Updated Jan, 23rd 2013
My love for the outdoors started when I was 15 years old, I found a book in the trunk of a car titled, “Trails of the Angeles: 100 Hikes in the San Gabriels.” At age 16, driving gave me the freedom to explore these trails.
Fast forward 13 years, and I have just graduated from the Sierra Club’s, Wilderness Travel Course. Just about every time I got 2 days in a row off work, I was in the Sierra’s hiking and climbing. I was pretty fit, but I was also pretty heavy. A few months later, I got married. That began the slow moving avalanche that moved me away from the mountains. In NO way do I blame the marriage, but I, and only I, allowed life to get in the way. The mountains are what kept me fit.
In 2011, I returned to the Sierra’s. They are as beautiful now, as they were back then. I put my boots to the trail, and died. My love was still strong, but my fitness was not. I trudge along trails, attempting to climb some summits. I failed, far more than I succeeded. It was demoralizing. I was the slow old guy, who held up the group. Probably more significantly, I gained fear. A fear of heights, I had no control over. Class 3 routes now frightened me.
I have been attempting to regain that fitness for the past 12 months. Progress has been painfully slow. Slow enough that I recently texted one of my friends saying, “…there must be something medically wrong with me!”
I have known the answer, but I have not applied the solution.
My fitness action plan:
Continue training on the trails 3-5 days a week.
Add in 1-2 days a week of weight training.
Mix it up by getting on the mountain bike.
Keep my heart in my training zone. Let the HRM assist me in listening to my body.
I know this alone is not the answer. What I need is to greatly clean up my diet. I am a sugar addict.
My Diet action plan:
Keep a food log to track my intake.
Eat cleaner, eat foods that will build my body.
Greatly regulate my simple sugars and processed foods. Goodbye Starbucks!
To track my goals, I need measurable. I will use these to keep track of my progress and make adjustments to my Action Plan as needed.
Lose 33 pounds – current is 258, goal is 225.
Top out the Vital Link Trail – current average is 54 minutes, goal is 45 minutes
Travel 1,000 miles in 2013 by foot.
C L I M B H I G H E R
I have decided to add a few goals for 2013:
10 unassisted pullups
Mount Whitney in a day (22 miles, abt 6,000ft gain)
I will measure myself weekly, weight and waist.
What I have done to start towards my goals:
I have been active every day. On my "off" day, I walk. I have started doing bw exercises and weight exercises. I will strive more for muscle build-up than weightloss (because I know the loss will come with exercise and diet).
I have cleaned up my diet, not at 100%, but a WHOLE lot better than before. I am tracking my intake, and keeping my calories down, but not so far down to burn muscle.