One thing about myself that ... ok, well, most of my friends know, but people who don't know me as well wouldn't know ... is that I play the Gaelic games of hurling and Gaelic football. Rough sports. And club practice for hurling begins this Saturday, each Saturday until the season starts in late March. The season goes through June.
Not only does the practice itself add to my already-busy schedule, but also the daily regime of diet and exercise I'm using to get myself in top form for the league - because I take my sports seriously. And this year that means a lot of cardio, and a lot of weight loss.
For a while I was displaying a graphic in the right-hand border of this blog, where I'd prominently display how much weight I've lost. Unfortunately, that counter went stagnant shortly after I added it. At the moment it's still in the programming of this blog, but it's hidden from view. I've reset my counter to 0 as of this morning, and as soon as measurable results begin to appear I'll bring that counter back.
Honestly, I take more of a liking to body measurements, as opposed to that number the scale gives you. It's not that I don't think the scale's accurate; it's too simple to be wrong. But really, the tale of the tape tells you a lot about how people see you. People see dimensions and proportions, always measured in inches, not pounds. If you look at a closed cardboard box, you can see that it's about 20" x 20" x 16", for example, but you cannot see how much it weighs because you don't know what's in it. Weight is something that's felt; if you try to lift the box you can tell about how much it weighs. But tell me: how often do random people try to lift you off the ground?
So why am I even bothering with weighing myself? Well, it's easy to know about where you should be aiming in terms of weight; if you don't just "know", there are plenty of tools to help you decide. But not many people have been taking body measurements their whole lives to know what measurements they consider ideal. Some people might have articles of clothing they'd like to fit in to - for example, I have 2 suits that were tailored for a 240 lb., college graduate me - but as you can see, I tend to associate clothes with how much I weighed when they fit me.
I'm going to take another shot at what I tried to accomplish last year, and that's the ultimate goal of my Willoughby athlete weight and waist size (Google it). Apparently this smart bodybuilder guy took measurements of a bunch of various athletes, and came up with an "ideal" weight and "ideal" waist size for athletes. And since my weight loss has historically been heavily motivated by sports performance, I will continue using these numbers. My ideal weight is 208 (which I'm rounding up to 210), and my ideal waist measurement is 33.7" (rounded up to 34"). For me, this entails losing 70 pounds and about 10 inches to my waist.
This will include 6 days a week of exercise.
Obviously this is not a small task. Currently my schedule goes all the way out to Halloween. If all goes according to schedule, I should be under 270 when hurling season begins, about 230 for my July Ireland trip, and under 220 when Gaelic football begins, coasting from that point until Halloween, when I'll be celebrating reaching 210 pounds.
From that point, if I decide I want to start doing hardcore running, I might drop below 200. If I decide I want to be a "tank" in my sports, I might kick my weight back up to 220 or more. But I will feel it out from there.