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Joining In The New Year Re-Set

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I usually do my utmost NOT to join in with the crowd as I've always disliked the I'm-doing-it-cuz-everyone-is-d
oing-it mentality.

As a result I've never been a fan of New Year's Resolutions.

Well, this year will be an exception as I have backslid too much during the "dark months" and it is time to declare *ENOUGH!*

Some of the thoughts / factors influencing me are:

---Reaching the upper end of tolerance for tight clothes. Thank goodness I gave away all my "fatter" clothes...! :-)

---Feeling the pounds tugging at my cardio performance. Going slower against my will? Not at ALL tolerant of THAT!

---News of upcoming cycling events for 2014 and just not at ALL wanting to beat myself up for dragging along extra pounds that I coulda/shoulda/woulda sent to the curb.

---One of the retail therapy "indulgences" I've allowed myself over the past few months has been to gradually pick up deals on camping gear for some more self-supported cycling trips. I've got my tent/footprint, sleeping bag, super absorbent towel, inflatable pillow, powerpack for cell phone...all that's left is the air mattress and a waterproof stuff sack. All these material investments in my cycling fun has me thinking it's way past time to kick it in the pants for some physical investments into my body!

So my plan? First & foremost: no self-bashing! I've done enough of that! Now *learning* a thing or two about relapse prevention? I'm two thumbs way UP on that!

As always I've gotta keep it simple. Two critical factors will bring results for me as they always have:

1) Dial the processed carb way WAY down. In fact my hope is to only allow for perhaps one serving of fruit per day and at times legumes in soups and hummus. All sugar/flour-based carbs...fuggedaboutem!

and the REAL BIGGIE:

2) Tracking my food intake. Duh...what a shocker, right? Nothing has brought me the results and satisfaction with my efforts like tracking and being highly aware of the types of calories (fat/protein/carbohydrate) I'm consuming.

One thing I like about my past accomplishments is that without tracking, just eating what I *KNOW* and have learned over the years is "good" food for myself I am able to maintain my weight around 240 pounds. Which is no small thing given the heights my weight has reached in the past.

But: I know that is not enough to satisfy me over the long haul. I still think 200 is going to be a weight which will be an acceptable goal for myself. Who knows for sure until one gets down around that range as to whether or not this will be live-able and maintain-able...but I'd like to give it a serious shot. I succeeded once back in March 2010 and I know the critical factor which enabled this success was tracking.

Another accomplishment I feel good about is my rock-solid commitment to being physically active and working out at least 5x a week with maybe one, at most two days off.

Another thing I'm going to try short-term as a way of jump-starting my efforts is to limit my eating to roughly between the hours of noon and 8 pm. This results in a limited "fast" for the other 16 hours. I'm intrigued by this idea as it "keeps it simple:" no thoughts or concerns about eating during a good part of the day! Will it be sustainable? Dunno. I'll maintain awareness of my inner deprivation / resentment barometer...if it kicks up too much of a fuss I'll ditch this pattern. If nothing else, it sorta shakes things up which appeals to me. Let's not just get outta the rut, how about taking some DYNAMITE to the rut?!

So let's get this 2014 thing kicking, shall we? :-)

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    thanks i really needed to read this today as I'm about to reset my self for all the same reasons , all the best for 2014
    2562 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5127867
    Isn't it funny that it generally comes back to the basics?
    2569 days ago
    I love how you made "no self bashing" your #1 goal! When we talk that way to ourselves, it's very difficult to stay on target with the other goals.

    Sounds like 2014 will be a great year for you! :)

    2570 days ago
    As always beautifully articulated...and you're talkin' to ME! I love ONEKIDSMOM's comment, "It's not really a start... it's a remembering." Soooooo...I'm right there with you, Don. Let's track our ways to the goal together.

    Ready! Set!
    2570 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13342094
    Get kicking!
    2570 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    You've been building your way to success!
    I also wonder how we can have no thoughts or concerns about eating, it seems like we think and talk a lot about it... especially on this website! I am very interested in hearing more about your own experience.

    I wish you a great year for cx skiing and biking! (it is also a selfish thought because I like reading your biking adventures!)
    2571 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2014 6:02:48 PM
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    2571 days ago
    Man, I am STARVING when I wake up in the morning. I have to eat something. I eat many small meals throughout the day.

    It's cool to hear that you've been buying the gear you need for your self-supported bike tours. Today I'm going to be buying some long johns...if I get up the courage to leave the house with the -32 C windchill. Brrrrrr!
    2571 days ago
    If anyone can do it, you can, Don! I'm in there with you.
    2571 days ago
    Your first paragraph rings so familiar!!! Way yo go on dynamiting yourself out of the rut!!

    May each choice bring you closer go your goals.

    2571 days ago
    Lot's of good incentives and a reasonable plan. I don't know if I could stick with the eating between noon and 8 plan though. I need my breakfast. Good luck!
    2571 days ago
    It's not really a start... it's a remembering... I hope you'll tell us all about your self-supported cycling tours, because that's something MOBYCARP and I used to dream about as kids. By the way, he's in your neck of the woods, "almost"... up in the Rochester, NY area.

    Dream big. Do big. You're going to ROCK this year! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2571 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2014 7:26:12 AM
    You've have transformed your lifestyle and are staying on top of it, so I know you will meet your goals! And, oh YES!! I agree: ENOUGH! is the right approach to 2014!
    Am ready to go for it, too!!

    2571 days ago
    I hear your determination. So glad you've been treating yourself to the equipment for your extended bike tours!

    One thing that might help with the weight stuff is the new Steve Siebold ebook download: FatLoser! I'm pretty thrilled with it and just blogged about it . . . a big whoosh of renewed enthusiasm!!

    2571 days ago
    Don you are emoticon and emoticon
    2571 days ago
    I agree and have never gone along with the crowd. Wishing you the best in 2014.
    2571 days ago
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