Tuesday, April 15, 2008
5 Weigh-In: The News Is Neither Here Nor There
It's been an incredibly long time since the last time I posted any updates about my BF% or weight. So, drum roll please. (Hahahahahaha!)
No seriously, it's not that bad, & not that good either. (I'm too ashamed to post the total number of pounds gained in the last 2 months.) But let us refrain from an exercise in self-immolation. Rather, what I mean is that while I did gain weight during the hiatus period of "non-running" (i.e., the prolonged period of illness-followed-by-slacking-off), I haven't gained any additional weight after this period (i.e., now that I'm running again!). Of course, the few extra pounds I did gain during the hiatus still need to come off.
As for the BF%, that's another story altogether. ;-) I did gain a few BF% points (not sure when exactly, since there are only a scant few records to go by), but am not going to reveal the exact increase here (for the same reasons as stated above).
This is a wake-up call on many different fronts.
Also, on that note, I just want to address something that I've been thinking about lately, & there's no place better than to do it in a post where I'm putting myself out there, discussing a sensitive topic like weight & BF%. And that is this: Please remember that there's a real living, breathing person who's writing this blog, not an autobot. ;-) And this entity, while certainly being a resilient little bugger, is human & flawed, & a work-in-progress, just like you. I say this because I'm writing this blog as an honest reflection of my experiences, and this is not always going to be pretty. I'm sure there are some people out there who'd probably like it much better if I always wrote cheery little platitudes about my experiences 24/7, but I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to do that because that would be phony, & dishonest, & very unlike me. Sometimes, these experiences are going to be painful & uncomfortable, & yes, sometimes it IS going to be rockin' party & a bowl full of cherries, & sometimes it's going to be somewhere in between, but one thing it's certainly NOT going to be is dull. So there! ;-)
Also, just because I blog openly about my experiences doesn't mean that I always wish to dissect them to the nth degree. Sometimes I'm just writing about them to vent or simply to express the moment. And then I move on. My blog posts are memes, & are not necessarily permanent truths. Again, it goes back to that "work-in-progress" theme mentioned above......
And just for the record, please know that I'm only going to entertain constructive comments on this blog. (This is not said to imply that there've been any specific recent cases to the contrary; I'm just stating it to let it be known.) As the cliché goes, if you don't have anything nice to say about someone, (& at that, someone you might not even know!), best not to say it all...." I'm not putting myself out there so people can pick on me or judge me. There's no point in an exercise like that, other than to gratify an immature, insecure person's sense of schadenfreude. So please kindly put yourself in my shoes & consider how you or another person would feel or think, before you leave a comment.
I've noticed that the blogosphere can all-too-easily descend into a pit of backbiting & nastiness (Ever notice how some people seem to actually enjoy pouncing on each other like wild animals!?), & I absolutely refuse to participate in that kind of energy/drama or further its cause. That kind of behavior towards others serves no positive purpose, & won't be tolerated here.
The other phenomenon I've noticed is that the blogosphere seems to be rife with people misreading context or purposely taking things out of context. This is another behavior I'm not going to entertain here. Nothing annoys me than people who don't take the time to actually read my posts before commenting or who just take things out of context in general.
So, if you are new to this blog, please realize that everything I write here is in context with the surrounding posts. This blog is a continuous story written in several posts over a long period of time, hence the use of the word "journal" in the blog title. ;-) Please don't jump to conclusions & assume that you know me or can know what I'm all about -- all from just one post. Understand that, if you really want to get the full story of what's been going on here in this blog, then you're going to have to inevitably look at previous posts, & "Gasp!", sift through the archives.
I realize that, even after people do this, there will still be some people who still do not "get" me or understand the exact meaning of what I'm trying to express here through my writings, & that misunderstandings are bound to happen. However, I'm not writing for the people who don't "get" me; I'm writing for the ones that do. I'm not trying to win a popularity contest here; the intent is to be real & blog honestly.
Since I've taken the time & effort to blog, & am being gutsy enough to put myself out here in the blogosphere & write honestly about my experiences (under my real name!), I'd really appreciate it if people who are just dropping in could take all of the above considerations I've mentioned into account.
Now I certainly don't mind explaining general concepts relating to exercise & training -- that's what this blog is supposed to be about, in part -- but I'm not here to explain myself as a person or justify or validate my own self-expressions or experiences to others, as it can certainly be exhausting to have to continually do that! Rather, I'm here to be honest & real in recounting my experiences & share my knowledge of running with others.
The nature & structure of a blog itself sometimes makes me think that I should be appending this content to every blog post I write!!!!!!! ;-)