Time to start getting in shape

Ben Robinson

Ben Robinson

All About Ben

 By Ben Robinson

The weather is crazy, but for all we know we are through with the rough days for this winter, so I need to start getting in shape.

Now I know that literally “round” is a shape, but it’s not one I am comfortable with. A few years ago I was down to just more than 230 pounds, which is comparatively low for me. I won’t mention where I am now, but let’s just leave it at “more than 230 pounds.”

I lost my job and went into some kind of depression. Looking back, that was probably the best thing that could have happened to me — at least the best thing that would not involve Sandra Bullock. But still, I was depressed, and I turned to food for my comfort.

But now I am working with friends at the Courier. I haven’t climbed to the place I would like to be, but I’m excited to have the opportunity.

I should be able to go back to Kentucky on a mission trip this summer, so things are looking up. Who knows? I may have met the love of my life yesterday. But whatever the case, I need to get into shape.

I have my own built-in workout system at home in Dacusville. My driveway is more than a quarter mile long, and like most of Pickens County, it’s uphill. I used to train there a lot by walking up the driveway. Of course, my car was not quite so reliable then. Now I need to walk the driveway by choice, burning off some energy that apparently eventually becomes pounds.

Other activities I need to do include just simple basketball. I used to play for hours at a time. I can honestly say I was the best player on the court. Of course, I was the only player on the court, so that helped. But my basket attached to a tree has long been destroyed by one of those unexpected storms, so I either need to build a new court — which due to my height would be a challenge, or play on the public courts near the house.

Things have really changed in Dacusville, where when I was a kid I could only play recreation basketball at Dacusville School, where the coach started his 3-year-old son over me. Public courts were unheard of, but through the work of many people I don’t really know, there are a few public courts in Dacusville, and they’re vacant most of the time. I need to make use of them to honor the folks who made such sacrifices to make them happen.

So we’re looking for a big year in 2014. Let’s get ready to make things happen.