Setting healthier goals

There’s a funny quote from Louis C.K. that essentially sums up my attitude at the moment with respect to my personal health:

Every day starts, my eyes open and I reload the program of misery. I open my eyes, remember who I am, what I’m like, and I just go, ‘Ugh’.

Okay, it’s not that bleak and I’m not that cynical and pessimistic. That said, I feel as if I am not where I want to be health-wise. Let’s get some perspective…

Back in high school, I had a flat, skinny stomach with a high metabolism and I weighed between 150-155 pounds. The advent of copious alcohol consumption, unrestrained Chipotle binges, and general inactivity over the last five years and I’m now at around the 173 pound mark give or take. And it’s all concentrated in my stomach; it’s by no means flat anymore and my metabolism vanished into the night.

I’m 5’11 and 173 pounds. I don’t think that’s particularly “overweight” going by BMI or any other metric, but looking at myself in the mirror? It’s not the “Brett” I want to see. I have a difficult time with maintaining consistency, however, when it comes to exercise and I most certainly am atrocious about disciplining myself on my diet. I enjoy food and am liberal with portion sizes.

With the help of a good friend that knows what he’s doing, I’m going to try to get back to that high school weight of 155. There’s no gimmick or anything involved: it’s just straight up eating smart, watching calories, exercising routinely and staying accountable, transparent and motivated.

To that end, other than keeping him updated, and generally keeping a daily blog going about my eating and exercising habits, I’ve also signed up to, which is a Web site that helps with calorie counting and the like.

Am I going into this with a lot of confidence? Admittedly, I am not. Given my track record of inconsistency, that leaves a lot of room for pessimism. Even so, I hope with my friend’s help, the aforementioned Web site and this blog, I can stay honest and have my feet held to the fire on getting this done and done right.

I have no illusions about this. I know it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication on my end. As I’m fond of saying right before every work shift, “Let’s do this.”

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