Okay, the economy sucks and business is slow. It will get better when it gets better.
Meantime, I see the next three months, for me anyway, as an opportunity I'd like to seize. I have a very loosely stated goal: to get in the best shape I've been in for a long, long time. To be honest, I'm not sure how to phrase that more concretely -- how do you know when you're "in shape" anyway? What's the definition?
I'm starting with a 58 year old body that weighs 248 pounds. My waistline is, um, 51 inches around the belly button. (God, that's hard to admit!)
Here's my plan:
For the next ninety days, I'm plan to hit the gym three days a week (typically, Mon, Wed, Fri) and cycle three days a week. One day for R&R.
In terms of the gym, I've already been going for a month or two, and just yesterday decided it was time to move beyond the row of machines they've got for quick in and outs (kinda like Curves). Began to play with the big boys, using some free weights and other machines. I can't afford a personal trainer, but if anyone has suggestions or tips for getting the most from the gym, I'd love to hear them.
As for cycling, I've been biking some, but not that much. I plan to do a couple of ten-fifteen milers during the week, and a 20-25 miler on the weekend.
And then there's nutrition. I am lucky - my GF loves to cook, and she cooks healthy. Lots of fish, veggies, and very few junk snacks are ever in the house. My change in terms of nutrition will be better portion control, less late night munching on whatever is around, and more water.
I'm NOT changing my coffee intake, and I WILL snack on sweet stuff occasionally.
The biggest part of all of this is my commitment to consistency. I know I won't always get six workouts a week, but I'm sure going to try.
So, given my 248 pound, 51 inch waistline, what do y'all think are some good stretch goals in that department? What's doable, if I'm consistent and do what I say I'm going to do? Is 235 possible? 45" waist? More? Less?
Please weigh in. (No pun intended!)