Well here we go, another streak. I was very happy to complete my last streak of 365 days of straight coding. I was even more delighted when it dawned on me that I could do this for something I have always struggled with, ... my fitness.
So that is it folks, I am off again doing another year-long commitment, but this time it is to workout for at least 7 minutes a day for 365 days straight. Why 7 minutes, I'll explain later, I promise. In this post I will write up my goals, my tools, and my aspirations for this challenge. After this, I will be writing up monthly posts.
Over the last several years I committed to becoming a developer and have logged more hours in front of a computer screen than most. Best decision of my life, because it gave me the knowledge that I have now, but it was a double-edged sword. Being sedentary is awful for your metabolism and over the last 2-3 years I have gained 20 pounds, mostly in my belly and butt. Don't get me wrong, I am still a really toned guy, and I workout at least 2-3 times a week with an active lifestyle as well. Although lately I have really wanted to change that and return back to the weight I was a couple of years ago. I weighed in today at 209, and I am wishing to come down to my goal weight of 189, a loss of 20 pounds over the course of a year.
With my main goal being weight loss, my other goals include: a trimmer waistline ( I wear 35 inch pants, I'd like to bring that down to 32-33), completing 50 pull ups without stopping would be a feat for me, and finally, I would like to gain control over my appetite. As a young kid in school, I swam. I swam nearly 2-3 hours a day for upwards of 10 years. Between MS/HS/college, I must of burned up to 2-3k of calories a day. My appetite guided my judgement on everything I did because I was chasing down ways to replace the energy I had had burned off during my swimming. But now, with swimming hardly ever happening, and workouts being set sporadically and with less intensity, my appetite is still intense. I am less hungry, but my appetite to eat quickly and less smart is more prevalent in my day to day life. I need to work on ways to monitor that craving and disconnect the feeling I have when I binge eat.
The tool that I am using to track my progress is an app. It's called 7-Minute Workout. It is awesome! You can track each workout and it has a calendar to show how many days in a row you have accomplished. You can also pick between 7, 15, 30, or 50 minute workouts. As well as, pick workouts that are more focused on core, arms, legs, or generic. It's free! Check out it's interface:
I think what is important to do before you enter this challenge is identify your goals,...done, your methods,...done, and also your expectations. It is critical to remember the time your body was at it's peak. It is likely most people are like me, and remember fondly the time when they were in the best shape of their life. For me, I have found myself thinking about that time more and more since getting married. I get upset with my laziness and sometimes attempt to find an approach to losing weight, but all my routines wouldn't stick. When you understand your expectations and really take a look at how I got to that peak body type, then you can begin to replicate those actions and move towards a plan.
In each of these posts I will put a picture of my waist line (with waistline measurements), my current weight (with last month's weight included), and a streak of maxed out pull ups on each posting. I will also include a screenshot of the 7-min workout app calendar feature to show my streak. All these assets will hold me accountable and show progress. It should look something like this:
What I challenge people to do that are reading this, is to accompany me! I want to help myself here, but would love a buddy or a group of people to do this with. 7-Minute Workout has a social media posting feature when you complete each month of workouts. If you want to follow along with me, send encouragement, or help me out with some advice feel free to do so whenever I post up accomplishments. Also feel free to do it yourself and when you post up anything, tag me in it! We can do it together!
Wish me luck!