Fitness Specter 22: A New Beginning

I sit here writing for my website at 4:30 AM thinking: why the hell are you awake? Why the hell are you doing anything this damn early in the morning? Then I remember what I used to do this early in the morning and I realize it’s high time I stopped thinking things are just going to happen and prepare to hop back in the saddle.

Sadly, I’m just getting ready for work instead of getting ready for the gym.

I don’t have a gym where I live now. I don’t really have a set schedule that is conducive to working out at the moment, either. I’m not getting enough sleep. I’m not getting enough exercise. I’m not eating as well as I used to… but I want to do better.

Fitness Specter has taken an extensive break. I haven’t had a column since right around the Super Bowl and I think it’s time to relaunch this thing with a passion… and a new goal. I am going to get fit, both mentally and physically. This is going to be the flagship column on the site now and I’m going to be talking a hell of a lot more about the whole person instead of just the physical developments.

Eating out has been curbed extensively over the last two weeks. Moving to a new place, there are so many food options that you’re easily lost within seconds and almost every meal seems like an adventure. If you look at what I’ve been eating, though, I’ve only made one right decision on a menu because I’ve wanted to try so many things. Now that I’ve gone and done that, and gained about 15 pounds doing the testing, I think I need to refocus.

There’s a game out there that I’ve written about called Ingress. If you haven’t played and are interested, I highly suggest you join up. My username is limeflavored and if you use me as a reference, I would thoroughly enjoy the “recruiting” opportunities. The game has a theme of getting you out into the world and experiencing things to level up, gain badges, and generally participate. I’m going to turn my own fitness (both mental and physical) into a game like Ingress… there are going to be levels, badges, and I’m going to give you all a chance to play along because I’ll have solid milestones for achieving things.

I’m going to game-ify fitness.

The overall structure is being built and I’ll explain more as I go. I’m trying to include as much “getting out and doing stuff” type activities as possible and I’m also trying to include less computer based items, like actually reading books (for example). I hope you’ll join me, or at least support my efforts.

This is 2015. This is the year I was supposed to be skinny and buff. I am neither of those things and the year is over the quarter mark… and the third mark… I need to refocus.

Time to get fit, people. Time to get back on the horse and tame that thing. It’s time to get back to basics.

It’s time to lift.