Hiking Into 2017

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On November 5th, 2016, I hiked my first 4,000 foot mountain in New Hampshire. I only have 47 more to go before I complete them all!

It was a really challenging hike for me, even though roundtrip it was only about 6 miles. My friends and I go on one or two hikes a year, often during the colder months, almost always in the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire. We’ve traveled to a few of the Appalachian Mount Club’s huts, and I am a huge fan of the AMC’s huts. They’re run by dedicated staff, but some are closed or have limited availability during the winter.  I am partial to the Lonesome Lake Hut, as the hike in the winter is well worn, and you shave off some the hike length when you walk across the lake(when and if it’s safe!).

When we hiked up to Cannon Mountain, we took the Hi-Cannon Trail, which is less traveled than the trail to the Lonesome Lake Hut. At 4,100 feet, Cannon Mountain is the 12th lowest mountain of the 48. However, the weather still changes drastically as you get to the higher elevation. There’s also a ladder that you need to crawl up at one point.

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At the top of this ladder there is a cliff. You need to stand, turn, and continue on the hike. There’s no railing, so you might feel a little vertigo as you turn to keep hiking.

I’m telling this story because I’m hoping to hike more in 2017 than I have in any recent year. As a teenager, I hiked more often with the boy scouts. I’m hoping that 2017 proves to be the kickstarter to a true attempt at reaching the peaks of all 48 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. If I can reach 3 in 2017, that would be a huge accomplishment.

I may go back to this hike again, to talk about preparing for it, and the challenges I’ll face physically.

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I may post again this year, but I’m not sure. If not, happy holidays!

2017 Goals

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Here I am, again.

2012 2014 2015 2016 2017
Run 2 miles without stopping.
Run 5 miles without stopping.
Sign up and compete in a 5K/10K or something similar.
Bike 50 miles in a single day.
Bike 100 miles in a single day.
Bike to City Island, NY, from home.
Become a semi-regular bicycle commuter.

2016 Goals

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Here I am, again.

2012 2014 2015 2016
Run 2 miles without stopping.
Run 5 miles without stopping.
Sign up and compete in a 5K/10K or something similar.
Bike 50 miles in a single day.
Bike 100 miles in a single day.
Bike to City Island, NY, from home.
Become a semi-regular bicycle commuter.

 

Laps

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Last week I swam laps for the first time in maybe 10 years. I might have swam a bit at some point during the last decade, but not once was it more than just swimming around in a leisurely way.

There’s a public pool nearby, and they offer adult lap swim in the mornings and evenings. So far I’ve participated twice in 7 possible days. Twice in 14 possible sessions. That’s obviously not ideal, but between employer obligations and summer fun, I’ll take it.

Swimming was a big part of my life in high school and a bit through college. I wasn’t on a swim team or anything, but I loved swimming. I loved laps. I never figured out how to do the barrel roll flip that so many lap swimmers do, but I never really wanted to. There’s something gratifying about reaching the other side of the pool and slapping your hand on that wet concrete slab. Sure, faster, more graceful swimmers flip back and forth with ease, wracking up the lap totals. I like to count in lengths. I like to stop at each end, if I feel like it. I like the idea that as I build up my strength, I’ll eventually get to the point where I’m gracefully whizzing back and forth, I guess. It’s not about getting to the point of swimming like an olympian, for me. It’s maximizing my body workout when I probably wouldn’t otherwise.

As you can see from the sidebar, I’m maintaining a loss. I’m not going to announce it to the world, but people have commented on the weight loss. It’s primarily been through eating better, drinking more water, and getting more sleep(or trying to).

The next step, as always, is increasing the physical activity aspect of things. Getting a move on with the ol’ bod.

Hopefully I’ll have some more blogging in me as well.

Finding Resolve

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A long weekend didn’t derail my thoughts about this blog, so the silence shouldn’t be confused for that. If my wordpress stats are correct, nobody is confused by that because nobody is actually reading this blog.  That’s fine by me as well.

So the numbers to the right show a slow decline in numbers, and a bunch of gaps of days recorded.  The gaps are for reasons like not being home, and eating too late to properly reflect any change. I weigh in in the morning, and I weigh in after my morning poop. It may not be the most scientific way, but it has worked for me.

I’ve done really well to not eat after 9pm, and I’ve done well to make somewhat good choices for eating. I’ve slacked in getting enough sleep, but that’s a big huge thing that needs to be addressed at some point.

It’s my dad’s birthday, and I’ve thought about the idea of how life would be for me at his age. How will I live life in 2043? He works out several times a week after years and years of not working out at all. Why? Lots of reasons. Why do we do anything? I tend to believe that we don’t really need multiple reasons, we just need one. I think it’s a choice to care about health and feeling good every day…or most days anyway.

Maybe it’s just a sense of growing up with respect to treating your body better. It’s all about finding that resolve. It seems so easy, but I feel like I’m way, way closer to that point than I have been in the past. I’m 15 lbs lower than my typical high when I start feeling like I need to lose weight. I’m 16 pounds from my low of 239 in 2011. I’m not sure when I will reach 239, but I’m going to surpass it in 2014. It’s going to be awesome.

It’s January 22, and it feels like the first day of January. It feels like the resolution period is just starting. More proof that a new year can begin on any day, you just have to want it.

Getting The Gang Back Together

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Here was where I had the best success. Here is where I had some honest discussions with myself. Here, is where I shall finally overcome the battle.

If you’ve just received an email notification, this is a declaration of war on the fat life.

Look around, see where I was in 2012. 2014 is going to be a new year, and just about everything here will be wiped out. I’m gonna be startin’ somethin’.

Wooo!

Mick To 100

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My internet weight loss rebirth is titled “Mick To 100”, and you can follow along during the soft opening on Twitter at @MickTo100. Soft opening is kind of funny, I think. I mean, we’re all kind of in the blogging business, and we want people to know what to expect. So, expect a bit of Twittering from me, but not much in the blog realm.

To go along with the business idea, I also haven’t really figured out what kind of blogging I’ll have. I’ve done a lot of various kinds of blogging, with my focus going on my food to my daily routine, to the types of workouts. I honestly am unsure about where I’m headed with this. Maybe Twitter will help me with that.

As of right now, this blog is still linked to the new Twitter feed, but that will change in time.

My name is Mick, and I live in New York City. I’ve biked more than 2,000 miles around the city, and consider myself a fairly seasoned cyclist, but definitely still a novice. I’m a novice in a lot of things, but weight loss(overall) is an area I believe I have some knowledge. I just haven’t put it to work yet. Perhaps it is time.

Bringing It Down

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I fell back down to 261.5 this morning. I’m curious how tomorrow will look. I’ve really had an excellent week eating. Though, my diet sucks ass. There’s a reason I haven’t talked about my every day diet, and it’s really a matter of backing off crap and adjusting my diet to include fresh, home cooked food, and prepared lunches.

I see so many great daily food logs. I can’t find anything that is easy to use…and that something being something I really want to update every day. My mind is a Rolodex of diets. I know what I eat, I know the damage, I know why something isn’t working. So, I’m starting really slow. Preparing my own food is a gigantic step. Getting sleep is a gigantic step. I think that’s why I’m not posting my daily diet as well. I just don’t need to share it, for myself. I know what it is. That’s where I am right now with that.

I will either go running or biking this weekend. Perhaps both.

Tomorrow’s Gonna Change!

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I have no fear. I’ve had a great 3 days.

Of course, if it doesn’t improve, I’ll still be here.

Blogging every day right now just to keep the line moving.

Shirtman

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I’ve never imagined myself without a shirt, looking like one of the cover models on Men’s Health. It never crossed through my mind at all. I’ve never visualized washboard abs.

I’ve visualized myself in a medium shirt, without a gut. A proper fitting shirt just slightly overlapping the jeans that are size 32 or 34 maybe. Instead of an 2X or 3X shirt that hangs way below the waist, or worse, tucked in and pulled out a few inches over the waist. In hindsight, my guess is I was embarrassed by the bigger shirts I needed to wear when I was younger.

I’ve gotten a lot better. I’ve bought 2X shirts and wore them..and had to talk myself out of thinking they were tight. They weren’t tight. They just fit, and that happened to fit around the chub.

I think my point here is I don’t want abs of steel. While that would be wonderful, I really just want the basic ordinary thin guy look. It’s not a matter of wanting it, I’ll get it. You can bet your ass that I’ll get there.

I ate well today, mainly because I was too busy to think about food. Funny how that works out, huh?

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