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Vision 2014: The year of the meltdown?
December 29, 2013
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visionboard2In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions.

I believe that anyone at any point in the year can make significant changes in their life that last forever. I’m a fan of goals. I’m a fan of progress. I admit that even I am guilty, however, of taking a look back at the past year and judging myself. Seems almost inevitable that we want a mulligan on a few things. There’s something about the number “one.”

rescloudA newness, perhaps. Or maybe just an excuse to say, “I’m starting over.” Some of the things people say most — lose weight, quit smoking, save more money, spend more time with family. All good things.

Whatever the case may be, I sat down on Saturday and put together a Vision Board for 2014. It includes goals, reminders, and inspiration. Some people use glue stick and clippings for their vision boards. I put mine together digitally so that I can make multiple prints and hang them in places I’ll see them most. I need the constant reminders.

Things haven’t been great in Meltdown land. While I have continued to work toward slowly changing bad habits, many still linger. My weight has fluctuated from week to week, going up and down four to five pounds. I am still around my starting weight. Perhaps a few pounds higher (I will start posting weigh-ins again soon). I’ve been in a ridiculous funk about weight loss, mostly beating myself up because meal planning seems impossible for a picky-eating diabetic who loves sugar, processed food, and isn’t a big fan of veggies.

I’ve spent many nights thinking about what I need to change and how I’m going to do it. My top five are:

1. Watch less TV: I never realized how much television I watched until I broke down the numbers. It’s embarrassing, actually. After reviewing my routine for the past year or so, I figured that I watch an average of 5 to 7 hours of TV on weeknights. On weekends, it can average 10 to 12 hours. Added together, that is about 52 hours of television a week (give or take). Multiply that by 52 weeks and that’s more than 2700 hours of tube watching. Flat out horrible. I can’t help but think of where I’d be had I dedicated just 250 of those hours (an hour 5 days a week) to movement. I’m committing to cutting that number in half in 2014.

2. More meals at home: Anyone who has spent time with me knows that I am a social eater. I love the words, “Let’s do lunch.” Doing lunch usually ends up in me eating things that don’t contribute to my goals. It’s unrealistic to say I’ll stop eating out. I won’t. And I don’t think anyone should have to live that way. However, I am cutting back on the frequency.

3. Quality sleep: This continues to be a struggle. Sleep apnea sucks. And I wish there were a better answer than wearing a mask that shoots air up my nose. It remains hard to keep it on, but I will continue to try. The benefits of quality sleep are much too important to ignore.

4. Water: I have no excuses for not drinking enough water at work. I now have unlimited water less than 20 steps from my desk. I also have a few co-workers who care enough to ask if I’m hydrating throughout the day. Just one question: :”They” say you should drink half your body weight in ounces. Does that pertain to people who are nearly 400 lbs?

5. Changing my mindset: I’ve had trouble, at times, coming to terms with losing too much weight. As a former football player, I was always a big, strong guy. A lineman who pushed big weight. A big dude whose name always had the word “Big” in front of it. I’ve been afraid to lose that. Reality is that I’m not that guy anymore. I don’t play football. I have no reason to be a 400-pound bencher right now. For now, I need to lose the weight and significantly increase my physical fitness. I will still strength train and lift to be strong. But it will be a different kind of strong.

Here’s to another year, Team Meltdown.

What positive changes are you looking to make in your life?

About author

Dre

Dre is a 30-something man on a mission to become healthy by changing his sedentary lifestyle filled with fast food and little sleep to one of healthy eating, vigorous activity and plenty of rest. He has chosen to share his quest through this blog with hopes that it will help and inspire others achieve their goals.

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There are 4 comments

  • Emmie says:

    I think these are all great positive changes, Dre! I am not a fan of resolutions either, but instead try to focus on making small tweaks to things. It’s more manageable and not as overwhelming.

  • MrsFatass says:

    I think these are great goals. I’m a bit in the same boat. Spending so much time focused on OTHER people’s fitness has left mine a little lacking. Opening a business has meant more meals handed to me through a car window instead of being in my own kitchen. And WATER! Yes. I’ve been trying to take the same weight off since I started blogging 5 years ago. So I think it’s time.

  • Alan Ali says:

    Bro, 2014 is going to be a big year for you!! I feel it!! Also I def recommend drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day, that alone will help you so much!!

    • Dre says:

      I’m all late replying to comments. I apologize. But you all are awesome. Your encouragement and support means the world to me!

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