Posted on November 29, 2008 at 2:33am EST. More.

I’m standing beneath a “mission accomplished” banner

I bought a new hoodie and sweatpants today, in order to have warm clothes for running. Since I declared my intention to start running again, I have yet to actually do it. Though I deserve no congratulations for merely purchasing an outfit, these sorts of things do make a difference. It’s cold out and getting colder, and having something warm to wear makes for one fewer excuse to go out there. The remaining excuse is that I’m still away from home with my family on Thanksgiving vacation.

It’s easy to become extremely guilty about food during a holiday like this, but I think that is counterproductive. It’s a holiday about food, and in my family, like many others, food is an expression of love, and turning down food is nearly impossible. So I enjoy it, don’t worry about it, and remember that a few days of excess aren’t important in the grand scheme of things. What’s more important is what I do on the unimportant days, when there is no special occasion to stop me from eating right or getting exercise.

Also important: not making up reasons to make the unimportant days important.

Now, here’s a vaguely relevant quotation from a CalorieLab post about a study correlating weight with sexual activity:

The researchers note that in contrast to the women’s numbers, studies have found that normal-weight men report 10 more lifetime sexual partners than obese men. The researchers speculate that either men in general have to stay in fitter condition to attract partners than women do, which sort of makes sense, or normal-BMI men are inclined to exaggerate their number of partners, while normal-BMI women are inclined to understate theirs, which sort of doesn’t.
And, on a completely irrelevant note, I have decided to break my habit of typing two spaces after the period at the end of a sentence. To do otherwise would be to fight an uphill battle against the iPhone’s “.” shortcut, visual HTML editors that insert non-breaking space characters, and The Chicago Manual of Style.