Niyaz Pirani (not so) fun fact: I turn 30 this year.
I don’t even like writing it. But it’s going to happen this October no matter how hard I wish it wasn’t so.
So instead of pretending like my 20s aren’t going to end, I’m using the fact to fuel the fire within.
I always imagined my thinner self at several events in the last several years–at various friends’ weddings, my own wedding, on vacations, my birthday parties, etc.–but I never pulled it off this decade. This is my last chance.
I came into this year knowing I wanted to write more blog posts, continue toward the goal of cooking 52 weeks of Fat Dude menus and get in the gym on a regular basis, but I hadn’t solidified a plan or created a goal for myself.
So, here’s the plan.
Last week I started practicing meditative walking (basically walking with a clear mind, only listening to your footsteps as you go–much harder than you think) and also walking on breaks at work and to the gym. I hit the gym on Tuesday and Thursday, doing 20 minutes on the elliptical machine (came out to 2 miles per session).
I’ve thought about it, and I want a workout schedule that allows for both sufficient rest during the work week and a day of rest in between, if possible. With the advice of a friend, I’ve decided on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday with days of rest on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Sure, Saturday and Sunday workouts are back to back, but once I start working out muscle groups, I’ll use one day for legs and one day for upper body (either back/biceps or chest/shoulders/triceps) and it’ll be all good. I also plan to continue the morning meditation walks on the days I work out. On the days I don’t workout, I’ll continue to wake up at 5:30-5:45 a.m. and use the time to meditate and do stretches to increase my flexibility and improve my back.
I’m also not going to over-do it. If I feel like I need an extra day of rest, I’m going to take it.
I don’t think it’s over-ambitious because it’s a schedule that I can easily keep, and it’s one that addresses both physical and mental well-being. Last week, I walked Tuesday-Friday morning and went to the gym on Tuesday and Thursday. By Friday night, I had the urge to hit the gym again (but instead I did the exact opposite and went to the first-ever dinner service at my favorite restaurant Break of Dawn). On Saturday I went to the gym, too, but skipped on Sunday because the muscles in my legs were hurting.
Once 20 minutes of cardio seems too easy, I’ll up it to 30 minutes per workout. I plan to start weight training in February, but I’m going to go slow with that, too. No need to rush, as long as I get the job done.