Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Well, it's been a while. In fact, it's a whole different month since we last talked. It's freaking July! How did that happen? The year is halfway over, so now would be a good time to start on those resolutions if you haven't yet.

Me, well, I have been planning and sticking to it. Within reason, of course. In fact, I was scheduled to run this morning, but mother nature and her thunderstorms had a different idea. And that's the way it has been this month with my plan. Stick to it, but be flexible. Everything does not have to be so rigid. So far, so good.

Eating right is easy when all you seem to have are vegetables. Fresh vegetables nonetheless. Our idea to join a local CSA has paid of so far. Fresh vegetables on a weekly basis means clean cooking and clean eating. As I have been reading, diet is one of the most important things in the battle to lose weight. With the fresh veggies, this part is becoming easy. And all these vegetables without my garden even coming to a harvest yet, so I can only imagine what that will be like.

And with that, July is here.

Until next time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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At the beginning of June I decided it was time to change my health and fitness habits. Well, maybe change is not the best word. I think start is a better word. Up until that point, I pretty much was a lazy, beer-bellied, beer guzzling mound of life. While I am still a beer guzzling mound of life, I am trying to change the lazy part and lose my belly.

I laid out my plan here of how I was going to accomplish the things I set out to change. Well, you should be happy to know, over two weeks in and I am still going at it. Usually by this time I have fallen off and decided to move on to something else. That was what used to happen, but not recently.

Usually by this time, I have moved on to trying something else, but this time I feel it's different. Why? Because I don't have some vague goal of losing weight or get in shape. This time I have a concrete plan and while yes, I am trying to lose weight and get into shape, I have more structure this time. And anyone who knows me knows structure is a good thing.

One important thing that has changed is, I have stopped reading and trying to analyze everything. Instead, I have come up with a plan and am sticking with it. There are daily deviations, but never a full on cancellation, which has been the biggest key. Scheduling has been a game changer.

So with that, here's to sticking with the plan and making small changes and small choices to win the big ones.

Until next time.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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We made it to Friday again, so let's do this.

-So I didn't want to admit this, but I'm becoming a country music fan. I know, I know. I started getting into it last year around this time, when the Wife introduced it. There were some catchy tunes that came out during the summer, but that died down once the fall and winter hit. I see now, that's the MO for the country genre. Release good songs during the summer. Especially considering most of the songs are about drinking and some form of water. Another time I will tell you about my country song bingo. Here's to a summer of good music.

-I own a farm! Well a share of a farm. Actually, I'm a member of a farm. And no, it's not my vegetable garden. Although that is going strong, that is not what I am referring to. I bought into a CSA. What is a CSA you may ask? You can read about it here. It's a local farm, where every Monday I can go and pick up my allotment of fresh produce and flowers for the week. And when I say fresh, I mean picked that day. And when I say farm, I mean an actual farm, not a road side farm stand. I am really looking forward to seeing what kind of new vegetables I am going to try.

-The pool is open! The Wife and I got a pool. It's not a big pool, nor is it permanent. It's an 8 foot wide pool that is less than 3 feet tall. It's perfect to cool off and relax in, which is exactly what I did yesterday. One thing I wanted to do more of, once the weather got nicer, was to spend more time outside. The hot and humid weather is now bearable because I have a pool to cool off in. I am now looking forward to the summer.

That is all for now. Until next time.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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A journey of a thousand miles , begins with a single step. Or something like that. You know the quote and how it goes.

I have been on the fence about starting a running program recently, but have come up with every excuse I could think up. Including and not limited to, "try to lose some weight first", " your knee is going to bother you", "don't run on pavement/hard surfaces" and the best one I have in my arsenal, "I will start tomorrow".

Things changed today when I found out today is National Running Day (who knew!!). Not only that, but today is the first day it hasn't rained in a couple of days.

Feeling the planets are properly aligned to my liking, I went for a run today. I forgot a little what it's like. It's not like I'm some running pro who is getting back into things. I'm doing Couch to 5k for shit sakes, so don't think I'm a marathoner. Or I'm going to be one anytime soon. I'm just some guy with a beer belly trying to lose some of it.

I took Clover with me. Because, why not? I didn't know what to expect with her, especially considering she hasn't been for a walk in quite a little while, but overall she was good. She did as well as I did running, so take that with what you will. And now she's passed out on the floor.

Day 1 is over and it's not that bad. Full disclosure, I have done C25k before about 4 years ago, so I know the routine and the program. We'll see how I feel tomorrow morning.

Until next time.

Monday, June 1, 2015

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Fail to plan, and plan to fail.

Recently I began to plan out my days and weeks in advance instead of letting them just occur. Sometimes I get a little over the top, but for the most part, blocking out time on my calendar to do things, has resulted in things getting done.

My calendar is marked out with blocks of things instead of lists. What that means is, "Yard work" is scheduled on the calendar, and that consists of mowing the lawn, weeding, and adding some mulch. I decided the broad category makes me feel less uptight and less rigid about doing things. With that being said, I do have a weekly to do list that makes it onto my calendar. Just not as specific items.

Who knows if this stuff works for everybody, but I don't really care. It's been working for me, and that's all that matters.

Until next time.