Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Day 97

It's a rather strange thing and it's also a tad annoying. I find myself running into opposition about my goal to become healthy and physically fit.

Oh, it's often subtle. "Diet's don't work." "Exercise could cause you some health problems at your age." "You're no spring chicken, ya know." "How long have you been trying to do this challenge". "What are you trying to do, recapture your youth, having a mid-life crisis?" And on and on....usually from people that tell me this stuff with the best intentions in their hearts.

Well...thanks a heap, but would you kindly just FOAD!

I know I'm fifty years old. I know that I'm way out of shape. I know that what I'm attempting to do is hard, maybe close to impossible.

But it is my goal to become fit during this year. Not yours. Not my friends. Not my partner's. Mine. Succeed or fail....my goal....my dream....my struggle.


Andy said...


As a sports physicain I am continually frustrated by the lack of motivation of many people in life, and you have set about a fantastic thing

All the best in your endeavours


Jay said...

Thanks, Andy, I appreciate that.

Shane said...

pardon my french Jay, but F'em.

do this for YOU.


Jay said...

My thought exactly, Shane.

Frugal Guy said...

This happens a lot. Whenever anybody sets out to do something good for themselves, everyone steps up to tell them why they should not.

What a bunch of whiners.

Perhaps it is easier to just go out and do it. I can speak from experience when I say that once you do show signs of success, they will start to ask you what you did -- hoping they can do something really simple and get amazing results.

Sigh. Don't get me started! ;)

Terry said...

Jay, when I hear these negative types of comments I can't help but think that if they can talk you out of doing it, they will not be faced with the reality of their own out of shape condition.

This goes back to the impact that people have on each other. If I can convince you that old men get fat and lazy then I don't have to feel bad if I am fat and lazy.

As frugal guy said above, "Don't get me started".


Jay said...

frugal guy --- I intent to show them.

Terry --- I think you nailed it. Most of the comments I get go along the lines of "middle aged men are supposed to have a gut and you can't fight gravity and yadda, yadda, yadda. To me that just sounds like excuses...and we both know what a sack full of those are worth.