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:
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″
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