I have learned certain things about myself thanks to this blogging world. I know that I am very good at short-term challenges (up to six months) and that I am really encouraged by comments from fellow bloggers on the same journey. But I've also learned that telling the same story of short-term success with eventual setbacks means that I have not really made great strides in a lifestyle change, which is the entire point.
So, I wrote about my desire to live out a reasonable plan and I think I am starting to live it now.
I have a good friend named Tig that is pretty much a real-life action hero: career military, friendly, capable in nearly all fields and a very decent guy. He will take the lead or be your wingman. But he ages like the rest of us and wants to get in better shape. Recently, we challenged each other to a few upcoming events: ride 100 miles during Le Tour de France, run a 5k in September, ride a metric century in December.
Since we both accomplished the recent 100 miles, he wrote to me and suggested the following:
* Weekly Monday weigh-in and then report out the loss/gain
* 100 miles per month throughout 2013 (whether by bike, walk or run)
* Weight loss goal for remainder of 2013. He chose 25 pounds, I chose 40.
Simple, practical, achievable. Most of us can ride 8 miles in 45 minutes. 3x per week gets you over 100 miles per month. A 2,200 calorie-per-day diet will result in approximately 1.75 pounds lost per week or 7 pounds per month. A highly nutritous diet of more vegetables will result in even greater loss and is better for body chemistry.
So, the 2013 plan finally begins in late July.
Healthy, lighter eating
Regular, moderate exercise
Weekly reporting on short and mid-range goals
Accountability through a friend and this blog
It's not dramatic, but it might be my most realistic attempt at finally changing my lifestyle forever.
P.S. I know myself and may still do some short-term challenges for fun, but they will not deter from the plan.
P.S.S. If any of you sense that I am falling away, please feel free to scold me harshly.