When you have 24 hours a day to devote to nothing but yourself, you have plenty of time to ponder life; the past, the present and what you would like for the future. I have always wanted to live my life better and healthier in the future but now I have no excuse for not doing it. It still won’t be easy but I have made some serious inroads lately. I am eating much healthier than usual; Jesse and I walk 3 to 4 miles daily; and I have completed most of the projects still remaining for Dod’s complete restoration.
Next comes the tough part: making resolutions and actually keeping them. Some of the ones I am considering are:
1. Spending 30 minutes a day doing isometrics. Using isometrics requires no equipment, only time. Last time I had a regular routine with isometrics (about 3 years ago), I lost 15 pounds and moved another 10 pounds from my gut back to my chest where it belongs.
2. Spending an hour a day improving my Spanish. I brought along six books and 20 CDs to help me in my goal.
3. Quit smoking (I don’t need to say anything more do I?).
4. Cut back on my drinking; this is as much a budgetary item as it is a health item.
I found a scale in town and I am down to 187 lbs. which is about 5 lbs. over what the book says my desired weight should be at 6’1” in height. That 5 lb. mass is located in my gut but when I started this journey the mass was closer to 20 lbs. so moving 5 lbs. up to my chest should be easy.
Doing some quick math made me face the reality that if I give up both smoking and drinking I can afford three or four restaurant meals each week or spend a couple of nights with hookups each week. It must sound like a no-brainer but 50 years of bad habits don’t disappear overnight.
Wish me luck!