Phase 1 of 2017’s Goal Accountability project was a disaster, as I chronicled here. Phase 1 ended weak, really non-existent adherence, which rolled into Phase 2 beginning equally weak; but I got my butt in gear one week in and finished it strong!
When I wrote about kicking off 2017 (link) with a new push for goal accountability I specifically stated that it wasn’t a new years resolution and that those don’t work for me anyway. If my performance in the first phase isn’t a pointed tail of that I don’t know what is. Continue reading 2017 Phase 1 Goal Accountability: A Dud
Yesterday I had a tongue in cheek conversation with a friend about our resolutions. He asked me what my resolutions were for this year. I stated: “To not exercise, eat continuously, and try to add thirty pounds of fat…I’m trying the reverse psychology thing.” Knowing my penchant for trying new things it isn’t totally ridiculous that he took me literally, but I quickly corrected that notion before I got a call from one of my family members asking what the hell I was thinking about. I used to do resolutions, but I don’t, that doesn’t mean that the roll over of the calendar isn’t a good occasion for me to double down on trying to dial it in.
The closest thing to an addiction that I have is soda, now diet soda. We were allowed to drink soda all the time as a kid. That contributed a lot to me being a chubby kid growing up. There were other factors too of course. None of my other siblings graduated into “husky” sizes, but perhaps I just drank more of it and was more sedentary as a computer geek than they were. As I grew up that graduated into being hooked on diet soda. Like all programmers, I turn soda into code. My poison of choice has always been the least revolting diet soda, until the Zero products came along…
Even before I finally decided to start planning this experiment, well planning to begin the experiment in the very near future, I always suffered thinking of the notion of not getting to experience holidays with everyone else. So much of our family holidays surround certain foods and good drink. What would a birthday party or New Years Eve be without a good toast of champagne? What would Christmas Eve be like without being able to chow down on some big bowls of Scungilli salad, crab claws or pasta in mushroom sauce (with of course some nice bottles of wine to wash it down)? What would Christmas Day be like without noshing on a nice charcuterie and cheese plate and later a high stacked keilbasa and ham sandwich with freshly grated horseradish on dense traditional rye bread? I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. However for the duration of the experiment, which could be upwards of two years, these will not be in the cards at all.
As with an a early post to any new blog, it is fitting that I lay out who I am and why you should care about anything I have to say. First, I’ll say what I am not. I’m not a doctor or a personal trainer. While I have stayed in plenty of Holiday Inn Express hotels, scoured WebMD and online medical journal sites countless hours through the years and had a keen interest in human physiology I can make no claim of being a licensed expert in these fields. I’m not here to claim to be a health guru either. I don’t have some new magical elixir to sell you that will magically make you healthy, feel twenty years younger or be able to live into your 100’s. I’m not an adherent to any particular diet principle, tried and true or relatively newly discovered. I’m not a film maker working on yet another recast of a Morgan Spurlock adventure. So who am I?
I had originally intended to wait to open this blog up to the world. I wanted to have more of a foundation in my plan, however I’m too excited to wait at this point. Besides, I can use the practice in regularly updating things.
Several months ago an idea of self experimentation to determine the best diet for me crystalized in my mind. Using the tools and techniques I have been employing daily I was going to figure out if there was a truly superior way to eat for my body. This entails lots of journaling and daily tracking. It occurred to me that opening that experiment up to the public in general could be useful in two ways. First, it could help people who are looking for help in figuring this problem out as well. Second, if even a few close friends are tracking, much less more people than that, then I’d have built in accountability to help me power through the times when it gets tough.
So here it is, hopefully not too prematurely, the beginning of my experiment in exploring diet and fitness concepts to determine the best choices for my body to stay as healthy and vibrant as possible for as many years as possible.