2006 in review

Meh.

That about sums it up. Taking a quick look at the 2006 list:

1) I will run, but I am going to be reasonable in my pursuit of it. Run the schedule, strive for speed, but don’t live it all day long when I’m not running. I don’t have to talk about it all day long. And coworkers will appreciate it.

Since running has been nearly non-existent since April, I pretty much hit this one square on. Sort of. Except the “I will run…” part.

2. Around the Bay 30K. I’m all over this race. Its my first race outside the US, my first 30K, and hopefully there will be some cool bloggers there to meet up with.

Done! This one I did get 100% on. :)

3. Touch my toes. I used to be able to touch my toes with my knees locked back. Now I can only do it (and painfully I must say) with my legs “straight”. This comes from having very tight hamstrings. I’m working on it and I’m making progress.

Hang on…stretching…stretching…nope.

4. Locate my abs again. I lost them some time last summer and its been very distressing ever since…This will require doing my Captain’s Chair leg lifts (straight legs) again, and losing those extra pounds.

My abs are gone. The layer of fat that covered them before has turned into a giant impenetrable blob. Losing those extra pounds? I can barely hold where I am.

5. The split… My goal is to hit 12 inches, with a stretch (heh, heh good pun) objective of 8 inches from the floor. This may sound bad, but if I can get 8 inches, I’ll be damn happy.

Um. No.

6. My second marathon………………..bwaaaaahahahahahaahaa! Gotcha. :)

Heh. 100%

7. Get rid of 1000 pounds of junk from my house. My house and basement is so full I want to scream. I want to clean it out but I need measurables. 1000 pounds. I’m already at about 20 pounds with the Ebay stuff that went out. Keep track, its going.

This one is 20%. I did sell the scuba gear on Ebay, and since we moved in, we have gotten rid of ALOT of stuff. The house is still full though and I see now that 1000 pounds is not enough.

8. Chocolate Fridays. I will have a Chocolate Friday post on FRIDAYS. Yeah I know, rinse and repeat, but I gotta keep trying.

Yeah, well, no.

So 2006 was a very bad year for me in terms of goals. I’ve fallen farther behind than ever. I will make new goals for 2007, but I think I need some short term stuff to allow me to achieve something if the big goals fall short. Again.

Hope you all have a great New Year’s. If you are drinking, please do so responsibly, because if you are drinking and driving? You are a flaming retarded jackass.

In a word

Dawn had a challenge for summing up your goals for 2006 in one word. I decided that word is MODERATION.

I find that alot of things I do, I end up doing to extreme. I not only go into them, but far too far into them to make it enjoyable.

Example 1. Eating. I could eat until I exploded. Usually I stop eating at lunchtime so that other people don’t get annoyed because they have to stay at the restaurant longer. I could probably eat more than any of you. And unfortanately, I often do. The phrase “I don’t want to spoil my dinnner” never applies because it can’t happen. I ate lunch today at a Chinese buffet and left because we had been there and hour and a half. All that halloween candy I bought and nobody came to claim? I ate it all. All. Every single piece. I found myself stuffing it in my mouth with the STUPID thought in my head that it was to get rid of it. Gosh, where did the freaking 15 pounds come from? Why, it came from Meijer where I bought all the freaking Halloween candy.

Example 2. Running. I run like most of you do. But I don’t just run. I think about running. All the time. I talk about it and blog about and surf the web and read articles and subscribe to magazines and read books and have dreams about it and don’t stop talking about it until everyone around me begins to avoid me so that don’t have to talk about running which isn’t that exciting when you think about it. And I obsess about it. And I worry about it. I worry about pace, and training, and my shins, and the right foods, the wrong foods, vitamins, ice, heat, and every single little hint in the magazines that I might try to help my running. I buy as many little gadgets and nicknacks and stuff to fill my house with. I have my training plan in my planner, and copy on the computer desk, and at work, and I gave a copy to my wife, and its on the Flylady calendar. And I have a million shoes. Too much.

Example 3. Diving. As I begin selling the dive stuff I realized I did the same thing to diving that I do to running. Except that the dive gear is more expensive. The cost of the dive computers alone would have paid for my shoes this year. And next. Heck, I could have bought 6 Forerunners. I obsessed the same way instead of just going diving. No blogs but I spent ALL my free time talking on-line about it. Heck, my license plate is personalized and its a stupid dive joke. Most of the expensive hardware is off to other people at a fraction of what I paid for it, but I still have wet suits hanging in the basement, a big truck of “just in case gear”, first aid kits, oxygen tanks (real O2, not just air), and somewhere I have big pile of lead weights. Again, too much.

Example 4. Talking. Too much talk talk. Blah blah blah. I talk too much. I need to listen more and talk less. Talk talk is about being in the center with attention focused on me. Blah blah blah, look at me. Too much.

So this year, it will be MODERATION.

1) I will run, but I am going to be reasonable in my pursuit of it. Run the schedule, stive for speed, but don’t live it all day long when I’m not running. I don’t have to talk about it all day long. And coworkers will appreciate it.

2) I’m going to eat NORMALLY. Eat regular meals. No more eating over the sink, because that meal will not register on the I-already-had-dinner meter. That giant chunk of cold chicken I had standing in the kitchen turned into a snack before dinner, instead of being dinner. Normal meals, normal food.

3) Less surfing. I know I had this last year but I’m going to try again. Again, MODERATION in the surfing. I see a nasty monster raising its ugly surfing head again, its called Blogshares. I can see myself getting sucked into excessive webtime with some other new thing. I will be moderate in my computer usage. To put that in the right tense (as Beansprout says), I am moderate in my computer usage.

4. Less talk talk. Less blah blah. More tell-me-about-you.

Ok, these broad objectives, I came up with some more specific fitness goals.

1. 7:00 5K. Yes, I know I tried this last year, but I really, really want my 5K PR to beat a 7:00 pace average. This is achievable. I can do this. I have to work very very hard but I feel like I can do it.

2. Around the Bay 30K. I’m all over this race. Its my first race outside the US, my first 30K, and hopefully there will be some cool bloggers there to meet up with.

3. Touch my toes. I used to be able to touch my toes with my knees locked back. Now I can only do it (and painfully I must say) with my legs “straight”. This comes from having very tight hamstrings. I’m working on it and I’m making progress.

4. Locate my abs again. I lost them some time last summer and its been very distressing ever since. I know this is a very non-specific goal but I really, really want them back. I want abs like nobody’s business. I want abs so hot that my shirt might melt if its made out of polyester. This will require doing my Captain’s Chair leg lifts (straight legs) again, and losing those extra pounds.

5. The split. My adductors are like steel cables and that may be one of problems with my form. I need to lengthen them and one of the things that is helping, is doing…well…splits. We used to do them when I was younger and taking Tae Kwon Do. Not like we were doing cheerleader splits, but it was pretty good. Right now I’m about 20 inches off the floor, which is not so very good. My goal is to hit 12 inches, with a stretch (heh, heh good pun) objective of 8 inches from the floor. This may sound bad, but if I can get 8 inches, I’ll be damn happy.

6. My second marathon………………..bwaaaaahahahahahaahaa! Gotcha. :)

7. Get rid of 1000 pounds of junk from my house. My house and basement is so full I want to scream. I want to clean it out but I need measurables. 1000 pounds. I’m already at about 20 pounds with the Ebay stuff that went out. Keep track, its going.

Ok, that’s enough of those. I can’t think of much else to put in there that isn’t covered by those goals already. Long and rambling, like I promised.

Oh wait!

8. Chocolate Fridays. I will have a Chocolate Friday post on FRIDAYS. Yeah I know, rinse and repeat, but I gotta keep trying.