One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: â€˜To rise above little thingsâ€™.Â â€• John Burroughs
- Read 52 books.Â Yeah, I know. In 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, I read more than this same exact amount. I like the number because it is a book a week.
- Read 50% by female authors.Â After reading “Readers prefer authors of their own sex, survey finds“, I did an analysis of my own books for the past 2012, 2013, and 2014. My best year was 17% female authors. So I’ll push for at least 50% this year. Ideally, I would do even 90% female but that might mean buying a lot more books. That best year? Most of the books by female authors came from participating in a book club with most female members.
- Biking was an abysmal failure last year. Weight lifting is my new health and exercise thing.Â Based on some stuff I’ve read, these should be reasonable achievements for someone who has reached novice level. As I understand, someone who is my height takes longer to reach them, so with three months now adding another year, I think I can reach these by the end of next year.Â Looking to do something like a 4 day rotation of chest, back, legs, cardio (bike).
- Bench 185Â pounds (1RM equivalent).Â Benchmark lift Tuesday was 80 at 10Â reps which by my phone app was a 107 1RM equivalent. This puts the goal at 78 more.
- Squat 245 pounds (1RM eq). Benchmark lift Saturday was 80 at 10 reps which by that calculator was 107. This puts the goal at 138Â more.
- Deadlift xxxÂ pounds. Do not have a benchmark lift yet. According to one resource this should be 305, but I should probably look to see what I can do before committing to something.
- Drop toÂ about 15% body fat.Â I think I am closer to 25-30% at the moment. Setting a specific target weight seems like a bad idea because I’ll need to add several pounds of muscle in order to achieve the above, so I will likely gain weight even while dropping fat. Setting the body fat target should achieve the real purpose.
- Bring HIIT up to about 50-50.Â Muscle is good, but I think I have been so lazy for so long that I have major stamina issues. Bike day isÂ high intensity interval trainingÂ (HIIT). Right now, I am struggling with 30 seconds high with 120 seconds slow. This goal is to get this closer to 60Â seconds high with 60Â seconds slow.
- Take a trip at least 300 miles away from home. Work conference does not count. It might be to visit family, but the distance ensures my home town does not count. Yes, this is the same as last year’s failed. I use up my vacation time for work and this seems like a good way to encourage that.
- Declutter Part II.Â Continue the progress made from last year. Shred and trash more unneeded paper. Get all statements to be kept in folders. One last closet is still a mess and needs to be emptied of stuff.
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