Day 1 — for the third time (6May13)

Here I am again for another Day 1.

I’ve had several big changes in my life over the last year. Each change has stopped my momentum in improving my health. Over the last months I have started to change my habits about how work works. For more than 13 years I have worked from the time I started work (7:30 or so) to quitting time (4-6pm) without taking lunches. I smoked for 16 years and during that time I would take smoke breaks which seemed to help cut out burnout. I quit smoking in 2007 and thus burnout seems to occur more often. Now, for my lunch, I take 20 mins or so and sit in the sun eating whatever my lunch is. Mostly, because I don’t go outside much and I’ve decided to get some sun to possibly boost my immune system. After I spend my 20 minutes outside I then spend a few minutes doing some basic yoga poses followed by about 20 minutes or more of what’s known as “The Corpse Pose.” During this time I breathe in and out slowly through my nose and meditate letting all of my cares go, and let my thoughts go freely. After about 20 minutes almost all of my thoughts are gone and I remove almost all of my stress for the day. I’ll do the same thing about bedtime – if I don’t do yoga poses I will, at the very least, cover my eyes and breathe in and out slowly through my nose.

So, now that’s all out here’s why I’m starting another Day 1. I have 7 weeks to drop weight, get in better shape, and be healthier for my trip to Disney World. It gives me a deadline to strive for and something to look forward to. It’s not too far off that I won’t want to keep going. And it’s far enough that I should see some pretty good results.

I don’t know how I’m going to look, feel, or what my weight will be, but I’m definitely going to give it a go.

So, here’s the deal. Daily I will be posting: pictures of myself, weights, exercises, how I feel, and what I eat. Weekly, I will be posting measurements.

Each day I have carved out 3 hours to workout; not always working out at each of those times, but 3 hours that I will be working out and/or relaxing. For example, in the morning I will be doing a cardio-like working first thing in the morning before I eat. I want to get that out of the way (like Insanity) and then spend some time relaxing and cooling down with deep breathing, etc. Then at noon I will do my normal lunch routine. Finally, after work, I’ll do a weight program of some sort (mostly body weight – I’ve got 275 pounds or so to work with.) This weight program will consist of pull-ups, elevated pushups, elevated crunches, chair dips, and maybe some minor weight lifting.

My meals are going to be primarily vegetarian with protein and vitamin supplements as recommended by my trainer.

My goal for this journey is to be informational for myself and push myself to lose the weight I need to, but more than that be in a better shape to chase my kids for a long, long time.

Let’s see what tomorrow holds.

“You only live once, don’t live like a bitch” – Joe Rogan

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