Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Thus It Begins

I realized today on my drive home from work that I might be at a milestone.  See I was thinking (again) about getting back into the gym.  My downfall is always the strong human desire for quick results.  When the results are not as quick as I would like to see, my motivation wanes.  When my motivation wanes, my gym appearances become less frequent.  Eventually they stop altogether.  Then after a fair amount of time I realize I need to get in the gym, if for no other reason than to keep pace with my wife.  Activate desire for quick results and the loop begins again.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

This time the thinking started out a little different.  Instead of looking for the quick results, I began to ponder putting a plan in place to be in the "best shape of my life" for my fortieth birthday.  My 40th birthday is one year from next month.  Which lead me to think that I should be close to an even 400 days out from said event.  So I did what any red blooded American would do.  I Googled it:  "Days until July 21, 2015".  400 days to my fortieth happened to be yesterday.

I thought to myself "This is surely a sign from the Heavens above to do something with this".  So I did what any red blooded American would do.  I started a blog.  And here we are.  The aptly titled "The Drive to 40" blog.

"What is the point of all this?" you might be asking.  And the answer at this point is I don't know.  As of this moment in time my vision is for this to be a sort of daily journal/accountability exercise for myself.  Hopefully I pick up some readers along the way, but that is not my ultimate aim.  This is for me, not for you dear Internet Reader.

What's going to happen  in these 399 days that's going to be so ground-shaking that I feel the need to share it with the world?  The aforementioned pursuit of the "best shape of my life".  The acquisition of new positive habits.  The shedding of existing negative habits.  And anything else I might throw into these 9570 hours.  Let's step into each of those.

How does one define the "best shape of my life"?  I would venture that certain aspects of that are quite personal.  For example, my brothers pursuit these last couple of years has been crazy bulk and size, with a side order of strength.  Which is great, but hauling ass around the softball diamond leaves him pretty winded.  I will be striving for a more balanced definition of "best shape of my life".  I saw in Men's Health a couple of years ago a list of 10 (I think) markers that would indicate great overall shape.  I believe I still have this list written down at work.  I will have to come back to them in a future post.

Everyone wants more positive habits, right?  The hard part is always defining which habits one would add to their life to take themselves to the next level.  Common knowledge says that it takes approximately 21 days to form a new habit.  A little simple math will tell you that in 399 days I can add 19 new habits.  (Another sign from the Heavens)  As in the previous paragraph, I will circle back around to the topic of new positive Habits in depth in a future post.  For now, suffice it to say that new Habit #1 will be to blog right here every day.  So now we all have that to look forward to.

There are probably two kinds of people in the world: those who have negative Habits they would like to remove from their lives, and people who lie about it.  I will have to do some thinking on this, as I do not have an excessive amount of negative Habits.  Top of the list will be the removal of cursing from my daily language.  My language has gotten quite salty over the years.  Makes me sound like an uneducated hillbilly (no Arkansas).  And is really not a good example for my kids to follow.  It needs to go.

So there you have it, dear Internet Reader.  Step one on our 400 (399) day journey to my 40.  I do hope you'll stick around to see all the sights we'll see.

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