In less than a year, I will be 40… Man, that sucks. But I will tell you that I am excited for what the next 40 years will bring, or bring me to. There are a lot of things in life that are out of my control, but eating healthy and being in shape are 100 percent completely in my hands. Over the next 12 months, I am on a mission to lose 40 pounds before my 40th Birthday. The goal isn’t just the weight loss – but a lifestyle change to help me live a healthier second half of life.
Today, I am 6 “2” and 260 pounds.
So why am I writing this blog? Well, for a couple of reasons. I want to publicly hold myself accountable. I want to write every day about the challenges I face. I am the pickiest eater you have ever seen but I love pizza. I am on the road a lot for work, I split my personal time between two States, and so on. I want to chronicle my journey not only for myself, but to also let anyone who may have similar challenges – and goals – know that they are not alone. I am going through it, too. Perhaps we can inspire and root for each other.
What are my goals? First and foremost, to lose the 40 pounds. But I also want to be strong again. In 2008, I was in the best shape of my life. I lost 57 pounds in two years, and was working out every day – but I had help. Hector Morales would be at my house every day to go to the gym, and he wouldn’t let me take a day off. Now, I need to find that motivation myself.
I have given up on my “Brad Pitt six pack” dream, but I’d like to be confident again when I take my shirt off. I want and need to expand my food choices – as I mentioned, I am extremely picky. Pizza, pasta, bread, wine… these are my really good friends. But I need to take the next year and break up with them. Well, maybe not wine. Maybe we just need a break. But I want to like new things, and that means trying new things, something I have not been a big fan of doing. But the biggest reason I’m on this journey is the picture above. My family… I want to be here for a long time, and I want to be an active part of their lives. I want to carry Christine around when we are 70. I want to play hoops with my Grandchildren. I want to live to my 80s, and I know that starts here and now.
My plan: 80% diet and 20% working out. That’s what they say works the best. I will eat mainly in the Paleo lifestyle. It will be a phased approach. I will also focus on portion control. And I will build up to a good program of cardio, weights, and core.
A daily blog entry will be mostly about what I ate, and what workouts I did. I will be using my Nike Fuel band, so I will track and report on my steps. I will also be very honest about cravings, what I wanted to eat, what challenges I faced, how my old bones feel, etc. I will not weigh myself every day, but once a week on Friday mornings. I am undecided on pictures… we’ll see.
I hope it goes well, and I’d love to hear any tips that you may have, things that worked or did not work for you on a similar journey, etc. Please keep it positive – any support is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading.