As you should well know by this time, I am a fat load of crap. I have spent much time in the past dwelling on this, and am likely to continue in this new space. I also have a very bad back. Though it has been bad for many years, this most recent outbreak was purely my own fault. I attempted to jump up on something that someone of my advanced age and girth had no business jumping on. This was way back in June, and instead of proactively repairing my problem, I mostly just waited for it to sort itself out. Sadly this hasn’t happened at all, and if anything, I am now worse than I was.
This new journal isn’t about the failures of the past, however. Rather it is looking forward to the successes of the future. You see, I have not yet done the things I declare in my title, but those are my goals, and over the next year I am going to make them happen.
In January of 2010 I am going to run the Walt Disney World Marathon. My brother is going to run with me. I don’t plan on doing it very quickly, but I do intend on finishing it in the time allowed.
The goal of the marathon is really a carrot to make me change all of the habits in my life that have caused me to feel the way I do now. I figure that if I can get to the point where I can finish the marathon, the rest of the work will be pretty easy.
There are a number of other goals that are related to this project, and each must be realized before I can accomplish the final objective.
First, I must deal with this bad back. To that end I have finally gone to the doctor. He gave me some pain pills and some Motrin, and advised me on some stretches and things to do. I have now been doing these for a few days and there is a little improvement already, but I still have some way to go on that front.
Related to my back as the probable cause is my significant additional weight. I must remedy this to be able to stave off future back attacks, as well as to give myself any chance of running a marathon at all. This will also have a great impact on many other bad things for my health and happiness, and as such is probably the single most important component of the greater plan.
Pivotal to the weight situation are the changes I must make to my eating habits. In addition to eating far too much to allow the loss of any weight, I also make rather bad choices in the foods that I do eat. This leaves me in danger for all sorts of heath problems, including diabetes and heart disease. This situation must be rectified. Better choices in the food I eat will allow my body to build the muscle required to complete a marathon of running.
In order to be able to haul my body around for twenty-six miles, I will need to do a vast amount of exercise. This will be a challenge, considering how little I do currently. I must take it slow to give my body a chance to build without injury, but I look forward to the increase in energy and ability I will be gaining over the coming months.
My goals don’t come without significant challenges, but I am trying to completely change my life, after all. I have some interesting plans for how I will accomplish each of these goals, and will document my progress here.
Wish me luck.