So here’s the deal…
…I need to lose a few pounds. And you know what? I’m okay with that.
When I was a smoker (a 25-pack a day for 16 years) I was never the thinnest guy in the world, but I wasn’t too bad, either. I was average, I’d say.
When I quit, I gained 50lbs over the course of one year.
If you look at today’s numbers, I have since lost twenty-one pounds. However, two months ago I was down to 204lbs…and apparently the past two months have been good to me. TOO GOOD.
So now I’m going to change things. And this isn’t a “lose-weight-quick” scheme; this isn’t some crazy diet. Unlike the last five times, this isn’t because I have low self-esteem and/or want to impress others. This time, I’m doing it as a lifestyle change because I want to be healthier.
I’m 36 now. I’ve got two beautiful kids. I want to see them both grow up and I want them to both get to really know me as they grow older.
I had been considering this for awhile, but this past weekend really brought things into perspective. I found that I believe I have a Pilonidal cyst (please…click on that link at your own risk…it’s a cyst on the LOWER TAILBONE, so you’ve been duly warned). So while not serious at all (which is a relief because cancer runs in my family), it still made me a little concerned about my health.
So I’ve come up with a lifestyle change called the “30/30/30 plan”. I’m hoping to do 30 sit-ups or crunches (whatever I can handle…lol), 30 push-ups, and walk for 30 minutes every single day.
In addition, I plan to do other “little things” in my life. Example? Stop taking the elevator. I’m on the second floor of my building for crying out loud…why am I taking the elevator? Also, park FARTHER away from the building at work. I need to make myself walk just a little bit more and stop being so inherently lazy.
Obviously, my eating habits need to be updated, as well. Nothing crazy…just no more late-night snacking. That, I think, will make a huge difference.
Luckily, work is having a friendly “walking/drinking” challenge where people get into groups and start tracking how many steps they take in a day (pedometers included!!) and how much water they drink. If they hit targets, the team can win free lunch.
It defeats the purpose, I know…
So that’s what I’m doing beginning today. The 30/30/30 Plan. I’m ready for it. I need to do it. It’s just the right thing to do.
And as you can tell by the picture at the top of the post, I’ll be tracking my progress periodically. The goal right now is 200lbs by the end of the summer. I have no desire to lose more than a pound or two every week…and I think that’s a healthy goal to strive towards.
Ideas/comments/suggestions/those who wish to join are more than welcome. While I may not be running any triathlons any time soon…a healthier me is really a “win-win”.