Here I go…again. I don’t know how you found me but here is the beginning of another reverse Horatio Alger story in weight. Heavy boy downloaded with a ton of extra baggage works hard, loses the pounds, and does good. Lives happily ever after. Unfortunately I have lost weight before and gained it back and lost it and here we are as Vizzini said “back at the beginning”. You are probably reading this months or years after I started this and hopefully you have just read a post where I am successfully running my umpteenth marathon and feel great. You just had to go to the archives to see that at the very beginning I was wallowing in depression and self pity wondering why am I right back at the bottom of the hill. Stop being a Sisyphus and get to the good part. Where’s the motivation? Where’s the life altering event that says “Something needs to change and it needs to change now!”. Right here, right now, that event is New Year’s Day.
How trite – setting goals on New Year’s Day. 75% of Americans who set goals today are finished by week 3. Week 3!!! I can do better than that. I have set goals before and accomplished them. I have run consistently. I have raced consistently. I have finished a Marathon, despite physical maladies. Mostly I have set little goals, accomplished them then went back to sleep for a couple months, like a hibernating bear or an annoying strain of STD. The new goals are big. I’ve decided to dream big and make the results immediate. OK my goals are not going to cure cancer or bring about world peace, but there will be a massive tectonic shift in my world. I love running and what running does for me mentally and physically . I am going to make running my life.
Goals for 2015
Run 4 days a week, rain or shine, day or night, in sickness and in health, til death do us…wait a second. 4 days a week unless something is broken or doctor’s orders. I will run my running plan and believe in a system that has already given me so much.
Cross train 2 days a week. Swimming, biking (uggh), and weight lifting. Maybe kayaking and snow shoeing. Sword fighting and cliff diving. Ok, maybe not the last two.
Stretch every day. I have learned a number of exercises for running ailments – shin splints in 2010, ITB strain in 2013, plantar fasciitis in 2014. I need to be doing them everyday to support the amount of running I will be doing. Potentially incorporating yoga into my regular routine.
Run a marathon distance by June. Finish another one a month later. Complete 6 more by the end of the year on a diminishing timeline. This is leading to a longer term goal.
Lose 1.5 lbs a week. This will be accomplished not only by increasing my activity consistently but also drastically changing my eating habits. As God is my witness, I will not eat ice cream until the first day of summer. I am starting at 285 lbs today. By the end of December 2015, I will be 210 lbs or less.
I will write about my successes and my challenges every week. I will go into detail about my larger dream and I will envision and execute a plan that will allow me to take the joy I feel when I am running into other aspects of my life, primarily my work and personal relationships.
I have already been starting a few of these changes, so although today is a Thursday, my week is already set for success. I will be updating this blog each week with occasional special entries. Thank you for joining me on this journey.