The sleeper must awaken.
My Epic Quests
Diet and Weight
This goes on a bit but it's as much to get my own head around my situation as anything else. Apologies.
Well, this is me presently:
40 years old. Not quite as unfit as I appear but still depressingly obese. Higher than healthy blood pressure. Poor diet. Occasional gout attacks. Bad sleep patterns. The list goes on...
I live in the arse end of nowhere, out in the north-west midlands of Ireland. It rains a lot and tends not to be warm.
Not only do I want to change and improve myself but I really need to. If I don't make some sustainable changes for the better, my already precarious health might easily take a nose-dive.
A couple of years ago I was doing quite well. I was eating better and exercising properly. Alas, willpower has always been my undoing... and I think a major catalyst was the link between my exercise/diet regimen and my attempting to find work in the fitness industry - as the business side diminished and died, as did my dedication to the exercise and diet.
Things need to change.
So here we are. My penchant for sci-fi, fantasy and gaming will be my inspiration as it has so often been, starting with Frank Herbert's brilliant novel, Dune.
A "Wet Weather Fremen" is how I would like to be - in tune with my environment and able to thrive within it. Shaped by the (relative) harshness of the conditions to encourage anti-fragility, adaptability, intelligence and a philosophy of self improvement.
(The Dune analogy in not exclusive. It will crop up alongside other sci-fi and fantasy tropes and archetypes such as Jedi/Sith concepts, classic fantasy Rangers, Ninja Turtles, Vulcan discipline and all kinds of other s#!^ you ain't never heard of)
All my life I've looked at what I could or should do/be/accomplish and made excuses as to why it isn't happening.
In 2006 I took up Historical European Martial Arts and I stuck with it. I'm an instructor for HEMA Ireland and run a club specializing in German Longsword (I also do choreography and perform shows and have done occasional film/tv work).
I've dabbled in other martial arts throughout my life but never stuck long enough with one to get really good.
A few years ago I took up Karate (Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu) and am going for my black belt in April. This is supplemented by Kobudo and I should be able to work towards a weapons based black belt at the same time.
I'll be a Monk for this upcoming challenge as it will coincide with my black belt grading.
This is my situation. This is the beginning of story... the rest is still being written!
Me at level 50:
I'll be fit. Nothing amazing but fit... fitter than I've ever been before. Slim enough to fit into off the rack M-L clothing, tough enough to run a 5k in less than 25 minutes, barefoot. Strong enough to do a dozen pull ups. Agile enough to kip-up.
My fitness training will be based on the primal blueprint and will incorporate as much wilderness fitness as possible (trail running, hiking, generally running about, lifting stuff and climbing stuff in the outdoors).
I'll be working, either in outdoor pursuits and/or in some kind of skills development / training / teaching position.
I'll have a black belt in Karate and probably in Kobudo too. Maybe be approaching black belt in another art such as Jujutsu or another grappling art.
I'll be practicing and teaching HEMA in my spare time. I'll read more actual books and get more actual sleep.
I'll be eating healthily, have a dog that my wife and I take long walks with on a daily basis and we'll be secure enough to occasionally go on holiday (something we've never been able to do). The dog will also accompany me on my solo excursions up into the hills or forests of wherever I live, for camping, bushcraft and general time to be among the green places.
In short, I'll be in tune with and shaped by my environment. Like a Fremen... but in much wetter weather.
(This will be edited and updated as and when needed.)