Sunday, January 02, 2011

2011 in 2011

Sometime in the last five years I turned into a fat guy. It crept up on me for a while, but accelerated this year thanks to two inter-state moves, three new jobs, long work hours, and the convenience of ordering pizza on the Internet. This was also the first year in many that I haven't played in a recreational sports league, belonged to a gym (even if I paid the monthly fee and never went), or at least had a job that kept me on my feet (most of my time is spent staring into a computer screen these days).
Man Boobs: When did those get there?
I've tried losing weight three times in the last five years.  In 2007 I played on the Northern Mariana Islands Football Club and lost about 20 lbs training for two games against Guam.  I put the weight right back on after we lost 3-2 on Saipan and 9-0 in Guam.

In 2008 I probably drank a beer every single day thanks to the stress of the Mariana Trench Monument campaign.  I joined Gold's Gym Fat Guy Contest, but actually ended up putting on weight, not losing weight.

In 2009 I tried the Fat Guy Contest again, but after losing 10 lbs. in the first month I stopped dieting and exercising and started drinking again.  I actually lost weight over the course of the contest, but by the end of the year (and after my run at Mayor of Saipan), I'd put it all back on.  Over the course of 2010 I put on even more weight.

Now I'm closing in on 220 lbs., I feel like crap, and none of my clothes fit right.

So this is a really horrible first blog and they'll hopefully improve as time goes on, but I've decided to come up with a long term plan for getting healthy again.  I write and execute campaign plans for environmental organizations for a living, so it shouldn't be a stretch for me to come up with a campaign plan for me to get back into shape, eat better, and shed a few (score) pounds.

So this is my New Year's Resolution:

I am going to run 2011 miles in 2011.

I am also going to limit myself to 12 alcoholic drinks over the course of the year (one per month) and I'm going to stop eating red meat.  These are things I have done in the past, so they should not be difficult to do again.

I am also going to consider going vegetarian by July 1.  I am going to slowly wean myself off of meat, not because of health reasons, but because I've known for years that eating meat leaves a bigger environmental footprint than driving a dreaded SUV.  But it is also healthier.

And that's how I roll.

So I ran 3 miles today, bringing my total miles logged for 2011 to 3.  With 363 days left in the year, I have 2008 miles to go before I reach my goal of running 2011 miles in 2011.

I have a three mile loop mapped out that starts and ends in my front yard.  I didn't time myself (I need to get a stopwatch), but I was able to run the whole distance without stopping.  The first mile is mostly downhill and I was feeling loose, the way one does when they daydream of losing 50 lbs.  Two and a half in and I was feeling sluggish.  But like I said, I was able to finish the run without stopping.

I stretched out for about 5 minutes before and after, and did 50 situps and 15 pushups before I hit the showers.

I've never been a morning person, but I'm going to attempt these runs every day at 6 AM.

I'll blog about Day 2 tomorrow (technically Day 3, I guess).


The Saipan Blogger said...

I am serious about this and I really have written a daily campaign plan for the entire year.

Brad Ruszala said...

nice! do tell (or share). i'll run with you from saipan, man.