And So it Begins….

After several weeks off, I am back to work tomorrow morning (or this morning depending on when I post this and when you read it). The commute will be quite easy– from the kitchen to the office should only take ten seconds or so. Nonetheless, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want another week of vacation.

Though I should pick one Perfect Moment for the day, I want to shine a light on a few of them. Just so you know, some of them deal with support and its role in our lives. There might be a lesson here somewhere…..but don’t worry, there won’t be a test.


My girlfriend was kind enough to prepare a delicious, healthy, and not highly caloric meal for me. I can’t erase all of my bad eating habits in one fell swoop, but with a little encouragement I can make some positive eating changes.


When I wrote my list of resolutions, I stressed that accountability was an important part of these things, and I stick by it. The whole reason to list them here was to encourage myself to have some accountability. I even set myself a timetable to measure my accountability. However, it never hurts to have some help.

In that vein, A Dude Abikes reached out to me to propose supporting each other in the accountability phase of our goals/resolutions. I thought that was fantastic. Support is key to achieving a goal, and having support that lets you know when you are slacking is also important.

Starting in on my goals

Sometimes, my goals are thwarted by my own stubbornness. You see, I have a couple of books I am somewhere in the middle of from 2020. I don’t know why I didn’t follow through with the books, but neither is a challenging read, and neither is dull. If I only had one book on the go, I would probably not worry about starting another one, but with two (actually 3 if I include Lawrence Block’s stamp book) there seems to some internal resistance. However, yesterday, I finished one of them (Lee Child’s Past Tense–it is a Jack Reacher novel and I think Tom Cruise has ruined them for me). I had about a hundred pages to go and was able to blast through them pretty quickly.

This should free me up to start reading books that I will count towards my goals for this year. Since I started this at the airport in Colombia a few days before Covid turned my world upside down, I can’t count it in this year’s books.

I also managed to Zwift today. I put in a good effort and I even had a few minutes to tweak my avatar. I still am pretty low on the learning curve, but I will continue for a while before making any drastic changes. I still need to explore the training sections and do some of the sprint tests.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to And So it Begins….

  1. Canuck Carl says:

    I am terrible for trying to get through entire books Anthony. Some people devour books up like 2 a week, I am lucky if I read 2 a year.
    Hope you have a great year and are able to attain your goals! πŸ˜€πŸ™

    • Anthony says:

      Usually I read a book a week, but the pandemic has killed my reading habits. I also spend more time looking at a screen than I would like….
      Thanks for your positive encouragement.
      Happy New Year to you too.

    • The screen is so much easier to ingest than the written page. I do enjoy reading the subtitles though does that count? LOL!

    • Kind of Carl I have a gold to read more this year and hopefully you can too if you want. I think the trick is to start with easier and entertaining stuff like Lee Child or in my case Stephen King. And then mix in other stuff that’s nonfiction or self-help or whatever it is you’re interested in

  2. Now that you’ve put me in a blog I guess we have to do it! Hahaha. Public shaming is a very good way to provide accountability. Fat Cyclist used to that do that by putting his weight in his blogs. And then he proceeded to become a very good bicyclist and lost a lot of weight. Which didn’t happen for me.

    So one goal is to spend less time on the bike and more time doing other things for health, etc.

    Once I can figure out where to look up your email I’ll send you one. Or mine’s gmail.

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