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Reflection? Who has time for that?


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Assessment and reflection are two key components of any successful program. They help us set realistic and challenging goals, and then help evaluate our successes and shortcomings. While turning the calendar page often offers us a cue to assess progress and set new goals, it is incumbent upon us to take the time to reflect and capture those thoughts. The end of 2013 was a blur, going from finishing the fall semester to a fun but packed family ski vacation, to the start of the next semester (with two different classes and additional admin overhead), and moving our house over the next two weeks. I was able to get a good lunchtime run in yesterday and think about 2013 and the upcoming 2014.

I had many successes during 2013. Professionally, I was able to finish my PhD in civil engineering on time and make the transition from student to assistant professor at West Point. Personally, I had a few long term goals that I accomplished, including 1,000 running miles over the course of the year, competing in 5 or so running races from 5k to 10 milers, and generally staying within a maintenance range of 180-185. I say generally, I think my low was 178 and I hit a high of about 190 after my Achilles injury and when we were moving and it was harder to eat well during the move related chaos.

We are now two weeks into the new year. I am back down to my maintenance range after vacation, I am back to healthier eating, and I have resumed running (I ended up taking a 2 week break while skiing).

I have put some thought into my 2014 goals, but have not set any yet. I don't think that I will set the 1,000 mile goal again, at least this year. I have a few races for this year, including a trail marathon relay in May. I want also want to lose about ten lbs and establish a new maintenance range of 170-175. To that end, I am going to work better at tracking and mindful eating. I am going to continue running but will mix in more cross training with IM volleyball, skiing, and road biking and not be quite as relentless at getting in the miles.

Best wishes as you reevaluate your past performance and plan for future success!


(My DD2 starting her new dance class)
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52BINCE 4/6/2014 1:33PM

    A blog that inspires me to progress further in my life, not only health n fitness but also keeping myself in a learning stage......Hope you don't mind, I added you as a friend, if you like you can add me to your list.....

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AMANDANCES 3/7/2014 10:18AM

    That photo is ADORABLE!

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BLITZEN44 1/17/2014 10:25AM

    Couldn't figure out why you were taking classes when you've finished your PhD, but now I see. You're TEACHING them, not taking them. Nice job with the 1000 miles in 2013. That's an impressive accomplishment!

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AGGIEKBEAR03 1/16/2014 3:43PM

    Sounds like you have a good plan in motion! Your daughter is super cute!

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JLITT62 1/16/2014 1:40PM

    Sounds like good goals! Here's to achieving them.

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PROT358 1/15/2014 7:28PM

    The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for me too. I am still reflecting on the past year, on what worked and what did not, and am still forming resolutions and long-term goals. Hopefully you will quickly adapt to a new routine, and you will see what needs to be done and how to do it!

Also, I love that darling picture of your daughter! I had no interest in dance or ballet as child, but now I'm very envious. I really wish I had taken classes, and taken them seriously. I am considering taking ballet classes as an uncoordinated adult beginner.

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/15/2014 1:16AM

    So wise of you to have made time for reflection!

". . . I am back down to my maintenance range after vacation, I am back to healthier eating, and I have resumed running . . . "

What more can a guy ask for? Keep up the good work, SparkFriend!

ps: DD2 is a charmer :)
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GOING-STRONG 1/14/2014 11:32PM

    What a cute DD2 you have! Finding balance in life isn't always easy but sounds like your thought process is spot on.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/14/2014 6:30PM

    Great plans.

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LISAINMS 1/14/2014 2:42PM

    DD2 is adorable! You had a great 2013. Nothing wrong with changing it up for 2014. Sounds like you have a plan to enjoy life!

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RAINEMARIE214 1/14/2014 1:26PM

    It sounds like you had a really good 2013. I know the transitioning and moving can be quite difficult but you accomplished a lot! I wish you the best in 2014! Your daughter looks adorable in her ballerina clothes :)

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2014 10:26AM

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RUN4FOOD 1/14/2014 9:25AM

    2013 sounds like it was a good year.
2014 looks like it's starting off with some good plans.
Hope you have a great year.

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MBTEPP 1/14/2014 8:09AM

    it's always great to start a new year off on a positive note.I appreciate meditative runs.keep moving forward, it will be a great year. Hace a happy, healthy, and active new year.

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CHEMCHIC2006 1/14/2014 8:09AM

    DD2 is a cutie!

Sounds like a fun and active 2014.. Good luck and enjoy!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/14/2014 6:42AM

    Great blog and cute picture!

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CFMOSS 1/14/2014 6:36AM

    Good reflection - good thoughts; doing well meeting goals. Glad you have a family to share it with.

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ROXYZMOM 1/14/2014 6:13AM

    She is too cute!!

You accomplished a lot in 2013! And, you did all of it while being a great, attentive dad! You involved your kids in your running! Your such a great role model to them.

Congratulations! I hope 2014 proves to be another great year for you!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 1/14/2014 6:07AM

    Nice and honest wrap up to 2013. Good luck with 2014 and all it holds for you. BTW your dd2 is cute in her ballet clothes.

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