New Years Resolutions 2012

A nasty cold, planning a wedding, and perhaps a little bit of procrastination have all kept me from posting my new years resolution’s until almost the last day in January. Not the great start to the year I was hoping for, but hey, what are you gonna do, right?  I had a list of ideas but just couldn’t get it narrowed down until now.  Having said that, here they are:

Learn A Foreign Language

This is something that I have wanted to do since I graduated college, and have never really gotten too far, I started teaching myself German two years ago, but that only lasted about a month and never got very far.  This year, I am going to do it!  I don’t know what language, I might try German again or I might go for something completely different.

Visit One Foreign Country

Traveling intentionally is another thing that has been put off since graduating college. There are a ton of places I would like to visit, but all I really care about is getting out of the country at least once this year, not really where.

Lose 37lbs

My post-triathlon workout last year consisted of eating pizza and watching tv, so I have a little catching up to do in the weight department. Thirty-seven pounds will get me back to a good weight for me, but isn’t so much that it seems unreachable.

100 Push Ups, 20 Pull Ups

Speaking of triathlons, I really wanted some kind of fitness goal this year, and instead of a sport, I thought I would focus on two exercises that have frustrated me my entire life: push ups and pull ups.  Perhaps it is left over emotional baggage from being the “hefty” kid when I was younger, but push ups are never easy and pull ups are downright intimidating to me.  Even when I was in good shape I would max out at about 60 push up and maybe 7 pull ups. Well, this is the year to take them on!  Before the end of the year I want to complete 100 consecutive standard push ups, and 20 consecutive pull ups.

Launch three websites – at least one personal

I really have been enjoying website design lately, and want to continue to create new sites.  This year I want to create at least three new sites from scratch, with at least one being a personal project that I come up with myself.

Volunteer More (250 hrs.)

One thing I have really disappointed myself in lately is not volunteering more.  I want to fix that this year, and putting a hour total to it will be a good way to keep me motivated. I am hoping to get back in touch with Habitat for Humanity in Kent County, but if anyone else has good volunteering ideas in the Grand Rapids area, let me know!

Have the best wedding ever!

I’m getting married on June 30th, 2012, so obviously, making that the best it can be will be the most important thing I do this year!


Well that about sums it up, hope everybody has a great 2012!



My 2011 Resolutions

Happy New Year!

As I mentioned in my last post, I really like setting resolutions at the beginning of the year.  I’m a pretty goal oriented person, and even if I fail at the original resolution, it usually leads to something that I am glad I did.  This year I am going to try something a little different.  I have a few year long goals, but I am also going to focus on a smaller goal each month, something I couldn’t or wouldn’t want to do for a whole year.  Well, enough talk,, here are my New Year’s resolutions for 2011.

Complete a Triathlon (Olympic Distance)

This should be quite challenging for me, the closest Michigan triathlon is the Grand Rapids triathlon on June 5th, which gives me just under 5 months to train.  I think it’s possible, but will take a lot of work.  An Olympic triathlon is a 1.5K (.93 mi) swim, a 40K (25.1 mi) bike, and a 10K (6.2 mi) run.  The biking won’t be a problem. and the run shouldn’t be too brutal, but the swim will be tough.

No Ice Cream

Last year I didn’t drink pop for the entire year, so I thought this year I would try something similar.  Ice cream is one of the things I am routinely bad about eating, so I thought it would be a good choice.

Develop one new website/web service

Pretty simple, I want to design/develop at least one new web site or service.  Could either be someone else’s, or something of my own.  I’ve got a few ideas, but haven’t decided on one, so if you’ve got something you need some help working on, let me know!

Become Proficient at Shooting a Handgun

Just to be clear, I’m not planning a murderous rampage or anything.  I have enjoyed shooting rifles since I was younger and have always wanted to learn to shoot handguns.  For my birthday I got a free private shooting lesson at a local gun range, and plan on shooting at least once every other week until I’m a relatively decent shot.  I’ll be looking at buying a gun in February, so anybody with suggestions, feel free to let me know!

Blog at least once a week

Pretty basic, last year I started and will continue posting there, with some changes.

Monthly Challenges

Like I said earlier, instead of just yearly resolutions, I am focusing on something different each month.  It’s pretty simple really, each month I’ll choose one thing to challenge myself, and at the end of the month I will measure how it went. A few ideas I have are not eating out, no television, etc.  Each month I’ll post what I’m up to so you can follow along if you want.

Well that pretty much wraps it up, if you have any good ideas for a monthly challenge be sure to let me know.  Hope everybody has a great year!