Fellow bloggers and readers of this blog – my question today is does it all come down to incentives to finally motivate you? The reason for the question is all of the normal reasons, health, fitness, sex, seeing your grand children grow up and such pail in comparison to good old fashion competition and money. At least for me.
In this post I’ll highlight my incentive and how easily I’ve fell – no jumped off of the boat while trying to get healthier.
What has been happening is at each stress in my life – I would start eating my way to happiness! Unfortunately that would not work and then I’d eat my way out of my misery… make no mistake – I would intermittently workout and I have not been injured this year – but my wife or I would end up buying the carrot cake to nullify the pain and negate any progress.
The other day the chairman of our company issued a challenge to all – compete to achieve money and recognition within our business groups! While I don’t really think I will win in our huge company – I do think I can win some recognition and have an answer to my family if they tempt me. NO!!!!
Actually my wife is on-board with me – she wants to achieve her results too and seeing me stick to it will probably help her.
My exercise of choice is bike riding. The other day on my last lap another biker passed me up on an up-hill. Yesterday on the straight-away he tried to merge into my lane and I raced like the wind! You see – competition motivates me…
So my goal (I should more properly say my first goal or target) is to lose 50 pounds. I weighed myself on 9/13/12 and was 258 pounds. I will weigh 208 pounds by the Ides of March – 2013.
My diet is mostly good but I will have to stop cheating. I don’t drink too much but I have been creeping into the three drinks a day mode. Kicking that back down to two drinks a day. I have been riding the bike for an hour – twice a week. This is the big change for me. I have started riding the bike every day (or if I cannot – I will do something for an hour). That alone will insure I can lose two pounds a week so long as I don’t overeat.
I’ll update monthly my progress for the next six months. Hope everyone else out there finds something that motivates you!