Woolx Neck Gaiter. Toasty warm at -2 below Fahrenheit. Condensation from my breath froze on my hat coating it and caused my eyes to freeze shut occasionally!
I turned 50 last June. I had already started to see some signs of the milestone before it hit. Eye doctor prescribed Bifocals, little less limber, bedtime getting earlier and earlier, all nighters took 3 days to recover from, forgetting if I washed my hair (what is left of it anyways) in the shower so ended up washing it twice. Anyone my age or older knows what I am talking about. It creeps up on you and one day you look in the mirror and BAM! There is your Father staring back at you. Only thing is my 73 year old father was in better shape than me in an age to age comparison!
The past couple years I had become much more sedentary and it showed. It’s easy to fall out of good habits and into bad ones. Problem is it’s really hard to fall out of the bad habits and back into the good ones. Gravity is hard to overcome and it’s easier to sit then climb and I was sitting. My hiking shoes were dust covered, the only miles on my Mountain Bike were from moving it out of the way in the garage, and I sold my Kayak as it sat unused for 2 years. My only exercise seemed to be mowing the lawn and walking from the car to the house. I came to the conclusion that I was having too much fun to not be around for another 25 years, and I wanted to be fit enough to enjoy it. Time for a sustainable lifetime change before things get too far gone.
So I picked January 1st to ease into this lifestyle change as it was an easy date to remember. A New Years resolution? Maybe maybe not. I had been thinking about this since my birthday in June and sometimes you just have to set that point where you say today is the day and set a goal. So here are mine.
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
- Lose 25 lbs by July 4th, 2014
- Eliminate diet sodas.
- Walk or exercise EVERY day. Even if it’s only 20 minutes after work. Do something! No excuses unless to sick or injured to go to work.
- Eat a sensible breakfast. I never ate breakfast. Terrible habit.
- Enjoy the outdoors like I used to. I was never inside sitting as much as I have been. Even if I feel like reading go to the park and read.
- Try…and this is a big one for me…to not eat sweets. This is going to be a challenge. I LOVE chocolate and sweets. If anything will be my downfall it will be this.
- Eat sensible and healthy food. No diets or fads. Just sensible eating.
Will I succeed? Statistics say I won’t and we all know statistics usually win. I am going to have a go at it though and see what happens. Pass or fail I am sharing it with the world right here so perhaps that will encourage me a little bit.
So to kick things off here is my walking activity from 1-1-2014 to 1-5-2014.
Walking Activity Measured with UP Wrist Band
It was a brutal cold and snowy week to start off walking but I made no excuses. -2 below zero a couple nights but my Woolx Merino Wool kept me toasty warm and comfortable. As a matter of fact I was sweating a little bit even in the subzero weather. I guess I underestimated how much effort just walking can take. Unshoveled sidewalks and slush make it just that much harder.
So follow along as I attempt this lifestyle change. Woolx will be along the entire journey with me and I’ll share my thoughts and experiences on wearing the proper layers and offer any suggestions I can. I’ll be sharing all kinds of data along the way as I get things setup. It’s going to be an interesting 6 months.
Watch my next post to see how I got into the habit of drinking 8 glasses of water a day and how you can to. Until then enjoy a few frosty pictures from my walks of last week.
Robert H Treman Park Ithaca, NY
Snow Covered Tank American Legion