You can’t really get anywhere without some concrete goals, both short term and long term.
A long term goal that I have is an alpine “trek” of some kind. Specifically what I have in mind is summiting Mt. Hood or a similar mountain that has a route suitable for a novice mountaineer. To me, this is a bucket-list sort of thing. I don’t intend to, nor do I expect I could ever afford either the time or the money to become a “real mountaineer” and knock off all of the 14’ers or the Seven Summits or anything remotely like that. But still, I would like to experience strapping on some crampons, grabbing an ice axe, and slogging to the top of a snow-encrusted mountain.
So that’s loosely penciled in for a few years from now, perhaps when the kids are in college.
Shorter term. In 19 weeks, I will be 40 years old. “Over the hill.”
At this moment, I am 6 feet, 200lb, with a 44″ belly (or was that 48″?), and poorly controlled glucose levels. I can walk 3 miles if I don’t mind being exhausted, but there’s no way I’m running it. 10 pushups, no problem. 11 is out of the question. And forget about doing a decent pull-up. Or swim more than 25 yards without stopping to catch my breath.
By my birthday, I plan to reach the following goals:
- Run a 5K.
- 20 good, slow push-ups.
- 10 good, solid pull-ups.
- Swim 1 mile continuously.
- 180lb or less.
- Glucose back under control without increasing meds.
There you go. I’ve already started a “Couch to 5K” program, and am planning to hit a 5K fun run in October. We’re re-joining the Y after Labor Day, and I’m hiring out some private swim lessons. The rest will be handled through diligent exercise and proper eating along the way.
I expect that these immediate-term goals over the next 20 weeks will give me the beginnings of a solid fitness and health base from which I can start some more regimented training.
Wish me luck!!