Suddenly, I discovered a fluffy new layer in my midsection getting in the way. That's when I knew it was time to do something about it.
So now I'm reaching into my own bag of tricks.
Trick No. 1: The New Year's resolution. This puts it in writing. I will work toward fitness this year. OK, so that one's easy.
Trick No. 2: Do this whenever - and wherever - I can fit it in. So if you're out and about the Fort Hill area around midnight and spy some loon making the rounds sporting reflective clothing and a flashlight, be careful how you drive. It could be me.
This seems a lot more reasonable and much less nebulous than last year's trick: Prepare for an extreme sports competition.
(I eschewed an online training guide the competition website recommended, thinking I could just go back to my old fitness routine, which, it turns out, didn't mesh at all with my new lifestyle. It wasn't long before I hung it up entirely.)
But to get all this done, I'm going to employ one more trick, which is a motivator I was employing even when I didn't need "tricks."
It's the hardest part of working out. But if you can accomplish it, you're already well on your way to getting your exercise done.
Here's the secret to Trick No. 3: Go into your closet and put on your Nikes. Now tie your shoes.
Contact writer Philip Maramba at phi...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1248.