THE BLAST OFF ISN'T SO EASY TO DO
Just because you make up your mind to change doesn't mean its going to happen.
Well, yeah... I knew that going into this come-back thing.
The hardest part is always the beginning.
Kind of like the space shuttle.
The facts - At liftoff, when the shuttle is fully fueled it weighs about 2.0 million kilo... something.
The two solid rocket boosters carry the entire weight of the external fuel tank and the orbiter, plus each solid rocket booster weighing in at about 589,569.16..... um... a lot.
The upshot - The solid rocket boosters provide 71.4 percent of the thrust for about 120 seconds (two minutes) before they burn out. The orbiter's other three main engines provide the meager 28.6 percent thrust to reach orbit.
So it takes 71.4 percent of the effort to just get started. Once on a roll you don't need as much effort to keep going.
The overall power of a space shuttle at takeoff is about 12 GW or 12 billion watts of power. That's about 16 million horsepower!
Sounds easy. Not really.
So why am I focusing so much on the space shuttle? Because I haven't quite found all of those 16 million horses to get me clear off the launch pad.
How did I do in my first week? I didn't get in as much walking as I wanted. I definitely drank more water. Discovered that the walls in my bathroom could use a good scrubbing down.
Eating healthier- not so great.
Making myself sit and work on writing - Better.
But I'm not giving up. This is something I want... so I'm taking a breath... backing up... and going for another try.