I am finally going to commit to getting my fat butt in shape. Betty, my wife, deserves a healthy and active partner. I deserve to enjoy my life, not just watch it go by sitting on the sidelines. So come on and join in the fun! Set some goals.
For the past 6-7 years I've bounced around from about 250-265. Right now, I am actually around 250. I dipped into the 240s a few times, but only for a couple of days. Our employers required a health screening this year as a condition of getting a discount on our health coverage. Next year they are going to require progress towards being healthier. My health screening was downright scary. Habits I have gotten into since my marriage four years ago and our child's birth two years ago has lead to this in large part. Now we have a second child on the way, and I've just turned 39 years old. I am not blaming my marriage or child. They are just facts of my life that provide convenient excuses for either not finding the time to work out and eat well. My wife is encouraging of my efforts, and about half the time sets a good example. The other half of the time it seems she derails many of our efforts to be healthier. I've felt like I need to be the strong one and resist temptation, but try telling that to a woman that has been pregnant for nearly half our marriage now. Oh, did I mention that I just got a new and more stressful job in the last 6 months, which required us to move into a 90 year old home that needs some work?! I need to change things up in a major way. I cannot be derailed. Too much seems to be riding on me sometimes, and I don't know what I would do if health issues began to take a toll. I've only been in good shape once in my life (mid-20s), and those sets of circumstances are long gone. I feel I need time to solve a few of my own problems rather than back-burner them because somebody elses problem needs solving first. I feel guilty and selfish for saying it though. It is my fault though. I wasted years of my life when I was single not setting up good habits when I had more of a chance. I need an early win. I need to break through the 250 barrier once and for all. I need to find motivation for me that is tangible, rather than doing it for somebody else because of some health issue that hasn't dished out major consequences yet. Does that seem wierd? It is not that I don't think my wife and kids, and my own health are not why I want to do it. I just need the little incentives that drive will drive me to do what I need to do. Maybe some goal setting. Maybe some "fun" workouts or activities. Money and gifts don't seem to work for me. I make the money, and we budget pretty rigidly for a lot of other reasons. Tools I have...loving wife, YMCA membership. Biggest barriers...I'm a lazy procrastinator, and I am controling and prideful. I also have a difficult time finding passion in things; I often wait around for inspiration or something.
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