In reflection, 2012 epitomized everything that I don't want to be. I made a lot of bad decisions and looking back, they all add up to where I am today: disappointed and out of shape.
I ate poorly, exercised rarely, ignored little injuries to my body, and blamed most of it on being too busy. Unfortunately, I'm seeing that the once happy and active person that I was has evolved into a lazy, out of shape, and inactive unhappy self.
I don't like where I am in life, but I'm more scared of where I am going. At 34, I know that it is getting closer to now or never for lifestyle change. What is sore knees and achy back today could be pretty serious with the extra weight that I carry.
It's time for a change.
I do not want to set a long term goals, but rather short attainable goals. To do that, here's a summary of an awful 2012:
- Exercise: 1x per week at hour tennis night. Attempted jogging 2 different months, never made it past day 3.
- Eating: Fast food: Average of 5+ times per week. Mostly lunches. Portion size: way too large. Fruit intake: 1-2 hommade fruit smoothies per week, mostly out of taste preference, not health decision. Embarassingly bad eating habits.
- Gluten. (I have a gluten alergy). Never tried to avoid gluten. Not once.
- Sleep. I'd go to be early only when the food coma of over-eating hit hard.
- Water Intake. Probably a C- for water consumption. Still enjoy diet soda too much.
- Cycling: 0. Swimming: 0. Pool pass unused in 2012.
Looking ahead to 2013.
Here are my goals for this year. They are open-ended and leave a lot of work left for implementation.
- Set an attainable fitness goal every month that includes 5+ days per week of exercise. (January has been Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, I'm 14 for 14 so far! February will likely be cycling or swimming before/after work)
- Create a plan to limit fast food intake. ( Bring lunch to work, cook more dinner to have leftovers, etc )
- Sign up and train for small triathlons. (I did them in 2011, had a blast, and got fit in the process).
- Find reasonable alternatives to gluten. (Let's be honest, the crackers taste like cardboard. There are some decent beer options though!)
- Increase water intake, decrease soda intake.
- Enjoy fitness. Incorporate cycling, swimming, basketball, and other forms of fitness that make me happy.
Thanks for reading,