Restarted Fitness Goals

Several years ago I set a goal to get in pretty good shape by Andy’s wedding. Over that time I lost about 45 pounds, and I felt great. Now here I am a few years later and I am (quite literally) right back where I started.

So here we go again. I’m setting some pretty simple goals.

  1. Track calories. This was a huge part of how I lost the weight. The worst part is when I track, but only halfheartedly so everything after around 5 PM is just “missing”. The new goal is to write down everything even if it is just an educated guess.
  2. Weigh in every day. Even if I don’t want to know. The exception of course is travel, but in that case no skipping when I get back home.
  3. Be more active in general. I’m trying out the Fitbit to help track this. It may just be a “glorified pedometer” but I think I’ll find it useful. The simple goal for now is to just wear it all the time.
  4. Get cycling again. I love cycling but have often found the hurdle of getting out the door to be an effective barrier. Short- and long-term milage goals should help. I’m thinking 20 miles a week (one medium ride) for now when I can only ride on weekends, increasing gradually as the weather improves.

If you have any interest in how I’m doing, I set up a secondary twitter account, @steve_fit where the various online and automated tools I’m using should post somewhat regular updates. Technology is grand.

Losing weight and being more active is hard over the long term, but I know I can do it. I owe it to myself.

— Steve

Posted on 12 January 2012