Writing is frequently the first casualty

It’s been more than six months since I last posted to the blog. In this piece, I account for my recent absence and talk through some of the reasons that writing is frequently the first casualty in the battle of my mind.

Over many years, I’ve bounced between writing as frequently as daily, sometimes fleshing out multiple blog posts in a marathon session, to dry spells lasting as long as six months.

And yet, I love writing. I really do.

There’s something incredibly rewarding in being able to capture your thoughts and feelings on paper in such a way that someone might even enjoy reading it.

More than just the words themselves, I enjoy the art of typography, finessing the style, layout and appearance of the printed word. Sure, the digital world has long removed the physical constraints of the printed page. And worse still, social media and email have sullied the written exchange, expecting the reader to look past the terrible grammar, poor spelling and erratic prose.

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Take a look in the mirror. What do you see?

Over the coming months, I’m going to give you the information you need to make a positive change in your life. A change rooted in the dramatic improvement of your physique and well-being.

Take a look in the mirror. What do you see?

My guess? At best you see average. At worst, you see someone who is twenty-something pounds overweight. Pot-bellied, soft and sloppy.

You’ll say “That’s judgemental and shallow“. But it’s not.

You’ll say “How I look is not a reflection of who I am“. But it is.

You’ll say “I’ve got my priorities in order“, with work and family taking top slot. But you haven’t.

Millennials are sitting behind desks 8 – 14 hours a day. They don’t sleep well and they don’t eat well. Our bodies are continuously bombarded with all the wrong forms of stress and society pacifies and coddles us into thinking this is all normal.

It’s not.

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Keeping to the schedule

Alright guys, just a little over a week since I last posted. Trying hard to not let things slip and keep on top of a weekly posting schedule. The challenge, as always, is not finding time to write, but committing to writing something of value. Still, I personally get a little something form journaling my own progress and experiences, so maybe that’s reason enough.

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What do you want me to write about?

ThoughtfulI have perhaps my biggest travel period for the year upcoming; a mixture of conferences, summer vacation and extended work travel. As always, part of me is thrilled at the prospect (who doesn’t love to travel!), and the other part of me is dreading it (transatlantic flights, loss of sleep, high stress and huge disruption to the exercise and nutrition program).

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Another epiphany? Really?

My life seems full of them, of late. No, not visitations from a celestial spirit… just more of those gut-wrenching pangs that accompany a moment of sudden insight.

They’ve been happening more frequently too, something I’ve put down to both advancing age and the company I’ve been keeping. It’s also part of my genetic disposition; always moving forward, always looking for answers — even to questions that probably don’t matter.

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