Change is Good

Ok, I’m lazy as hell. That’s a good quality for a programmer, but not so good for other things. This was originally supposed to be published on 25 Oct 2010, exactly. So that’s when I’m going to set the publish date, even though it’s now 6 Nov 2010. Screw it.

Change is inevitable. Nothing ever stays the same. Change can either be for good or for bad, but it will always be.
— paraphrased from Coach Gothard (i think)

That photo is me 1 year ago at Mornington Crescent Tube Station.
the author, one year ago

This is me 3 weeks ago.
the author 3 week ago

I don’t even look like the same person. Lost 60 lbs since a year ago. Most of it within the last 6 months.

I could go on about non-tangible things like “belief” and “persistence” which have allowed me to change my life, but the truth is, it’s not that complicated:

1. I went vegan late March of this year (2010) – this is probably 80% of the change.
2. I also started working out consistently – this is another 15%.
3. I started Parkour – this is about 4.8%.
4. New sweet specs – this accounts for the final 0.2%.

Now, a word about Parkour: it rocks hard. Harder than rocks themselves, actually, which is pretty hard by any standard of measurement. It’s a physical activity that’s difficult to categorize. It’s not simply an activity, but a lifestyle (sort of how veganism isn’t just a diet, but also a lifestyle). But Parkour is a hardcore warrior lifestyle. An all-around physical and (more importantly) mental fitness. It’s not about flips and tricks (that’s called Freerunning), but efficiency. Efficiency of movement, of purpose. Always maintain the flow. Don’t stop the flow.

I don’t really know where I was going with this.

I’m in Quebec City, Canada right now. Which is a change from Bentonville, Arkansas, which is where I was one month ago. Anyway, the end.

Also, a happy birthday to my nephew James who turns 16 today. He won’t read this, probably ever, but that’s ok.