I spend quite a bit of time over at The Art Of Manliness. Some great tips on health and style as well as a wealth of inspirational writing, mostly in the form of fanboying on Theodore Roosevelt. In looking for my next big challenge, I’m drawing inspiration from this article on Rites of Passage.
Speaking of TR, I remember being interested in him from a very young age. The main connection I made was that we both had asthma. Not like I’d ever stack myself up beside TR. Where he made a point of seeking out adversity and testing his shortcomings, I’d often take pride in taking the shortest and easiest path possible. Sometimes this is a virtue, but not when it comes to taking care of the self. As such, I need to settle a long standing debt.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been at an unhealthy weight for my entire adult life (and longer). Carrying around what is essentially another person has negatively impacted my activities and general quality of life as well as put me on multiple medications. Rather than keep this as a ‘Someday’ kind of goal, it’s time to put together a plan and get to work. By doing so, I intend to improve my own health, extend my life and improve my self-image and self-worth dramatically.
Here is my goal:
Success is : I record a weight of 178 or below on 7/27/2018
Failure is : I record a weight above 178 on 7/27/2018
Here’s my plan:
– Use LiveStrong – Record weight daily and keep a food diary
– I will keep my daily calorie intake 500 below my BMR
– I will supplement my calorie deficit by 500 a day with daily exercise
– The data for the above will be maintained publicly here as a widget
I’ve always known what was required but never really applied myself. But if I follow this plan, I should be able to lose 100 pounds over the next year at a healthy 2 pound a week rate. This is perfectly reasonable and attainable.
I’m inviting everyone to encourage me. Even more so, I invite people to hinder me and try and fuck me up. For my own health and well being, this may very well be the most difficult and the most important thing I’ve ever attempted. Bring it on!
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them here or address them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for looking in!