The fourth month of the year has come and gone and now, we’re into May and time to do a self-assessment of the goals I’ve set out for myself.
#1 Participate in Tough Mudder / Get in better shape
I’ve been eating better in general (thanks to juicing and cutting carbs from my meals) and exercising, although not as much as I would have hoped. It’s hard sometimes to cut carbs out completely, so I’ve been doing carb substitutions. I know I still want some carbs, but I’ll forgo eating a certain type of carb to get another in return. So, I’ve cut down on the carbs by not eating them at meals and giving myself a beer or two during the weekend as a reward. Sure it might not be the healthiest, but life should be about having fun too. I think I’ll be restarting Insanity! to help knock off that extra bit of fat that I shouldn’t have then transition back into doing P90X with more weight than I was using.
I’ve stopped using Fitocracy and SlimKicker as well. I think Fitocracy is much better than SlimKicker since I don’t totally agree with SlimKicker’s point system when it comes to logging food. It’s preferences are not the Paleo / low-carb diet that I find works best for me, but a low-fat diet that I don’t like and doesn’t help me at all. I’ll probably start using Fitocracy again since it can interface with RunKeeper which is on my phone and it can track my bike rides.
#2 Propose my PhD Topic
I’m not where I totally want to be, but I am working on the end-to-end example and have one-third of it working right now. The middle third I’m working on is going to be the toughest since it requires an awkward translation since the models have a mismatch in their representations. I can make it happen, it is just requiring a bit more thought than I would have liked (but it’s a PhD, it isn’t supposed to be easy :)). The last third is fairly simple and I could probably write it right now, but I want to save it for after what I’m working on so I’ll feel completely awesome about finishing it.
#3 Learn a new programming language
This lines up with completing my PhD so I might be moving this into that goal this coming month. Either way, I think I’m making decent progress and I want to write a few posts about learning Scala from a different perspective than how they’ve been written thus far online. So that might be my new goal.
#4 Finish painting rooms in my house
Still haven’t finished the room yet. Instead, I cleaned out the garage and moved a palette of bricks from inside the garage to the side of my house and bought a new oven to replace the broken one in my house. I’ll be installing the oven (hopefully) sometime this week and then perhaps I’ll work on painting this last room across a few nights. Cut in the corners and trim one night and then roller it the next.
#5 Spring / Summer house cleaning
I started on this and cleaned up the formal living area of my house. It resulted in a lot of things going out to the recycling bin and a few things going into the trash. I’m hoping to focus on one room each week and try and clean it out either donating, selling, recycling, or throwing away unneeded thing in each room. Then, even if I don’t toss anything, as long as I organize it all and get it in order, it’ll be far ahead of where it currently is (looking clean, but sort of disorganized to my eye).
#6 Brew my own beer
I think I’ll be removing this one this month since I’ve got a Honey Kolsch that I’ll be tasting soon and I brewed my Belgian Beersperiment which is now aging in a secondary carboy (can’t wait until this one is ready to go!).
I think I’m doing ok, but I’m not having near the progress that I was hoping on some of the goals. Of course, in the end, the point is to finish them while not going insane and having a life outside of these goals.