I came up with 15 resolutions and to keep myself honest, today I post an update.
It’s human nature to lose enthusiasm for goals after the initial excitement wears off. However, it’s important to persevere. How many great things were accomplished in a month or two? Stick to it and build a habit!
One way to keep yourself motivated is to hold yourself publicly accountable. And while I feel a little selfish for this post (why should you care about my weight loss or small business goals?), the reason I’m publishing this is that knowing I have to tell all of you keeps me motivated.
- Mrs. 1500 and I bought a business (see item #3).
- After a lull and lack of enthusiasm for writing at the end of 2018, I feel reinvigorated and have been putting a lot of time into this blog.
- Our girls are in Girl Scouts and it’s cookie season. This is a time suck.
2) Make a trailer park profit: FAIL! We have made $0 from our Elevated Living Estate. But, it’s only a partial fail. Our reserves have grown to $81,400. We’re keeping a load of cash to fill empty lots in the park this spring.
3) Grow a coworking space: SUCCESS! Running a small business with friends in downtown Longmont has been a lot of fun. I’ve been working on marketing including managing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Googley stuff. We’ve been signing up about two new members every week.
4) Continue indexing: SUCCESS! We’ve been plowing every spare cent back into the markets. And this year, Mrs. 1500’s company started an HSA plan. Woot!
Note: I realize we’re not really retired, but the Mrs. and I are doing exactly what we want to do. I get to write this stuff all day and the Mrs. has her dream job. Plus, I can’t imagine ever not working. Waaaay too boring.
5) No more sugar: SUCCESS! It hasn’t been easy (see resolution #1, bullet point #3 above). However, the sugar lust mostly went away after a couple weeks of minimal intake.
6) Lose weight: SUCCESS! I started the year at 162.4 and am down to 158.2 (down 4.2 pounds!). I’m close to a two-decade low. My goal of 150 by the end of April is definitely possible.
And I’d be lower if I didn’t have a poor start in January. We were on vacation for about the first third of the month and I let myself go. My beer total in January was 43. Not good. But I recovered in February (16). In most months from here on out, my consumption will be even less. It’s just not worth the empty calories and shitty sleep. Less is more.
7) Get resting heart rate down
8) 5K in under 27 minutes: TBD. I’m scheduled to run the 5K at the Berkshire Hathaway meeting on May 5th. Wish me luck.
9) Squat my body weight: TBD. I’m up to 140 and my weight is 158, so have less than 20 pounds to go. I’ll focus more on leg strength training after I’ve run the 5k.
10) Resume weight training: SUCCESS! My stupid shoulder is finally better. Only took 4 months! I’ve modified my workout so that I’m more careful with shoulder exercises (barbells instead of dumbbells) and so far, so good.
11) Be more stoic: SUCCESS! I’ve let silly people bother me. Why should I care when someone cuts me off in traffic or a stranger makes up stuff about me on the internet? If I think about them, they’ve won.
I don’t care what you think of me. I don’t think of you at all.Coco Chanel
12) Declutter my mind: FAIL! I’m still distracted by internet noise. Must. Be. Better. The struggle is real. Screw you Twitter.
13) Launch a webcomic: FAIL! March. I hope…
14) Declutter our home: SUCCESS! We’ve been carrying boxes out of our home weekly.
15) More dinosaurs: TBD!
- Success: 8
- Fail: 3
- To be determined: 4
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