Two years ago, I came to the realisation that I was overweight, not by alot, but enough that I could feel it. Having been athletic earlier in my life, the decade of sloth and indulgence had caught up to me. With a new-found love of the Wii, I challenged myself to lose 20lbs as long as it took. 14 weeks later, I’d lost 18 and was satisfied. Then I gave up.
Fast forward to 2012, I find myself in nearly the same situation as where I started in 2010. Today, I weighed in at 83.5kg (184lbs), my highest ever. I feel heavy. I feel things jiggle. I feel sluggish. I look ok head-on, but in profile, like I’m turning into my Grampa as I knew him–a great and fair man, but definitely short and plump. I don’t like how my clothes fit on me (they don’t). I don’t feel young anymore or like the picture of me I have in my head.
This must change and it will. I plan to diet and exercise as I did two years ago. I plan to hold myself accountable by blogging each week with results.
I’m tired of crappy service at restaurants. I’m tired of friends being appalled if I don’t give a 15% tip to the serving staff even if they don’t deserve it. It’s not automatic. It’s not that hard to deserve a good tip. Having been a waiter myself, I know how you’re supposed to serve. We’re doing no favours if that tip is just automatic. So, here’s my list of minimum things you must do in order to qualify for even the basic 15%.
- Greet us at the door within 1 minute of arriving and seat us (if it’s full, I’ll make the choice and your tip won’t be affected).
- Give us menus when we sit.
- After 2 minutes, come to the table and ask us if we want coffee to start. We do.
- Bring coffees immediately. Make sure ample condiments accompany.
- When our menus are flat on the table and we look ready, come back to the table and take our order.
- Bring our meals no more than 10 minutes after we order.
- Refill our coffees without being asked.
- Half-way through our meals, come back and ask how things are. Bring the coffee pot unasked.
- Take our plates as each of us finishes.
- Once the last of us finishes, ask if we’d like anything else. Usually we just want the bill.
- Bring the bill.
- Come back for the bill no more than 5 minutes later.
a) Don’t take your time. Be prompt. Waiting for things sucks royally.
b) Come to the table at least two times after we’ve gotten our meals.
c) Pay attention. The worst is when you have to try to get the server’s attention.
In an attempt to streamline (or rather end the duplication of effort), I’ve decided to continue the #365Project only on my Shuttercal site. You can continue to follow it from there and comment as you’d like on the individual photos each day. I’ll also tweet and Facebook them still. Thanks for coming!
The 365 Project on Shuttercal
One of my favourite bands, The Smiths have a number of fabulous albums, not the least of which is this, The Queen Is Dead. Another distinctive cover featuring features Alain Delon from the 1964 film L’Insoumis, it has now become my desktop wallpaper (replacing the cover to Pet Shop Boys’ Pandemonium).
“Andy – you have left The Smiths. Goodbye and good luck, Morrissey.”
I looked at this bare, winter-burnt tree in a new light today. It’s March and behind its lingering sleep is life brewing.
This is Queen & Spadina, one of the main intersections in Toronto. It connects Chinatown and Queen West (design district). It’s a real contrast in terms of price points, but also quality.
I spent the afternoon cleaning. Yes, on my day off. Look, the floors sparkle!
Just as an aside, being that it’s the last day of February, take a look at my #365project so far!