Here we are, January 2nd 2014! I’m not much of a resolution guy. I figured out a long time ago that resolutions tend to get forgotten and thrown to the wayside. Especially by me. What can I say, I’m bad about that. I’ve learned in the last year though, that I’m a hell of a goal guy. I set a goal, I get obsessive until I can knock that goal off the list. It gives me something to drive towards, etc. and works well with my addled brain!
So, here’s my list of goals for 2014.
In 2014…I’m going to turn 40! Uh…oh shit!
Actually…I’m not worried about this one anymore. I’m hitting 40 in far better shape than I was at 30 and probably even 20. (I was a life long fat kid.) I’m not letting it panic me too much. I still get hit with those thoughts of ‘oh god it’s half over!’ but I’m a diagnosed fatalist and well…you’ll have that.
In 2014…I’m going to run 1000 miles.
In 2012, I ran 292 miles. Not too shabby considering I started off 2012 at 350 pounds. In 2013, I finished up at 711.11 miles! I was pretty ecstatic about that. That’s a lot of miles and seeing those miles pile up are a real motivator for me. I like to see the number get bigger! So, for 2014 I’m setting the goal of 1,000 miles. It’s going to happen. And yes, I’m gonna brag about it! If you’re curious or like numbers, you can see my mileage spreadsheet here.
In 2014…I’m going to get back into hiking.
I used to love hiking so much. I never did it as much as I’d have liked, but I did it a lot. Then, I got fat. Hiking and being fat don’t mix well. Now, I no longer have the obesity excuse, so I’m going to add hiking back into my repetoire! This goal ties into a couple of my other goals too, so that’s a plus. I’ll get to that in a few…
In 2014…I *may* launch a new health coaching podcast based around weight loss, fitness and turning 40.
So, I’m starting off 2014 being productive and trying to get my shit in gear. I’ve uploaded my first episode/test here. Feel free to check it out. I’m a little nevous about it, to be quite honest. Feedback is always welcome. email@example.com
In 2014…I’m going to uh..edit our instomatic Kon Tiki Episode!
See, I told you I was starting off 2014 productive! This is our 4th episode of The Instomatic. If you’re unfamiliar, it is myself and Charlie Gonzalez talking about Netflix Instant Watch movies every two weeks! Our next episode, has a special guest. You should stick around for it!
In 2014…I’m going to stop being such a hermit.
In my old age, I’ve become…complacent. I know, it sound weird with all the running, working out, etc. Far too many times though, I get overwhelmed by thinking we don’t have enough money to do stuff, not enough time, not enough…whatever the excuse, and then I decide I’d rather not stress or put thought into it and we end up sitting at home. Doing nothing. That ends this year. As I said in the hiking goal, it ties into a couple of other goals. This is one of them. Hiking is the perfect cheap ‘thing to do’ and it’s fun for the whole family!
In 2014…I’m going to get the family back to camping regularly
Here’s the other goal that ties in with the hiking goal and the stop being a hermit goal. We Criswell’s used to love hiking dearly. But, our tents wore out, we got away from doing it as much and now we haven’t been in a number of years. (As a family, there was a fair bit of camping with the Girl Scouts.) This year, we’re going to get back to camping. Our old dog was not conducive to camping in public as he was a bit of an asshole. Since he was an asshole, he wasn’t conducive to kenneling either. Our current dog Pooka though, is a lover and I think she’ll be perfectly suited to camping. So, it’s time for us to hit the woods once again!
In 2014…I’m going to return to writing full strength
About a year and a half ago, I got frustrated with writing in general, put my pen down and walked away. I wasn’t quitting, I was stepping away for awhile to concentrate on other things (weight loss, dealing with my anxiety, etc.) Now, I’m ready to get back to it. I’ve got a healthier attitude. I’ve got a better ‘plan’ and I have better ‘plans’. Here’s hoping to a good year on that front!
In 2014…I’m going to lose this last 35 lbs and get to 200lbs
Oy vey, plateaus. They’re rough. I’ve been stuck on my current plateau since June. It’s demoralizing. Said plateau started out as my body not wanting to work with me on the weight loss front. I was good, I did what I was supposed to, my body wouldn’t let go of the weight. Then, that progressed into frustration, anger, sadness, etc. with the whole process and I started to get lax on the weekend with my diet and that didn’t help. So, we’re going to nip that stuff in the bud and we’re going to knock out those last 35 pounds.
In 2014…I’m going to run my first Ultra Race
An Ultra Race is defined as any race over the full marathon length. Typical Ultra’s range from 50k (31 miles), 50 miles and 100 miles. There’s a 50k race in December here in Indiana at Chain O Lakes State Park. I plan on running that race, at the very least. If I feel my oats, I may try more! There will be a couple half marathons this spring and summer as well.