Good day to you!
Thank you for coming to read this post. This post is about hitting that God forsaken “wall.” Over the course of the last few weeks I have managed to gain 7 pounds, and not in any good way. To me, this sucks, as it probably would for anyone who has put in any sort of effort to try and lose weight.
I was so close to reaching my lowest point again. The lowest I have ever been is 269. Over the last 4 or 5 months I had been hovering around 275 (give or take a pound or two). I was exercising, but it wasn’t terribly consistent. Then over the course of the last few weeks, the lunch workouts at work stopped for the fall season, and I ended up stopping exercise altogether. As of this morning, I am now 282. I hate the feeling of slowly creeping back up anywhere even near 300.
The goal of this post is to help myself, and maybe even inspire some of you, to try and:
1) Figure out how I hit this wall and
2) Know that it’s breakable and understand what needs to be done to get there.
I am a big fan of accountability. The reason I am a fan?…because I hate it. It sounds weird I know, but let me explain. I hate the feeling of letting others down, even myself. So when I am held accountable for my actions, I tend to hold myself to them better than I would if I had just made it a generic goal.
So, how did I get here?
Life, life is just BUSY. Busy to the point where exercise and a proper diet have taken a back seat to everything I do. It’s definitely more of an excuse, I admit it. I really could find the time if I applied myself better. I am the father of a beautiful little 11 month old girl. I have a job, which thankfully keeps me gainfully employed, but sometimes at the sacrifice of time. And what little time I do have left to myself, I try to spend with my family or sleep. This has all caused me to lead a life of convenience over health.
How do we remedy this situation?
Recently, it was my 30th birthday. I am really beginning to realize this weight loss and health thing needs to happen and happen NOW. I don’t want to be that dad that can’t play with his children because he’s too unhealthy or unmotivated to do anything. That thought saddens me beyond belief. I want to look “sexy” (as I can be LOL) for my amazing wife Jennifer and lead a long healthy life into retirement with her so we can explore the world together.
Those are long term goals though. Which are good to have obviously, but they’re not so good for short term results. You need a kick-starter, something that will even motivate you to get off the couch and move. I have one goal and my wife came up with the other.
Goal #1: I want a tattoo. I’ve never had one and I have a kick ass idea for a TARDIS tattoo that I want. At 250 pounds, I will get said tattoo.
Goal #1.5: At 220 pounds, I want a video game themed tattoo.
Goal#2: Jen suggested we train for a half-marathon. Yes, a half marathon. We’ll have a year to do it. Starting in November. To reach a point where I can say I did a half-marathon would be an amazing feat.
These goals are highly achievable. And I may even create several smaller goals along the way to keep me motivated. As of November 5th, I will get back in the saddle and really proving to you guys and myself, that this is possible. That you can live the life of a nerd, a father and an athlete in the same boat. Wish me luck!
PS – If you have suggestions or words of encouragement, they are always welcome!
-Dustin “Dustimus_Prime” VanCour-