About a year ago I was sitting on the couch snacking on a bag of potato chips when I started to get some pains in my chest. I wasn't surprised. I wasn't taking proper care of myself. I smoked about a half a pack of cigarettes per day, ate crap, and rarely exercised. The couch had a permanent imprint of my butt. I had gained about 50 pounds from when I was in half-decent shape five or six years earlier. Basically, I had become fat and out of shape. I decided that something needed to change.
So I set three goals that I would seek to achieve within three years (by the end of 2012).
My Three In Three Challenge
Quit Smoking. This one is a no brainer. If I want to get healthy I need to start here and get rid of the cigarettes.
Lose 50 lbs. OK, this one is going to be a little harder, especially if I am trying to quit smoking. I like to eat. And I LOVE to eat junk! But in order to prepare my body for the third goal, I need to learn how to eat healthy and to properly fuel my body.
Complete an Ultramarathon. Yes, this one is gong to be a stretch. An ultramarathon is a running event that usually occurs on trails and is longer than the traditional marathon distance. The shortest ultra's usually start at 50 kilometers (about 31 miles).
Well, I am happy to report that I completed the first goal around Thanksgiving of 2009. I have been smoke free for about nine months now and I'm diggin' it. I am now shifting my attention to the weight loss and I am starting to jog the trails to get back in shape and start to build up my endurance for the Ultra. If you noticed, I said "jog" not "run." I don't consider what I do on the trail as running!!! I am too slow, I just jog along at a nice easy pace. Maybe that will change, but for now, I am happy being known as...
The Trail Jogger!
So, I plan to use this blog to document my transition from fat to fit as I train for my first ultramarathon! If you are reading this, I hope you will find something of value in these pages. If you do, please leave me a comment and cheer me on!