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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

21 Days

The stats: I am five feet tall. Even. No bigger. No smaller. That's the height recorded on my driver's license, and, no, no one can re-measure me. Yes, I am a hobbit. I weigh 123 pounds as my scale reported this morning at 10:25 am. I don't think it lies. Although, that's a possibility -- I would lie if I were a scale and lying is what kept my innerds intact. According to an online BMI (body mass index) calculator, my BMI is 25. They tell me that a number anywhere between 20 and 25 is normal, but hanging out on the outside rim of that "normality" makes me feel like a fat kid with a mouthful of cupcake.

I am moderately active; meaning: I try to run when I have time, when the weather isn't too hot, too cold, or too rainy, when I haven't had a long, tiring day, or when I have just purchased new running apparel. Sometimes I do other forms of activity: I've been known to watch a lot of TV and that requires lifting the remote and pressing down upon the buttons; TV watching can also make one incredibly thirsty, so I try to punctuate my bouts on the couch with trips to the kitchen for bottled water and that requires not only walking but a little pulling and lifting as well. Lastly, what catapults me from being semi-active into the moderately active category is the fact that I bowl once a week in a league. Bowling burns calories and is considered to be a sport. Usually I eat a piece of pizza when I bowl and generally I consume three to five beers (light beers!), but I didn't mention the beer or the pizza on the site where I listed myself as moderately active; therefore, they don't count.

My goal for the next 21 days is to take this moderately active lifestyle to a whole new level where perhaps I will dare to call myself "active." I will strive to run on a regular basis (six days a week) and I will attempt to partake of a healthier menu. Will the experiment be socially changing like "Super Size Me"? I doubt it. Will I form a new habit? One that might make me healthier, stronger, more energetic? Will I finally work to achieve the longheld goal of running a marathon? I don't have the slightest idea. I count on myself to fail, or at least to fall short of my expectations, but I do guarantee that I will document my failure with the best prose I can compose -- and sometimes I will rhyme for you as well.


Unknown said...

At least you are trying something new. My exercise and diet/eat healthy plan lasted 6 weeks and I have reverted. I don't think research says you can overturn an old habit, just form a new one in 21 days. hmmmm...something to ponder.

Good luck! (by the way, running 6 days a week is ridiculous)

nicolef6 said...

It's great that you got into the habit of running! I know for me and for others it's really hard to get over that initial hump and run for fun. I think this presentation has a great list of tech tools to help beginners in the habit of running: http://www.slideshare.net/nicolef6/top-5-health-habit-tools

Sara Doane said...

Hi! I know its been years since you started this, but I'm starting it now, and I'm looking for motivation anywhere I can get it.

I've never been a runner...I used to play volleyball once a week my first two years of college. Thats about it.

I just recently got married and gained some weight, so I decided to try this running thing. I've tried it in the past, numerous times, and always gave up. This time, thanks to technology in the form of iPod apps, I have a plan to stick to.

Thanks for writing this blog! (If you would like to be bored, you could read mine, too.) :)