-29 windchill this morning. No biggie. This time I was smart: I figured out which way the wind was blowing…and then walked the way that minimized my face to the wind. Huzzah for only taking 9 days to get that! Huzzah!
Anyway, yesterday afternoon missed the weight lifting/shoulder training. I felt kind of bad, but since that was always tacked on to the main form of not being lazy, I’ll call it a “rest day” and do a full round of lifting this afternoon to make up for it. The important thing is that I’ve got my sleep schedule figured out and down pat (just in time for daylight savings time on March 8), and that I’m getting a walk in every morning.
Some people may wonder why a walk was chosen. Well, it’s a precursor to more training I’ll be doing as the year continues. In 2016 I’d like to run a marathon, just to be able to say that I’ve done it. At my current weight, a snowball will last longer in the deepest fiery pits of Hell than I will at a marathon.
Basically what it comes down to is this: every winter, I gain about 20 pounds. This has happened pretty much every year of my life, without fail. I don’t worry so much about it since I’ve been eating far healthier in the last few years than I have my entire life This even happened in California. The only exception was when I was training for Kumdo hard-core and was running/lifting weights (yes, I was running then…I was 75 lbs lighter than I am now). It is something that happens, and it’s something that’s hard-wired into my being due to the weather being what it is.
Every summer, that weight dissipates somewhat, last summer due to walking around a few times a week. I’m not expecting to lose the weight immediately, but this year I am getting a head start on it by starting in February rather than in April. Also, when you step on the scale and see the numbers “318” staring at you, it’s time to start working on that. That was at the beginning of February. Since then, I’ve cut down my beer intake. As of last Wednesday, I’ve been walking. This morning’s weigh-in was 314.3 with clothes on. So figure a +-2 lbs since it’s a digital scale. So I’m losing weight.
Last year about this time I was the same weight, but last summer I was clocking in at 295 lbs. My goal is to beat that by 15 lbs by the end of summer: 280 by September 1st. I think it’s do-able, and if I can give up my lifestyle o’ laziness, then I should be able to tackle it.
I do want to stick around this mortal coil, I’ve got the feeling I’m not done with whatever the good Lord has planned.