Here we go again!

So, the holidays are finally over… I guess technically they ended a month ago but with my partner’s birthday in late January and my birthday in mid-October, it feels like the holidays never end. The new year is off to a steady but chaotic start and I am pretty unhappy with how much I’ve let myself go. Eighteen months ago I was in the best shape of my life and now I am closely approaching the worst. It is time to bunker down and make some changes, so I’m going to get back into the habits I was in when I felt and looked my healthiest.

First, fuck Facebook. Facebook is a time suck that destroys my productivity and mental health. There are some diamonds in that rough, but I need to be honest with myself and admit that I am addicted and right now I can’t handle just a little taste from time to time.

Second, I need a month (at least) off of alcohol. So no booze in February. It won’t be easy because there are a handful of events this month but I need to stick with it. One drink turns into two drinks turns into four drinks turns into junk food, missed workouts, and periods of depression. Again, I can’t take a little taste right now and abstinence is the best course for me.

Third, get my diet under control. I need to have fast days once or twice a week, get back into an 8-16 eating schedule, and focus on micronutrients instead of calories.

Fourth, get back into a strictly scheduled routine that stimulates my body and mind. When I was at my healthiest every day basically looked like this:

  • 5:45am – Wake, coffee, morning readings
  • 7:00am – Daily run and other exercise (gym or yoga) – yes, I ran every day. sometimes it was 6 miles and sometimes it was 1 mile
  • 9:00am – Shower (ending with 1-3 minutes of cold water)
  • 9:15am – Meditation
  • 9:30am – Write
  • 10:15am – Skill building with Khan Academy, Coursera, CodeAcademy, etc
  • 11:00am – Work
  • 3:00pm – Walk
  • 4:00pm – Work
  • 7:00pm – Evening routine
  • 7:30pm – Run or Walk
  • 8:00pm – Read
  • 9:00pm – Netflix and Chill
  • 10:00pm – Lights out

So, why do I want to do this? Because I feel healthier, happier, and sexier and because it will allow me to accomplish the things I want to do with my life. If I keep the trajectory of the last six months then I am going to start facing serious health problems and lack the strength necessary to live the life I want. A healthier Peter is a better lover for his partner, a better volunteer in the community, and a better employee. Bodily health increases mental health increases relationship health increases community health.

So, I’m going to turn this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Into this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And read all these this year:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m going to try and track my journey over the next month(s). So, here are my starting measurements:

  • Age: 36
  • Height: 5’7″
  • Weight: 187.5 lbs
  • Waist: 37.75″
  • Hips: 37″
  • Neck: 15.5″
  • Chest: 41.5″
  • Biceps: 13.5″
  • Thighs: 23″
  • Calves: 15″

Wanna stay in touch? Got a question for me? Want to tell me why I’m wrong and are curious how I got everything so backwards? Have an idea for a blog post? Drunk and wanna send me a snapchat? Feel free to reach out at any of the ways below while I take a Facebook break!

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