Alright, like many Americans, I've battled the getting in and out of shape thing for most of my life. I grew up overweight, it got somewhat bad in college, but then post college I lost all the weight and actually became what I would consider reasonably athletic. Two kids, some personal stress, and long work hours later and some of that weight has started to drift back on.
My goal isn't about an end number on the scale. I've felt like I was in awesome shape anywhere between 165 and 185 depending how much muscle I have. II want to lose about 20 lbs of fat, but that might be accomplished with 10 lbs of muscle gain at the same time making the overall number move slower. I don't really care about the end result on the scale as much as how I can feel and move on a basketball court.
My timeline is forever. I'm not trying to diet. I'm trying to get
myself back into the healthy lifestyle I led for almost a decade prior
to really struggling the past few years. I'm not sure how it slowly
turned against me, but it has. I feel myself at a turning point. I'm in my mid thirties, and while I have no serious health risks yet, if I continue down the path I'm on for another three or four years, I'll end up in the seriously obese category with all kinds of health risks.
I have all the knowledge necessary to complete this journey. What I'm presently lacking is the will power to make the fight day in and day out. It's hard to make good choices even when I'm stressed out or when my exercise time disappears due to long work hours. To do that, I need accountability. So I'm holding myself accountable to you.
This isn't a weight loss challenge, this is an accountability challenge. Join in with me if you're working on anything. It can be weight loss, weight gain, being nicer to your spouse, spending more time with your kids, getting a big project done at work or school, overcoming shyness [and as someone who was painfully shy for much of their life, I can help you with this one if you want], or anything else that's a long term goal that can be broken down into smaller pieces that you can work on one week at a time.
Post your goals for the next week, comment in this thread. I will create a new thread every Monday [so short week this week] where I updated my personal status on my goals each week, and you can do the same. I'll like the original thread so we can all see how we did relative to what we wanted. This isn't, or shouldn't, be about perfection. It's about the gentle reminder to stay on track as best as life permits, and to get back on track when fallen off.
My goals for the next week:
Get in a minimum of four quality workouts in the next six days
Attempt to eat reasonably every day.
Limit any higher food intake days, so they don't become 'last supper' days.
Use free time wisely
Next check in, one week.