Kensington Krazy

Here’s another night shot from Kensington Market. As you may recall, I mentioned that after dark this area becomes a tad dangerous. This guy, in his boxers, was out on the street running around with an illuminated plastic sword, waving it at on-coming cars and people alike. He was harmless enough and I’m not even convinced he was high — well, maybe on life. We all laughed and shot photos of him. The girl in the distance is my friend Georgette, from the group. I think she really adds to this shot. Hope you like it.

Well, on another note, I’ve been a tad reluctant to mention this but since it’s been almost a month now I suppose I’ll risk jinxing it and tell you. I have changed my eating habits and started working out again. Not really sure what happened. There was no plan. Just one day I was in the grocery store eyeing up some maple walnut ice cream when I stopped and asked myself what I was doing. Like, I’ve been unhappy about being out of shape and about starting to get a bit of a paunch for some time now, but not quite unhappy enough to do anything about it. Anyway, I left the store sans ice cream. Since then, I find I’ve been passing up a lot of things that are not good for me. I started bringing salads to work, even. Then, even though I had no idea what I was doing, I thought, hey, might as well start working out. That was over three weeks back now. So far I’ve lost ten pounds (203 to 193) and had to punch a new hole in my belt to keep my pants from falling down. I’m even seeing some changes to my upper body, since I’ve been doing weights. Fortunately for me, I’ve been through all this before long ago and know exactly how to do this. It’s just finding the motivation. But motivated I am, so it would seem. On the days I work the late shift I work out at 7:00 AM. One morning I was skipping in my backyard at 5:15 AM. I have an obsessive personality so I’m really hoping this becomes my new obsession. It happened once before. I was very overweight back then — 214 pounds. And my cholesterol was very high. My doctor gave me six month to get it under control. This was in February that year. By October I weighed 184 and had bulked up nicely. My cholesterol was no longer an issue. I never felt so strong or looked so good in my life. Anyway, I’m sure that’s not going to happen this time, but I’d be glad if I can simply stick to a routine, drop another five pounds and get toned up. So there you have it. I hope telling you doesn’t jinx me. Wish me luck.

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10 Responses to Kensington Krazy

  1. Georgette does add to the shot and the black and white is outstanding. Love the line of street lights, electric wires crossing the road and the shadow of the man. One the weight and working out front, good for you. I’ve lost 35 since March and have never felt better. Blood pressure is down and I’m sleeping better at night. If I can do it, anyone can.

  2. Frances says:

    Wow…I’m surprised he’s still allowed out on the streets!! Awesome job on working out….I so wish I could get motivated.

    • Thanks Frances. It’s not easy, I know. This time, however, I really wasn’t trying. Something just changed. I’ve been feeling very bad about myself for a long time now and I think I finally hit rock bottom or something along those lines. I don’t know. In a week I might give it all up. There’s no plan. Fingers crossed it sticks.

  3. milkayphoto says:

    Hey, look at you go! 10 lbs in three+ weeks is AWESOME!! Most likely you actually lost MORE weight than that because you’ve replaced it with muscle (which weighs more than fat). Kudos to you for sticking with it! Trust me, it does eventually become part of your mindset, though I will tell you, it doesn’t ever get “easy” (folks ask me that ALL the time… “Oh, you must LIKE working out?” “Um, no, not really, but I DO like how I feel afterwards and I’ve never looked better so THAT is truly the motivation”).

    Your adventure into fitness and health sounds very similar to mine. Just sort of happened one day and then the next day you continue it and the next day you add onto it with no real expectations. Then, out of the blue, you begin to notice changes (GOOD changes) and you think, “hmmm, now THAT’S nice” and you continue on with it. People also begin to notice and you start to walk a little taller and clothes fit a little better (might have to get new ones 😉 ) and you realize you’ve reached a point where you never thought you ever, EVER be again.

    Awesome, Dave!!! SO proud of you!! 🙂

  4. astrawally says:

    Fantastic work…both personally and photographically!! Keep it going!!

  5. Wow, this one is a ringer! And the lighting couldn’t be better. Congrats on the progress. I recently got back working out and running, and it’s a wonderful feeling when you find yourself back into shape. I just recently changed the eating habits and that’s a tough one to turn the tide on. Good luck!

    • Thanks Brandon. The guy was lit by the car behind me, fortunately. And good for you for getting back into shape and changing your eating habits. I agree about that changing the eating habits is a difficult one. I’m always struggling to eat better and eat right and eat less.

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