Getting back into shape is not going well, friends. Having quit my job and turned freelance, I technically have more time available to get to the gym, go fighting and perform great deeds. However, it just doesn’t seem to be working out that way. In fact, I seem to be in worse shape all around!
You see, as well as crushing depression and a black hole of creativity in soul, my 9-5 job for The Man also brought with it a routine that made it simple to fit exercise – and staying in shape – into my life. I had to drive to and from work every single day, so I’d just stop in at the gym on my way. Staying in shape, therefore, was easy – because exercising was simply part of my daily routine.
Nowadays, of course, that’s not the case. Not having that routine means I now have to actively choose to get off my arse, pack up my stuff and do some exercise. That is much trickier than just doing it as part of what I had to be doing anyway. Especially when the alternative is sleeping, drinking or planning adventures!
The reality of the situation, therefore, is that getting back into shape all comes down to how much I want to. No longer is it simply a side effect of an easy routine; my freelance lifestyle means I can exercise properly every day, live a lifestyle full of adventure AND still make a living. It’s entirely possible, it just involves a little determination…
Well, a lot of determination. A kind of unhealthy determination really, born of being overwhelmingly, paralytically obsessive.