Hello! Have you missed me? I’ve missed you. And I want to let you know I’m sorry about the long silence. Part of it was the busyness of life, but most of it was because I went through a period of depression and wasn’t very functional for a while. I’m still not completely back on track, but I am feeling better and thought I should provide an update.
First, I’m excited to tell you that my book is continuing to make progress, and I hope it will be available sometime in September. The cover design is underway, a final review by an outside reader is in the mail on its way back to me, and that leaves just a few final steps before it will be ready for you to download (Kindle) or purchase!
Finishing my book and having it actually available for people to buy will be the culmination of hundreds of hours of work and even more hours of worry about trying to make it perfect. It isn’t perfect, and I could spend more and more time making changes, additions, deletions…but I’m not going to do that. I’m going to trust that it will meet my goal of providing a glimpse into the life of the extremely obese in a way that makes people LAUGH, CRY, and CHANGE. Please stay tuned; I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s ready.
Second, I’ve put on some weight this summer, and it’s mostly because I haven’t been exercising regularly…AGAIN. Ever been there? Here in Florida, exercise is more difficult in the summer, unlike in northern climates where winter is generally the exercise killer. It’s hot and humid. And even though I prefer heat to cold any day…I’ve been thwarted by another vice…early mornings.
The best time to exercise in a Florida summer is before the sun comes up in the morning. I have never been a morning person, even though many years of work involved being up by 5:30 a.m. You can ask my wife, though, and she will verify that I may be out of bed by 5:30 (after hitting snooze at least three times), but I’m not actually functional (or agreeable) for at least an hour after that. In other words, I am NOT the “jump out of bed and head out to exercise immediately” kind of person.
But, like most excuses, I can’t let that reality (excuses aren’t always lies…often they are very real and valid) continue to affect my health.
I haven’t quite figured out what to do yet, but I’ll let you know when I do. The truth of the matter is that it’s up to me to conjure up the willpower to find a solution to exercising during the Florida summers. It’s easier to sit here and lament about it than it is to actually find a solution. Let me know what you do to keep moving in the winter (if you live up north) or the summer (if you live down south). I’d love to hear your ideas!