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2018 New Year's Resolutions

Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by daringndreaminx, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. Oz

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    1. lose about sixty pounds

    40/60. So, fail.

    2. cycle at least 5000km, but aim for over 10,000

    Cycled about 3,500km total. Most of it on Strava, some not. Fail.

    3. don't drink

    LOL. Fail.

    4. new job

    Interviewing with a few places atm but it'll be early February at a minimum by the time I get a new job. Fail.

    5. travel some more

    Went to Andorra, Egypt, Portugal, Budapest, saw a lot more of Ireland. Success.

    This year was also the first time I didn't make a resolution to run the marathon and the first year I actually fucking do. <_<

    2018 goals:

    1. Run 365 miles.
    1a. Knock an hour off my marathon time from this year (4:52:00 or faster).
    2. Cycle 3650km.
    2a. Finish the Mile Failte randonee (1200km).
    3. Get that new job.
    4. Lose 50 more pounds.
    5. Travel more.



     
  2. Xepheria

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    Resolutions for 2018:

    1) Start budgeting properly.
    1b) Massively cut back on nights out. Both my liver and wallet can't take it for much longer.

    2) Devise and stick to a calisthenics routine.
    2b) Be able to do a handstand push up by the end of the year.

    3) Fight at least twice more this year (and train for them properly!).

    4) Get a job and save up money to train in Thailand for a few months,
     
  3. Shouldabeenadog

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    Cook- did much better, got about one every 3 days, so I'll take it.
    Job- contact is in hand.
    Me- got a girlfriend instead. So that's a fail. But the best kind.
    All in all 2017 was one of my better years.

    2018 resolution:

    1) One weekend a month is date weekend.
    Relationships take work, and I need time to make it work, so one weekend is reserved.

    2) exercise every day, with up to 30% failure. I'll be using a habit tracking app.

    3) read one book every season.
     
  4. Vira

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    Yeah, I’m a year early, but let’s not go ahead with the post I wrote late at night and while ;_; over my book. I need a real list.

    2018:

    1. Finish draft three of my book. (Due day: May). Quite possible now that I’ve fixed (omg don’t jinx it) my biggest issue. Just need to work hard.

    2. Get a government job! Quit my current awful job!

    3. Move out or be ready to move out.

    4. Lose thirty pounds.

    5. Be kind, especially to myself.

    6. NO MORE ONLINE SHOPPING. Jesus Christ. No more clothing unless a) it’s necessary and I will legitimately die or lose my job over it, or b) it’s that fabled black trench coat of my dreams. However, to go with goal five, I will allow myself three (3) scarf purchases. NO MORE.

    7. Get my chess rating comfortably over 1500, maybe 1600. I started playing chess again at the beginning of 2017 and got from 1100 to 1400, so this is doable. Maybe I should buy a couple chess books.

    8. Draw more. I seriously fell off the wagon at the tail end of the year.

    9. Cook at least twice a week.

    10. Stare longingly at my dream of learning French UNLESS I find a better way of learning it that’s not Duolingo. Maybe join a French club. Maybe I have time for that.
     
  5. Sauce Bauss

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    I don't even remember what 90% of my resolutions for 2017 were, but I'm feeling pretty ambitious this year.

    I lost 30 pounds over the course of 2017, and I'm going to go back to the gym. I'd fallen off the wagon thanks to a persistent shoulder injury and then a schedule that left me with almost zero time off for the last eight months. Thankfully, I've addressed that now and should be able to work it in.

    Finish my bachelor's degree in August.

    Get a job, hopefully related to my degree :D

    Move to one of the coasts for aforementioned job.

    Launch a web business I've been contemplating for a while.

    Read, at minimum, a book a week all year. I'm going to actually try to aim for a book a day, but that one just needs a single illness or stumbling block to fail so I'm going to set realistic goals. To that end, I bought a new kindle oasis at @Constans ' urging.

    Write a few specific programs that I've had on the brain. I'd like to do some sentiment analysis, and algorithmic trading of options/futures/currencies(maybe even crypto). More data analysis/modeling for things like econometrics.

    Start a new sport. Either a martial art like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the university rugby team, or fencing.

    Buy a new car. Mine got totaled in November and riding a motorcycle through winter will not be fun.

    Finish writing my original novel.

    Formalize and finish several research papers I've had on the brain. Some stuff about automated vehicles, a lot of political analyses and proposals.

    Make some progress on my tv/anime/movie backlog

    Continue learning spanish again. I understand most of what I hear, but I'd like to be able to say I'm conversational at a professional level.



    Huh, I'd been working on pretty much all of this or planning on it without really tying it to "new years resolutions" as such. Now that I've written it all down it seems a bit much. Oh well, if I accomplish more than half of it I could call it a pretty successful year.
     
  6. Taure

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    Going to avoid "keep doing stuff I would do anyway" type resolutions like "keep going with Spanish" and "get better at my job".

    Let's get specific:

    1. Go to the gym 5 times/week instead of the current 3 times/week. This will allow me to reintroduce cardio (Tues/Thurs) as well as keep going with strength (Mon/Weds/Fri). Sad consequence is having to get up early every weekday (and therefore having to go to bed early) but I imagine once I'm in the habit it will actually be easier to maintain.

    2. Eat out a maximum of 2 times a week. Mostly to save more money. Most of the time when I order food it's simply because I haven't had time to go grocery shopping and have no food in the house. So a bit more organisation and this should be pretty achievable.

    3. Make a serious effort to go on some dates. Alas this probably means Tinder, as work has nothing on that front and most of my hobbies are not "meeting people" type things. I'm turning 30 this year so I should probably get a move on with this shit.

    4. Finish Victoria Potter Part 1 (or at the very least, Year 1).

    As a consequence of the above taking up my free time...

    5. Play less EU4.
     
  7. Anarchy

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    1) Finish a story.
     
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    1) Actually start writing instead of just complaining about what people write.

    2) Do well in College (starting in May)

    3) Relearn how to play the Violin

    I give it 5 months before I give up
     
  9. Oz

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    We're kind of near the middle of the year. Ish. Good time to check in and see how things are going, and correct course if you've let things slide.
    Technically a little behind on this, but I didn't start running again until April. Should hit the 365 mile mark at the beginning of September with my current training schedule.
    Should be very achievable so long as I don't get injured. Marathon is the end of October so plenty of time.

    Unlikely at this stage, been prioritising running over cycling.

    Definite fail.

    Maybe.

    Halfway there.

    TBC.

    How's everyone else getting on?
     
  10. CareOtters

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    For perhaps the first time ever, some of mine have been hit.

    The successes:

    - Git gud at cooking.

    Finally learned not just how to cook, but how to really enjoy doing it, so I've completely cut out takeaway food, pre-made store bought crap, and fizzy drinks in favour of a homecooked meal every day, making my own lunches, and even preparing breakfast ahead of time so I can grab it in my early morning haze.

    - Fix my ridiculous sleeping pattern.

    Sleeping a regular 7+ hours almost every day after years and years of insomnia. There are no words for how good this feels. It's as if a perpetual hangover has been lifted.

    - Cut down on the recreational drug use

    It's down from every weekend to make me have a good time with people I don't like to the more sporadic occasions when I'm in the good company of people I actually enjoy spending time with. I'm including alcohol in this, so I've also had quite a bit more spending money available.

    - Move back to paper books

    I've bought a lovely Billy Bookcase from IKEA and I'm filling it up slowly. Ongoing project is to get the gorgeous collectors edition hardbacks of the Discworld. A bit pricey, so I'm spreading them out at one a month. Should have the whole collection in another two years at this rate, which is probably also how long it'll take me to re-read them.

    The failures:

    - Get a better job. Eh. I got through to the final interview for a substantial promotion, but I botched it. And I can't even claim it was due to my inexperience, lack of qualifications compared to the competitors, etc (even thought these are all true). I fucked it up myself by being shite in the interview. Still, I made myself apply for it, so it's all experience.

    - Write more. Hah. Hah. I think I've written less than ten thousand words so far this year. Gonna try to 500 club the thing I just started though, so maybe this isn't lost yet.

    - Finish Skyrim. Uh. I mean, this is never going to happen. Every so often I try, replay the same opening hour, and then shelf it for another few months.

    - Visit family. Uh. Again, probably never going to happen. I should make the effort, but I have no idea when my guilty conscience will overcome my hatred of eight hour train journeys.
     
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    GOODBYE YOU FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT

    no baby i didn't mean it

    Complete as of... ten minutes ago? Yeah okay. Next is two months of editing, then it's time to kick down people's doors and throw my book in their faces.

    DONE. Quite a good job too (not including salary). Still ditching it because Vancouver prices kill my soul, but ya know. Progress.

    One year at my new job and I get to laterally transfer to anywhere in the province. Hmm, buried in snow, burned in forest fires, or die to inevitable mega earthquake? Decisions.

    I think I gained thirty pounds. *frowns*

    Ehhh.

    RIP. Failed almost immediately.

    Got chess rating over 1500. Proceeded to get kicked into the next bracket in a tournament and my rating feeeeelllllllll. If you find my rating, please return it to me so I can bury it in a nice place.

    I'm trying, my love, I'm trying.

    New job, no more time. My poor stomach.

    TIME WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE?
     
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    I was planning on reviving this next month to see where everyone was, as on June 1st, we will already be halfway through the year (kill me now). Now, I shall just do it early.

    Ps. Congrats on finishing the draft of the novel @Vira. I'm hoping to have my rough draft done this year. Only about 75,000 words to go... yay...


    Ha. Hahaha. I fell off this bandwagon months ago. BUTTTTT, I have been running as cardio is what I need to improve. Let's see if I continue that over the summer.

    Ehhhh? Javascript course counts? While I would love to do this still, but something became way more pressing in my life: getting a new job. This is my next goal for the next month or two.

    Fucking NAILED it. I've been writing 750 words a day since mid march. I've written 53,247 fucking words since Mid-March.

    Not bad. Didn't get a good enough raise (reason 552 for looking for a new job), but doing good with what I got. We ended up getting a second roommate which is gonna lower our expenses. I did open a Roth IRA and an investment portfolio to get a little bit of extra money before my trip.
     
  13. Oz

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    60 days until 2019, still time to look at where you're at with your goals and maybe squeeze some in.


    Finished this about a month back, will probably end the year at about 450 miles.


    Failed. Pulled a muscle at mile 19 and had to walk the rest. Final time was 5:14:15. Still a 37:45 improvement.


    Both a complete failure. Ended up focusing on running and spent very little time cycling.


    Had a few interviews, have a few leads lined up. Unlikely anything will happen before the year end's but maybe I'll get lucky. Current job is definitely a dead end though so I'm ramping up on this.


    Down 30 since about March. Maybe I can squeeze another 20 in? Unlikely to get more than another 10 if I'm being realistic.

    Austria, Poland, Amsterdam, Croatia, London. Not too bad.

    2 successful, 3 failed, and 2 maybes.
     
  14. CareOtters

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    Somehow mine are continuing to snowball. My health and happiness are climbing to new heights and that's been giving the motivation to continue making homecooked meals every day and even write from time to time. Although I've been a bit lax with writing since my laptop took an unexpected bath. Still some failures, and I'm definitely not going to complete the pokedex by December 31st, but c'mon, there are 808 of the fuckers now.


    The Success:

    1) Git gud at cooking.

    I am a ballin' cook. It's now more effort to order takeout than it is to prepare a meal, and almost always lesser quality. Fuck yes. Experimenting with new foods has become a real hobby, and I spend a lot of my idle time at work looking up recipes to try at home, reading up on techniques I'm trying out, and browsing r/breadit. I've also begun buying some gorgeous cookbooks and sitting at home reading them with as much enjoyment as I would an actual goddamn novel. As an unexpected perk of the sudden quality control in my kitchen, I've begun to rapidly lose weight. I'm now wearing clothes that hadn't fit me for years, and the suit I bought about six months ago is now like a tent on me.

    2) Fix my ridiculous sleeping pattern

    Blackout curtains, no coffee after lunch, and a small amount of exercise. Fuck yes. I get at least seven hours a day. Some nights I've gone to bed at 20:30 and turned both the literal and figurative lights out.

    3) Cut down on the recreational drug use

    Still playing around with hallucinogens, but this is on rare occasions with good friends who I'd have enjoyed spending time with had we been sober, or sometimes making edibles. I've managed to tamp down on the urge to get coked up when bored on nights out with people I don't really like, and made the very smart decision to not date women who have personalities so rancid I can only bear to be around them while rushing my face off.

    4) Move back to paper books

    Now on three Billy bookcases, with perhaps 1/3 of the shelf space unused. I've got all the hardbacks from the Discworld series mentioned in my last post but the Unseen University sub-series, and will be grabbing them next. Also developed the habit of buying books a whole damn series at a time rather than one by one. My excuse is that it's less wasteful to order one Amazon parcel than five smaller ones. But we all know that's bullshit. I just enjoy buying 1m^2 in books in a single go.

    5) Get a better job.

    Start Monday. Also had a review session from my old job and realised that holy fuck do I go above and beyond. I finally have relevant bullshit for an interview. Even though this is a new job, I'm feeling like I'm getting closer to the point where I stand a reasonable chance of jumping ship out of this cancer industry and into an actual career doing something completely different.

    6) Write more.

    30k of Druid published, a few scrapped ideas worked on for sub-10k chapters, and a rough outline written up for the comp which I no longer have the time to write. Gotta get back to at least 500-clubbing a few times a week. Need to buy a new laptop to write with, because the one I have just now screams like a raccoon in a dishwasher and no amount of music can drown it out entirely.

    The Failures:

    7) Finish Skyrim.

    Uninstalled on PS4. Purchased on Switch. TES VI will come before I get past Bleak Falls Barrow.

    8) Visit family.

    They're gonna come visit me. Kinda counts. No? Yeah, this is a write-off. Won't be going home for Christmas because no way in hell am I taking a cross-country train on Christmas Eve and then again on Boxing Day.
     
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    @CareOtters That reads great. You sound like you're on a role, man. Congratz!

    #1 Nope. Went up to about 92 kg. However, I have never been more active in my life than these past 2 months in Canada. Hiking, 3-4x gym a week, walking wherever I can walk. I feel good. Not perfect and I still want to lose weight, but hell, I have a great time right now exercising -- which is rare.

    #2 Holy shit, yes. I love the countryside and I've made great friends who have been showing me a really good time.

    #3 I finished it, but haven't submitted yet (it's unedited so far and clocks in at 200k words, which is double what it should be). I'm not sure about it, to be honest.

    #4 Negative. Stopped eventually.
     
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