I’ve got a few things I want to do this year. I figure if I put them in electronic stone I have a better chance of meeting them. We’ll see how it goes.
1.) I need to lose 30 pounds (at least) by June. Ideally I’d like to lose this by the end of February, but I doubt if that would be healthy. So, 30 pounds in 6 months. 5 pounds a month. Should be doable. If you can’t tell, I’m a bit of a fan of food, so I’ll have to workout like crazy because I’m not capable of changing my food habits much. Sure I can cut back more on the crap I eat (no 3 PM snickers) and I’ll even try to cut back on my portion sizes (which is already sort of working) but I’m not someone who can cut way back and stick to it. I end up crashing and binging. So, I’ll have to do this through hard work. I figure 2 hours a day of exercise should do it. We’ll see. My current weight is 278 pounds. Yeah. Really.
2.)I’m going to spend more time with my kids, doing what they want, not what I want. In the past I haven’t always dropped what I was doing to hang out with them. I’m not saying I’m going to now, all the time, but I’m going to make sure to say “OK” instead of “In just a few minutes when I finish…” more than half the time.
3.) I’m going to try to be less of an ass bag. This doesn’t come through on the blog very much, but I can get pretty down sometimes and ride people pretty hard. For a long time I wonder if I had a problem, but I’ve come to the realization that I read too much depressing news (which gets me down) and I force my thoughts on other people a little too often. I also try to do too many things at the same time and I also have the type of personality that pushes too hard. I’m going to try to be “more chill” about things. I’ve got a plan to get ourselves out of debt. I’m going to work it instead of sniping and grumbling about every dollar that gets spent. No more being crabby when someone does things their own way instead of my way. Etc, etc. In short, the goal is to try to return more to who I was before I got wrapped up in Peak Oil, global warming and economic depressions. It should be a challenge!
This is actually really hard because I find it hard to be excited about a lot of things when I see the future in front of us I see, not to mention it’s hard to be excited about Hawkeye football or TV shows or whatever else when I think about what all people should be doing to prepare themselves instead of wasting time and money on this stuff. You can see my problem here. I’ll probably spend more time talking about this because I have more to say on it. I thought I was doing a good job dealing with all this and still being integrated into “normal” society but I’ve had some talk lately that helped me realize that I wasn’t doing as good a job at this as I thought I was. (Nothing like outside perspective to open your eyes)
4.) I’m going to start riding my bike to work again. I stopped because I was transporting children to day care. While I’ve tried to take them with me it makes for long days at work for me and at day care for them. Plus, I have to get them up at like 5:30 to get out the door on time. It’s tough. But, we’re going to have an in-home care person for them this summer (hopefully) which means that I can get back on the bike.
5.) I’m planning to rent another garden plot and use it to grow some food for the chickens. I’ll grow some food for us too, but I’m going to figure out how to grow some for the chickens too.
6.) I’m going to expand some of the local food initiatives I was working on last year, as well as work on some other programs to bring low cost food to low income people. I’ll write more about this from time to time so you can see how this is progressing.
Those are my goals for 2009. I need all of you to keep me honest and make sure things get done!