Updating and Restating My Goals – Second Time Around

I’ve changed my goals for the second time.  My new target weight is 175, and I’ve given myself more time to get there.

Here are my goals:

  • Summer 2008: be able to ride a bike for 15-20 miles. *Achieved*
  • Early Late 2009: achieve my goal weight of 200 175 lbs.
  • Summer 2009: be able to run 10-20 miles. I’m taking running out of my plan.
  • Bicycle to work an average of 4 days per week.
  • Get involved with group bicycle rides.  I need to get a little faster first.

Why I have these goals:

  • I don’t want to suffer a heart attack in my 40s or 50s.
  • I hate not being able to fit properly in a roller coaster (I love roller coasters).
  • Being obese leads to lack of self-esteem and depression.
  • A 300 lb man looks funny in a Kia Rio.
  • To set an example for my wife and daughters.
  • My weight causes pain in my back, neck, and shoulders, especially after sleeping. Much of this pain is muscle tension from stress, not weight.
  • To fix a few problems with my digestive system, that I won’t discuss here. Fixed.
  • I want to be able to skydive without fear of breaking my ankles.

What have I achieved so far:

  • My current weight is down to 251.0 lbs.
  • I am able to do two 45-minute sessions on the elliptical in a day, instead little ten-minute sessions.
  • I bought two bicycles, and basic hybrid commuter style, and  a recumbent that I’ve fallen in love with.
  • I am able to ride the 32 mile round-trip commute to work.
  • I can ride my commute three days a week, but I’m quite sore at the end of it.
  • I have changed my eating habits, so that eating healthier comes naturally to me.
  • When I eat a dessert (such as ice cream) I have a very small serving.
  • My beer consumption is down to about 5% of what it used to be.  I rarely drink now, and don’t drink as much.
  • I can walk up eight flights of stairs in the parking garage without feeling ill.

Considering I started all of this at about 300 lbs, and I would get winded by a short walk, I’m quite happy with the progress that I’ve made.  I still have a way to go, and like everyone else, still have the other day-to-day issues to deal with, but I’m confident that I will achieve the three goals.  I’ve even considered making a 2010 goal to run a marathon, but I’ll wait until 2009 to make that decision.