Where to begin.
“I have failed you Anakin, I have failed you.”
Last year I started on a quest to better my health and redeem myself, I had long ago fallen off the path of the Jedi and fell down that of a corpulent Sith Lord or a Mediocre Hutt. On February 8th of 2016 I weighed the most I had ever weighed in my life 297 pounds. I am not proud of this, granted I’ve always been bigger I mean come on I am 6’4” and I do have the build of a linebacker, I was never and will never be a twig.
Things went quite well for the first half of the year. This could have been for multiple reasons but I think it was mainly due to the fact that I was eating healthier (while I was in China to open Shanghai Disneyland I was eating 90% fresh food, not processed), I was walking anywhere from 15000 to 20000 steps a day on the average, and my stress level was through the roof (probably not the best thing for me but hey it helped I think.
The only downside was I started smoking again…. Please don’t berate me I know I know I know. Smoking is probably one of the worst habits in the world to break I have tried and succeed to quit multiple times only to fall back in when my stress level peaks. I have quit for years at a time only to fall prey to it again.
When I returned to the US in July I had dropped to my lowest weight in almost 10 years. I was down to 267 pounds feeling better than I had in years, despite the smoking which I was ramping down on. As I settled back in to my routine here in the states and got back on the treadmill I wasn’t as diligent in my efforts as I was in Shanghai and I became lazy. I was running and doing weighting training but my heart wasn’t into it and I fell back into bad habits, eating out, processed foods even at home, and sweets which I usually never ate in China.
Needless to say after falling off the horse (read treadmill) in mid-October (I was way more interested in making sure I watched every Cubs game then running on a treadmill) my weight began to creep back up at a steady pace, until over the Christmas Holiday I realized almost everything I had lost I put back on. As of this morning I am back at 288 pounds. Not as bad as it was before but nowhere good.
Today I begin to “Unlearn what I have learned”
There are approximately 14 weeks until Star Wars Celebration and 15 weeks until the Dark Side Half Marathon weekend for which I am registered for the Dark Side Challenge. I have never cosplayed before in my life but I think there needs to be one day at the convention that a new Jedi will make an appearance and I will be ready for these races and I see no better way to do these things than together. I may not be able to run the entirety of the half marathon but I will complete it. Follow along on this journey if you want, I believe that one way to stay true to this is to share it. I’ll be using C210K training for my running and trying to mix in strength training on my non running days. I’m also returning to using MyFitnessPal to track my diet and calories. If I find any cool recipes, I’ll be sure to share as well. Any advice or tips and tricks that you have learned on your health journey please feel free to pass along.
“I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.”