Day 1/70 – the countdown begins

Unless my math skills have deteriorated even more than my muscles have, 10 weeks equals 70 days. The YAYOG intro program is 10 weeks long. I’m going to go at it with as much intensity as I can muster, and—with luck—record my progress here.

A few of my preconceptions:

  • I’ll make slow progress, not dramatic progress.  After all, I’ve been sedentary for 13 years except for a couple of earlier attempts at losing weight that I didn’t stick with for more than three months.
  • Food (overeating) is going to be my biggest problem (sadly, I confirmed this last night when I ate 5 slices of pizza, when two or three would have been plenty).
  • I’m worried about injury, but this program is supposed to minimize the chance of that.
  • I’m going to want to quit.

I’m not really sure how to measure progress. Later today I’ll try to post a list of my goals, but I’m going to have to refine them as I read more of Mark’s book. I certainly hope to lose the excess flab around my stomach, but see “food” above… The reality will probably be that I’ll get stronger but look the same there. No six-pack for me… 🙁

Just Leave It There

A guy I follow on Fitocracy wrote a blog post called “Leave It There.” I read the post about three weeks ago. Given that I read stuff all day long—lots of stuff—you might think that I’d have forgotten about this single blog post. I haven’t. In fact, I would guess that I’ve skipped eating at least a half dozen impulse meals because of that post. I’ve also left several high-priced items on shelves when I was tempted to buy them. This post is having a real effect on me.

One of the key lines:

You have learn to leave it there if you’re going to get anywhere with this and you have to stop punishing yourself with food.

My issues aren’t the same as his issues, but part of the fix might be similar. I’ve found myself saying under my breath “Just leave it there.”

Many thanks to Vainglory for writing about his journey.

Fitness and Ham

I mentioned a couple of months ago that I thought I would be using this site to talk about my venture into amateur radio. I still plan to do that, but I’ve been distracted since July with getting into shape. Yesterday, my copy of You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises arrived from Amazon, and I’m hoping to use the lessons in the book to get into really great shape. I’m in my early fifties and starting to feel the effects of age. I plan to fight back.

As of this morning I weighed 189 pounds. I can do about 25 push-ups if I try really hard (many thanks to Fitocracy for helping me get this far!), I can jog a mile in about 12 minutes, and I can do a forearm plank for about one minute. I’ll detail my progress (or lack thereof) so that I can look back and see how I’ve been doing.