2011 Is Going To Be A New Year

Yes, it’s a rather obvious headline, but it really is. I don’t normally make ‘resolutions’, as they’re seldom kept and only serve as a discouragement, in most cases. However, 2011 is going to be different, as I have new motivations.

For starters, I’m going to become a dad this year. That statement alone has caused an unending parade of emotions thus far, and I’m sure it’s only going to get worse. I’m incredibly excited, but it’s also a sobering realization that I need to get some stuff done. My impending fatherhood has also spurred on a few thoughts on what I’m doing, where I’m going, etc.

Thus, 2011 is going to be the year I get back in shape. Three years ago, I weight a scant 150lbs and no part of my upper body protruded from my shirts. Today, I weigh 195lbs and stick out in three specific places on my shirts. I realize 195lbs isn’t a bad weight, but when you start out at 150lbs, a 45lb increase is pretty noticeable. Worse yet, I topped out at 200lbs a year ago, when we started looking to buy a house. Our homebuying experience was insanely stressful, and I dropped a solid 20lbs during the ordeal – 20lbs that I’ve since gained back, in less than a year. Clearly my metabolism isn’t on my side anymore.

I used to be quite active, honestly. I play soccer (football for my international readers) every season for 6 years when I was a kid, and loved it. In college, I played Ultimate Frisbee quite often, and for 2 years, played racquetball for about an hour every single day with my roommate.

Thus, my biggest personal goal for 2011 is to lose 40lbs in 2011, and keep it off.

To accomplish this, I bought an elliptical machine today. I already watch 3-4 movies per week, so for 2 of those movies, I’m going to use the elliptical machine the entire movie. I’m going to do this every week, all year long. That may sound silly, but it’s what’ll work for me, for a few reasons:

1. I hate exercising, with a passion. I’ve tried running, numerous times, and it always leaves me in a pissy mood. A few years ago, I bought Mrs. Guru and I bicycles, thinking we’d go riding all the time. Unfortunately, the weather interferes, tires go flat, and they just didn’t work out. With an elliptical machine, I’m not technically running, and it can’t be deterred by weather or flat tires. It doesn’t require electricity, either, and I bought one without a seat, specifically, so that I have to actively use it the whole time.

2. I’m not going to do it every day. I have enough things on my plate every day that it’s simply not realistic for me to set aside 30-45 minutes every day to work out, plus the extra 15-20 minutes to take another shower, etc. However, twice a week is something I can handle.

3. I don’t ‘do’ diets. I have been making a conscious effort to eat healthier, thanks to my health-nut wife, but I’ve never been able to really ‘diet’. I enjoy food and eating too much, and I have firm beliefs against ruining that experience by counting various metrics and worrying about what the food is going to do to me. I eat sensibly, though, and I am actively working to eat smaller portions, at least. By adding exercise, I can worry a little bit less about what I’m eating.

So there you go. If I can maintain this two-movies-per-week thing, I believe that’ll at least be a good start to helping me lose 40lbs by Christmas 2011. Currently, my plan is to just wheel the thing out into the livingroom twice a week and watch the movie on my nice big TV. However, I’m a big fat nerd, so I’m probably going to, at some point, build some sort of a mount for my netbook, and hook up my Plantronics BackBeats to it to watch movies on. I’ll post pics, for sure.

My other big goal for 2011 is to publish a post here at least once a week. 2010 was an interesting year for me, as I went from maintaining Symbian-Guru.com, with 3-5 posts per DAY, in addition to this site, to only maintaining this site. While you’d think that’d be an easy transition, with more time for this site, you’re wrong. Without the demands of Symbian-Guru to keep up with, it’s easy to not blog for weeks at a time.

I have other goals, as well, but they’re smaller, more short-term goals that build towards bigger ones. I’ve always been a goal-oriented person, and am pretty excited for a fresh start with 2011.

What goals/resolutions have you made for 2011?

Published by rcadden

Just a dude with a phone.

7 thoughts on “2011 Is Going To Be A New Year

  1. Again, congrats on being a parent. Kids are amazing, and humbling – and when its my turn, I’ll be sure to give them a headsup to the Guru 🙂

    Getting in shape is a must man – I’m adamant as all get out about eating better (I’ve been on the blessed side of not gaining any weight since high school) and biking, and hope to do a lot more in 2011. Maybe one of my biking/MMM excursions will have me in your neck of the woods, I hear its good biking weather there 🙂

    Looking forward to the transformation of the Guru – be blessed bro.

  2. Congratulations Ricky. It is amazing how an impending baby will make you look at your life differently. I have faith that you can do this.

    I’m going back to school so my goal is to stay sane and still enjoy the blessing God has given me. God has been good to me and I have had to learn to just relax in that knowledge.

  3. good intention, but bad plan. with this approach, you won’t be able to do the 40lbs, and if you do, you won’t be able to keep it off long term. you first need to understand the biological mechanisms behind fat gain – and it’s NOT what “common sense” or the gov. says – to the contrary (sad fact).

    my recommendation: read the following books, and you will understand what exactly the problem is, how fat gain/loss works on the metabolic level, and how to change your nutrition and lifestyle so that you will get, and stay effortlessly lean and fit for life without calorie counting or hours of cardio training. the whole thing is based on evolutionary biology, and a breakthrough in understanding the obesity epidemic.

    these books and information will safe you a ton of time, effort, and at older age – your health. check it out.

    1. scientific background (easy): http://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Get-Fat-ebook/dp/B003WUYOQ6

    2. concrete lifestyle and nutritional changes for optimal health and performance:
    a) http://www.amazon.com/Primal-Blueprint-Reprogram-effortless-ebook/dp/B003GY0K2K
    and/or
    b) http://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Solution-Original-Human-ebook/dp/B00466H5MU

    related wesites:
    http://www.garytaubes.com/writing/books/why-get-fat/
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/
    http://robbwolf.com/faq/#overview

  4. Congrats on the new little guru!
    I have 1 thing to comment on your weight loss plan, while it may sound like dieting sucks, but believe it ornot, lowering your calorie count really does help. I tried that and people notice a difference. When you couple it with exercise, you will do fine. The best thing is that you dont have to eat one apple a day to achieve this. I did it with eating normally as I always do for breakfast and lunch, but skip carbohydrates for dinner. That would be rice, noodles, bread, biscuits, cakes… substitute it for lots of vegetables or meat (2-3 more servings if you want) to give you that full feeling and curb the desire to snack. Once your body is low on carbohydrates, it switches to fat as the next energy source. The best step is to plan your exercises in the morning after, and you immediately start to burn fat faster than you would per normal. Even better, after a good exercise, you can have a hearty breakfast and you wont feel like crap lol
    good luck!

  5. ps: nice, even mainstream is now finally jumping on the low(er)-carb approach integrated into a paleo framework as i recommended in the previous comment: http://is.gd/k5P6X

    another example:
    http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-carbs-20101220,1,4926540,full.story
    http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-carbs-tips-20101220,0,4034450,full.story

    keep us updated on your progress.. 😉

    fyi: Art DeVany’s book is also quite good, but it differs in a few details from the usual paleo nutritional apporach. no big deal tho if you know the difference from other books for example.

  6. Ricky,

    If you stay motivated, I have no doubt that you will achieve your goals!

    I just want to add one more book to the recommendations ; Tim Ferris’ Four-Hour Body. Lots of good stuff for the scientific mind, and it’s on sale at Amazon right now. Grab some kettleballs, and go crazy!

    I’m also looking forward to your weekly posting schedule. You know we miss your frequent updates on SG. I like your more personal touch on this blog, too.

  7. First of all congrats for becoming a Dad, and let’s hope that you would be able to achieve your goal of reducing your weight.

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