Losing it: It feels good to be back in the game of life

Published: Tuesday, July 24 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

Bill's 5-25 cardio workouts include two minutes at a slow pace (walk), two minutes at a medium pace (jog) and one minute at a fast pace (run). You do that five-minute cycle five times. That's it. You can incorporate this method into cycling, an elliptical trainer, stair-climbing machines, whatever. I've been doing the treadmill three or four times a week, and I'm now jogging at the speed I ran at to begin four weeks ago (4.5 mph). Now I'm pushing myself to go 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 mph on my runs, which gives my heart, lungs and sweat glands quite the workout.

I'm also planning and tracking my eating and exercise; reading, soul-searching and doing worksheets to improve my mindset; and making daily goals to help myself and other people.

Or at least I'm trying to do that as much as possible. "Progress, not perfection" is a theme I'm taking to heart.

Though I joked earlier, you won't see me in any Olympic events the next couple of weeks. But I'm off the sidelines and back onto the playing field in my own life. That might not get me a gold medal, but I'll happily take that over making excuses and hiding.

Utah Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy will chronicle his journey in a monthly column in the Deseret News and online at LosingItForGood.com.

EMAIL: jody@desnews.com

TWITTER: DJJazzyJody

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