My name is John. On January 23, 2012 I decided to change my life by losing weight and living a healthier life. Since then I've lost over 75 lbs, discovered the joy of running, and changed how I see and eat food.


2013 Goals

One thing I didn’t do this past year was set goals for the year. There’s two reasons for this. First off, yearly goals/resolutions tend to be too broad and generalized. I prefer my monthly goals as I can change them up easily and they can be a lot more specific. The second reason is that I had no idea if I would truly stick with the weight loss/healthy living this time around. But it’s clear that I have, and I am determined to keep with it.

I really have only three specific goals for 2013. They are:

Complete one race a month. Yes, one race a month. I want to do 12 races in 2013. Most of them are going to be 5ks.

Run two longer races. I want two of the 12 races to be longer ones. I’ve already decided on one, the Austin 10/20 in April. I’m thinking the second one will be in the late summer/early fall. A full marathon is out of the question for this year haha. Maybe a half? I’m not sure yet.

Reach my ultimate goal weight. As I said a few weeks ago, I think I’ve settled on 198 lbs as my goal weight. Once I reach there and maintain for a few weeks I’m going to focus on building muscle (see below).

I have two other goals which are more generalized because I don’t really have a specific amount in mind. They are:

Focus on building muscle. While 2012 was all about losing the extra weight, once I reach my goal weight I want 2013 to be about building muscle. I will be doing this purely through bodyweight exercises, because I don’t want to pay for a gym membership, and because bodyweight exercises are badass. I want to be able to do 20+ perfect form push-ups, chin-ups, pull-ups, etc. by the end of the year.

Work on my flexibility. I have terrible flexibility. Since I’m going to be building muscle through bodyweight exercises, it’s probably a good idea for me to work on my flexibility as that’s a key part of it. Doing the exercises themselves will certainly help, but I’ll need to make stretches and such a larger part of my routine.

So there we have it. 2012 was an incredible, life-changing year for me. I expect 2013 to be the same.

Physical Fitness & Other Terrible Goals

Other than Nerd Fitness, I also read and subscribe to the Blog of Impossible Things. Great site and the founder, Joel Runyon, makes some awesome posts. This recent post is one of them and in it he talks about how just wanting to be physically fit is a terrible goal and that you should make more specific and attainable goals/challenges.

Pretty great read.

November Goals, The Results

Sigh. Let’s get this over with.

  • Run at least 3 days a week. Yep!
  • Run at least 3 miles once a week. Yep! Also did a 4-miler last week.
  • Bodyweight exercise at least 3 days a week. Nope. What a surprise…
  • Lose at least 5 lbs. Nope. Hardly lost anythig.
  • Meditate at least once a day. I really slipped on this. I did well the first half of the month but I haven’t meditated in at least a week or more.
  • No eating after 8 pm. Not really sure to be honest, I think this was a wash.

Last two weeks of November were pretty terrible. But I have a few ideas for December to change it up a little… And at least I’ve been sticking with my running.

November Goals, Revisited

It feels like each month goes by faster and faster. I suppose a lot of that has to do with the rush of the holidays.

  • Run at least 3 days a week. Yep! Ran three days this past week, and for the previous week (which was a partial week) I ran two days.
  • Run at least 3 miles once a week. Yep! Ran 3.4 miles the first week and 3.04 miles the second.
  • Bodyweight exercise at least 3 days a week. Lolnope. I think last week I only did it once, and the previous partial week only once.
  • Lose at least 5 lbs. Using my weight from the October 29th weigh-in, which is 215.6 lbs, I am at 213.2 lbs as of Monday. So I have less than 2 lbs to go. Woot!
  • Meditate at least once a day. Yes! This past Sunday I actually did not sit down and do my normal meditation, but I did meditate on my run (I literally do not remember doing anything except running and concentrating on my breathing).
  • No eating after 8 pm. I did pretty well on this. There were a few times that I ate after 8, but that was due to having a late dinner.

I actually did pretty well. Only one that I didn’t do so well on was bodyweight exercises, but that’s always a struggle for me.

November Goals

Alright people, it’s a new month which means a new batch of goals! I’m determined to make this the best month, even with the food fest that is Thanksgiving and the stress that is the holiday season.

  • Run at least 3 days a week. Going to do this again. Since I seem to run better (and faster!) in cooler weather, I’m sure I can do this.
  • Run at least 3 miles once a week. Again, this is a repeat, for the same reasons.
  • Bodyweight exercise at least 3 days a week. Upping this from 2 to 3 days. Now that I’ve been doing it regularly it’s getting easier and I’m looking forward to it.
  • Lose at least 5 lbs. Another repeat. I realized the other day that if I stick with it, I could be under 200 lbs by my one-year anniversary of starting all of this, which is really exciting. I’m using my weight from Monday’s weigh-in, which is 215.6 lbs. So I need to be at or under 210.6 lbs.
  • Meditate at least once a day. Yes, you read that right. More on this later…
  • No eating after 8 pm. Bringing back an oldie again. I’ve caught myself doing this a few times.

I know there’s a lot of repeats on here. Two reasons for this… First, I’m not feeling very creative. Second, October turned out to be mediocre so I wanted to repeat a few of them.

October Goals, The Results

  • Run at least 3 days a week. Other than the week with allergies I did pretty good with this.
  • Run at least 3+ miles once a week. Again, other than that one week, I did good.
  • Bodyweight exercise at least 2 days a week. And yet again… Other than allergy week, I did good.
  • Lose at least 5 lbs. Starting was 219.8, this morning was 215.6. So nope, but I got close!
  • Take my lunch at least 2 times a week. Heh, yet again, other than the week of allergies I did pretty good. And actually this past week I took my lunch three times.
  • Track all my food. And again… While I did not track 100%, I got pretty close.

So October was kind of mediocre. The week where I had severe allergies threw off my goals, but other than that I did pretty good. Here’s hoping November treats me a little better.

October Goals, Revisited

Yikes, middle of October already! Let’s see how I’ve done.

  • Run at least 3 days a week. Nope. My severe allergies early last week really put a damper on this.
  • Run at least 3+ miles once a week. Nope. Didn’t run at all last week and the week before I did under 3 miles.
  • Bodyweight exercise at least 2 days a week. First week I did 2 days, last week didn’t do any. So nope again.
  • Lose at least 5 lbs. From 219.8 to 218.6 so far. So less than a pound lost. Not sure if I’m going to make this goal, but I will try.
  • Take my lunch at least 2 times a week. First week was a success, second… Not so much.
  • Track all my food. Hah. First week I did well, last week did not.

Yeah… Last week was shitty goal-wise. But I still have the second half of October to do well, and I am going to do well. Been taking Claritin so hopefully that will keep me from having severe allergies again.