I have three main fitness goals for 2016.
Goal 1: Bike 1,650 miles.
I’m planning to bike significantly more than that, but at the very least that’s my minimum goal.
Goal 2: Walk/run 365 miles.
Again, I’d like to do more miles by foot than that but at the very least that’s my goal.
Goal 3: Get cut.
Period. I realize that’s pretty broad, but at the end of the day I’m tired of not quite pushing myself to my maximum physically. I don’t want to waste another year thinking that I could have pushed myself harder. So this year I just want to kill it. I want to maintain my current level of physical fitness while adding in other activities that I enjoy like kayaking.
I don’t want to be a baby about ab workouts. Of course they hurt, that’s because I let myself be lazy and skip them.
I had a shoulder injury early in high school which was followed by a fractured foot my senior year that required 8 months in a boot and on crutches. I had just lost the weight from that injury when I hurt my back. Three years of limited activity followed. Finally right around the start of 2014 I felt “normal” for the first time in a long time. Cutting out dairy in 2014 also made me realize how horrible I felt every day. 2015 was the first year in about seven years* that I didn’t start the day every day with stomach pain that made me double over.
Last year I really made progress on losing weight that had been hanging around for five years.
I’m done having all of those injuries and that yo-yoing in the back of my mind though.
I like how I feel when I feel strong. And at the end of the day, I just want to feel strong.