My daughter-in-law, Geli, says that if you do something 24 days in a row it becomes a habit, and if you do it for 40 days it becomes a lifestyle. I have heard that before, and I’ve also heard it’s a myth. I’m not sure which is true, but if the 24 day thing has any validity to it, I’m close to forming a habit. And unlike most of my habits, this is actually a good one.
I shared with you a while back that in an effort to lose weight, I’ve cut out almost all of my junk food intake and I started using a NordicTrack treadmill. As I said then, starting out at the slowest pace, about ten minutes was all I could do before getting winded, but within a couple of days I was able to up the speed a bit and do 20 minutes twice a day, and from there I started doing two half-mile sessions a day, gradually working up the speed.
For the last four days I’ve been doing a one-mile session in the morning at a fast walk, and either a half mile or another full mile in the evening before I get ready for bed. And the crazy thing is, I’m actually beginning to enjoy it! I put my iPod on, play some Jimmy Buffett or Billy Joel, and away I go. And while it’s just a drop in the bucket, I have lost 12 pounds in the last two weeks. Of course, I really need to lose about 10 times that much, but what the heck, it’s a start.
I’ve been busy laying out the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, and so far I have 25 of 44 pages done. So things are coming together right on schedule. Terry spent much of yesterday getting files organized on her old iMac and copying them to Dropbox in preparation for setting up her new HP laptop. The iMac has turned in such a clunker that it’s really frustrating her trying to get it to work long enough to retrieve the files. Fortunately, the biggest majority of them are also backed up to an external hard drive, which will make things a little easier.
It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Slow Falling, book six in my friend George Weir’s excellent Bill Travis mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – These days my wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.