The Hump… New Years Resolutions, Plus:Days 11, 12 & 13

You’re probably thinking I quit, unless you follow me on Facebook, as I haven’t updated on here in a bit. I HAVEN’T quit, I just haven’t been on here.

The new year is always full of new beginnings and resolutions and whatnot, and I’m no exception.

Things I’ve decided are a good idea to tackle in the new year:

  • Fitness
    • Daily Challenge
    • Running more often
    • Classes at the Y
  • Teach Maddie the Ukulele
    • I also have to learn it before I can teach her
  • Blogging
    • I’m doing it again, obviously, but I actually want to stick with it this time. It’s more for me than you, but thanks for hanging in there. I also want to get some other people like Steve Mills writing again.
  • D & D Adventurers League
    • This isn’t a HUGE time commitment, but I’m learning my character, what they can and can’t do, and tweaking things. I’m likely doing more “research” than I need to, but I want to make sure I’m helping my team the best I can. It’s also really fun.
  • Creative Writing
    • This more or less stems from DnD, I enjoy writing about my characters, it’s fun, and some other people enjoy my writing too so I’d like to get back into it.

So, I’ve piled a lot on my plate that’s “New”, and I’ve been sticking with it. Good for me! The reality is that it would be way easier to not do any of them but they each have their benefits.

The 2-week mark seems to be the big “make it or break it” point for a lot of people and their resolutions. Today was frustrating for me. The scale showed that I gained a half a pound, but your weight varies over the course day so whatever, right? Well, it still bothers me, I just want to see it keep going down, I’d like to be back under 200 by the end of the month. The frustration was increased when I hopped on the treadmill. I don’t enjoy the treadmill anyway but I had a good podcast going (Waffle Crew!) and was feeling great until around 1.25. I channeled my inner “Jethro Tull” with a twist… Asthmalung. I was winded and my lungs were burning, but my legs were feeling great. I forget every time how long it takes to condition my lungs, and that I need to build up slowly. Is 2 miles a lot, not really, I use to bang out a 5k in 20 minutes, but compared to sitting on the couch and watching TV for months, it may as well be a marathon.

So, do I quit and stop running? No, of course not. Did I slow it down and walk-run until the end, yup. Was I happy about it? Nope. It’s better to power through and at least finish rather than finish well or quit? Obviously, but you’d be surprised how often we forget that. We being myself, and many of you out there as well too.

So, I’m going to try to squeeze in a couple of 1-mile runs during the week to condition my lungs better, and in the process I’m going to be burning more calories which helps me get to my goal weight.

What are you doing this New Year? Tell me about it!

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Dan Jones

Dan Jones has been "Nerd-ing" since he took apart the family computer at age 8. He has also been an avid sports fan his entire life. He also enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and two girls in their home on the South Shore and playing with their kids and yellow lab Cooper. Although he doesn't have much time to write he certainly has no problem vocally expressing his sports opinions, just ask. (You may regret it as he has a tendency to go on tirades.) Whenever he does post you should read it, you won't regret that you did.