2015. Time to Work.

I am sure a lot of folks out there are blasting their resolutions to their friends. That’s great. I think that everyone should shed their old skin each year to get the juices flowing. The problem is that people usually don’t have a real plan on how to execute their goals. What I learned from my health experiment over the summer is that unless you have a clear goal of what you want to accomplish then you will fail. I also learned that writing a plan and keeping track of what I am doing is key to success. I accomplished what I had set out to do but the problem was I didn’t stick with it from October through present day (which is Jan 4 incase you read this post months from now).

I had a solid plan. Cut out drinking, eat healthy by tracking my meals and workout regularly. I lost 10 lbs and was at 19% body fat which was decent but not great. I was totally committed to going completely dry from booze in July but then started to casually drink again in August and then that grew to more than casually during the football/holiday season. I have no idea why it makes sense to drink on a Sunday from September – December. It just does and I’m an idiot for thinking that everything I gained wouldn’t go to complete shit. Live and learn.

This time I have a clear plan on what I want. The best way to accomplish something is to simplify it. Make 1 non complex goal and then base decisions on whether or not it will lead to you accomplishing what you set out to do. Simple right? I agree. So what’s my goal in 2015?

175 lbs and 10% body fat. That’s the focus. How will I accomplish this? Well, for starters I am putting it out there to the Universe by posting it to my blog. Second, I have a clear plan written out on how I will do it and I am going to write about my journey from now until the time I achieve it. Here’s a glimpse into what I plan on doing…

First off, I signed up for another Half Marathon in May with the goal to run it under 2 hours. I have my work cut out for me considering I ran it in 2:33 last year. However, I did take a break to pee at mile 5 and waited on line for about 10 minutes while someone decided to write a novel in the porta john.

This means that I have to run a sub 9 min mile pace for 13.1 miles. To do this I created an excel spreadsheet on how many miles to run weekly between now and May. I plan on running twice a week and increasing my mileage throughout the next few months.

Now, the biggest obstacle is how tired I am. I wrote a lot about this over the summer and even journaled that I was always fatigued. I decided to get blood work last week to see what the fuck is up. I get my results this week and Debra Miccolis who deals with nutrition and supplements in Morristown is helping me figure out what the deal is. It’s possibly my thyroid, vitamin D deficiency, lack of iron or a hormonal imbalance. I will write about it when I figure it out.

Lastly, I am going to start this quest off with a bang. I’m doing a 3 day cleanse thanks to Zest which focuses on paleo smoothies, juices and treats.  I will be posting about this for the next few days so you can see what the cleanse is doing to me. I have no idea how this is going to go so it should be fun to read.

So yeah, that’s it. 2015 will be filled with more exercising (CrossFit, strength training, running, spinning, yoga), eating well, cutting back on booze and caffeine, cleansing, meditating and paleoRiot blog posts. I’m pretty fired up. I’m going to document my progress with pics each month to hold myself accountable (this time I mean it). Massive action for me is pure focus and pushing myself to make waves. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

~Mike

  • Arlene McCann

    I was having some issues with aches and fatigue.. they suspected Thyroid as well. I got the blood work done and I was so dangerously low in D it was scary. And my Iron could have improved too. Bumped both up. Boom. sleeping better at night, and more energy in the morning and throughout the day!

    definitely interesting in seeing how your cleanse goes. I like the idea of a 3 day cleanse. short and sweet. perhaps.. haha. 🙂 Go Mike!

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