Howdy from sunny central Oregon! Thirty-eight year-old guy checking in and making some life changes. My wife and I recently sat down and reassessed my health and fitness (or rather, the lack of it) and overall happiness level and we realized that some lifestyle changes needed to be made on my part. The first thing that needed to change was my job situation. I've always been a hard-working and highly ethical person, which my company really loves. Unfortunately they love it so much that they have piled on the responsibilities to my position and I now am in a high-stress job that I wasn't when I originally started. My eating habits have become atrocious and I've been consuming more alcohol than I should when I come home to decompress from the workday. And forget about exercise!
Okay, so time for the lifestyle changes. The first thing I did was have a frank discussion with my employer about the situation, and I outlined some things that need to happen if I'm going to stay with the company. I made it clear that my and my family's mental, emotional, and physical health is more important to us than a large paycheck. So, my employer said they would take my requirements under consideration. I don't know if they will actually work with me or just cut me loose. I know they're training some new people who , by all accounts, are fairly bright individuals, so it could go either way. My wife and I are prepared for whatever happens in that area.
I've stopped consuming alcohol, period. I'm going to stay away from it for a month or two just to make sure I haven't developed a dependence. After that I'll limit myself to a beer or two on the weekends.
Beginning Monday, July 28th, I'll be riding my bicycle to and from work each day and continuing that habit until the winter starts and things start getting icy. It's not much of a commute--only about 15 minutes each way, but it's a start.
Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday my wife and I will do some after work de-stress walking.
I'm getting back into hiking, backpacking and doing some long bike rides on the weekends. I would like to get in good enough shape to ride at least a metric century by this fall, and I am working on plans for section hiking parts of the Pacific Crest Trail also.
So, wish me luck, and I'll see ya 'round!