Number 2 of 2016 Aspirations + Resolutions #ilovebikes


Ride my bike trainer for 23 minutes once per week – I have owned a Cyclops bike trainer for at least 8 years and used it maybe ten times.  My inlaws gave it to me very thoughtfully to support weightloss efforts and the funny thing is cycling really is the only physical activity I have every had a feeling of joy from.  The 23 minutes corresponds to the length of a typical half hour show – because I really want some extra incentive!

Bike trainer

“Perfect is the enemy of the good” – Voltaire


I was signed up with the Provincial Bariatric Resource Team of Alberta Health Services for a while and still get their e-newsletter and this good nugget came out a few weeks ago…

“Perfect is the enemy of the good” – Voltaire, La Bégueule
You may have an idea of what a ‘perfect’ healthy lifestyle would look like for you. As you go through your journey toward a healthier lifestyle, it’s easy to take the small positive changes you’ve made for granted, or feel bad about yourself when you aren’t doing all the ‘right’ things.
If you’re focused on being perfect, it’s easy to let small mistakes blossom into bad habits. If you think “Now I’ve blown it! I guess the rest of the day is a write off,” you could try to remind yourself “This wasn’t planned, but I made healthy choices before this and I have the rest of the day to make different choices.”  The truth is that nobody’s perfect.
We live about 80 years on average and we learn everything as we go along with no innate knowledge – just instincts that we often ignore and abandon.  I believe that my body is much better at taking care of itself when I can get my overly-involved mind out of the way.  So I want 2016 to not be as much about the conscious choices my mind makes and more what me body needs to become more fit, effective and healthy.
In an effort to live a better year in 2016 than in 2015, I also believe I need to accept my flaws more.  In some ways this is what the FAT Project is all about.  So gone, accept and embrace all your parts even the ones you inevitably don’t like…

Number 1 of 2016 Aspirations + Resolutions #ihatestairs


Walk up the Memorial Park Library Stairs (front) to my office once per week  and film it to be able to document my 52 walk-ups #ihatestairs – I work on the second floor and for four years have probably only climbed our main stairs a dozen times.  The elevator has always been my friend and I even have a key to it. (I may one day give that up too).


S (specific) – Walk up the front stairs to my office on the 2nd floor
M (measurable) – Once per week
A (achievable) – Definitely
R (realistic) – Much more than I am doing now and not far fetched
T (timely) – Well scheduled and easy to implement