Saturday, January 9, 2010

Weekly Update

I'd like to try to get in the habit of updating my progress on my resolutions on a weekly basis. For those of you keeping score at home, my resolutions for this year are:

1) lose about 40 lbs
2) run a half-marathon
3) do the hundred pushup challenge

Lose 40 lbs

I'm actually doing fairly well on this. I'm using the hacker's diet log to track my progress. Really, the only thing I've done this week is cut down on soda and vitamin water, and did a better job of bringing my lunch to work. The yellow dashed line is the track I need to stay on to lose 40 lbs by the beginning of next year. As you can see, I'm off to a strong start:

Run a Half Marathon

Well, I signed up for it. That's about as far as I've gotten in progressing towards this goal this week. Some health issues kept me from running much the first few days of the month, and then the bitter, bitter cold set in. How cold? Well, on my Monday run, it was so cold, the hard drive in my iPod froze. We're talking 12 degrees on my Monday run, a balmy 19 degrees on my Wednesday run and a big goose egg on today's run. That's without the windchill. Brrr! I was going to break down and do a treadmill run on Friday, but my running friend stood me up (damn insomnia) so I opted for a freezing run outside today instead. The cold weather has limited me to 3 mile runs, so it's mainly been maintenance. There was snow on the ground today. That was hard to run in. Like sand, only without the warm weather and the ocean waves crashing in the background.

It takes a lot of clothes to stay warm on a 0 degree run. This is from today's run ONLY:

Anyway, here's the calendar for the month so far:

Do the Hundred Pushup Challenge

This will be by far my hardest resolution. I'm really not looking forward to starting this one, and haven't started on it yet. It will probably be a couple of weeks yet before I get the nerve to start this one.

So, all in all, I've only made progress on one of my goals. Not a strong start to the year, but I've got some time to catch up.

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