Happy New Year!
2010 was a fun and exciting year, my travels took me to places I’ve already been and a couple of new ones. Phoenix (January), Indianapolis (March), Las Vegas (July) and San Diego/La Jolla (October) were a few places I got to visit again. Miami (January), Palm Springs (July), Birmingham (April/May) and Minneapolis (November/December) were a few places I got to visit for the first time. I even attended/participated in some exciting events, the NFL Pro Bowl and golfing at Doral in Miami, the San Diego Zoo and Chargers in San Diego, and the Knicks in Minnesota. You can read about these trips by clicking on the Travel category to the right.
At the beginning of the year I made 5 “resolutions” for 2010, of which I actually achieved 1. Yeah, just 1. That’s a .200 batting average, below or at the infamous Mendoza Line depending on which reference you want to use. This year, I’m not going to make any resolutions. No, I’m calling them goals. I know, semantics. Since I’m not a big fan of resolutions that state “I want to get in shape” or “I want to lose weight” my goals are going to have specific numbers attached to them too. And I’m going to track them here on the blog so everyone can see me reach these goals or watch me stick my tail between my legs.
So what are my goals. Well, there’s 1 overriding goal for the year, that is to exercise 150 days during 2011, which comes out to just under 3 days per week. Back in the day – a whole 3 years ago – getting 150 days of exercise was a piece of cake as i was probably closer to 250. But my work schedule and travel makes exercising hard now and I have to start somewhere. There’s no reason to make a goal that can’t reasonably be reached based on more recent history. It would be a stretch to say I exercised 75 days this past year, but I didn’t track them to be able to give you a specific number.
Now, this goal has sub-goals too. Of the 150 days, I don’t want them to be strictly limited to going to the gym. So I’m going to golf 8 times, go on 5 destination bike rides, and go for 5 hikes. The reason for specifying “destination” bike rides is to make sure I get out of Venice Beach on occasion. The bike rides I take from Venice Beach to Temescal Canyon will count towards the exercise goals, but not towards the destination bike rides.
I’m also adding 1 non-excercise related goal for the year, that is to visit 1 new place during 2011. This doesn’t have to be a far place requiring a flight. For example, right now I’m hoping to visit Yosemite National Park. I can probably get a bike ride and hike included on that trip, which will help meet my exercise goals. That’s it for now. Hope you all have a happy, healthy, and exciting 2011.