I've recently realized just how good I had it a couple years ago.
The first time I started writing a column for the health section, on Feb. 14, 2006, it was to chronicle my progress and experiences in a five-week, weight-loss immersion class held at a local chiropractor's office.
That led to a column about health and fitness and my own personal outlook, which was published from April 2006 to January 2007. During that time, I was able to work out at a local gym and learn from the expert trainers there.
How I wish I still had my own personal trainer now.
Five years later, I have my own personal mortgage, a car loan and more bills that need to be paid than there is money in the bank. I can afford a $10 a month gym membership, but I crave the personal instruction that's now missing.
For some time now, I've been thinking that some part of my daily life has to change - namely, the part that would rather park itself in front of a computer for hours at a time instead of moving around and doing something productive.
What better time to act than the Lenten season? If I follow tradition, I'd have to give up something anyhow. Let's give up making unhealthy decisions.
I believe it is a positive omen for me that I'm looking forward to what I am sure will be a daily challenge.
In this new season of columns, which will be published at least once a month, I'll still share my views and experiences, but I want to help readers, too. I'll be looking for easy, inexpensive ways you can make a difference in your own lives.
If you have questions, let me know. I'll do my best to get answers from educated experts.
Lock is the Sun-Gazette health editor. She may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 326-1551, ext. 3116.