Bah! A post about New Year’s resolutions! How novel and creative!
But tis’ the season, so I’m going to ask about them anyway. Before I do, I want to tell you how I’m approaching it.
Resolutions Suck (but…)
I’ve always disliked New Year’s resolutions. Why do we need a new year to make a new beginning? Start today, not on 1/1! Try to improve and reinvent yourself daily!
I realize that’s a lot to ask, so maybe taking stock annually is a good idea. Kind of like rebalancing your portfolio. But I’m still not going about it the typical way.
Instead, I’m dividing my year into 4 quarters. I’ll set a goal or goals for each quarter. Here are my primary ones:
Quarter 1: Improve Cardio Fitness/ Run a Half Marathon
- Run the whole damn race: My time will not be good. If I can finish in under 2 hours, that will be a major accomplishment. So, my goal is to simply run the whole thing.
- Body fat below 14%: I hope my training gets my BMI to a healthier number.
Quarter 2: Strength Training
After my half marathon is over, I’m going to run less and lift more. I have no good reason for doing this except that I’m curious to see if I can put on muscle.
Measuring success: I’m not sure. I’ll probably attempt to put on 2 pounds per month. I’m going to see how the first month goes and take it from there.
Quarter 3: Happiness
Mrs. 1500 said something to me the other day that made me sad. Here is the story.
She showed me a picture we took the day after we got engaged. We were camping in a state park when I popped the question and the picture was one we took the next day.
Anyway, Mrs. 1500 said this wistfully:
I really like this picture. You look happy in it.
I haven’t been smiling a lot lately and Mrs. 1500’s statement about the picture was a reflection of that.
Measuring success: Dunno. Happiness is a tough nut to crack.
Quarter 4: Software
I left my job in April of 2017, so I don’t formally work as a software developer anymore. However, I still like to code and learn new programming languages, so I continue to work behind the keyboard. Mind you, I do it on my own terms.
Measuring success: When I figure out what I’m going to code, I’ll let you know.
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