Like the rest of the world, the start of a new year gives me pause to reflect on the past and to set goals for our future. So, what’s happened in the last year?
- Family trip to for 12 to Walt Disney World
- Met my 40 by 40 BMI goal
- Completed two half-marathons
- Completed a 60-mile walk
- raised over $3,000 for cancer research and victim support
- Finished my tenure at Rice Lake High School
- Started my tenure at Sauk Prairie High School
- Moved back into our house in Waterloo
- Lost two more friends to cancer
- Celebrated my 40th birthday
- fell even more in love with my wife 🙂
That’s not a bad year. Like all of us, the day-to-day life that falls in between those milestones is where the living really happens. Since I haven’t blogged here since August, I haven’t shared as much of that day-to-day as in the second half of the year as I did in the first. My excuse is that the 47 mile commute I have is taking too much time, almost 2 hours a day. My excuse is that as a new principal 12 hour days are sort of the norm. My excuse is that I already met my 40by40 goals, so what was I going to write about. My excuse is that I’ve been using some of these excuses to avoid exercising and eating right too, so I didn’t have too much positive to write about. In fact, here’s a glimpse of my weight over the last three months:
Not so good, huh? 20 pound gain? It’s even worse than that going back another month. I hit a low of 296 early in September. So I’m actually up almost 30 pounds. And my BMI is 42.2, so while I hit my goal of a 40 BMI by my 40th birthday, I wasn’t able to maintain it. (See above for a few of the excuses I’ve been using for why.)
Now, that’s the negative. But if I take a longer view, I did start 40by40 with a BMI of 49.5 and a weight of 385. So I am still down almost 60 pounds. Here is a view of the entire year of weight:
Still down about 15 pounds over the course of the year, which means that I just had two years, 2012 and 2013, where I weighed less at the end of it than I did at the beginning. And I am pretty sure that hasn’t happened since….ever? Honestly, I think it is possible that this is the first time I’ve ever had two consecutive years of weight-loss in my entire life! That’s a pretty big deal as I think about it, so maybe, instead of focusing on the last 3 months of failure, I need to focus on the last 24 months of success!! And instead of slipping into despair and giving up, as I have so many times before, I’m taking the long view here and making sure I rebound and make this happen.
To do that, I need to have some goals, and as the last year has made clear, I need to have them out in the public eye; because part of what motivates me is knowing that I’ve made a public commitment to making these positive changes. (And getting your encouragement and positive vibes!!) So here goes:
Goals for 2014
- Complete the 3-Day event in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, raising at least $3,000 for Susan G. Komen in the process
- Complete my first Sprint Triathlon
- Complete my first obstacle race, i.e. a Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, or Spartan Race
- Finish a half-marathon in under 2:45.00
- Cover at least 1300 miles in training
- 646 of that are the recommended training miles for a 3 Day.
- The rest of it will be in training for the other races.
- I will count all miles as walking/running miles, using the following conversion:
- 3.5 miles biking = 1 mile walk/running
- .25 miles swimming = 1 mile walk/running
- “33by41” Lower my BMI to 33 by my 41st Birthday on August 17, 2014.
- To do this, I’d have to weigh just over 250 pounds.
- Losing 75-ish pounds in 32 weeks.
- That’s a bit aggressive, and since I haven’t consulted my dietician, I’ll give her veto over that. But we’ll start there.
- Post at least once a week to this blog, sharing my progress, lack there of, and general observations about the world.
That should about cover it. Hope you’ll enjoy following along. Love you all and have a Happy New Year!!