New Year’s Resolutions. Many of us use the New Year to resolve to change or improve something about ourselves. I don’t really like to use the term New Year’s Resolution when deciding to make changes because any time is a good time for self-improvement. However, I can’t deny that the New Year does provide a good excuse for a new beginning.
Being less than perfect (big surprise, huh?), I always can do better with life. Well, I have a myriad of areas where I need improvement. One of those is health and fitness.
I come from an athletic background. I played football in high school, and have always enjoyed the fitness and competition. That said, a healthy lifestyle has always been important to me. The problem is…I usually don’t want to go to the gym, and eating healthy is no fun.
Now, I have been going consistently to the gym about three times a week for about four years straight. The problem is, I haven’t been training nearly as hard as I could be, and most certainly have not eaten as healthy as I could. I don’t expect perfection in these areas, but vast improvement, fewer excuses, and more determination I do expect.
I enjoyed our holiday cookies, appetizers, and just generally “letting it all hang out” for a couple weeks. However, as we know, there are consequences to that lifestyle. Now it is time to get back on the saddle, so to speak.
This year, as I near the big 4-0, I will strive to get what is mine. I don’t want to sell myself short.
Originally, I was searching for trendy 2018 diet/fitness plans because I thought that might be more interesting for the purposes of the blog, but I had to be real with myself. Whatever I do, I want it to be sustainable. I want it to become me. I think some of the trendier diet and fitness strategies aren’t sustainable for most of us.
My first order of business is more cardio at a faster pace than I may have been going at consistently over the past couple years; taking fewer shortcuts while weight training; and healthier eating to include less late-night eating. I started at 230 pounds after New Year’s, and I’m now at 228. Keep me accountable! I want to get down to about 210; a point I haven’t been at for about three years at least.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Go get it!