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.