One Month At A Time

Welcome 2019

Blogs have a funny life at the Gazette-Mail.

Over the years, I’ve had probably four or five. None of them amounted too much, probably because they tend to get shunted toward the back of the page. You have to kind of want to read a particular blog. You have to hunt it down and unless you have a built in following of dozens, hundreds or gazillions, writing a blog can feel a little like whistling in the wind.

This blog, for example, was started as a companion piece to my Sunday column, “One Month at a Time.”

As with other blogs, I didn’t get a lot of mileage out of it, but in all honesty, I didn’t really know what I was supposed to do with it. Just writing the column takes a lot of time and keeping up with my month-to-month activities tends to absorb my attention.

There didn’t feel like there was a lot left –or that maybe I should save up the material that I might blog and just use it in the column, which was far more satisfying than blogging ever was.

Just the same, I missed blogging and there seemed like so much stuff I wasn’t writing about, that I could write about.

For all I know, I may have mentioned this in a previous blog about blogging, not blogging… whatever. I’m starting this one up again.

As part of my grand plan for 2019 (2018 did not have a grand plan and 2017’s grand plan fizzled), I’m exploring fitness and getting healthy. This is a year-long project, though not all of this will make it into the newspaper.

Not every month I have lined up revolves around some kind of double-dare physical challenge. (Spoiler alert)

For example, in March, I’m scheduled to spend a month baking pies and other sundry sweets, which sounds only slightly more healthy than working in a distillery (keep in mind, I’m a large guy and I like pie more than I like whiskey –well, marginally).

But regardless of what I’m doing, I’m still hoping to stick to dropping weight and getting into decent shape.

So, that’s part of what I’ll be covering here –my frustrating attempts to get fit.

As my pledge to you, every Wednesday, I’ll do a Wednesday morning check-in, which will include my current vitals like height, weight and blood pressure.

I am really hoping that as my weight drops, my height will grow, but I’m not counting on it.

I will also explain what I’m doing and how I’m doing what I’m doing, so you can see in relative real time, my progress (or lack thereof).


Just because I’m doing this doesn’t mean you should. Technically speaking, I am under a doctor’s supervision. He told me to lose weight over a year ago and was informed back in September that I’d put myself on a diet and was doing some exercise.

If you’re like me, and need to get a bit healthier, go ahead and bite the bullet: Call your doctor, schedule an appointment and talk it out before you get some wacky notion that I’ve turned myself into a health guru.

Anyway, this blog will help serve the grand plan for 2019, which is to improve my fitness and health, but that’s not all you’ll get. You’ll also get “One Month at a Time” throwbacks on Thursday, updates on past months, continuing adventures with things I’ve picked up –and whatever else I can throw in there.

That’s my spiel. I’ll be back tomorrow (Wednesday) with all the gory details.

Until then, Happy New Year, but pace yourself. We have a long way to go.