2023: Chapter 4

2023: Chapter 4

Happy 5/5 day! It is May 5, 2023- time to start the fourth chapter for the new year's resolutions. In the past 10 years or so, I have attempted a variation of resolution themes in an attempt to hold myself accountable, and all of them have had limited success. The first few attempts were centered around my resolutions and a monthly check-in by way of accountability. For ten years I would focus on what I called Groundhog Day Resolutions. The kickoff would always start on February 2nd or 2/2. This was a little over a month after the western calendar of New Year's Day on January 1st.This year I want to do a variation of a monthly accountability check-in. I mentioned the “Groundhog Day Resolutions” and its limited success. While I believe the theory behind those initiatives were sound, the practice was not. So it's time to have a re-think about the process.

In 2023, I am writing a book on it. This year I am thinking of each month of this year as its own chapter in a book. I’ll do a chapter review on the same date that corresponds with the month.

Example: The book will start on February 2 (2/2) and will go on until March 3rd or 3/3. On 3/3 I will conduct a review of the previous month, and so on and so forth. With the chapter review, I’ll throw in some chapter highlights (in blue) of the previous month in hope that by the end of the year (11/11), I’ll have written a book I can be proud of.

Here is a quick list of things I want to do for the new year:

  • Learn Spanish
  • More meditation & yoga
  • Organize the photo Archive as a database
  • Minimalism/essentialism
  • Quit smoking
  • No alcohol
  • Lower BP
  • Lose 20 pounds

Learn Spanish

Aprendiendo muchas más frases en español este mes! My goal of properly learning Spanish kicked off on December 28, according to DuoLingo, my language app. The lessons are sporadic and when I have the time or desire to, say maybe twice a week.

Chapter Four Highlight: Este mes habra conjugaciones verbales

Meditation and yoga almost daily.

I am loving these yoga sessions about every other morning.

Chapter Four Highlight: Stretching feels amazing.

Photography Goals

Non-existent. I have had zero time to photograph anything meaningful due to the day job. Sure, I still take daily pics during "snappy hour" when prompted but nothing to proudly display or print. Photo organization has mostly not even been on my mind.

Minimalism and essentialism

Slowly removing some stuff out of my life but not enough. I will have to get mean to get lean.

Chapter Four Highlight: Time to trash the place.

Quit smoking

Chapter Four Highlight: Smoke break...check back next month.

No Alchohol

Chapter Four Highlight: On hiatus.

Lower Blood pressure

Priority one with results. I started taking BP medicine to help recuce the tension. Too soon to tell if it is having any effect but I am hoping. Less, salt. Less sugar. Less eating out. Increase my cardio with more walking, yoga. All of this should help me lower my weight and eventually those readings will come down.

Chapter Four Highlight: Lower blood pressure!

Lose 20 pounds

In the past few years, I maxed out at 217.4 pounds. That isn't great for a 5'7" frame. When starting this initiative last month (2/2), I was down to 204.4. Currently (3/3) I am down to 193. So glad to see some results and hope the remaining 12 pounds will not be too difficult. My goals is to get down to 185 pounds. 175 is better, but let's be realistic. The issue here is nutrition. The job has me out in the field for 8-10 hours daily and the temptation to eat out is strong. But the job is also a physical one so I should take advantage of all that lifting and walking.

Chapter Four Highlight: 30 pounds lost so far. Mission accomplished but now I want to get down to 185. 4 more pounds to go!

It's time to get to writing a new chapter. See you on June 6th (6/6) for a review of Chapter 5.