I’ve got goals, but I don’t think they make for good resolutions. I may want to lose 35 pounds, but that’s vague. The thing to do is decide how I think I can achieve that, and resolve to take those steps. I may have been unduly influenced by my job in corporate America, but I think this is the way to go. So:
I’m going to continue to use the Assisted Pull-Up Machine at work. When I started, I could do eight pull-ups with 100 pounds of assistance. Now I’m doing about that many with only 55 pounds of resistance. My long-term goal is to be doing regular pull-ups. And, in fact, I’m able to do bout two and a half, but I’m not yet happy with the height I’m getting. So I’m going to keep pushing through the assisted pull-ups until I can do at least five or six real pull-ups.
I’m also going to get more walking and running in. I can walk for hours, but I’m not good at running. I run out of breath quickly. So I’m going to work on a combination of an elliptical machine (at home), treadmill (at work), and the outdoors (everywhere!) until I can run five kilometers. And then I’m going to run a 5K, which will make me feel like I’m in shape.
I’d also like to be able to do a handstand, but I don’t have a specific plan for that. Maybe just do a bunch of pushups until I have strong enough shoulders? I don’t know.
Education, as you may already be aware, is never a waste. Consequently, I like to continually be learning things. By the end of 2013, I will speak another language, and I will play a musical instrument. I can already sort of play the guitar and I’m not terrible on piano, so I really just need to put in some effort on one or the other and I’ll be passable.
For the language, my choices are Latin (because I remember some of what I took in high school), French, or Japanese. The last two would come in handy with my job, and I have a smattering of vocabulary already. I’d rather be able to speak Japanese, but the written language is sufficiently different from English that I might take the easy way out.
Oh, One More Thing
I’m going to improve my handwriting.