Jan. 2nd, 2014

I love this time of year, because I'm defintely a Listmaker and Goalsetter extraordinaire. I suck at follow-through, but that is February's problem. For now, we're in shiny, shiny January, when everyone gets to rise from the ashes of Family Bonding Time into whatever new persona they can cobble together from the tatters they have left.

Isn't it great, having the burden of the holidays behind us? I always feel so free in January.

I have a long term goal: in 3.5 years, I want to be able to do 200 situps, 200 pushups and run 5 miles a day. Why? I was reading a book about a criminal trapped in a witness protection safehouse recently and this was his daily ritual to keep himself in shape and pass the time and it just struck me as a good idea. To get there, I've spent happy hours devising an excruciatingly slow and lazy routine that will very gently take me down the road to fitness in a manner that I imagine will not even cause me to break a sweat, which is exactly how I like my fitness. See, I'm going to start with 5 situps and pushups per day in January, and I'm going to run 233 steps per day, as well. In February and every month thereafter, I'll add to those numbers just a tiny bit, to keep improving in a slow, painless but steady incline culminating in becoming something akin to a super hero in 2017.

I'll also keep to under 1500 net calories a day. I call the whole plan my 5/5/233/1500 diet. If I succeed, you'll have to look for my book with that catchy title. I'm debating whether to add the 30 day plank challenge into the mix. You know, the one that is so popular on Facebook lately-the one that gets you from a 20 second plank to 5 minutes by the end of the month? So then I would be doing the 5/5/20/233/1500 diet. I fear it all starts to sound silly at that point, though.

It's either going to be a masterpiece of behavioral management, or a colossal waste of graph paper. I look forward to posting my results.

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