Living Healthy and New Goals

September 6, 2011

Those who know me well know that I have strugled with weight most of my adult life. When I was a medic in the US Army I managed to maintain a healthy weight, not neccesarily because I was eating right, but because my activity level allowed me to be less disciplined with my eating habits.

In my twenties I went through periods of athletic activity and worked in jobs that required aerobic activity, again allowing me to be less disciplined with my eating habits. When I was in my thirties, my work environment changed and the combination of poor eating habits and less activity put me on a crash course for a very unhealthy weight.

It took me many years to realize what I know now. Eating healthy in combination with regular exercise is vital to living healthy. It took 4 months to lose the 50 plus pounds that I have been carrying around for far too long, and I am determined to learn from this experience. I picked my 4 year old son up the other day, who weighs just about what I lost, and can’t believe how I was able to carry that weight every day.

Since reaching a healthy weight, I have been searching for a significant exercise goal to pursue while building the habit of regular exercise. I flirted with the idea of training to run a marathon, but remembered how I never really enjoyed distance running of any kind.

A few weeks ago I dusted off my mountain bike and clocked a few miles here and there. As I started to clear my head with a few 2 or 3 mile short rides around the neighborhood, I remembered how much I enjoyed riding. With this rediscovery of a healthy pursuit, I have set my new goal.

In my prime I had successfully completed 50 to 60 miles rides on numerous occasions but have never reached the milestone of riding a century (100 miles).

One of the great things about this blog is that I can use it to publish my intentions to the world and hold myself accountable. I am adding a new category to this site for regular updates in my pursuit of achieving my goal. This new category will be titled Riding a Century, and I hope it will help me document my pursuit of this goal.


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