Hello. My name is Mr. Miller, I’m a Coke Zero addict and it’s been three days since my last $1 large drink at McDonalds.
(Now here’s where you all say: “Hello Mr. Miller” and apparently I’m supposed to feel better.)
Of course my lack of good health and fitness comes from more than just a nasty Coke Zero habit. Age plays role, as does a desk job and an overall sedentary lifestyle. In October I changed jobs and no longer have gym access for lunchtime workouts and runs along Chicago’s lakefront. And while she, herself, shouldn’t shoulder the blame, being married to a damn good cook isn’t helping my midsection either.
For those reasons – and let’s not forget the pinched back nerve and the current plantar fasciitis – I’ve gained 25 pounds in the last year and a half and I’m not happy about it.
Yet every other week, the beginning of most months, and surely on New Year’s Day, I mentally psych myself up to lose weight by repeating those often heard feel-good phrases: I can do this. I’ve done it before. If not now, then when? This time will be different.
At what point, really, does the mind take over and simply say: “The shit stops now!”?
Today. (Well yesterday actually. You know, being the first of the month and the beginning of a new week). Today I plan to once again try to go down the path of good health, less weight, and a better lifestyle.
So what will make this time different? Let’s try the following for starters…
- A lot less Coke Zero. I’d love to quit but I’ll start with moderation.
- Better use of the Lose It! app.
- Weekly weigh-ins. I’ll use the numeric reminder as motivation.
- Fitness blogging.
- Finally – tips from you.
Right now, the focus is on the short-term: today, this week, and the month of April. The goals will remain small: to drop a few pounds, fit into clothes a little better, and to ramp up preparations for this summer’s Warrior Dash(es). Perhaps soon I’ll do yoga again, maybe play basketball, and hopefully throw in a few 5k’s. (Not sure yet about softball yet this summer, but we’ll see.)
At best I’m a weekend warrior, but I can do better. Not 6-pack-abs-and-5%-body-fat better, but better.
Stay tuned for the progress and results…