|Stage Two - Day 0
||[Oct. 15th, 2006|09:04 am]
|||||VAST - Be with me||]|
Most exercise literature I have read states that you should keep a fitness journal. I've tried this before with varying levels of success, which I guess is a reflection on my actual attempts at improving my (rather low) level of fitness. Any kind of record keeping that I had done previously was kept on paper instead of stored publically and electronically, mostly because I've been embarrassed about my weight and how unfit I am. This time I'm going to trial making this kind of thing public with the hope that an illusion of accountability will help with my motivation.
I'm calling this particular wave of fitness stage two for a reason. What I now call stage one occurred earlier this year and resulted in a weight loss of 15kg which I am willing to categorise as a success. In stage two I am hoping to lose an additional 15kg.. While I originally lost the first 15kg over a period of three months I anticipate stage two going for about a year. This may seem like a long time but since I'm going into this with a lifetime view it really isn't that daunting.
All that fitness literature I mentioned earlier also talks quite a bit about setting goals. I've never been a big believer in positive affirmation and the like but I can acknowledge that having a milestone to reach is valuable. Here's the list:
- Stop smoking. I've cut down over the last few weeks and have reduced my intake to the occasional 1mg or 2mg cigarette. As part of stage two this stops completely, and I've come to acknowledge that work stress plays a rather large part in my desire for nicotine. I'm looking at alternative coping mechanisms that are slightly more productive.
- Lose 15kg. This is a standard goal when you're fat and you are going to exercise. If I lose more over the next year then that's great, but I don't really anticipate that happening.
- Increase muscular strength. I'm going to measure this using push ups, and by the end of stage two I expect to be able to do 25 of these bad boys with absolutely no effort. I'm going to aim for 50. There will also be a sit-up component to this with identical numbers, but while I can already do 25 sit-ups I cannot currently manage a single push up.
- Increase cardiovascular fitness. I'm hoping to be able to run 3km in 12 minutes. I have no idea how attainable this goal actually is, and indeed I anticipate this will be the hardest item given my lack of knowledge in this particular area.
- Learn to swim. I obviously need to be skinnier and fitter to make this happen, but I figure I really can't put off learning this any longer.
I have already begun attending Karate classes regularly in order to improve my overall fitness. I plan on doing weights three days a week, and walking on alternate days. Eventually this walking will turn into light jogging, and eventually evolve into running. I need a few different physiological changes to occur before I am able to manage a running gait so I can't imagine any kind of full running for a few months.
All this exercise won't cause me to lose any weight without changing my diet to match my requirements. I managed to keep the whole diet thing under control during stage one without too many hassles so I am not overly worried about this, since in the field of health I consider nutrition to be my strong suit.
So stage two begins tomorrow. For now I'm going to cherish every last moment of chocolate.