I’m getting fitter!

As most folks who know me personally know, I’m not exactly a little guy. Not huge (175cm / 95kg or 5’9″ and 205lb in the old money) but not a lightweight either. I used to be even bigger in times past – 110kg at one stage a few years ago. There’s some gallery photos to prove it too, alas.

The ironic thing is that I was a weightlifter as a youngster so should know better. But things are on the up – my darling better half has been feeding me – literally and figuratively – some good advice and ideas for better health. I’ve been mainly-vegetarian for around a year now and have been recently cutting out/down the coffee, junk and even wheat / gluten products.

Of course exercise is also essential – so I’ve been walking to and from work each day for around 3 weeks now and intend to keep going. Not only am I losing the excess weight but it’s cheaper and believe it or not quicker than driving / taking public transport (which is well patronised but slow due to the number of transfers needed to get to work). I start yoga next week and will be going back to the weights soon, even just for nostalgia.

I don’t often plug product either, but I’ve been introduced by my girlfriend to some top notch gluten-free and organic bread from Zehnder out at Maleny. A good mix of various seeds, pumpkin, fennel, cardamon seeds, a touch of cumin among other things – all natural. If you happen to run across it give it a go, it’s a nice change from the overly processed crap from your local supermarket.

Some things have amused me this week. There’s some discussion as to whether then @ohhdl account on Twitter is indeed the official Dalai Lama; I did actually follow him for a very short time but found the update frequency a little overwhelming. As it turns out, the account was suspended at least temporarily for “impersonation” (a no-no for Twitter) but was operational when I last looked

Does it strike anyone as seemingly appropriate that it may/may not be real? How zen. Speaking of which, if you’re Zen and a twitterer, have a look at some of the Zen-related twitterers like @zenhabits or @dailyzen. Other suggestions for people worth following welcomed of course.

Oh, what to say

It seems quite odd – I’ve been twittering like mad lately, but don’t seem to have much to say here. Perhaps I’ve been too busy to put a coherent post together.

Not that there’s anything wrong with Twittering, as long as the marketing wonks don’t push their “brand” onto me. I seem to have picked up a few followers too – no idea why given my recent tweets. 🙂

On the upside I am getting fitter. I started walking to and from work about a week and a half ago and it’s already had a noticeable effect on my fitness. I’ve not felt this good for quite a while. The gluten-free muesli my girlfriend has given me has run out but it’s certainly given me a boost in the mornings! I must get some more 😛

She’s also passed on some culinary tips that have worked a treat – a flatbread, some cheese, cucumber and tuna, grilled on a sandwich press makes for a great all-around snack.

I’m starting yoga as of next week (a touch too broke to go now). Valentine’s Day is tentatively planned but why is it always the day before payday? I’d love to do something extravagant but I always seem to fall short 🙁

I’ll have to make up for it later hey?