43 books read as of December 12, 2014 and with a week’s vacation to come, I’ll do well by my 2014 goal, even if I cheated with fiction.
Liz’s post got me thinking about a 2015 goal and I wasn’t sure where I was going since without the Bosch series, I don’t really have a prayer of repeating 2014’s numbers. Then I came across Sally’s 2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge post (with more info and registration here) and I decided that could be a lot of fun. I think it will also help me personally with reading new titles in the year they come out, which I haven’t been good with of late.
It’s an alphabet challenge! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.
You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles. For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles the word with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.
Need some help finding titles to match the alphabet – Jandy’s Reading Room has a wonderful list to get you started.
Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!
Here is my list – many I have planned already from my TBR pile (in italics means I haven’t read them yet) – the rest I will update as I go. Maaaybe I’ll even get back on track with reviews, but in the mean time here’s a link to my books in the challenge on LT. I’ve tried for a good balance between fiction and non and I’ve also included a few that I really want to finish. A few are 2015 new releases and some have been on Mt. TBR way too long
I’ve finally found the sweet spot between my #GoTheDist goal being a challenge, but an attainable one. I knew that July would be bad, and it was. But I set two goals and I made one of two. The goal was 250K steps and I ended up with 260,908. Mileage goal was 117 and I ended up with 107.44. As good as my typical 300/125? No, but I pushed myself and did it.
August was more of the same with time away and travel time, but I thought I could do it and barring an apocalypse tomorrow, I will.
I set goals of 300,000 steps and 125 miles and I’m currently at 298,454 and 122.49. It wasn’t easy, I spent the end of a few vacation days at the gym and had to push myself to get off the couch on other days, but that’s what a goal should be.
Here’s to closing out Q3 in style…. and getting back to losing. And more reading, 28/40.
after a renewed interest in bridges of late, I have been on a mission. By borough I have crossed as follows:
Bronx to Manhattan:
Macombs Dam Bridge in May 2013
Manhattan to Brooklyn:
Brooklyn Bridge: more times then I can count, also via bike
Manhattan Bridge: June 2014
Williamsburg Bridge: Summer 2013
Manhattan to Bronx:
Macombs Dam Bridge
Queens to Manhattan:
Queensboro Bridge, June 2014
GW Bridge and back, July 2013
Wards Island Pedestrian Bridge, May 2013
Triboro (Randalls Island to Manhattan)
That’s all the major bridges with the exception of the Henry Hudson since there’s no pedestrian access on the Verrazano and the High Bridge has not yet re-opened. I really don’t have an interest in walking to the Rockaways so those are out.
What’s my next Great Manhattan Loop related goal? Riverside Drive! I’ve done it up as far as 125th St. but time to do the northern spur that I skipped in favor of a riverside walk two years ago.
About halfway through May I realized that 300,000 steps for the month was doable after just missing it. And then I became a woman on a mission to make it happen. I wasn’t sure if I had since I was away from my spreadsheet but after entering Weds-Sat… I MADE IT!
305, 841 steps
125.05 miles walked
21.09 miles on the bike
248.49 miles walked
21.09 miles on the bike
499.42 miles walked
124.9 miles on the bike
I’m pretty damn happy with that. Check that, very damn happy. I’m 100 miles shy of my official GTD goal and 150 shy of my personal. While those are a little iffy depending on weather, I’m less than 100K steps from my steps goals. I’m doubly excited as June is the first month where I’ll have year on year steps data. [2013 data: 315,031 steps, 132.24 miles walked and 50.1 miles on the bike].
Yep, I’m going to have to bust my hump to get this… but isn’t that what goals are for?
so after (over)thinking about it, I decided to join a DietBet. While they didn’t work perfectly for me, they were a good jump start and that’s what I’d like about now. I also think I’m in a better frame of mind for it then I was when I took a break last year. As an added bonus, I had winnings in my DB kitty from one last year, so it was free. Double win if I win.
I also updated my #GoTheDist goals so they are as follows:
Q1, beat 2013’s Q4 totals since I seem to like beating myself (in a positive way). Totals for 4Q were:
269.41 miles walked
55.16 miles on the bike
So my Q1 2014 goals are: 700,000 steps, 300 miles walked and 75 miles on the bike. Those are totally random numbers (not a %) so we’ll see how they go. I’m off to a good start on the bike with 10.68 miles yesterday and am bummed I’m snowed in and can’t get to the gym today.
Annual: 1100 miles walked (200 1Q, 4Q and 350 apiece for 2,3Q). Yes, that contradicts my math above. Oh well
2.5m steps. I actually think I could hit 3m, but I’m underestimating since I don’t have a full year’s worth of step data to work with.
And as I mentioned above, snow day! Can I go play and count that for #GoTheDist?
I also hit my Q4 goal (barely, pathetically on the biking side) and with 87.2 miles walked, I hit my last ditch goal that I set Friday.
Inspired by that, I’m setting my walking goal at 1100 miles. 1,000 seems to little of a bump from ~950 even though I know that’s lower than real, but 1,200 seems too high. So 1100 it is. I still need to do some steps math, so I’m not sure which is primary yet.
ETA: 1100 miles, 2.5m steps is my goal.
More to come on 2014. For now I’m going to bounce, that burns calories, right?
* there will be more steps tonight but it’s too cold so I don’t expect them to amount to much
Since I don’t foresee myself finishing Rogues’ Gallery (at all, never mind by tomorrow) or Do You Speak Shoe Lover, I think I’m going to finish 2013 with 35 books read (and 5 unfinished). That is short of my goal, but not bad at all. Huge shout out to the 6 I read while away this month.
2013 was a lot of fiction. But it’s reading, so it counts. I definitely took to reading on my iPad and had no preference between iBooks or the Kindle-I do not like the Nook app. I do love my tags for cataloging books.
2012: 16 books, that’s just pathetic. It’s what spurred my goal for 2013 as I love to read and there was no excuse for barely more than one book per month especially with ~5 being in one week. While I think I was bad at tracking, <20 is still a bad total.
2011: 26 books, so much Patricia Cornwall as I tried to read her entire series. I didn’t finish it though. I did manage to catch up on James Patterson. This is also when I got my first eReader.
102.7 miles walking and 52.5 miles on the bike. My comment on that was that I hoped to have hit both by the end of November.
I nearly hit that in October, walking wise, with 99.11 miles walked but fell short on the bike. November was more (less?) of the same: 83.1 miles walked. None on the bike. I will remedy the bike this week but while happy with the miles in mostly unsuitable weather, I need to get to the gym more.
December sneak peak: 42.5 miles walked through yesterday. Yes, I just caught up on tracking.
when I was rebuilding the blog, I stopped to read my early thoughts on accountability, which I revisited in April. I said I was going to get the rest of the way to goal this year, and while that isn’t going to happen, the above summarizes my feelings on my progress this year.
I’m not there, but I’m getting there.
Let’s see where I am with regard to the baby steps I’ve set.
Blog. Yeah, we’ll see how that goes. But when I was losing, I was blogging. So we’re going to try it again. I wasn’t very good with it this summer, but I was thinking about blogging even if I never got to writing.
On the writing theme, I’m tracking. I was a master at tracking way back when and it’s time to go back. I don’t see what my road block is here. I face the foods when I see the number on the scale, it’s time to face it in my tracker. I tracked today. Including the m&ms. That’s a start. I have been very good at tracking. I’d say 95% overall, when I don’t it’s not because I don’t want to face it, but rather because I leave it too long and don’t catch everything. But I still give myself an A- here.
Money. I joined Run With Jess‘ DietBet challenge at the instigation of a Hive friend. It cost me $10 but I will lose my 4% and if I do that every month it won’t cost me another cent I don’t think. AND if I hit the 4% goals each month (a big if, I know), I’ll hit goal by July, which gives me plenty of breathing room if I have an off month. Well I didn’t hit it in July or September, and I got bored with DietBet partially because I wasn’t losing at that rate. I ended up buying the iPad I was thinking of anyway and I love it.
#GoTheDist. I gave up on tracking this a chunk of the way through last year although I continued to track my workouts in MapMyFitness. But the challenge is a great motivator and it gets me to the gym when I don’t want to go. I covered that yesterday and a fair bit this year. A+ here.
Smoothies. Yep, back to smoothies for dinner. They help with the salt retention and they give me my chocolate fix when I otherwise eat things I have no business eating when I get home. This didn’t last, I lost my appetite for them. Do I miss them for my chocolate fix? Yes.
I’m not giving up soda. Not yet, at least. I was the queen of fake lemonade last time and while I’m contemplating getting a soda stream, I’m not ready to make the switch off soda. I’m afraid I won’t drink enough until it’s warmer. But it’s diet soda so that’s a partial win. I’m drinking too much soda, and probably too much coffee, but that’s not changing right now.
S is for Spark. as in the Spark to get to goal. As in SparkPeople. If I do what I did with Weight Watchers online, I can make it work with Spark. There is no difference in the foods I’m eating. I love LoseIt, and as I mentioned above, I’m tracking.
I’m going to get my knees to the point where I can do more than one squat, or I’m going to quit putting off knee surgery and get it done. This one is still up in the air, but my knee isn’t holding me back too badly.
Exercise everyday. It doesn’t have to be the gym, and my 64 stairs a day probably count anyway, but with the weather getting nice there’s no reason not to spend some time outside walking, etc. Especially because I’d really like to finish the Great Manhattan Loop. One thing I realized when I was home for about ten days in July is how much I walk by default when I’m here. There are sloth days, but I think I’ve been good on this step. And I finished the Loop and have started on another goal with the bridges.
Eat better. Not just within the calories, but more fruits and vegetables. It’s the perfect season. Eh, sort of. I give myself a C here.
Diversify my breakfasts. I’m getting sick of Cheerios. I think there are better options to keep me fuller too. Straight up D here. It’s coffee, cheerios or both.
Set a goal. Maybe even a Goal. Time to figure out what I’m working toward. F. F – if possible.
I definitely did better with my January goals then April. I think it’s because I referred back to that first post more often. I actually forgot about the April mini goals I set although I knew I had revisited my progress on January goals. Time to set some new ones for the home stretch of the year.
New for October/Q4
Stay on track and finish strong. Fall is crazy at work, but that’s not an excuse to undo all the progress I’ve made this year.