First Month Accountability

It is the end of January and I promised myself I would take stock every month to see where my resolutions are going. Hopefully this will keep me on track.

Reading

This year, I am setting a modest goal of 25 books.

Well, this one is not off to a good start. I managed to finish the two books I had read half of, but that is probably only good enough to be considered one book. To get back on track, I am going to have to read 3 books in February. Fortunately, if you read Saturday’s post, I have more time. Another good thing was that the library texted me that my copy of the latest Dresden novel is in. That might spur more interest.

Writing/Blogging

I resolve to

  1. write at least six short stories and one novel this year. I have been claiming that blogging was exercise for writing fiction and this year will see me finally follow through on that. Too long have I been sitting on things that need to see the light of day.
  2. blog five times a week. Specifically, that means I will blog here four times and at least once on my other blogs. I know I should sort out a schedule, but that really isn’t something I am comfortable doing.

I have managed to blog quite a bit. I have probably done about 6 posts a week. I haven’t written any short stories yet, but I now find myself with a bit more time. I have also found a short story contest to enter and that seems pretty motivating.

Fitness/Cycling

I resolve to

  1. Zwift at least 4 hours a week in January, 6 hours a week in February, and 7 hours a week in March and April. I didn’t wait for the New Year to start before jumping on this one.
  2. get out on my bike as early as possible this year and put some road miles on my bike. This will also mean joining the club early, and using the technology in place to gather people for some casual rides before official club season.
  3. stretch three times a week and follow all the stretches in my cycling stretching book. Obviously, I cannot do them all in the first week, but I hope to be doing all of them by April.
  4. do body weight exercises at least twice a week.
  5. drink fewer carbonated soft drinks and plan to eliminate them by summer.
  6. be a serious and able B level rider within the club.
  7. take part in the club time trials.
  8. go on one cycling vacation this year.

All of this should result in weight loss, but in reality, diet and muscle building offer the best hope in that regard. Zwifting alone will not do it. Eating better should be a goal, but since listing a bunch of food I shouldn’t eat has never been successful, I should learn the lessons that foods can be eliminated slowly, but a better mental attitude towards eating needs to be acquired first. Actually, a better mental attitude towards everything above needs to be acquired first.

The good news is that I have lost quite a bit of weight in January. I have lost more than 5 kilograms. I have been Zwifting quite a bit and I have been avoiding pop, chips, cookies, chocolate, and other assorted junk food. I haven’t given them up entirely, but I have managed to eat them much much less. I think it is important to not try and go completely cold turkey. I am trying to reform my habits not create too much angst and desire. I am feeling good in this. I have been making some healthier choices and doing a bit better on portion control.

I have been zwifting about 3 hours a week in January. It was much tougher than I imagined and riding one hour took a bit of working up to. I am there now and hopefully I can get up to 4 or 5 hours a week in February. I don’t think my early plans of 6 hours is realistic now. However, I won’t let that stop me. I am enjoying Zwift and I am very glad I made the purchase.

I have done more stretching and body weight exercises, but I should probably do more of them. I think I will buy some kettlebell weights and try and do some strengthening exercises.

House Tasks

I resolve to

  1. paint the kitchen and hobby room.
  2. organize the kitchen cupboards and pantry.
  3. organize the laundry room and get rid of the boxes that I was “saving in case I need them.”
  4. get the e-waste to the e-waste depot as soon as they open to the public
  5. replace the curtains in the bedroom.
  6. cut down on the stuff in the filing cabinet.
  7. Make planters for the back yard.

I could name a lot of other nebulous tasks like declutter, but without a clear goal and a clear way to measure if I achieved the goal, there is no point in listing it.

Nothing to report here. Hopefully some painting will get done in February.

Travel

I would love to make a list of goals in this area, but I will have to wait and see how this turns out. The best I can do now is save money so I will be able to pay for it.

I have never filed for employment insurance before. This slight bump in the road might affect these plans, but I hope not.

Summary

I think I had a good month. The weight loss is visible and feels great. Getting onto an exercising schedule, while not without hiccups, has been going well. This has been my biggest success, and probably the most important one.

While the other areas haven’t progressed as well, I am not worried about them yet. Not all of my goals can be accomplished in one month. The key is that I haven’t forgotten about them.

See you at the end of February.

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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7 Responses to First Month Accountability

  1. Jinjer says:

    I agree! Off to a good start! Proud of ya.

    What is a Dresden novel? Dresden as in Germany? Dresden as in the name of an author?

    • Anthony says:

      Dresden as in the name of the main character of a series of Jim Butcher novels about a wizard living in the modern world who advertised in the yellow pages. They made it into a lackluster series a few years ago. They are probably making a new series sometime in the near future. The books are quite good.

  2. frangipani says:

    Your lists are both daunting and inspiring. I should follow your example!

  3. Zoewiezoe says:

    Damn – you sure got off to a great start!
    Keep it going šŸ‘ŒšŸ’„

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