Summer seems to have finally lost it’s grasp on the weather, and the cold is creeping in. Not to mention the ever decreasing amount of sunlight. Seasonal changes typically bring a pattern change to my routines. I run on the sun I guess.
The summer beer-fest is over, though the inability to take a true vacation is wearing me down. Work is a tough grind right now,. Everyday I lose an inch, and every night I put back 9/10. The team I’m leading is trying their best, but it just seems to be an uphill battle. Once we’re done though…it will be all our careers’ greatest achievement to date. When people believe in the goal, it’s surprising what they will do to get there.
In the past I would have burned every hour on this. I know that leads to a burn out, so instead I spend time with the wife and kids. I relax with some gaming where the goals are clear, control is in my hand, and objectives can be met within a few minutes. As complex as some games are, they are relatively simple compared to the rest of the day.
In addition, home exercise routines. I’ve mentioned this a few times and decided to just put it all in one page called Fitness Info. This covers everything, from the nutrition, to the gear, and the workout plan, and a bit of the mental state. I’ll keep adding to it over time but for now, it’s my rumblings on this whole health kick. Long story short, there is little better to reduce stress than to be lifting very heavy things.
The eating portion is going ok. I still have a rather regimented daily intake that’s been the same for a long time. The supper and weekend meals are a bit more complex, what with hectic family schedules and social gatherings. Weight is still coming off, and I am getting stronger at the same time. Rather than force it along as I would have in the past, I’m just sticking to the plan. I don’t have 150lbs to lose mind you, so the scale isn’t exactly motivation. I could swing 1-3lbs just in a given day, depending on when I eat, how much water, and when I weigh myself.
The goal remains and I don’t think I’ve touched on this yet. Sure, there are objectives. Lifting a lot of weight certainly is one of those. But the goal, that’s a rather simple one. I want to have the energy and ability to keep playing with my kids for the next 20 years. I could do nothing today and be fine for the next 4-5 years. Then I’d have a whole ton of work to do, and habits to build. Might as well get into that now, so that it’s just normal. So that my kids see what a healthy lifestyle looks like (that sounds too vegan).
There’s something about kids wanting to be like you, that makes you want to be a better you. It’s a circle of feedback, and I choose for it to be a positive one.