Don’t talk about it, be about it.
- Busta Rhymes
If I had to choose one word to summarize 2010 for me in terms of personal growth, I would go with self-control. For too long, I had been a captive of my whims and impulses, especially when it came to food and my health. I got sick of being fat and out-of-shape, so I finally decided to get off my exceedingly large dumper and take action. I lost 117 pounds through diet and exercise. I completed the Couch-to-5K program and took up running, logging 150 miles and completing my first 5K race in October. I also started doing more cooking and much less dining out. This helped with the family budget, another area that received some needed attention last year.
I want to build on these accomplishments and apply my self-discipline to other areas, so 2011 is going to be the year of focus. I get a lot done as a rule, but I’ve let some of my personal and career goals get away from me. I want to do a better job managing my time and checking off my personal to-do list.
I’ve been following Sacha Chua’s blog for awhile, and I’ve been fascinated by the way she works toward her goals and tracks her progress through detailed weekly reports to herself (and her readers). Her enthusiasm and concentration are inspiring, as is her inclination toward honest and open self-appraisal.
In that spirit, here are some of my goals for 2011. There are others that are too personal (family, financial, work, etc.) or mundane to post here. But I’m happy to share my main fitness and tech/development goals:
Fitness and Health
- Run a total of 520 miles (averaging 10 miles/week)
- Run in two 5K events
- Improve my 5K time to under 30 minutes
- Increase my regular running distance from 3 to 5 miles
- Improve my outdoor mile pace from 11:30 to 9:00
- Reach my goal weight of 185 pounds
- Incorporate pushups into my exercise routine
- Do 100 pushups at a time by the end of the year
- Don’t drink any pop (not even diet)
Tech and Software Development
- Finish learning Python
- Finish learning Django (Python web application framework)
- Finish learning Android
- Launch 3 Android applications in the market
- Join an open source project and contribute (docs, testing, code)
- Read “7 Languages in 7 Weeks” book and do the exercises
- Write at least 1 blog post per week
I need to give some more thought to the planning and tracking side of this. But at the very least, I’ll report my progress here at the start of next year. Wish me luck!