Monday, January 28, 2008

Keep Up the Good Work. Forever.

Weigh-In: 214.8 lbs

If you're like me, when you become interested in something, you really engulf yourself in it. It consumes you. In the past 6 or so months I've done it with exercise and weight loss. At other times, some recently and some not, I've done it with the following:

Bicycles, Motorcycles, Guitars, Kitchen Renovation, Old Jeeps and the list goes on.

Actually, now that I look at this list, those are very manly things aren't they? ROAR!

I guess you should be worried if I mentioned things like collecting hair brushes and Hello Kitty Memorabilia.

Anyhow, the reason I'm bringing all of this up is that a lot of those things that have consumed me often eventually fall off to the point where I forget how to play songs on the guitar, jeeps sit rusting in parking spots, and bicycles go un-pedaled for months, maybe a year. Usually these things find their way back into my life at some point albeit, not to the point they once were.

That can't happen this time. It doesn't mean that I have to spend every waking moment researching/discussing weight loss, planning workouts, and reading online forums about muscle building. But it means that I can't let this lifestyle sit in the corner for 6 months or a year getting dusty.

Just like playing the guitar, if you don't keep practicing eating right, working out, you're going to get rusty. The next time you sit down you wont be able to play "Freebird". Or perhaps you'll just be flabby. Your calluses are gone. Your gut is back. You get the idea.

BUT just like anything if you go at it 100% 24 hours a day 8 days a week eventually it's going to fall of some. That's expected.

So well, I'm not really sure if I had any other point aside from what I've said. I think I just needed to remind myself about my history and to stay focused. The one thing that is different about this time is that this isn't a hobby at all, but a life changing event. I haven't done anything yet. What is 6 months in the entire scheme of a life? I do indeed have a lot further to go.
In other news, I broke my 5k time today on the treadmill. Ran a 23:39. Go me!
BTW, that was done doing 8 intervals at 6.5 and 8.0, then with about 4 or so minutes of running at 9mph at the end. Just thought I'd throw that out there in case anyone thought I'd stop doing intervals. I almost always incorporate them into my runs.


Ripx180 said...

Good proactive thinking you have going on there Brian. Definitely not a hobby you want to slack on. Re-loosing weight sucks. I have been there and done that too many times. I am allot like you when it comes to hobbies. Full throttle then out of gas. Your blog brings up something we should all think about.

Rob Tucker said...

I don't know about you, but I've already accepted that this is a lifelong journey. The trick (and I've yet to find it) is to find out what works for you and what you're comfortable with - and focus on it.

Accept the fact that you're going to step on the scale every day for the rest of your life. No one ever gained weight by stepping on the scale every day. Accountability will keep you in line.

And a 23 minute 5k - that's awesome, man. Just flat out impressive.

billy said...

I think you and I are very similar, I'm the EXACT same way.

Losing interest in health and fitness is something I'm scared of too. More than a year later, I'm still going strong, but frankly, I'm still very engulfed and interested. What happens in another year or 2 or 5? When I stop blogging, or stop having fitness goals. Stop focusing and get bored of working so hard to stay fit?

I don't know the answer to this question. But the thing I do know is that it isn't that hard to weigh yourself every day. If I can stick to at least that, I can't imagine allowing myself to ever gain more than a couple of pounds before doing something about it.

It's one thing to say "It's a lifelong commitment", but it's another to actually have it be one.

The other huge thing is developing new habits. That's why I'm so anti-diet food. It's not making you develop new habits. When you're accustomed to eating whole, natural foods, eventually, you'll just make those decisions automatically, and come to prefer it.