Monday, March 14, 2016

Putting it on the line

Last year I took off 40 pounds, kicked my less active life style in the teeth, and started eating better. Now I am putting it on the line—because there is nothing like a good competition to get me motivated.

My gym offers periodic contests to inspire its membership to get healthy. This year it is the extreme brick-over. They take a bunch of measurements, use weekly weigh-ins, and at the end of eight weeks the person who loses the greatest percentage of body weight wins. There was a time in my life not so long ago when I would have been shooting for total victory—take no prisoners and all that. However, experience has taught me to set goals within my power to achieve. Winning the contest depends on my results relative to other people. It would be nice to take home the prize but I am more interested in starting off spring with some slimming down so that I can start pushing hard between April and July. So here are my goals:

• Get back down to 240 pounds. When I hit that number by the end of April it puts me in a great position to attack my fitness goals for the rest of the year.

• Maintain steady weight loss while attending Easter dinner and the beer, bourbon, and bbq festival. I am going to enjoy these opportunities while eating responsibly.

• Build a new exercise routine based around slimming down. The last six months have been focused around building core strengths. I am going to build a new routine that focuses on cardio and constant movement.

• Get my body used to eating smaller portions and better quality. I have not been pigging out. I have gotten a little too comfortable having light snacks like jerky and cheese around though.

That is it—nothing complicated. Starting weight last week was 261 pounds; so I need to average 3 pounds a week to hit my goal. Next check is tomorrow before boxing.

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