If you know me, you know that I take a while to come up with my resolutions. There are a few reasons for this. First, I have a lot of them. Part of this is so I can track them and actually follow-up – checking things off of the list every once in a while, while waiting on the “big ones”. Second, I have actually become pretty good at actually following through with my resolutions. Continue reading »
I have been pretty good about keeping up with my life list – when I need inspiration, I review it. When I find something cool, I add to it. However, in the past year, I have not checked anything off the list.
Don’t worry. I’ve already given myself a pass because of all the great excuses I came up with. (There were some really good ones, trust me.)
Even though I’ve had a pass for so long, it is high time to get back on that band wagon. Since many of the reasons the “official life list” is on hold are still valid, I have decided to do mini list of things to do. These will be easier to attain (therefore more likely to be done), but still very worthy of the term “goal”.
- Complete a lazy-man: I am giving myself until the end of 2011 – maybe this is the super lazy man?
- Run or walk a full marathon: 26.2 miles
- Bike 112 miles
- Swim 2.4 miles (I will have to really guess on the swimming since I am no longer a member of a gym and my pool is less than exact in its measurements.)
- Volunteer for 200 hours in a year (counting all the time I’ve done so far which is 122 hours)
- Try something new every week until the end of the year.
- Make an entire week’s dinner in a day (and actually eat the dinners)
- Bake 10 new recipes (I only did 10 because there are only 17 weeks left in the year)
- Reduce my wardrobe to ½ its current size (Yes, finally get rid of the clothes I swear I will wear, but never do.)
That is it for now. What do you have on your list that you can complete before the end of 2011?
During the most recent snowpocalypse, we decided that the truck we have will not do the trick for us in the future (heat, headlights and windshield wipers are all “must haves” in our book. I know – we are picky.) So we went shopping.
We need 4 wheel drive, powerful enough engine to haul random stuff here and there and push a plow, and needed it to pass state emissions, etc. Oh, and it must have the a fore-mentioned heat, windshield wipers and headlights not held on with thread. I didn’t care what the truck looked like. We found a great deal on Craigslist. It was a good price, already had a plow (no need to fit one that may be beyond repair), and has the things we need. The reason it was a low price is because it is ugly. Very ugly. But, ugly is fine with us. So we go drive it and all goes well. The guy wants cash, so we had to wait for the next day the bank was open. We got the cash then started the process of trying to call this guy.
No answer. Leave message. No response. Repeat. Repeat again.
The truck was what we wanted, so tried to give the benefit of the doubt, but a few weeks went by and I was starting to lose faith. If you have a truck for sale, it is good form to have a way to buy the truck… in my humble opinion.
I started to shop for another truck. Even found one I was going to go look at (with cash in hand, just in case). Then the guy calls. It seems he has been taking care of a 4-year-old and 2-year-old for his daughter. This is why he couldn’t respond. The children were too much. I don’t know if this was the full story, but I had to laugh. How many single parents out there have young children and somehow manage to continue life? But this guy couldn’t manage to return a phone call.
The good news is we got the truck. It still isn’t pretty, but it sure is a site for sore eyes.
For the Lazy Man Update
I am pretty sure that to most of you, this is going to get old. Quickly. But this is where it is easiest for me to keep up with my progress. Feel free to skip over these entries. But if you have interest in the details of how far I’ve gone and how far I have left… read on.
Today for the lazy man, I did 4.44 miles bike and 2 miles walking (one at the gym, another at lunch). Woo hoo for stick-to-itiveness. I know it is only two days, but I am happy. I don’t think I’ll be able to add on tomorrow because I have to go into the office.
22.46 miles left to run/walk
104.56 miles left to bike
2.4 miles left to swim
I double checked w/ the gym to make sure my calculations were right. I remembered seeing something about 12 or 13 laps being a mile, but figured I’d better check. Seems it was 13 laps is a 1/2 mile (EEK) Glad I asked, but kind of wish I didn’t. I have to swim a lot more than I thought. Twice as much, in fact. I still think I can do it.
I bet you thought I’d forget, didn’t you? I knew I wouldn’t forget, but I did think I’d blow it off.
If you don’t know what I am talking about, read this post.
This morning I woke up early and went to the gym and got started on the Lazy man. I am still working out how I am going to do everything (I think the biking is going to be the hardest to complete), but here is what I did so far:
1.74 miles walking
3 miles biking
That means I only have 24.46 miles left to walk / run, 109 miles biking and the entire 2.4 miles swimming. Oh, and 30 days left to do it.
As noted, I am going to try to do an Iron Man Triathlon – but take a month to do it. This “Lazy Man” is going to be far from the lazy that I know so well. Even though I am going to really really do it in March (the next month with 31 days), I am getting myself ready early. I am taking February to get myself trained to wake up early to get to the gym in the morning (since I can only get to the gym on the weekends and every other Wednesday evening). This morning – being my first February… here is how I did.
I woke up 1/2 late (there is 8″ of snow on the ground and bed was warm!)
But then – I got out of bed and went to the gym.
I did 1.5 miles of the marathon and 2.4 miles of the bike ride.
We will see how long this lasts.
A woman at the gym had a t-shirt from an event she either was a part of, or organized, called “The Lazy Man”. I asked about it and she said it was adapted from The Iron Man.
- You run or walk a full marathon: 26.2 miles
- You bike 112 miles
- You swim 2.4 miles
The thing about the Lazy Man that is different from the Iron Man is that you do it over a month.
This still isn’t easy. Definitely isn’t “lazy” – but I think it is a good goal for myself in 2010.
This works out to:
- 29 full laps in the pool at my gym (or 7.25 per week)
- Running/walking 1 mile per day with 4 days off
- Biking 4 miles with 6 days off
That totally sounds doable! I can do that, right? I think I can. Can you?
Who’s with me? Yep – I am talking to you.
Since we are 1/2 way through January, and February is a short month – I am going to first try it in March.