My Journey to a Healthy Me, Day 255

Yesterday, I started up a new challenge thread over at Nerdfitness. “Tateman – Counting down to the end of the year already

The new challenge runs from September 17th to October 4th. For me though, I am starting the challenge today.

Part of setting up my new challenge, was realizing just how close I was to some of my weight loss goals. I went over a bit of this in my blog post yesterday. I fleshed out more of it in my Nerdfitness post.

Numbers to consider

My lowest “adult” record weight that I can remember is 257. I weighed that on October 8, 2014. During my middle school years, I remember being pretty much 225 lbs the whole time. High school and after that, I do not really recall. I have always been bigger.

A little background

8th grade, at 225 lbs, I hit my one big goal. Through all the grades 6-8th, we had to run/walk a half mile twice a week in PE Class. I think in 7th they added mile runs. I had never been a runner, but I saw something that stuck a cord with me. I saw other kids running the half mile fast. Most of us rebellious teens were fighting the power by not caring, and not running the half mile. Still, the goal popped into my head. Before I leave this school, I will run this half mile in under 3 minutes.

I think in 7th grade I actually started to run it more. On into 8th grade I was better, but I never pushed. My friend in my class was very fast. He was one that was always finishing way ahead of us all. Finally, the last run of the year came up. This was the last time I would run here. My friend had broke his ankle, so he was on the sidelines in his cast. I decided that I just had to go for it. Give it all I had. The teacher blew the whistle, and we were all off. I was flying. The fastest I have ever moved in my life. (under my own power). I was toward the back of the back to start, but was making my way up. Eventually, I caught up to another classmate that was one of the faster kids. I burned past him. I was in the lead now. Not stopping, still pushing.

Eventually, I came around the last turn on our half mile. I saw my friend jumping up and down (best he could on a broken leg 😉 ) He was waving me in. I felt like I was just running so fast. It was incredible. I hit that finish line at 2 minutes 57 seconds. I had done it. It was a weird feeling to me, but a moment I will never really forget.

Flashback over

OK, flashback is over. That feeling I had though, is part of what made me want to get to my lowest weight before. It is what drove me to train, and complete an actual 5k. The farthest I had ever ran in my life.

Now looking at my weight numbers, I am starting to feel all fired up again.

Here are some weight loss goals. I currently weight 275.8 lbs.

  1. I want to drop to 100 lbs total lost this year by my birthday on November 2nd. I am 10 lbs away from this goal, today.
  2. I want to go under my lowest recorded adult weight, 257. I am 18.8 lbs away.
  3. I want to reach my middle school weight. 225. I am 50.8 lbs away
  4. My eventual goal weight is to be about 185. 90.8 lbs from that

That 100 lbs down should be quite easy to hit before my birthday. So lets push toward the next goal. 19 pounds to become my lowest weight. If I work hard, I think I can do that before year end. What about that next goal though. 225. A number I though I would not see in well, forever. I am only 51 lbs away from that.

What if I can get there before the year is up? I know, it is crazy, but I am all about this crazy stretch goal. For some reason, this has me more fired up then I have been in awhile. Now, I don’t know that it would actually be possible for me to lose 51 lbs in the three months left. But I ask myself, what if? What if I can do it? To me, this is that impossible goal. Like the impossible goal for me ever running a 5k. The impossible goal to ever run a half mine in under 3 minutes.

This goal, I might fail. There is good chance I will. I have all off the holidays in the way, and my birthday. But still, what if?

I’ve been thinking of this all day really. You know, even if I don’t make the 225 mark. The mark I do hit will be an amazing accomplishment to get too.

So there it is. My crazy impossible goal to hit 225 lbs on or before December 31st 2018.

Supporting that goal

Now I have do everything I can to support that goal. I have t in my Nerdfitness thread. Staying keto, checking macros, tracking everything, Intermittent fasting, getting enough sleep, and getting into exercise much more.

I want to look back at the last year and say “I can’t believe I did that”