Update: my progress is progressing. That sounds silly, but it’s true. I am starting to create an upward spiral where little successes feed into bigger successes. The more I improve my fitness, the more energy and desire I have to do more things that will improve my fitness.
- After doing my first half-marathon on August 6 and not technically dying, I signed up for my next one in October. It was originally really meant to be a one-time thing, but I had so much fun, I immediately sought out another.
- Oddly, completing that half-marathon inspired me to get serious about my health and fitness. On August 12 I started focusing and tracking everything I knew I wanted to change (and even built a cool spreadsheet to reinforce behavior) and since then I have:
- Started weight lifting again. YES! After spending the day in the office, there is something primally satisfying about being alone and moving weight around.
- Changed my diet and lost six pounds, two percentage points of body fat, a half inch from my waist, and an inch and three-quarters from my hips. That’s a looooong way from where I need to be, but I already feel lighter on the inside. My belly doesn’t feel as tight, my skin looks much better, and if the lighting is just right I can imagine I see the area my abs will someday be.
- I am staying true to the fitness behaviors I want. Mostly. That spreadsheet does a brilliant job of holding me accountable and there are nights when I’m stretching, taking vitamins, and powering down my green drink right before I go to bed because I absolutely will not accept a red square on the spreadsheet for any of the behaviors I’ve committed to. The two exceptions are meditating and not having caffeine. I think it’s because I can always get a minimal amount of stretching in at the end of the day, but if I have any caffeine at the start of the day, it’s lost. Likewise, the best time for me to meditate is the start of the day and if I don’t, I never come back to it. I hadn’t thought about it like that until right now as I’m typing this. It’s not an excuse, but does help me see how I can improve my efforts.
- I had a run that was significantly better than my normal pace, briefly touching the fastest pace I’ve run in months (years?). I’m really looking forward to being able to push much harder in the cooler months so next summer I am at a level of conditioning where the heat won’t affect me as strongly.
Three weeks feels like a long time while it’s happening, but looking back I see just how far I’ve come and that’s encouraging. A mentor of mine used to say, “The time’s going to pass anyway; where do you want to be when it does?”