

    Heyy, I'm doing the C25K programme too, it really does get easier. I remember week 4 with the 5 minute runs haha, it definitely is a spike in difficulty but right now (I'm just about to do week 6, day 3) I'm finding it fine. You'll be surprised how quickly your body adapts :P

Do you have a heart rate monitor? Since buying one it's really helped me pace myself with my running - I check my watch every so often and make sure I'm within 160-170 bpm and if I'm going above I slow down which really helps with my endurance.. I think sometimes I end up sprinting flat out without realising it and getting carried away and the heart rate monitor keeps me on my toes :P

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BYEFATNANNY 4/30/2011 10:59AM

    Log those gardening minutes. Really, you'll be so happy you did. At this time of year I spend nearly 8 to 10 hours in my yard over the weekends(gardening is my hobby) and it takes place of 2 days at the gym easy! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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First V log testing the waters

Saturday, April 23, 2011

This is my first v log where I introduce myself and reasons for being on spark

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SPMCCANN 4/25/2011 9:31AM

  Thanks redshoes and Adayatatime for the constructive advice. I'm trying to a little bit more each week.

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 4/23/2011 9:42PM

  I suggest that you try to do better each week. I do this every Monday. Whatever I did the previous Monday, I try to improve upon. For example, if last Monday I ran 1.2 miles, then next Monday I try to run 1.3 miles.

Good Luck!

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REDSHOES2011 4/23/2011 10:43AM

    Hi Shawn,
Loved the blog, your sound is fantastic!.. Just do your thing at a pace you can hold to and never give up..


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The shame and joy of gloating.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Over the last four months, I have started to properly train and eat. I've been going to the Gym in the morning s before work starts. We play 5 a side football(soccer) on Fridays.
I've been improving my stamina and speed over the last few months. We have one young "buck " who has about ten years on me. The games are normally played in good spirit and fun. This guy is all mouth. Full of all the smart ass comments about my age/weight. I'm not a competitive guy by nature. I got great satisfaction running rings around him. I won every 50/50 ball by being quicker and more agile. I'm ashamed but I really enjoyed making him sweat. I know I should be more mature at my age. The expression on his face was priceless as he realised he could no longer get the better of me. I didn't even have to say anything, the guys on his own team gave him some flak.

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DONEGIRL 4/19/2011 4:57PM

    Good for you!

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JSPIN74 4/19/2011 11:31AM

    good stuff ;)

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