Well, after a year of blissful no book writing, and no Alcatraz swimming, I’m doing it to myself again. I’ve just started working on a new book — “Beginning HTML5 and CSS3 for Dummies” — as a co-author. Just as that’s winding down, I’ll be doing the Alcatraz Invitational again. If you’re a regular reader of my blog (how regular can you be when I only post once every couple months?), you know what happened to me the last time I wrote a book and swam from Alcatraz. I have yet to recover from that (and, in fact, I’m in worse shape now than ever before!). But, this year will be different! I’m really not sure how, but I’m looking forward to trying to make it be different. Or, should I just accept that odd-numbered years must include incredible feats of mental and physical strength?
And on another note, ever since my sister joined me in the 40+ age bracket a couple weeks ago, my favorite exclamation has become “Lordy Lordy! Look Who’s [insert something that someone is doing or is]!”. For example: “Lordy Lordy! Look Who’s Talking!” or “Lordy Lordy! Look who’s coming to dinner!”
Last year, I wrote a book and an online course about mobile web apps. As you know, writing is generally a pretty sedentary activity that happens to go well with booze. Writing is also really hard work (mentally), and so it’s important for a writer to reward himself frequently with ice cream and various other snacks.
In spite of all these factors pulling me towards completely ignoring my health, I did make some attempts to be fit and forty early in the year (oh yeah, I forgot to mention that last year was also the year I turned 40). I registered for a 5k race and for a swim from Alcatraz, both of which helped me to focus on my training so that I wouldn’t die or get eaten by sharks. The problem, however, was that once the races were over, I felt like I didn’t need to exercise ever again. And, so I didn’t.
I think you can see where this is headed–writing and the successful completion of amazing feats of physical endurance have wrecked me! I’ve gained about 30lbs in the last year, and I have way more clothes that don’t fit now than I have that fit.
And so, like so many people with lame excuses for why they’re fat slobs, I’ve decided to start turning it around. I don’t have the guts to post a “before” picture of myself, but I’ll let you use your imagination. I look something like this:
And so, here I go! Stay tuned for updates!
My wit and wisdom about winemaking are featured in a new book (along with my Grapefruit wine recipe): 101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers
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