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Monday, March 22, 2004
I’ll be Running Up that Hill
It’s funny how we, as Americans (or human beings, even), can shrug off our failings in the areas of regimented betterment / self-improvement. This is evidenced by how seldom we reflect back in, say, March to our “resolutions” made two months earlier. There’s all this hype surrounding those early days of a New Year™ and how we have to make a fresh start and kick the bad habits. So, we resolve to take control and make changes for the better . . . and then forget that we’ve made these promises to ourselves. We block it all out.

Well, because my life is nothing without self-indulgent reflection, I’ll let you know how I’m doing on my resolutions.

Not good.

I’m reminded of this every time I run up the stairs (two at a time) at work, which I do several times a day. It’s usually just one floor at a time, and I’m still winded. This pizza-every-other-day “diet” is taking its toll. And I’ve done nothing in my increased activity / workout resolution.

I have, however, been working on my movie-watching and book-reading. I made very modest resolutions to watch a movie a week and read a book a month. So far, after 12 weeks, I’ve watched four movies (plus a re-watching of Silverado) and read five books (ahem . . . one book and four graphic novels, one of which I’d read before). I seem to be on pace with the latter resolution; I have a pile of books in my nightstand / shelf to read, and I’m currently working on The Da Vinci Code (clumsy writing, but engrossing nonetheless). As for the movies . . . well, I’m obviously behind pace. We’ve borrowed 28 Days Later from Michelle’s sister, and I have Bend It like Beckham from mom’s Netflix account. And the Amelie DVD, which we haven’t made time to watch.

So, here’s where I make my stand. And honey . . . you’re either with me, or against me.