I am not sure exactly how many weeks I have been lifting/exercising, but I think it's been three weeks. So far no appreciable change in my body shape, but I know that will come in time, provided that I don't give up. However, I have noticed that my energy levels, general outlook, and mood have improved significantly.
I wouldn't have been able to do this if my good friend Phillip Hintze hadn't invited me to work out. It took me a week or two to finally get around to joining him, but so far it has been really awesome. He's been very patient as I fumble around the weight room and execute reps semi-awkwardly. A brief note: if you are thinking about starting a work out/exercise routine, an accountability partner is paramount. It is much harder to force yourself to get up in the morning without one. Thanks, Phillip!
I have been struggling with eating, though. I usually try to limit my intake of "bad food" to one day a week, but sometimes "cheat days" become "cheat weekends". Don't even get me started on the amount of candy I ate Saturday during an all day Region Orchestra tryout judging session . If I can train myself not to think of bad food as a reward for hard work or stressful situations I might fare a little better.
On the writing front, I must confess that I haven't made much progress. I spent a little time working in Fulcrum this week, making a few adjustments for a second edition I am planning on releasing next year. Then there's the second book in the trilogy that I need to work on. I am torn between diving into that book and finishing up the zombie novel that I started. Hope the block clears up soon, and I can get back in that place where it feels good to write.