New Year's Resolutions
When it comes to New Year's resolutions, I was like most other people. I
had no ability to stick to them, and to pull through, for a whole year,
with a promise to myself. Somehow, that changed last year. I made some
new goals, and I kept them. Here's how.
Set specific goals
My goal was to get to 250 (lean) pounds. Why that big? I don't know, sounds
like a good number. It gave me a topic to talk about.
Buddy: "So Pete, why are you going to the gym so much now?"
Pete: "I want to get up to 250 pounds."
Buddy: "Dude, you'll be fat!"
Pete: "No, no, a lean 250."
Overcome your fears
While part of my fears was the fact that my Hawaiian shirt collection
wouldn't fit me after such a large increase in mass, I realized that
wasn't such a big problem. I'd just have to NOT button them up, and I
could strut my gut (a real man should have a gut).
Don't quit because of a setback
In August, I tried a new diet ... all protein/fat, zero carbs. I lost 6
kilograms (~12 lbs) in just 2 weeks. Although that set me back quite a
bit, I realized, yeah, I do have a six pack under all that fat ... I should
have taken more pictures ... oh well, I'll do it again next year. Oh, and
if you ever try this diet, I must warn you, going to the crapper after nine days
of not crapping is a crappy experience.
Every five pounds I gained, I let myself indulge in a salad. I love salad
so much, but it doesn't have enough calories, so it was a nice treat.
Surround yourself with supporters
Like Andrew: he was a role model type fellow, he's a much stockier guy,
and could easily bench press more than me (about 50 lbs more). He even
has a silly rule, "I'll only date a girl if I can bench press twice her
weight." He's proud to say that he can now bench twice my girlfriend's
weight ... I'm worried.