So, I need big overriding goals and structure to accomplish things
With the wedding over, I thought I'd be able to focus on weight loss. But it seemed I needed to get caught up on work first before I could relax and slow down my life enough to get in the right place to really start losing weight.
My workouts have been generally good but my food willpower has been generally piss poor (at best). I'll have days where it's good, but I wind up blowing it at dinner. Or like this weekend, where I had a FANTASTIC day (ran a 10k saturday), only to have pizza and beer on sunday. And my portion control is in the tank for the most part. So I have to work on that too.
I had a really solid year when it came to competitive goals:
- walked my 2nd half-marathon. Set a PR by 1 minute LOL
- Completed 4 sprint triathlons, improving enough to set a PR in every race.
- Began running
- Ran the entirity of a 3 mile race
- Ran all but half a mile of the nike human race 10k
But I actually GAINED weight so far this year. I've gained about 12 pounds since this time last year. Meaning I am about 30 (give or take, didn't check this morning) lbs over my first intermediate goal weight.
Time to change that.
1. Set the intermediate goal weight, and a date to hit it by (12/25/09).
2. Implement food structure:
3. Implement workout structure
- pack lunch all days except every other friday
- use Weight Watchers system to track food and desired intake
- hydrate properly (back on the water bandwagon)
- exercise every day but friday
- alternate exercises to maintain interest
- set competitive goals to maximize effort
- engage wife to assist with planning and implementation of workouts
I don't have any excuses NOT to do this.
My wife is in excellent shape, ultra athletic and competitive, is willing (and loves it) when we work out together (aka drag the other one to the gym on one of their bad days)
I have a SUPERB gym that I am already a member of for just $30/month, less than 1 mile from home, with a huge pool, and plenty of equipment. I can even take a train to it when I dont want to drive in bad weather. I have unlimited use, and it has expansive hours.
I live right by the Charles River in Boston. There is a very long MUP for both cycling and running. I have excellent cool weather gear.
I just got married. We're going to have a family in the next couple of years, and I need to be able to chase little rugrats around.
I want to play hockey again. I want to be able to do that at a level where I'm not going to be the worst guy in my league (especially here in boston). I have good hands, but my weight and cardio used to have me trailing the play a lot of the time.
I want to win my division of some race this year. Since I'm not walking anymore that's going to mean a real uptick in my competitive capabilities (or entering a REALLY small triathlon!)