When I was in university, I was quite active. I was playing basketball, European handball, and other sports regularly. In my 4th and 5th years, my friends and I would swim 2 or 3 times a week at the UBC pool. Although I never competed in a triathlon race, I was training every week with the UBC triathlon club in my last year of university.
I got involved in the Varsity Outdoor Club after university graduation and met some awesome like-minded friends through the VOC. I was out on outdoor trips almost every weekend, whether it be hiking, climbing, kayaking, or skiing. Since there were tons of extremely fit people at Varsity Outdoor Club, whenever we went on trips, I would feel that I was out of shape…
For example, a friend of mine competed in The Vancouver 100 (100 km trial, 16,300 feet vertical climb and 16.300 descent, out and back) and finished in 16 hours and 21 minutes. Another friend did a solo ski traverse the entire Garibaldi Park (104 km/65 miles in distance, 8,700 m/28,500 ft elevation gain) in a bit over 30 hours earlier this summer.
Trying to keep up pace with my friends, I was very motivated to improve my overall fitness. So, I would head to the gym at work about 3 or 4 times a week, working out for about 1 hour or so each time. A combination of weekend outdoor trips and working out at the gym kept me relatively in good shape and kept my weight to about 167 lbs or 76 kg.
Since the arrival of my two kids, however, I have stopped heading out on weekend outdoor adventures. It is simply unfair to leave Mrs. T and the kids at home while I play outside all weekend. Instead, I now live vicariously through my outdoor friends whenever they post pictures of their outdoor trips on Facebook.
To make matter worse, I have been going to work’s gym less and less. So far this year I have only went a handful of times. Although I go for walks regularly and chase after the two little kids every day, I have been not as physically active the over last year.
Combining with more work travels and business dinners, the extra calories are starting to show on my body. 🙁
My belly is slightly wobbly and I have less muscle tone in my body.
(Luckily my belly isn’t like this…)
Weighing myself the other day, I now weigh 175 lbs or 79.5 kg. At a bit shy of 5’11”, I am not considered obese, but I can certainly lose some weight.
As many of you know, I am focused on achieving financial independence so I can have more options in life and choose to work because I want to, not because I have to. But being financially independent would mean nothing if I do not have my health.
To me, we need to work on ourselves along the financial independence journey.
Financial Independence + Health + Self-improvement = Good Life
Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty healthy overall. I donate blood regularly (55 times so far), my blood pressure is quite good (usually around 100 over 75), I eat healthy, and I feel good about myself.
But losing a few pounds and add more muscle tone would do wonder to my overall health.
So this post is about me taking charge of my fitness. The plan? It’s pretty simple really.
- Go to work’s gym regularly, 2 – 3 times a week. Focus on lifting weights, building muscles.
- Continue going for walks regularly during lunch time.
- Cutting back on food intake slowly. Eat more vegetables. Stop eating when I am about 75% full, rather than stuff myself.
- Cutting back on snacks. Eat healthier snacks.
What is my end goal? I am targeting that in 6 months I will weigh 75 kg or less and look better in the mirror with more overall muscle tone.
This post has nothing to do with financial independence. The key reason of writing this post is to keep myself honest and take immediate action. Over the next 6 months, I will provide some fitness updates to show my progress.
Dear readers, do you have any tips on improving overall fitness? How do you stay fit?