When it comes to fitness and health, I have to live with the fact I am much more in the slow and steady time-frame than the make big changes happen quickly camp. In 18 months of effort, I’ve probably failed to meet 50% of my health and fitness goals—I am not down 60 lbs, I still can’t do a push-up, and I’ve quit sugar at least 4 times.
On the other hand, I have met the other 50% of my goals. I’ve dropped and kept off 23 lbs, cut way back on sugar, red meat, and alcohol, ditched dairy, grains and beans, mostly, and am down like 37 inches overall and 8 points on BMI. And I can’t imagine a world where I don’t work out 3-5 times a week, except for moments when I am sick or on holiday, like right now.
Having said that I think I am doing well overall, and I have big plans for 2016 that I want to share. Some of them are new, and some of them are the same goals I have been working toward for a while.
Start and maintain a Whole30 in January 2016
Being Whole30 ish is easy for me at this point; being on a strict Whole30—the real deal—is a lot harder and takes ALOT more planning but is totally worth the effort.
Get back to exercising 3-5 times a week for an hour or more each time
My son’s wedding, frustration with a program I was in, and general work craziness slacked my discipline and I am going to pick it right back up starting January 4th.
Find an exercise community that inspires and pushes me
Love to hike, live in a place with year-round hiking, so why am I not hiking 1-2X a month, minimum, on the weekends? #noreasonnotto
ONGOING GOALS FOR 2016
I’d like to have 180 minutes of cardio a week, and do core ab exercises 3 X a week or more—how can I make sure I do that?
What are the best ways to track myself?
INCREASE CORE STRENGTH
Still want to make it to pull ups
Want to get really good at more demanding body weight exercises
TRY NEW THINGS
More heavy lifting more often