This year, one of my goals is to recommit to self discipline. As you know, I blogged about being lazy during the holidays. We had family over, work slowed down, and food was all around. While I worked out during the holidays, I wasn’t disciplined with my diet and as a result gained 10 pounds. I’m one of those people that if I look at a bread or beer I gain 10 pounds. I love bread and beer, but I gets no love back! Thing is, I know this about myself, yet I allowed myself to lose focus and discipline. As a result, I gained weight, got sluggish, and stop blogging for a couple of weeks. But who can say no to pie, pumpkin bread, Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and everything else that goes along with Thanksgiving and Christmas Day food? Well, apparently I couldn’t this year. No excuses. Time to recommit to discipline.
The Discipline of Physical Fitness
I find that one of the ways I get back to being mentally focused and disciplined is to challenge myself physically. For me, I set a goal and work towards it. It’s a time tested thing for me, and it always gets me re-focused, re-committed, and re-disciplined. As I work toward and meet my goal, I continue to challenge myself. This leads to healthier habits, mental focus, and increases my focus and discipline in other aspects my life. In addition, what’s wealth without health. In my humble opinion, nothing.
I’ve challenged myself to run everyday for the month of January and lose 20 pounds this year. In addition, I’ve challenged myself to run hills twice a week. I hate hills. This might not sound like much of a challenge, but it’s January and cold outside. It will be a challenge for me to overcome my initial motivation and stay disciplined once I run in the cold weather and start running up those hills. Plus, I haven’t committed to run everyday in years. In my twenties, I was an avid runner. Now-a-days, I primary lift with an occasional run. So for me, this will be an adequate way to regain my discipline.
The Benefits So Far
I started the challenge before the New Year on December 27. I got motivated because I hopped on the scale after Christmas and saw that I was 10 pounds heavier. Since then, I’ve been running. During the first week, I was quite tired after my runs. This is usually when people quit working out. They don’t like that feeling. I haven’t quit. Win #1. I also noticed that I’m a bit more mentally alert during the day. I had noticed that I was quite tired during the day for the month of November and December. This was probably a result from me working my side hustles, getting up early to ride the van pool, and gaining 10 pounds in a short period of time. I think my fatigue just caught up with me.
Awww, “Hill Day”. I hate running hills. My “Hill Day” consist of running at least two, 1.5 mile loops. For the last .25 miles of that loop, their is a hill that gains around 200 feet in elevation. Near the top, it’s literally vertical. It’s tough. Every “Hill Day” I have to get myself in the right frame of mind and tell myself that “I love running hills” or “I got this”. Anything I can do to psych myself up to complete “Hill Day”, I do.
Results so Far
But what about the results? Well, it’s slow going. I find my runs are getting easier on non-hill days. I will admit that “Hill Day” is still a challenge. On day one, I got tired and had to walk half way up the hill. I HAD to! My heart was going to explode and my legs were done. Did I mention I’m still lifting? Well, I am. Word of advise, combining “Hill Day” and leg day probably isn’t the best idea. But while I didn’t run all the way up the hill on day one, I didn’t quit either.
I’ve also continue to run hills at least twice a week and aside from the first day, I’ve run up all the hills. It’s a slow pace, but I “run” up them. It’s slowly getting easier. There’s something about committing to something physically that helps me build my discipline and focus. Telling myself I’m going to run up the hill without stopping while my heart is racing and I’m sweating like a pig in 30 degree weather does something to you mentally. When you finish, you feel accomplished and that you can tackle more.
Week 1 Results: 5-12 January
Well, I guess I should first tell you what weight I started at. On 27 January, I was 195.6 lbs. Here’s my daily breakout for the week:
- (Start Date) 12/27: Start weight 195.6 lbs, 1 mile run, lift, End weight: 193.5 lbs
- 1/5 (Friday): 3 mile run
- 1/6 (Saturday): 3 mile run
- 1/7 (Sunday): Had to miss this day
- 1/8 (Monday): Start weight: 192.6 lbs, 1.5 mile run, lift day, End weight: 190.8 lbs
- 1/9 (Tuesday) : 1.5 mile run, lift day
- 1/10 (Wednesday): 3 mile run
- 1/11 (Thursday): 2 mile run, lift day
- 1/12 (Friday): Start weight: 195 lbs, 3 mile run, End weight: 192.6 lbs
Things to Improve
As you can see, I’ve managed to take off three pounds since the start of my regiment. On January 8, I was down nearly 5 pounds. I’m disappointed that between Monday and Friday I ended at the same weight. I’m not going to lie, I ate badly this week. Those pesky carbs were all around this week. I need to discipline my eating habits. I will look to improve my diet to make my weight loss permanent over the next couple of weeks. No excuses. Keep ya posted.