Happy New Year & 150

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.

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year & 150”

  1. Happy New Year to you too! I like your 150 day concept (I think it is a little light for a young-un like yourself, but ok). Maybe I will do the same thing, but maybe a 52 day plan (one day a week).

    Will you be breaking the 150 down into smaller time frames? Like 75 for Jan-Jun and 75 for Jul-Dec? Or maybe by quarter?

    I also look forward to your updates. I will make a resolution/goal to try and maintain your ‘mathematically eliminated date’. This will be the date that it will be impossible for you to reach the goal of 150. As of right now, assuming you did not exercise on January 1 or January 2, your Mathematically Eliminated Date (or as I have now just shortened to ‘MED’) is August 4. This means you can sit around on your lazy tush and do nothing until August 4 and still have 150 days to reach your goal. As you exercise, your MED will be pushed toward December 31. Good Luck!!

  2. Have you already created one of your famous spreadsheets to track my MED? Would you believe I still use the time tracking spreadsheet you created 7 or so years ago.

    I’m planing to post monthly updates with the detail, but there is no official breakdown by quarter or June 30. You may see some twitter/foursquare updates as I check in at the gym (similar to last night), but I make no promises about keeping that up… its not part of my goals for the year.

  3. Joker, you’re killing me. If only everyone could see the spreadsheet you put together. Maybe I’ll figure out a way to post it on the blog, but I’ll have to make it read only so people can’t copy your genius.

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