Project 7×52

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It almost sounds like an ammunition type. But it’s not. It is the next steps I am going to be taking to better myself. It’s a goal. It’s a mission!

Starting July 1st, I will be beginning 365 days of bettering myself. But I know that it is easier to look at things in smaller goals. So instead of worrying about doing this for a year, I am going to be doing this each and every week for the next 52 weeks.

This is nothing new. I have seen people doing the same sort of goals, and in many instances it works wonders. So I figured I would give it a shot.

Between July 1st 2019 and June 30th 2020 I will do the following:

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  • I will be exercising EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. That doesn’t mean I have to go to the gym or run, but I need to show at least 30 minutes of exercise as per my FitBit in order to achieve this goal. This is the one where I don’t want to have any wiggle room. Unless I end up having surgery on my legs or feet and can’t simply walk, this will be where I do it every 7 days for all 52 weeks of the year.

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  • I will track what I eat EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. If I go over my calories, I go over my calories (though the goal is to NOT go over my calories as much as possible). But I want to know everything that I am putting in my mouth. There may be times where I struggle to know exactly what I have eaten, but I will do my best. On top of tracking what I eat, I am going to do better to eat things that are better for me through the week while having a “cheat day” on Saturday. That will mean Huel, veggies, protein, etc. and fewer processed foods during the week.

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  • I am going to work to average 11 out of 14 “Hours with 250+ Steps”. I currently am averaging 10 out of 14 per week when I go to the gym, so I have to step it up a little bit. I won’t expect to get 14 out of 14 every day because there will be times when I have meetings, sleeping in on the weekends and other times I simply can’t get up and move around. But if I can average 11 out of the 14 hours per week, that will be good enough for me.

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  • I am going to quit drinking. This isn’t just a health thing but that is a big factor for sure. Drinking has really never done me any favors so I need to address that.

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  • I am going to lower expectations. That may sound strange, but part of my problem is I expect myself to jump into things where I left off months ago. 14 weeks ago I ran a half marathon in under 2 hours and there is no way I can get back to running even 5 miles per day after taking all this time off. I need to realize this and not get down on myself for taking time to ease my way back in.

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  • I am going to get back to blogging on a daily basis. I am going to be open and honest with my exercise, my food, how I am feeling mentally and physically as well as discuss anything else I feel. It may get tedious, it may get boring, people may not care what I ate that day or anything else, but this is for me and for any people that I help inspire even a tiny bit.

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  • Making excuses. This is one of the toughest things I have to deal with personally. My work provides free snacks once per week at least. There is often free food put in the break room after meetings and events end. It is very easy for me to make excuses that this is “free food that I should take advantage of.” That doesn’t mean I can’t have any, but if I do, it will be tracked and it will replace something else I can eat that is probably more satisfactory.

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  • No more soda. This is hands down going to be the most difficult thing about this entire project. I am going to stop drinking the hundreds and hundreds of ounces per day of soda that I currently drink now. Some people might think that it’s silly to worry about soda, but most of you don’t realize just how much of this stuff I drink. It won’t impact calories much if any because I only drink diet soda, but I think it is a contributing factor and I need more water anyway.

So that is my goal for the next year. I could start today, but being the OCD type of person I am, I figured that there was no better time that the 1st that happened to be a Monday and was the 6th month of the year. That makes it pretty easy to follow.

Hopefully you’ll follow me in my journey and the next 52 weeks can make the next 52 years easier to make better!