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The Quest for 50

I made a horrible mistake the other day… I stepped on a scale.

I’m not totally ignorant when it comes to my body. I know I’ve been packing on the weight a bit. That’s what no restraints on diet and no activity in terms of real exercise (at least with any semblance of consistency) will do to you. And I know that I’m overweight… I just didn’t realize how bad it had gotten.

But now we’re talking unhealthy territory here. Extra pounds, higher blood pressure than a 26 year old should have… it’s going to add up. And now that I’ve got a beautiful daughter, it’s time to get serious about my health.

So hence, The Quest for 50 begins:

  • Current weight: 250 pounds.
  • Weight loss needed: 50 pounds. A man at my height and age should weigh between 190 and 200 pounds. I’m setting 200 as the goal. If I’m in the 195-205 range afterwards, I’ll be ecstatic, but 200 seems like a reasonable goal.
  • Timeline: None. I’m not setting a timeline because 50 pounds is a ton of weight to lose, and we’re talking about life changes, not short-term goals. If it takes me a year, two years, or 5 years, the point is to get healthy, not to be a certain weight by beach season. It’s not the mindset I need right now.
  • Other goals: These will probably go hand-in-hand with the weight loss, but lower blood pressure, better “good” cholesterol numbers (my overall cholesterol isn’t bad), and healthier shoulders (I have some issues that strength training should help with).

Scott, why are you telling me this?

I know that’s what you’re asking. And I’ll admit this is purely selfish. But my reasoning is twofold:

1. By chronicling the journey here on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, it’s a mechanism to keep me honest.
2. I need all the support I can get to get through this.

I know I reference DJ Waldow’s blog a lot, but back in September he wrote a great post about the “Simple Formula for Meeting Your Goals,” in which he identified the following:

Discipline + Support + Focus = Successfully Meeting Your Goal.

He wrote further:

Back to the pro athlete: When interviewed immediately following a victory, many athletes point to the sky and thank God. Those that know me are well aware this is not my style. However, religion aside, reaching a goal inevitably requires the help of others. In the professional environment, this may mean your boss or the team you are working with. In the personal sphere, support often comes in the form of family and friends.

So that’s where you all come in. I know I can’t do this alone. My wife is going to help me greatly (not to mention join in on the fun to get back up to full speed post-pregnancy–her words, not mine. I think she’s gorgeous). But I’m going to need more than that.

I’m going to need you.

Whether it’s words of encouragement, or you want to join in on the quest (whatever your personal goals may be), I’ll be glad to have all the help I can get. Heck, I’ll even feature you if you want in.

So what do you say? Are you all in this with me?

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