Let’s Start The Rebuild… Again

Thirteen months ago, I was gung-ho to get the Rebuild going. It turned out, at the time, that I wasn’t done with being busted. When this launched in December 2014, I thought my marriage was good. I thought my family was good. I thought I had a good place to rebuild my health and finances from. Instead: the rest of the cliff had to crumble. Since last year, my marriage ended; I began a life with a new partner; and my Mom died after an aggressive several months of cancer. My marriage had been doomed for some time and I just lived with the ruined state and the misery. My new partner arrived on the scene shortly before the close of my marriage. My Mom used to stoically prepare for the end and deny anything was wrong.

I thought I had a clean slate to build from last December. By December 2015, everything was different. Everything was reset. Everything that I held onto as a comfortable fixture was gone. Throughout 2015, despite the marriage break-up, the financial pressures of said break-up, and the sorrow of watching my Mom die– throughout all that, I kept trying to rebuild.

That didn’t work.

When I got the news of my Mom, I largely gave up on the rebuild. I didn’t care about diet or exercise. I drank whenever I wished. Having the month of August available to rattle apart meant I didn’t have to be on good behavior. My Mom died in October. By November, some of my lost weight had come back. By December, I tried to pull out of the dive, but Christmas can be a bitch– sweets, short hours of daylight and lots of grief for the lives lost (my Mom’s life, literally, and my way of life both died). I gave into those stressors and then took back my dedication to get The Rebuild going again.

To start, I am going to “walk it off.” When I was 19, I lost 100 pounds by walking 45 minutes per day. That was 28 years ago. Still: the concept is sound.

The Exercise Schedule

My exercise schedule looks like this:

  • Monday:
    • Walk 30 minutes at lunch.
    • Exercise at the gym on weeks when my daughter is with her Mom.
  • Tuesday:
    • Walk 55 minutes to work.
    • Walk 30 minutes at lunch.
    • Walk 90 minutes to get home (that may get interrupted by social events)
  • Wednesday:
    • Walk 55 minutes to work.
    • Walk 30 minutes at lunch.
    • Walk 90 minutes to get home
  • Thursday:
    • Walk 55 minutes to work.
    • Walk 30 minutes at lunch.
    • Walk 90 minutes to get home (that may get interrupted by social events)
  • Friday:
    • Walk 30 minutes at lunch.
  • Saturday:
    • Exercise at the gym (strength plus some bike time)
  • Sunday: rest

The Goals

My goals (in hard numbers):

  • To lose 100 lbs. by December 20th, 2016.
  • To get to 180 lbs. by December 20th, 2016. A 360 day diet. As a consolation prize, I would be okay were I 200 lbs. because of muscle.
  • To get to a waist size below 36 inches (ideally 34 inches).

I hope to post videos as I go. A side project will be to get my video production levels up to snuff. I want to talk about what I doing with diet, exercise, and vitamins. As The Rebuild is about a whole rebuild, I will also talk about finances and relationship work too.

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