Discipling the Body

Goal update

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I’ve been reviewing the goals I listed at the beginning of the year under the Goals tab. They are:

  • Complete an Olympic Distance Triathlon
  • Complete a half-marathon
  • Become debt free
  • Read 12 books
    I know, that doesn’t seem like a lot, but with a new baby, it seems reasonable. This doesn’t include children’s books
  • Get to 200lbs
  • Continue with my M.Div MTS
  • Improve my writing

Realistically, I won’t accomplish most of these. I will definitely accomplish one of them, but the rest are likely to be put onto next years list. There reason is simple and very, very cute. It’s this guy:

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He’s 8 months old now, and it’s been a huge adjustment for my wife and I; it’s been quite the ride. So, I can’t really be that upset at not meeting my goals, because I have in fact had better things to do. Still, I am frustrated at my overall lack of progress on the weight loss front. We are slowly starting to make progress on menu planning and integrating exercise again. My amazing wife has made a 4 week menu plan for us to rotate through and we plan to start running together in the mornings with our little one in the stroller.

As the last quarter of 2014 begins, I am also dealing with multiple health concerns, though most are currently minor. I have Mild sleep apnea, so in conjunction with loosing weight (the ultimate solution), I am also in a 5 week trial with a CPAP machine. It’s been frustrating, I can only wear the mask 1.5 hours on average, but the Dr. said I should aim for 2 initially and hope to end up at 4 hours by the end of the trial. So, I will persevere. Apnea is nothing to joke at. It can lead to heart attack and stroke, none of which I’m particularly keen on experiencing. My specialist said if I loose just 20lbs, I’d see a marked improvement. So, that’s my mid-range goal: 20lbs. Eventually, I will get to 200lbs, but one step at a time.

I also am seeing a Physiotherapist for pain in my knees and bilateral IT band pain. It’s annoying and gets worse when I sit or drive more than normal. Travel season is approaching for work and I can sometimes drive for 3 hours just to get to where I’m going, so I have to get this solved by then. I have certain stretches that I have to do daily. I hate stretching, always have, but now I’m reaping the “rewards” of not doing it for all these years.

I may update the goals tab after some more thought, but for now, I’ll just keep it as is. I don’t want to commit to more goals and not reach them.

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