The Running ManFirst some good news. I am now well over the first 100K of my epic 500K for 2012 (I'm at 130K fact fans). A few thoughts have struck now that I have established a bit of a rhythm to the challenge.
- Running on a treadmill can get a little boring. I am starting to picture myself as a giant 6ft 2 hamster. That probably isn't a good thing unless I was a furry (I'm not). I've wondered about asking the gym to provide some sort of incentive to liven things up. Perhaps releasing a wildcat into the room? That would certainly make things more exciting wouldn't it?
- Thought I know the exercise is doing me good my there are moments when my body seems to disagree. Various aches and pains are starting to make themselves known on a regular basis. The most peculiar injury so far is a strain to the middle finger of my left hand. Don't know how I managed it and the bloody thing just won't go away.
- Ultimately I suppose that it's all good. No pain, no gain and all that. Since the start of this epic journey I've gone from 17st 8lbs to 15st 4lbs. This brings my total weight loss overall since I started to 32lbs. Hopefully this time I'll keep it all off!
Techno-EnvyMy arch-nemesis came back to haunt me with a vengeance over the last couple of weeks. The 21st century green eyed monster I have labelled 'techno-envy' has reared its ugly head again. First the new iPads were unleashed (I know, I know. I don't need one. Doesn't mean I don't want one though) and then I made the mistake of switching on my old laptop. Compared to Mrs Cheesecake's new beast of a desktop my laptop is, frankly, a bit shite. I've since found myself here regularly drooling at all the fine bits of kit that are on offer. I foresee a purchase on the horizon.
The Social Media Brick WallI think that I have reached an impasse when it comes to all the social media that I currently inhabit. Hmmm, how best to explain? You would think that using Twitter/FB/Blogger et al for years now that I would be getting more confident and better at navigating through the technological molasses that is the internet? No, not at all. In fact, if anything, I am getting worse. I've done a terrible job of promoting my review site and seem to fail regularly at connecting online with other like minded peoples. Due to this my apathy towards all forms of social media seems to be growing exponentially. I get frustrated and annoyed far too quickly. (I should stress here that my anger and frustation are almost entirely directed at myself).
Perhaps some sort of self imposed exile may be in order just so I can come back to this arena at a later date with a more positive attitude to it all. I just don't know the best way out of this techno-funk? The solution to my current malaise may require more brain power than I previously thought.
The Con is On!I am however somewhat hopeful that my overcast mood will soon lift. Why? Well, Alt.Fiction is very nearly upon us. I was fortunate enough to attend last year and I had a rather good time. This year the event takes place in Leicester . Never been there before so it'll be interested to check out somewhere new.
My one resolution for this year is the same as it always is - try and be a bit less shy. You might not realise this to look at me but inside I'm just a huge, uncoordinated, awkward bag of nerves when around people I'm slightly in awe of. For clarification I am in awe of anyone who is more creative than I am (so that's effectively the entire population of the planet).
Anyway, if you happen to be there and you see a slightly bemused looking Scotsman with bright red hair please do say hello. I will certainly try and respond. Perhaps even using something that resembles a human language? Your guess is as good as mine.
Right I've had enough of the writing malarkey for now. I'll leave with a bit of abstract art that Mrs Cheesecake and I crafted while out shopping last night. It's a reflective piece that offers insight into the rampant consumerism that plagues our planet....
|Rude words, run away!|
...or it may just be childish, fucking about.