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2012 Retrospective and 2013 Goals

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I guess it is that time of year. Time to look back on the last year and see what went well, what didn't go well, and what adjustments need to be made moving forward.

By the numbers:

January 01 2012 => January 01 2013

Weight: 219.2 => 191.4 ... -27.8 LBS
Waist: 44" => 39.5" ... -4.5"
Waist (smallest above belly button):
Hips: 44" => 40" ... -4"
Neck:15.75" => 14.75" ... -1"
Chest: 46" => 43" ... -3"
R Thigh: 26.25" => 23.25 ... -3"
L Thigh: 25.75"=> 23.75 ... -2"
R Calf: 17.5"=> 16.75 ... -.75"
L Calf: 17"=> 16.25 ... -.75"
R Bicep: 16.25" => 14.5 ... -1.75"
L Bicep: 15.75"==> 14 ... -1.75"

Success on all fronts. I was actually down to around 176lbs in the summer, but gained a little bit of that back while training for the VT50 and then a few extra pounds over the holiday break. The good news is that my clothing has not changed dramatically (from the lowest weight).

So, What Went Well?

- Cross training! I started a new job with access to a gym in the office, and I took full advantage. Added over 1,000 miles cycled for cross training. Also worked on push-ups, chin-ups, plank, and other body-weight based exercises. I love these now!

- Eating less grain/carbs. In Spring, I shifted my diet to be "paleoish", and cut out bread, dairy, soy, legumes, etc. I've since re-added legumes and some of the other paleo no-no's, but getting off extra refined sugar and many grains made a huge difference for me. Nowadays I focus on eating vegetables and fruits, lean cuts of meat and fish.

What didn't go well?

- Late night snacking. I just could not kick this demon. I still tend to enjoy coconut ice cream and dark chocolate, and often, wine, later in the evening than I'd like.

- Sleep. I did not get enough rest during 2012.

Plan for 2013:

I reset my ticker. I'd like to get back down closer to 180 or even under it. My plan to get back here is to keep doing what I've been doing, with minor tweaks here or there. I'm not planning on competing in a bunch of races or anything this year. Instead, I'd like my focus to be more inward - developing and cultivating habits that will increase mindfulness - in eating, in drinking, in exercising, in resting.

Last year around this time, I wrote a blog post titled "You are what you think". I believe this is still true. Success comes from repeatedly making good choices. Good choices come from good thought patterns, and the key to it all seems to be cultivating mindfulness and staying aware and consistent. This is what I hope to continue to do.

All the best to you and yours in 2013!
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