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#GoTheDist 2016

wasn’t I just writing out the goals for 2015? For more reasons than this challenge, this year has gone by in a flash. It’s somewhat bizarre to be writing up 2016 goals before wrapping 2015 but a) I’m traveling for the next two days and b) I’ve already been overthinking 2016 way too much. I swear it’s like needing to close a restaurant menu to make a decision. In this case, it needs to be committed in writing. The blog version of Facebook official?

For anyone who doesn’t know #GoTheDist, here is Robby’s post about the 2016 theme and here is the background. For the same reasons I love my Fitbit challenges, I love GTD because it’s a challenge to myself, not a competition. A short note on 2015, to be elaborated on later, obliterated my steps goal and topped mileage goal. I also ended up with 102 books read. Whee!

So obliterating steps but barely hitting mileage. Math error or change in stride calculation between Flex & Charge. WIth me it could be either but I’m leaning toward the latter. I need to actually go back and calculate steps vs. miles on either side of my change, but that’s not happening tonight. I did some rough math and found that one mile is ~2300 steps for me. Besides the steps/mileage ratio, I also had to figure out what to do with May. Yes, May, the insane month with nearly 360K steps thanks, mostly, to 19 miles of the Great Saunter. It also had an assist from a 20K and two 18K days while in Seattle. While over thinking my 2016 goals I said I should factor out May since it’s not repeatable-but then I thought why not? I could certainly do part of the Saunter again if not try to finish. And while I”m not going back to Seattle this year I could explore another walkable city.

That thinking lead me to the following non-spreadsheet goals for 2015:

  • Continue the trend of exceeding the total from that month the previous year. I’ve had fun doing that since July. I haven’t worked out the exact math on those yet, but I will. It will likely mean my official goal is different to my on the go goal, but what else is new?
    • Related, I’m going to try for 1m again in Q2 but we’ll see because that was May
  • Get my head back in the game with the gym. I hit my 50 visits but then didn’t file for reimbursement and have barely gone since. It’s going to impact my steps since Charge on the shoe doesn’t work nearly as well as Flex did, but I think I’m willing to make that concession.
  • The realization that I’m going to need multiple goals and I’m OK with that.

So with all of that in mind here is where I *think* I am for 2016:

GoTheDist

  • 3,600,000 steps – this should be in line with the increase on 2015 months while cancelling out May.
  • 1515 miles – slightly less than what I’ve done so far in 2015, but increase on 2015’s goal and includes the step/mileage issue above

Pending Robby’s blessing, I’m going to have my goal be steps instead of mileage since it’s less math and more actual.

My Personal Challenge

AKA the wild hair I got while chatting with Robby today re: goals that I’m really not sure is possible** but what the hell.

  • 3,680,000 steps **
  • 1600 miles for 2016

That math again. It doesn’t work that I’ve walked just north of 3.7m steps and have closer to 1500 than 1600 miles. Someone want to fix it for me?

The #GoTheDist steps are in the spreadsheet. I guess I’m going for it…

2016 reading challenge


At least the one I’m planning on at this moment.  Level: 50+ Married with Children

I think the reason I’m struggling with finishing the A-Z challenge is an issue I’ve had since high school. I hate being told what to read. If I have to read something, I won’t. That’s why I end up avoiding things like PopSugar or Book Riot‘s challenges even though I love the idea of them. Part of the reason I love this challenge is only “rules” are books that were published before 2015. Since I’m still trying to purge the shelves, I think it’s a perfect one for me.

Since I’ve made at least four “what should I read?” posts in the last year, including one last night for the final push to 100 books, I’ve finally bit the bullet and decided to try Goodreads. I love Library Thing for the cataloging, but I’ve never made good use of the community aspects or the recommendations. So giving GR a go even though I hated it for so long. I do review all books for Amazon so it actually makes sense.

While I’ll finish 2015 in at least the 90s, I do think it will be a bit of a challenge to hit that level again without series to binge on, so I think I’m setting my official goal at 75. We’ll see.

sometimes, not making goal is OK

about that 333,333K July step goal and second attempt at one million steps? Not happening. And that’s not my usual pessimism speaking either.  I realized it back in July but thought I might have a chance at making it up in August. That’s a no.

July totals:

  • 310,076 steps
  • 126.97 miles walked

August nearly final totals:

  • 310,758 steps
  • 128.96 miles walked

That symmetry is almost eerie and I didn’t even realize it until I looked up July to post them. It’s not where I wanted to be, but in each case I beat both my “ideal” and “stretch” goals.  I also beat July and August 2014’s numbers so that’s progress in two hard months due to travel. Re: August that also represents two days of walks whose sole focus was steps and a few days where I went out and pushed myself to up my totals.

No 50K days, but I’m OK with that. While the spreadsheet(s) have made me a little more neurotic than I already am, #GoTheDist and my Fitbit challenge have taught me that sometimes it’s OK to not be where I want to be. Special shout out to the Fitbit folks. I’d have given this up if not for you and that evil little watch. Don’t believe me? I quit on #GoTheDist the first year. But I feel stronger accountability and since I need the external nudge, the challenge is doing it for me.

I also need to realize that I’m actually way above my initial goal. When I set my goals for 2015 at 3.4m steps for the year, that worked out to 283K/month. I’m at 2,575,565 at the end of August. That’s an average of 321K/month. So I’m not failing. I need to relax and oh, yeah, listen to Robby. Moving on…

To hit 1,000,000 steps I’d have to do 380,000 and that is just not happening in a short month that involves a three day road trip.  To quote a wise toddler: no, not, nugget.  To be honest, I’m not even sure topping September 2014 is doable. So I’m going to make that my super stretch goal where 333K was previously.

September 2015 step goals:

  • 285,000 (I refuse to accept anything lower than this)
  • 300,000 ideal
  • 310,000 stretch
  • 316,214 (super stretch, September 2014 total)

I’m going to do a little trickery that worked for me in May and August. When I know there are going to be sedentary days, I plot them in ahead of time with the worst possible step count and I know what I need to accomplish at the worst.  To hit my 310,000, I need 11,500 on my non driving days. I think that’s attainable. Here we go.

Oh, and I need to get my butt back to the gym but that’s a post for another day.

 

#GoTheDist: 2015 goals

And I ran out of room in that post…

2015 goals:

  • Steps: 3,400,000 steps
  • Miles Walked: 1,500
  • Miles Biked: 400

and some explanation:

  • I really wanted my steps goal to be 300,000/month but I’m really not sure that’s attainable in shorter months and don’t want to fall short of my goal. I actually think 3,500,000 might be achievable but not sure on the math so 3.4m it is. This works out to ~283K/month.
  • Miles walked: I like this number and I think it’s achievable. No wizardry
  • Bike: this seems to be in line with an increase over 2013 (335.83) where I had a reasonable year at the gym. In order to get gym reimbursement I need to go 100x/year (50/6 months) and I average between 4-5m when I go, so I think this is reasonable.

Now to set up my spreadsheet

#GoTheDist 2014: Complete

Despite starting 2015 with a day of complete sloth, I’m very proud of myself.

Totals for December:

  • 269,271 steps
  • 110.97 miles walked
  • 31.99 miles biked

Totals for Q4

  • 826,110 steps
  • 340.76 miles walked
  • 31.99 miles biked

Totals for 2014

  • 3,262,378 steps
  • 1355.08 miles walked
  • 200.09 miles biked

Nope, the bike didn’t get over 200 on purpose because if it had I would have gotten December (and therefore Q4) to 32. But it did start a good trend that I hope to continue and improve in 2015.

How did I do vis-a-vis my 2014 goals?

  • Meet or exceed my #GoTheDist goals. Done
  • Specifically, exceed my Q4 2013 GTD totals. Done
  • I’m not sure LoseIt’s 147 days is realistic, but 2014 is the last year I will start overweight. Not done. But I’m in a place where I’ve set steps to make this happen for 2015 so I’m OK with this.
  • Learn to cook. I’m already laughing at myself for this one, but I really wish I could. I think it would make some food choices better. This isn’t goin to happen, but as part of a general saving money effort, I’m going back to bringing lunch and may try to incorporate cooking.
  • Get back to a regular gym schedule. It sounds cliche, but I feel good when I go. So I need to GO. Not done. But I’m in a place where I’ve set steps to make this happen for 2015 so I’m OK with this. See below for more detail.
  • Relax. Keep doing what I did last year. It (mostly) worked and I’m on the right track. Done

So on to 2015

I’m really making it the year of me and want to be better about going to the gym. I have a new app (Runkeeper) and some non numeric goals.  But I also want to keep up walking. Decisions, decisions. While rereading posts here to find some reasonable gym/biking goals (see below) I remembered mini goals help me so back to that.

Some thoughts/mini goals:

  • The 3,262,378 steps is an average of nearly 275K steps per month. That’s amazing considering a few months where I really struggled. Mileage wise that works out to nearly 113 miles which is about what I figured. My personal goals were 1100 miles and 2.5m steps so I am more than thrilled with that.
    • My spreadsheet was a great in motivating me to walk more. So I’m doing it again in 2015
  • I want to finish C25K. I don’t think it will happen, but I want to try it again.
  • I want to hit my goal weight. I’ve finally set one to make that happen. Not sure yet if I’m going to stick with LoseIt or go back to Weight Watchers. My target date is December 31, 2015 but I think I might be able to hit it sooner.
  • Achievmint is great bribery.
  • Speaking of bribery and money, in addition to spending money at the gym and not going, I’m missing on the gym reimbursement from work so I’m going to the gym 100x this year.

On to 2015 goals….

2014 Year in Review: Bookworm Edition

I fully accept that I’ll never be as good as Liz at book reviews, but I want to do better in 2015 than I am in 2014 which is five finished reviews and 27/30 Tumblr drafts that were unfinished book reviews. So for 2015 I’m “stealing” Sally’s year end template and will keep that as a working draft.

In the mean time, here’s my look at 2014

Books read: 54

Unfinished books: 9

Currently reading: 7 (one truly active, three semi active, three that likely need to go to the dead letter file)

I’m thrilled with those and already looking forward to my 2015 challenge. Will I read 54 again? No. Will I complete the A-Z challenge and then some? I think so. One of my 2015 resolutions is more time reading and I look forward to that.

Some more thoughts:

  • In breaking it out as I did below, I realized two things:
    • I’m missing a few titles. Ill try to edit the post when I find them
    • My non fiction/fiction splits weren’t as bad as I feared. That said, I read too much crap
    • Those I didn’t finish had about the same genre splits, but some interesting reasons:

FOOTBALL

  • Against Football– that wasn’t a book, it was a poorly written and edited rant
    NON FICTION
  • All the Centurions – good stories, not a good writer. Got bored
  • Christmas Miscellany – nothing new here, got bored quickly despite reading in December
  • Happy Hour is for Amateurs – don’t remember
  • Inside the Dream Palace – tried to read too many about the Chelsea in too short a time.  Not a binge subject
  • The Social Employee – don’t remember
  • Wedding Babylon – don’t remember
  • FICTION
  • Brooklyn Noir – don’t remember at all
  • Chasing the Dime – no idea as I love Connelly, but I tried this one 3x

On to those I did read, with notes in bold….

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mini goals met

Who says a  week of sloth at the beach isn’t a wonderful thing. Sometime during the week I:

  • destroyed my 2014 reading goal. At 52 as of today with one in the works and other likely to come. And then 7 unfinished. Good run in 2014.
  • Miles: beat my personal and #GoTheDist Q4 goals, My December #GoTheDist goal
  • Steps: On track for 250K and maybe even 275K steps.

Life is Good.

2015 Alphabet Soup Challenge

2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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.

Rules:

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

ETA 3 January: bolded books are ones I’ve actually read along with date

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#GoTheDist 3.2

or nearly…

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.

#GoTheDist? Pfft Bridge The Dist

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

Other:

  • 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.