This is the year 2016. While I have been trying to find a healthier lifestyle since 2007, it feels like I have been doing the New Years Resolution thing for a ga-jillion years. Once or twice I actually made progress.
Going in to 2016 I had to have a good hard long talk with myself. I asked a few hard questions? Am I healthy? No. Am I physically fit? No. Why? …. um… yeah.
Why? What is it that keeps me entrenched in my own failure? Failure may seem like a harsh way to look at it, but let’s be honest, if you are not meeting your goals, you are failing, and failure is okay. You learn from failure. So, what have I learned.
Schedule is too busy? Probably. Don’t buy great food? Yes and No, home pantry is well stocked, it’s the eating out that kills me. Time to talk care of myself? Oh, shit, what’s time?
And so there is the excuses of a lot of folks in my position. Over-weight, over-worked, and over-whelmed. So, I decided to NOT do the same thing I have done every year. I decided to NOT create this incredible life changing plan that left me exhausted by Day 3. Sorry Tony Horton, I can’t keep up with the Crazy 6 day a week work out schedule. I just don’t think I am a 0 to 60 in one day kind of guy.
Every year, I start out too ambitiously. I try to exercise, change my diet, blog every day, track progress, log meals… oh Lord, it’s a full time job. How about I start simpler. How about I start with some healthy habits first, then we can start building? How about I create a mentality of intention before enacting some huge plan.
Let’s just try to form a few healthy habits.
- Drink (2) Glasses of Water before I go to work, and all the required water each day.
- Walk or Ride My Bike Once a Week.
- Start writing a journal every day.
That’s a lot slower, but it’s doable. Here I’m forming a habit about what I’m putting in my body. I am integrating exercise back into my weekly routine, and I am getting used to the idea of daily tracking.
This is what January Looked like. And for the most part it worked. I have no idea how much I weigh or measurements or any of that, but I’ll kick that off this weekend. And next week we start working in MORE healthy habits.
My Journey towards a healthier me begins slowly and intentionally.