See that post image to the left?  That was what the majority of my experience of surfing was like. 🙂  I did stand up a few times, and that was exhilirating and awesome, but I spent far more time swallowing salt water like it was regular water, and trying to figure out which way was up.  I had a great time in Costa Rica, but now it’s back to the grind.  What’s the grind when it comes to this blog? Weight loss.

I’ve got a bit of a battle ahead of me: I went into vacation at 186.2 and 20.2% body fat.  I came out of it at 192.4 and 21.5% body fat.  These numbers, of course, are a bit skewed.  I weighed myself this morning, and I think I was still holding on to a fair amount of food waste (not enough roughage in my Costa Rican diet) and water.  I expect my true weight to be somewhere around 188-189, and my body fat right around 21% – I’d be surprised if I don’t see these numbers by weeks end.

It’s been tough getting back into the routine after returning from vacation.  I’ve only been to the gym once, and it was less than exhilarating.  I haven’t been eating great, although I certainly haven’t been gorging on ice cream or anything of that sort.  Let’s take a look at the road ahead:

Diet:

An important aspect of keeping my diet in line is having fresh, healthy food in my fridge at home.  For those of you that aren’t single and in your 20s-30s, you’d be amazed at both a. how hard it is to keep healthy food around, and b. how hard it is to eat healthy if you don’t have healthy food around.  I might come home with visions of a roasted chicken salad, with lots of fresh vegetables and a light vinaigrette.  When I open my fridge and see none of these ingredients, my thoughts suddenly sway to a double-everything pizza with ranch dressing for dipping.  Yes, I realize that I live less than 5 blocks from 3 grocery stores.  Yes, I realize that I could even have a salad delivered if I was smart.  Yes, I realize that if I just kept around a few staples, I could easily make something much healthier.  For some reason though, psychologically my mindset just seems to immediately shift.  For me, the key is to have an abundance of fresh, healthy food available.

So tonight I will be shopping and cooking.  In order to lose this last 12 pounds or so, I’m going to need to be strict in my diet.  I already have plenty of potential diet-busters in my future: dinner with Grandma on Tuesday, dinner with Kandra on Thursday, the weekend.  So for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I’ll need to be disciplined.

Exercise:

For exercise, the most important part for me is just getting there.  If I don’t go to the gym in the morning, I can easily find a plethora of reasons to not go at night either (my favorite, which comes from schooling, is “I’ll just go to the gym tomorrow morning”.  Yeah freaking right).  I’ve decided to set a gym schedule for the next 6 weeks, as I’m expecting to get a whole lot busier, so I’ll have a whole lot more excuses to skip the gym.  A simple Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Saturday schedule will do – better if I go in the morning, bearable if I go in the evening.

I’ll continue going to Qi through the rest of my challenge, but I think I will cancel my membership there at completion.  Qi is a nice gym, but I don’t think it’s entirely what I’m looking for.  After this weight loss challenge, I’m interested in pursuing a more traditional gym routine, and Qi doesn’t have the equipment for that.  Also, it will be getting warmer out, and I can’t imagine paying to exercise indoors during a Colorado summer.

The rest…is history.

On April 15th, for better or for worse, I will be weighing in to see how I did.  I have essentially 6 weeks until then – can I achieve my goals?  You bet I can. I’ll leave you with this, with thanks to my friend Sean:

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

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