New Year’s Resolutions

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!


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