Personally, this year represented a lifestyle change for me. I lost 30 pounds, ran two half marathons, and passed two US Navy body fat composition assessments and subsequent physical readiness tests. The year was great for me professionally, spiritually, and physically.
More than just running those half marathons, I set a personal record of 2:01:20, just shy of my ultimate goal of beating 2 hours. Those half marathons were part of 490 miles run in 2014.
I’m also very happy that my resting heart rate is in the high 50s. While I’m still a fairly large man, I’ve made some good strides to get completely healthy in 2014, and I’m really looking forward to continuing that in 2015.
Unfortunately, not all is rosy. After working very hard to pass the fall body fat composition assessment, and doing so with flying colors, I’ve let my body fat rise from 20% to 28%. While I haven’t gained pounds because of it, I’ve lost definition in my arms and my belly is flabby. I haven’t stayed strong on strength training (pun intended) and my core workouts have slipped horribly since my last Navy weigh-in. I’m grateful that it didn’t equal a falling off of the wagon weight wise, but there is definitely some work to do in order to get where I want to go.
I have a vision of where I want to be this year, and I’d like to share it now:
Half Marathon time: 1:49:00
Navy PRT 1.5 mile time: 11:20
Navy PRT pushups: 61
Navy PRT curlups: 96
Resting heart rate: 55
The PRT results will get me an “Excellent” rating, which I haven’t had in a long time. The pushups will be difficult with my wrist, but I think I can train to that weakness and beat it.
In order to reach these goals, I will need more victory over gluttony, else I’ll just out-eat my gains. It’s a sad state of life for me. I enjoy food more than I burn the calories it brings. I’ll also need to do a better job of drinking water. When I get lazy, I drink soda or coffee, things ready made that take very little effort and honestly taste better than water.
So, in the end, it comes down to whether I want to do better with weight loss or if I want to remain in the status quo. Today, I’m choosing to change.
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It might give us a sense of you path if you were to give us the now statistics along side your goals.
I too have been drinking more water. Coffee is free where I work, but I have had to cut way back. It seems the caffeine gets to my stomach. I think it also raises my blood pressure. I have been adding lime juice to my water. It adds a lot of flavor. I bought one of those green squeeze bottles so I could easily add it to my drink. It also helped that the vending machine has been out of soda for a long while. I have not complained.
What are curlups and PRT? Would posting monthly progress reports help? I stand ready to nag!
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