I want to talk about weight loss again. Now that football season is underway, this morning I dug out one of my team shirts and it didn’t fit. Fuck. Dug out another one, same result. This happened six times. OK, so it’s not the shirts, it’s me. There’s no secret that I’ve put on some pounds. I feel heavier, I look heavier and it’s really starting to affect my mindset.
After the first of the year I started going to the gym three times a week, starting slow, but I felt pretty good about what I was getting accomplished. Then, as what happens to most people, I missed a day and before you know it, my routine was done.
I was getting discouraged too because I wasn’t seeing any change, I wasn’t feeling any change. That didn’t help my motivation. I had too many things I was trying to do so I was focusing on nothing. Frustration was setting in bad.
I remember, years ago, my dad telling me how he would exercise using calisthenics and how he gained some good muscle mass by using nothing other than a door frame. Remembering that, and thinking about setting smaller goals, I decided that I would develop my own plan. Hopefully I’ll be able to start small and using measurable metrics, keep myself motivated and grow from there.
So this is my plan and I call it 3-30s. Every morning when I get up I am going to do 30 pushups. Three days a week I’m going to go to the gym over lunch and do 30 minutes on the treadmill and I’m going to do this for 30 days. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but the problem that I’ve had in the past is I try to do just too damn much and I get discouraged. So I’m going to start small and get back into it. Anything above and beyond that base is just going to be icing on the cake.
I am going to have my lovely wife help me with getting measurements, starting weight and take photos for me. I will post them here a couple times a week for a couple reasons, so you, if you so choose, can follow along with me. But, also to help myself stay on track.
Hopefully by starting small and setting small goals, I will stay on track and keep myself motivated. I will be starting this plan the first of October and will publish the result on November first. Now, I’m not delusional, when I share my month long results I’m not expecting them to be life changing. I don’t expect to loose a ton of weight and I don’t expect a super endurance boost. What I do hope to accomplish is a new routine. And then slowly adding to that routine, so over the month of October I will be looking to add one thing to this base that I can start in November.
Hopefully by starting slowly I will be able to see something change in the months to come. Stay tuned and wish me luck!