I had 15 minutes of fame from my “before/after” photo from my first year of running.
10 October 2015 to 22 September 2016
It was featured in a story about me in the parkrun Australia newsletter.
The photo garnered an article in The Telegraph, UK.
It had 1,400+ likes on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Group One Year of Running.
My Imgur photo made “Viral” status and had nearly 200,000 views
It was posted on Reddit and had 10,000 points and 381 comments.
I lost 36 kg (80 lb) between April 2015 and April 2016 by eating whatever I felt like (in moderation) within my calorie limit, using the free My Fitness Pal app.
I had started feeling better and better after quitting smoking cigarettes cold turkey in May 2014 and have just kept going. In 2015 I started walking a bit more every day.
On 22 September 2015 I suddenly felt the urge to run for the first time in 30 years. 2 weeks later, I started doing parkrun on Saturdays when it started in my town and I have only missed parkrun 3 times since then. #loveparkrun
I ran 50 km in 6 hours on 10 June 2018.
Along the way, these are the goals I’ve made and completed:
Raise money for cerebral palsy and walk 10,000 steps a day for Steptember 2015.
Run 5 km. 5 December 2015.
Run 10 km. 6 March 2016.
Run 15 km by end of June 2016. 27 March 2016.
Run 5 km in under 30 minutes. 9 April 2016.
30 Day Planking Challenge. May 2016.
Run a half marathon. 26 June 2016.
Run 100 miles in August 2016. Done by 22 August 2016.
Run 1,000 km in 2016. Done by 27 August 2016.
Walk 35 km on 23 October 2016.
Run 100 miles in October 2016.
Run 10 km in under 55 minutes. 8 Jan 2017.
Run 30 km. Done 24 March 2017.
Walk 50 km on 6 May 2017.
Hike 80 km in 2 days. 10-11 June 2017.
Run my first marathon in my year of turning 50. Sunday 27 August 2017.
Run my 100th parkrun. 17 February 2018.
Run a half marathon run (or further) every month for a year. July 2017 to June 2018.
Run a 50 km run in 2018. Sunday 10 June 2018.
Hold a handstand for 10 seconds. 17 June 2018.
Draw every day for Inktober 2018.
No-Spend November, 2018.
Get onto the parkrun Australia Most Events List by running a parkrun at 20 different locations without driving or ever having gone for my licence. December 2018.
See how far I could walk on Boxing Day 2018. 51km!
Ran 2019 km in 2019.
1 year alcohol-free January 31, 2019.
Ran at least one 21.1 km run (or longer) every month for 2 years. 28 June 2019.
Writing all this is a reminder to myself that goals are achieved by making a little effort every day.
Don’t wait around for motivation. Just do it.
Challenge your thoughts.
Don’t believe everything you think.
Zenmode.org was started 20 June 2018.
“About Me” updated 15 September 2019.
Addition for a more complete picture:
- I was founder, owner, and administrator of The Australasian Skeptics Forum.
- I’ve studied at The University of Melbourne, and Deakin University.
- I studied painting and drawing under Howard Arkley and Christine Johnston.
- I’ve worked for local, state, and federal government in Arts, Environment, and Law.
- I’ve managed bookshops and currently work in finance.
- Zenmode post “Less Alcohol” was featured in an Australian Department of Health newsletter in April 2019.