I’m a mid-level executive with kids, struggling with the demands of work and family life, but also not really satisfied overall with my decrease in fitness over the past several years. Probably my biggest struggle was that I just don’t have the ‘oomph’ I used to have when I’m surfing.
Age plus work plus family have all taken a toll – even diet seems to have been compromised to make meals more quick, easy, and importantly family-friendly. I used to run, surf, bike, and other fun outdoor activities. Those became fewer and farther between, but I still try to surf whenever I can.
Surfing is a skilled activity that takes training and upkeep to stay ‘on my game’. As my fitness level depreciated, my strength in the water did as well. And with my lower strength, my confidence in my own performance took a beating as well.
I Took Action
After discussing with Jeff, I realized that I needed to take hold and make some changes. Change is hard. But my motivation was clear – I needed to not only get back in shape, but leap ahead to get even better at what I love doing – surfing! I decided to make some hard decisions on diet and getting back on the exercise horse. I also spoke with my cardiologist and he provided some very high goals for my exercise, to get me back on track and back to where I should have been all along.
It was not fun getting started. I did not enjoy quitting ‘fun’ stuff and starting ‘hard’ stuff. (Who would?!). But I felt like I really had to stay with it if I wanted to get results. I did not expect immediate changes, but I was kind of hoping to see something to show for my efforts. It came – but not overnight. (I gave up daily weight tracking because it was more frustrating than rewarding).
Now it wasn’t such a struggle to get my running shoes on. I just made it part of my routine – short (20-30) min blocks whenever I could fit them in, doing whatever I could figure out to do. I happened to check back on the scales and saw I had dropped 10 pounds. Nice – not really the point, because I was more interested in overall fitness and strength, and energy, but nice to see some fat had burned away.
I did GREAT! I caught some ‘bigger than usual’ waves, and really felt exhilarated at the thrill of getting ahead of my prior performance.
I felt awesome for days after as well.
Seven months later Ian continues to improve his body composition and strength.
You can read his tips and insights on how he sustains his health and fitness here.