Well, this is weird. I started a blog called Mondo Samu almost 10 years ago. About 5 years ago I drifted away from it. I tried getting it going again a few times, but never did. Last time I posted was in 2016.
When I started it it was about my efforts around weight loss and Buddhism, though I wasn't buddhist yet. I think every time I tried to get back in to it, I felt like I had to write about weight loss and what I really was interested in was Buddhism.
Well, now, closing in on the tenth anniversary of the blog, I find I need to write about both again. Let's talk about weight loss first. July 3rd, 2010 I hit my breaking point with my weight. I knew something had to change and I had no idea how to do it. In a comedic moment of what many might say was serendipity, I stumbled -- right at the exact moment I needed it most -- across Thich Nhat Hanh's book Savor. Really it was Dr. Lilian Cheung and TNH, but it is often credited to TNH. Long story short, I lost 110 pounds in 11 months and kept it off for many years. And lived happily ever after.
As for Buddhism I was hooked instantly and haven't looks back since. I LOVED the four noble truths the moment I read them as they appeal directly to the geeky tech-support guy in me. A simple problem solving system that is nothing short of elegant. So my buddhist path has unfolded daily and gotten stronger over time and I look forward to talking about that a lot.
Why now? Why get this going again in 2019? Is it because the anniversary is looming? Because I'm bored? No. It's because a minor vehicle issue a few years ago disrupted my routine and in short order I had fallen off of my exercise routine. Blah blah Blah, and here we are with me having gained over half the weight back. I'm not happy to say that....less happy to say it publicly....but it's reality. So, while I'm in much better shape than the last time I had to get serious about weight loss, I'm also 10 years older and finding it MUCH harder to do again.
So...what I've done is archived the old blog. Some of those posts were great in my eyes, some of them did not stand the test of time. I felt like they were worth holding on to for reference, but didn't need to be here. I created the brand new blog you're reading here, redirected the domain to it, and will keep that old one around for any info I might need in the future from the old days. It is a bit of a journal, after all.
Here I will -- hopefully but no guarantees -- post once again about weight loss and Buddhism and see if keeping a blog will help keep me dedicated when all I really want to do is sit in a coffee shop and play boardgames but really should be out walking.
If you have any interest, I welcome your time and attention here. Mondo Samu was the name of the blog, and became a nickname that has caused great confusion. Now it is a blog once more. Hopefully the name will be applicable once more!
Let's do this.