Halfway through the year 2009, I joined a gym. I made a second half resolution for 2009 — get motivated for 2010.
Since that day, I have at least been the gym twice every week. I even got up and went to the gym the day we left for the beach at Thanksgiving. I hate getting up in the mornings and going to the gym, but I must say I hate being fat.
In December of 2007, I posted these physical goals for 2008:
1. Lose at least as much weight as my wife gains through her pregnancy.
2. Be consistent in my exercise and diet plans.
a. Exercise in some form 6 days a week
b. Eat consistently 3 meals a day with 2 or 3 small snacks in between.
3. Be able to shave my beard off because I won’t have a double chin anymore.
4. Eat in a most healthy way except for twice a month, when I’ll be able to eat whatever I want.
I didn’t do so well. I look back, and realize I actually failed miserably. I didn’t lose any weight after Kristen had Josie. I didn’t exercise, except for about a week. I ate constantly, not consistently, and it was more than 3 meals a day and no snacks, unless you count chips as a snack. I still have my beard. And I ate healthy twice a month instead of the other way around.
I realize now why I failed. I had no motivation. I went and tried once or twice at a gym, but I tried to do everything at once, not over time.
Now, I have a solid foundation to build on. I am motivated.
So I have a few new goals to bring out, while banishing the old goals.
1. I will walk/jog/run at least one mile every day in 2010. Sounds crazy, but it is doable. It takes me 20 minutes to walk a mile right now at a very casual pace. I can take 20 minutes a day to that.
2. Continue to work out at least 3 times a week.
3. Reduce my carbonated beverage addiction to no more than 2 a day, hopefully down to one. I see no reason in eliminating them altogether, which I have done in the past.
4. I will fit in a size 36 waist pant by the end of the year. (currently at 40)
5. I will be able to wear something besides Big and Tall clothes. (However, right now, I’m learning that clothing size is totally inconsistent. My shoulders are very broad now, and while I can fit into an XL shirt through the chest and waist, my shoulders don’t fit into them.)
6. I will be able to, at the end of the year, report that I am a much healthier person. Bodyfat % will be down, fat levels in blood will be down, and cardiovascular endurance will be up.
7. I will not focus on my weight, but rather, my health.
8. When I look in the mirror, I will no longer be ashamed, but proud.
9. I will not sabotage my results after working so hard to achieve them.
10. I will be contagious with my actions.
So, don’t wait till its too late to set up your goals for 2010. These are my physical goals. I will post on other goals in the upcoming days.
Good for you. I’m proud of your commitment to all of these things. I need to find the time to do more exercise, too.
Thanks man. Its amazing how much better I feel and how much more confidence a little bit of exercise will give you.
And having a foundation really helps. I’ve learned that I have to find time to exercise. I can’t not make time.
lane, you don’t know me, though i worked with your dad at friendship christian several years ago. i just happened upon your site today, and recognized your name. good to read some of your stuff… AND you’ve inspired me to start setting my goals for 2010. i’m anxious to read your upcoming posts on goals as well — to provide me with ideas for myself.