December 22nd, 2018. I’m setting a deadline.

Three days before Christmas is my 10-year high school reunion. While my high school experiences were less than desirable, my attitude of my high school has shifted a lot.

If you asked me about my school in 2009, I would probably say I didn’t care much about it. I wouldn’t go as far as saying I hate it, but I probably wouldn’t have been part of the reunion either.

Today though, it’s different. It’s a chance for me to be human and to make up possibly for the lost time that it’s been. From all the conversations I never had to the things I wish I did back then.

But December 22nd is something a bit bigger for me than a simple gathering.

It’s Setting A Deadline For Myself

I’ve been going at this for a while now. My health and all that. I’m not sure how much progress I have been making overall, however there are still some things I need to be working on.

By setting a deadline this far, I believe is going to work for me as I have ample of time to be making a lot of progress. Already in the past few weeks, I’ve been taking steps to exercise and walk for longer times. And I’m slowly working away at eating better too.

But I feel that my efforts currently aren’t enough. I am confident in my body, but it doesn’t look like my figure is changing all that much. Looking at the food that I’m eating most of it is healthy.

That being said, my activity level is pretty low, seeing as I write for a living.

Even as my health is on the back burner and I’m still focusing on it, I feel that I can be pushing myself more. I know I’ve said this many times before, but by setting a deadline, it’s something more serious for me.

Again, I’m not trying to shed 70 pounds in three months. Sure I want to be dropping roughly 40, but I’m happy if I can manage even 20 in the span of three months. That’s 2 pounds per week and there is 17 weeks exactly from today (well 16 weeks and 6 days to be exact, but let’s not split hairs here.)

This is pretty manageable as I could even get away with losing one pound per week. This is a natural way to lose weight for most adults since 1-2 is about the average for most.

But the big question is.

Why Do This?

I have been pursuing better health for a while now and there have been many ups and downs. At the end of the day though not a whole lot has changed.

Hell even my life hasn’t been all that different.

In short, I want to be going to my high school reunion with a few more things under my belt. I’d like to be able to share things that I’ve been up to and the journey I’ve gone through.

I personally think that my journey thus far has been amazing, and I think adding a weight loss experience is going to be the cherry on top.

I don’t care about being the most changed person in the room. Instead, I want to be competing with myself. Because really that’s all that matters here.

And setting a deadline is one way that I’ll be able to really challenge myself.

Set A Deadline And A Reason Why

All of this goes back to what I’ve said before.

Have a why and set some goals.

It’s still going to be a challenge, but when you have a reason and you challenge yourself, great things can happen. For me, I’m excited for this deadline and I’m already hyping myself up for what I want to do.

For you, that experience is just around the corner.

To your growth!

Eric S Burdon


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