Back In The Game

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I hit the gym for the first time since I can remember. Perhaps sometime in 2015? Definitely not in 2016, it just didn’t happen.

In three weeks I am hiking up to Lonesome Lake in New Hampshire. I’ve done this hike maybe 6 times already. It’s an easy 1.6 mile hike on well traveled paths. However, I always end up winded, tired, and worn out. My goal is to feel less of all these things by the time it’s time to hit the trail.

Today I went to the gym with the intent to work out until I felt as tired as I do when I do this hike. It took about 2 hours to feel this way. I hit 2 different elliptical machines, did a few sets of push ups, lunges, pull ups, and arm pulls(not sure what they’re called). I am not able to do a lot of any of these. However, I’m not disenchanted with that. I just want to improve over time.

An older guy came in towards the end of my time, and he was doing so much more than I was. He must have been twice my age. Again, I’m not disappointed with myself. I’d like to get to his level. It might take all year. Hell, it might take even longer.

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I wrapped up my workout by walking up 10 flights of stairs, and then finishing off by going up and down the last set about 8 times. By then, I felt worn out.

I forgot how much I like that feeling. I worked my body out, worked my heart out.

I’ll keep this going. Boom!

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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.

Whole Life Reboot

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I haven’t had a chance to look back at all of my posts from this blog, but I am fairly confident that I didn’t factor in every aspect of life being involved when dedicating myself to losing weight. I might’ve associated other areas, but I had compartmentalized a lot of things.

When I disappeared from blogging, it was mainly because my career took a lot of focus. This isn’t to say that I wasn’t thinking about weight loss. Weight loss has been on my mind every day since roughly 2004. Waking up at 630AM and working until 7PM some nights simply left me with little desire to blog. Heck, it left me with little desire to do a lot of things that required effort. Then I bounced around a few jobs, but my focus wasn’t on anything except work, and improving that lot in life.

Around April of this year I found myself in a fast paced role that continues today. My days can be 10 hours long and really draining, but truthfully I enjoy it. Enjoying my current job has given me the ability to look at other areas of my life a bit more closely. Instead of worrying about the next paycheck or if I even liked what I was doing, I’ve been energized to look at how I can make myself happier in other areas.

About two months ago I took stock in myself, and began looking at what makes me happy. What makes me feel good? The first thing I noticed is maintaining the same attitude all day is key. Choosing to be cognizant of everything and how I react to things has been huge. It takes some effort to stay on the happy side of life. It’s much easier to complain, to see the negative in something, and to harp on the bad stuff that crops up every day.

I’m a happy go lucky guy, but I noticed I had slipped a bit with the energy level of that good feeling. So I’ve been working on changing it. Just because something annoying has interrupted my day, why should that derail anything?

So, I’m looking to bring that to my weight loss as well. I was easily derailed when I tried to be so, so, so rigid in my diet and exercise regiment. When I slipped off, I’d essentially quit. I found myself ignoring the whole blogging idea because I didn’t want to fake it if I wasn’t making it.

Over the last few months I’ve thought about my situation with food, and I’ve begun to make changes mentally. Asking if I really need the extra snacks, or if the fast food joint is really my best option. On top of that, I think about the prospect of having kids, and how I don’t want to be a fat dad. A fat dad would be a dead dad soon enough. I’m not going to be a father for a while, but now seems to be the time to make the changes.

My weight is on the sidebar. It’s about 20 pounds less than my highest weight. My goal is to dabble at 199 for at least a few days. I see myself comfortably at 220, but man, 199 would be amazing. I know saying 220 is defeatist, but I’ve been talking this up for so long, it seems like a pipedream. It’s just a matter of changing the course.

So that’s where I’m at. I’m not sure if I’ll blog daily or weekly, but I’ll pick one sooner than later. I’ll be using Twitter regularly for random thoughts and discussions.

Thanks for reading.

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