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November and year to date review

Monday, December 02, 2013

Another month down, one more to go in the calendar year.

I am continuing to maintain in the 180-185 range. I was at the high end of the range after my birthday celebration weekend and after Thanksgiving weekend. After the new year, I would like to refocus on losing and get down to and maintain in the 170-175 range.

My fitness focus was on running (and bike commuting). I managed to run 89.4 miles in the month, bringing my year to date total to 951.6 miles. Less than 50 miles to go to hit my year goal of 1,000 miles! I can do it.

I managed to fit in two 5k turkey trots. One was a small affair (less than 100 runners) here at West Point. I ran with the kids in the buggy and finished in 25:11. The second was a much bigger affair with 10,000 runners (6,000 in the 5k, 4,000 in the 5mi). I paced my neice, and we finished in 23:20, which was fast enough for her to get 9/500 in the female 13-19 AG and me to get 15/550 in the male 40-49 AG.

Teaching is going well, though I am having a hard time fitting other things like scholarship in. I did manage to complete the rewrites and resubmission of a journal article. If I want to have a shot at academia, I need to figure out an effective balance and block out some time for scholarship and other personnal/professional development each week. (it is another one of those self discipline things like eating well and exercising, it takes some planning, committment, and prioritization to get it done)

I am looking forward to getting in some skiing at the end of the month, we will spend some time at a small family friendly ski resort in MI (FIL and MIL have a few condo units there, so it makes a nice family reunion/vacation/grandparent time even if it is a bit of a drive from NY). After vacation it will be back to the classroomand the cycle starts up again!

Take care, finish the year strong!

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