The Fitness Resolution I Didn't Plan On #TmFit
How I got pulled into a fitness goal without really thinking about it.
During my holiday vacation while going through my social feed I happened across a post by Alex Lawrence entitled Don't Wait Until January. I read it because it looked interesting, not because I had any desire to start exercising or lose weight. Something in the article moved me though. It moved me into activity. Alex's story resonated with me. I too used to play a lot of sports. I too had back problems. Thankfully, despite doctors saying it would most likely require surgery, I didn't need surgery.
You wouldn't know it now if you met me, but I was voted by my senior class as most athletic. I started varsity 7 seasons in 3 sports. Like Alex said, it's not cool for me to be out of shape.
I love food. My parents had a hard time keeping our pantry stocked. We never had left overs after a meal because I would just eat what was left as I cleared up the table. I never had to worry about weight. I was a bean pole. In high school I was 6'3" and 170 lbs. I tried to gain weight but it seemed I never could. I was generally exercising at least 2 hours per day through sports.
My senior year I broke my arm pitching in the state tournament. I was bed ridden for a while and once my arm healed I left to serve a two year mission where I didn't exercise except for once a week when we would often play sports, and I was in a car the whole time after my first 5 months. I came home weighing 220 lbs. Most people told me I look normal so it felt like a comfortable weight. I maintained that weight eating all I wanted and playing a lot of basketball, volleyball, and softball. That was the what I weighed when I got married.
On my mission I met a couple that agreed to never gain more than 20% of their marriage weight. I thought that was a cool idea so I told myself and my wife I would never weight more than 242. I've stuck with that commitment. Once I get up in the 240's (which I have a number of times), then I cut back, eat less, exercise a little and get down to the 230 range. I don't think I have been down to 220 since being married though.
After reading Alex's article I decided to jump in and make a public commitment. I left a comment on his blog and even suggested we change the twitter hash tag to #TmFit rather that #FitLife because there was less noise so it was easier to follow. Alex concurred. My goal is to weigh 220 by March 1st, 2013. In the distant past I used to make goals public. Then I read that keeping goals private can actually be more beneficial. So I was hesitant to make a public commitment, but I decided to do it anyway.
So far it's been great. I started using the gym membership that I was planning on canceling. Alex was serious about encouraging each other. I have pushed my workouts a bit farther than planned because of twitter feedback and encouragement. I will admit, I HATE exercising for the sake of exercising. My life motto was "I don't believe in exercise unless it is in the form of a sport." Well, with four kids, a full-time job, and the life of an entrepreneur, I don't really have time to play all the sports I would like to. So, I have got to learn to like exercising - or at least learn to endure it.
During the holidays it was easier for me to take time to exercise. Now the real challenge starts as I try to find a workable routine to get my daily exercise in. Come join us on #TmFit and let's help each other reach our goals!