What The Heck Have I Been Doing The Past 2 Years?
If you were reading this blog, it’d sure be hard to tell. So, let me fill you in…
Over the last couple years, I’ve really been focused on personal health and fitness. The overall goal since about age 25 or so was to be in the best shape of my life by age 30. Not sure why that was my goal, but it was. I guess maybe because many people see 30 as really being “older” … you know the first time when you really begin to feel things and need to slow down. I always saw it as just the beginning. You make your own choices, right? I have always exercised and gone to the gym, but to help me reach that goal of being in the best shape of my life by 30 I knew I needed to do much more.
Goodbye Mindless Eating!
Over the last couple years, I really started to pay attention to the food I ate. I didn’t make many radical changes, but rather a bunch of small ones. I eliminated soda, coffee and other sugary drinks from my diet. I thought long and hard about how many times I was eating out and what I was eating. I started changing my ways there as well often choosing to get the healthier choice on the menu rather than what I really wanted. These changes came over time, they were more realistic and more maintainable.
Another change when it came to my diet was eliminating all of what I considered to be “sweets.” For me, this included cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, soda and really all of the traditional dessert foods. Yes, this meant sitting on the sidelines during birthday parties while everyone else had birthday cake. Yes, this meant skipping the visits to get ice cream on those hot summer days. I guess of all the changes some people might consider this a radical change, but I knew I needed to do it. Why? Because I’m they type who “can’t eat just one” when it comes to sweets. It’s the mindless eating that gets ya and you ALWAYS have a choice.
I’m proud to say it’s now been about 20 months without a “sweet.” Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve still had sugar. But I’ve faced every single one of my weaknesses head on when it comes to “sweets” and I’ve won every time. And let me tell you as a citizen of a country that’s addicted to food, there’s nothing more rewarding. I learned a ton while doing this and I will write a blog all about it soon.
That covers the changes I made when it comes to eating, but I knew I needed to do more. I had to make improvements when it came to my cardio fitness level if I was going to achieve my goal. So I decided to become a runner…and try to run the Indianapolis Mini Marathon?
What was I thinking? 2 years ago the most I’d ever run at 1 time was 5 miles and I thought I was going to die when I was done. So how in the world was I going to reach my goal of running 13.1 miles? Well, I just started running. In my old age of 30 I have learned that sometimes you just have to go for it and figure the rest out. As the saying goes, “if you wait around for the perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.” I had no idea what I was doing, but I’ve learned so much along the way and met some awesome people .
How did I do with running? Well, I ran that 13.1 mile Mini Marathon in Indianapolis 2 times, most recently achieving my goal of under 1hr 50min.
But, What About Blogging?
Even though I haven’t updated this blog in years, I never stopped. In fact, I’ve written hundreds of blogs over the last couple years here, here and here. I’ve posted thousands of updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But now it’s time to bring everything back to one place again and just be me. I need that one central place where everything lives because at the end of the day social networks will come and go, but I will always have this.
One BIG Thing
There has also been one BIG thing that has happened over the last couple years, specifically the last couple of months, but that deserves its own post. So now I guess you’ll have to check back again real soon.
What Do You Think?
It’s my first post in 2 years (almost), so tell me what you think!