I red-shirted last year. Maybe some of you did also.
On 12/22/11, my wife and I were enjoying our 22nd anniversary and we agreed that 2011 was our most difficult out of the 22 years together. Our marriage was fine, but we struggled elsewhere. And yet, our health, faith and family were all fine. Certainly many others have much deeper struggles and we keep that in perspective.
But I am a believer in the change of seasons, or starting a new chapter, or...(choose your metaphor). I think that it is convenient and healthy to consider January 1st to be the embodiment of that cheesy phrase "the first day of the rest of your life".
I weighed in this morning. It was a much higher number than I wanted to see, but that is what happens to a guy like me with an office job, no planned nutritional program and a typical sedentary lifestyle. I eat like an American (ordering the combo meals at McDonald's, eating the entire entree at a Mexican restaurant and snacking on sweets whenever I feel like it). Some people have enough common sense to moderate themselves naturally. I don't when it comes to food.
So, I have to get intentional again. I really don't even mind it, because I have counted my daily calories before and dropped a lot of weight doing it, without huge sacrifices. It just requires me to be intentional.
That is what I am doing, starting today.
I will run this year and I will bike. But at my current weight, I will be walking more than running and focusing on days on the bike, not speed or mileage. Improving speed and mileage will come soon enough. For now, I have to consistently drop pounds by eating healthy food.
My short-term goal is to lose 12 pounds in January. My long-term goal is to lose 75 pounds. That will not put me at "skinny" by anyone's standards, but I think that is probably my healthy range. I'll keep you posted weekly as to how I am doing.
My head is ready and there are no obstacles ahead. This feels like I am starting a winning season and I am excited. Thanks for following along.