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January 12th, 2011
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2011 Resolutions.
It's been since 2007 since I've done one of these. Some long-wanted things have come to fruition, some slipping has occurred. Let's set forth the plan for '11.

Category One: Things I need to improve.


#1 :Lose weight to 222 pounds by AC, 201.2 by year's end. Weight loss is good (man, did I drop a lot in 2010), more will be better. I've been plateaued at 235, which is both an astonishing drop, and a point I need to push further at. I've adjusted my diet to handle this weight, and pushing it further.. I really need to ponder joining a  gym.. or see about sneaking in to the free one 'For hotel guests' at Wolfie Solar Casino.

#2: Finish the computer. The new hard drive is right there. Ditto the printer. Gotta order a new keyboard, shift key's going ont his one. These need to get connected and set up, which will be a solid day's work, but ought happen.

#3:
Continue attacking inboxes, email and physical. Doing well about keeping just what I need to keep of newly incoming mail, but some backlog still needs to be processed. my new phone lets me knock out more of the 'chaff' quickly, and I need to get much more focused on the 'wheat' getting quickly dealt with. I let it stack up too often, though I'm better about it now.

#4: Do things more resulting in long-term benefits, especially as regards friends and family, over quick and simple short-term things.  Delayed gratification. LJ posts over twitter posts. Do AC stuff first. etc.

Category Two: Things I really shouldn't be spending money on...
My budget needs a ratchet more tightening to get things how they should be. So, taking a break specifically from:

#4  Alcohol. I've mostly trimmed this out my budget, but let's make this stick: No alcohol purchases. Exceptions: Housewarming gifts and the like, hard cider for Furfright, or perhaps cooking sherry.  Nothing I'm going to drink, in simple. You're allowed to buy me a drink if you like, mind.

#5 Artwork. Outside of C4C and TAZOM, I'm going to avoid buying commissioned art  except for cons; and C4C is a 'collect these at Anthrocon' project; TAZOM likely to next be doled out at AC unless an opportunity drops in my lap. Otherwise, I need to call in outstanding commissions with some emphasis, and hold off on buying more. Feel free to deliver gift art, though.

#6 Eating out, alone. Expections: road food for overnight trips (Anthrocon, etc) and not dining alone..but mostly? I need to cut out the occasional impulse munch, from the pricier choices to the $1.19 Slurpee/candy bar combo at Cumberland farms. Unless I'm dining with someone, it's groceries or work food. I need eat less anyway.

Category Three: Miscellaneous.


#7 Get to California. 28 years, about, since I've been there. It's far too long, and far too many friends live out there. There'll be some trick in doing it, though;  vacation time runs thin as it is. Maybe this'll be the first year i give Furfright a pass.

#8 Keep up with Test Drive Tuesdays when the weather's nice. for those of you not following on Twitter, I've been taking Tuesday afternoon before work as a nice spot to test drive cars, looking for Meefer's eventual replacement. Hopefully that's a 2012/2013 purchase, but I need to get ready now and feel out everyone's small cars.

#9 Get all my junk out of Mom's place. I've been moved out nearly two years now; I shouldn't let anything linger. Get the finality of my things over here, and sift the junk out to Goodwill or trash. That's as much as I can guaranteed-control in Mom's house, it'll be a start.

#10 Call friends and family more. I'm not very good at initiating phone calls, and I  really need to start doing so. I've become a bit too insular, and spend a lot of time talkign to folks on computer. Which is good, but I need just _call_ folks more. I have unlimited calls on the home phone. gotta do it.

I think that'll cover it for 2011.

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From:chefmongoose
Date:January 12th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Remember, I work at a subcontractor, not Wolfie Solar directly. I've asked, there's no gym plan discount. :P

As for walking, I do enough of that on my feet at work. gym time needs to be some higher cardio and some good solid bulk-up stuff.
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From:bigtig
Date:January 12th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the weight loss! I'm curious, how did you get motivated and do it? I'm working on my own weight right now and would loved to be down to 235. :)
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From:chefmongoose
Date:January 12th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Mostly I cut down carbs bigtime, and I got into a money-competitive bet with a co-worker. That kickstarted me down ten pounds, and I keep momentum going solidly.. I need that again.

Also helpful is remembering hunger is not a bad thing. That's the tough nut to crack. You have to be hungry, go to bed hungry, have hunger at 3pm. That's how your body tells you it's losing weight.
From:krin_o_o_
Date:January 12th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
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#11: Keep the "evil me" goatee!
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From:chefmongoose
Date:January 12th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
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It's currently off. it may return for AC. We'll see. :)
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