130 Chances

It has been a LONG time since I’ve updated this site, and I apologize.  Life has been happening. But now I’m back in the saddle, and on the rampage.  I’ll explain more below, but first, an update:

The chubby part of me has seen the ups and downs of two major weight loss efforts, but I’m currently back on the chubbier side of the fitness scale.  I was at my fittest last November during my home state of Nebraska’s deer season, where I tracked down a trophy (to me) mule buck. Then a few weeks later, I did equally well during Kansas deer season. How? A lot of hiking.  I wasn’t afraid to put on the miles in search of my favorite animal (on or off the table). But after those major undertakings, I started to slack off.  Sitting was easier than working out, and I fell into a rut.

Meanwhile, the survivalist part of me has been doing pretty good.  I still can’t survive in the woods for a week with nothing but a pocketknife and a ball of string, but I’ve really come into my own as a hunter, and I’ve been passing that knowledge along to my boys just as fast as I can acquire it.

So What Changed?

In short, shit got real.  This morning I received my annual e-mail notice that Nebraska deer permits will go on sale next week.

The first couple years I deer hunted, I did it with my dad’s group.  They’ve been making the annual trip to the Nebraska Sandhills for over 20 years.  They were very gracious to me and my brothers when we joined them, but it was clear that this is their group, and they weren’t looking for my friends to join up.  So I chose to duck out, and start my own traditions with my friends.

My best friend (going all the way back to 6th grade) is a guy who still lives in Nebraska, named Jonathan. Last year, I took him on his first deer hunting trip.  It was amazing, and not just because of the prize buck I took home.  Not living in the same state anymore puts a damper on casual hanging out, so a week of hiking, camping, deer, and beer was a blast. By the end, he was just as hooked as I was.

Now that we’re both relatively competent hunters, it’s time to expand the group.  This year, we plan to have 4-5 guys – some new to hunting, some veterans. Within hours, we had confirmation of our first new member.  I’m so unbelievably excited, and so unbelievably fat.  It’s time to get back in shape.

What Does Chubby Plan to Do About It?

I have four  months before deer camp.  That’s about 130 days to get in shape for about 130 hours of the most intense living I will do all year.  The Sandhills are brutal to dumb saps (ie, myself 3 years ago) who don’t prepare.  In 2009, I was so out of shape I could only hike about 10 minutes before needing to rest for at least five.  And although I *was* very out of shape, it’s the terrain that can humble even stringiest, walkeverywheriest vegan.

Normally, I’m a big (literally) fan of starting tomorrow.  But I’m fired up.  130 days before deer camp is 130 chances to prepare.  And I’m going to chronicle all of them.  Today, even though I got little work done after reading the news about deer season, I cleared the boxes in the basement from around the dusty elliptical machine, and I did 20 hard minutes.  Then after a shower, drove just up the road to my grocery store.  They have a great salad bar, and I brought home lunch. It was already almost 3pm, and normally I would have gotten something cheap and fast at a drive-thru.  Those days are done.  I’m in training.

My next plan is to check out my bike this evening. If it’s in good shape I’ll bike to the store first thing in the morning, to get my salad.  It’s fresh, so a couple hours in the fridge until lunch won’t hurt it.  And then I won’t be so wrapped up in work that I feel like I can’t take the time to drive/bike to the store in the middle of the day.  That’s the plan – I’ll have my healthy lunch and workout taken care of before I start the work day.

Let’s see how it goes.

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