May 4th is my mother's birthday. She would have been 67. On that day, I plan to begin my diet and exercise regimen-- a program I laid out in general form last year, but which I've been working on in detail for the past several weeks. The primary goal is to reduce my blood pressure, which has been unconscionably high for a few years, now. I also hope to reduce my weight by cutting off a third of myself-- dropping from a currently blubberous 300 to a more reasonable 200 pounds. Along with those goals, I hope to return to being able to fit some of my older shirts and pants, and to reduce my resting heart rate by at least 20 beats per minute. On top of all that, I hope to improve in the three standard areas of fitness: strength, flexibility, and cardio. By May 4, 2011, there should be a much leaner, meaner, more energetic, and mentally alert Kevin sitting at this keyboard.
None of my fitness goals is impossible. All will require a great deal of effort and dedication, especially given how lazy I am. I think I can achieve my goals within a year.
As always, this blog is a reflection of where I am, mentally, at the moment. I may dedicate this blog to documenting my progress with the fitness program. I think I may also branch out into writing a bit of fiction, or in being more creative in general-- slapping up drawings and paintings and my usual freak show of irreverently Photoshopped images. I'll probably avoid writing much in the way of non-fiction, which will mean minimizing the link-whoring and commentary, while increasing the number and frequency of posts that are more essays in themselves. The cumulative effect of all these changes should be more Kevin-himself and less Kevin-as-commenter.
We'll see how it goes.