- do at least 20 push-ups and 20 sit-ups every day in January and increase this every month
- decrease my body fat through exercise and diet, specifically reducing my dairy and processed sugar intake
- keep work and home better separated by developing a daily routine and installing the pocket doors to close off my office
- get my entire music library digitized and backed up
- finally get around to reading Hofstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach," Peake's Gormenghast trilogy, Mann's "Magic Mountain," Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow," and Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange"
- write at least 1000 words of fiction every month
- begin having monthly Game Nights (board games) by March
- practice/play my bass at least once a week
- log at least 500 miles of running (that's less than 10 miles per week average)
- take the girls to Disney World
#1 I did pretty well with, although I didn't stick to it completely. I can now do 100 sit-ups in a single set. I can do about 30-40 push-ups, which is well below my target of 100, but is an improvement over the 10-15 I could do at this time last year. I will probably continue with a goal of 100 sit-ups as often as possible and try to increase my push-ups to the 100 range.
#2 I was extremely successful with. I dropped 50 lbs (from 215 to 165) and significantly reduced my body fat. I ate much better until around Halloween, after which my fruit and vegetable intake has dropped off dramatically, accompanied by a dramatic increase in sugars and starches. I'm still holding right around 170 despite this, so I hope to right the ship now that the holidays have passed and get back to eating well.
#3 was a mixed bag. I set up a daily work routine with some minor flexibility in it and had some success at minimizing distractions, but we're nowhere near getting the doors installed. As a makeshift solution, we have some curtains hung over the entrance, which has provided some protection from interruptions.
#4 got some attention late in the year when I finally reorganized my entire physical music libary and purchased a 1 TB external drive. I have some issues with using the drive attached to my router that I haven't resolved yet, but it's on my to do list and I hope to be ripping my collection onto it soon.
#5 stalled out horribly when I tried to get through "Gravity's Rainbow" which was a ponderous and difficult read. It took weeks to get through the first 100 pages, at which point I decided I hadn't gotten enough payoff to justify a continued investment of my time. I read "A Clockwork Orange" earlier in the year, but nothing else on this list. I did, however, read "An Omnivore's Dilemma" this fall, which I've been hoping to get to for quite some time now.
I did virtually nothing on #6. I can't even remember what fiction I wrote last year. I wrote a bit of non-fiction, but the fiction was pretty non-existent.
As for #7, I had exactly one Game Night. It went well, but then summer showed up and time just flew by. This is one goal I will be revisiting this year with some vigor -- I really want to make this happen. At the very least, I want to play more games this year, and specifically I want to play all of the games I own at least once this year.
Playing my bass (#8) is also a goal I want to seriously revisit. I hardly even picked it up last year!
Technically, I came up short of goal #9, as I only logged 441.5 miles. However, I ran pretty close to 500 miles if I factor in the soccer games, the handful of runs that didn't get logged, and the discrepancy between the distances I ran and what Nike+ logged. Considering that a little over 220 of those miles came in Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec, I'm pretty happy. I should be able to increase my mileage total significantly this year, especially with new gear for running in bad weather.
#10 was a big success. Planned for and took the girls to Disney in October and we all had a great time.
I still need to figure out my personal goals for this year. When I do, I'll post them.