Where Did 2009 Go?

It seems like just last month I wrote about what I wanted to accomplish in 2009.  Sadly, it looks like I accomplished very little of what I set out to do.  2009 can best be described as a big old load of FAIL with a side of despair and some crazy pudding for dessert. For the sake of review, I:

  • Still haven't met my 2007 resolution of getting down to 250 lbs.
  • Didn't run a 10K this year.
  • Didn't do much to grow this blog. Currently I have 148 subscribers and had 211,000 visits for the year.
  • Didn't do anything with geekintoshape.com.  Which likely explains why I didn't meet goal #1.

That about sums up the measurable goals.  Now, for the unmeasurable, I think I did a little better. Let me explain.

I wanted to live a little more simply.  My wife and I have de-cluttered the house quite a bit.  With our new addition to the house, we've managed to make the most out of our small house.  I'm very proud of how well we've been able to shed some "stuff"

I wanted to get rid of unnecessary obligations.  This was a tough one to do.

Throughout the year I've been doing my best to re-focus myself at work.  I've been at the same place for 5 years and it's amazing just how much responsibility you can accumulate!  Once I sat down and thought about it, I realized that I was involved in every little thing on every little project.  I've made it a point to step back and let my immediate manager run interference for me so that I can actually get things done.  This puts me out of the loop a little, but my productivity gains have been huge as a result. I'm still involved in way more stuff than just writing software, but I feel good about my willingness to step back and let other people be responsible for things from time to time.

More recently I made a really tough decision to let go of a small source of revenue.  On the side I was running a small web hosting business.  I had about 10 clients paying me to make sure that their website worked and they could send/receive emails.  It wasn't much money, but it did allow me to host my sites for free and to have a little extra cash for toys.  Lately my web host has been a little less than reliable and it's caused me a huge amount of grief. I just decided that it wasn't worth the trouble.  I would rather spend my free time with my son, with my wife, writing a blog post or learning something new.  I still feel awful about it because in my eyes, I feel like I just gave up.  In the end though, my sanity won out.

I wanted to make better use of my idle time.  If you don't have children, let me be the first to tell you that having a child is the easiest way to consume all of your idle time.  In the time that it took to write this, I've taken a break to feed Hudson and another to comfort him when he woke up from his nap. There is no more idle time. :)

And there, my friends, is the answer to where MY 2009 went.  It was consumed entirely with the process of delivering and taking care of this:

2009 Resolutions

Last year I managed to do fairly well with my goals overall.  I feel good about publicly stating my intentions since it seems to give me a little more motivation to stay on track. 

Health and Fitness

  1. Finish up my damn resolution from 2007 to get down to 250 pounds.  I tried really hard last year, but fell off for the last quarter of the year.  I’m at 275 lbs right now, so I just need to lose 25 more pounds.
  2. Run a 10K.  Last year I did a 5K and it really helped push my weight goals along.  Running a 10K has to work twice as well since it’s twice the distance, right? 😉

Blogging

  1. Grow this blog more.  I really intend on blogging more this year.  I want this blog to not be so much about my weight loss journey.  Simple enough, I’ll just post more about software development.  My goals are to have 250+ subscribers and 200,000 visits by the end of the year. 
  2. Make geekintoshape.com into something.  Last year George and I started a weight loss blog, geek into shape.  My intention was and still is to use that as an outlet for telling the world about my struggles, failures, and successes at losing weight and keeping it off.  I’d like to have 100+ subscribers and 100,000 visits by the end of the year.

Lifestyle

  1. Live simple.  I have a lot of junk and clutter that needs to go away.
  2. Get rid of unnecessary obligations.  There are a lot of things that compete for my attention both in my personal life and in my career.  My goals this year are to focus my efforts to those things which make me happy and to those things which I’m good at.  Anything else needs to be removed, transferred, or outsourced.
  3. Make better use of my idle time.  At the end of the day, I often find myself wondering where the day went.  I know that I can use my time better and get more things done. 

Well, there’s the list.  The lifestyle changes aren’t exactly measurable, but they will be here to serve as a reminder.  Here’s to a positive 2009!

New Blog?

I'm sure you have noticed my increased focus on my health and fitness.  I feel like I have quite a bit to share, but I'm not sure that this blog is the outlet for that.  So, I've been tossing around the idea of starting a new blog dedicated to my fat ass and my quest to remove it.  It would give me a place to post more frequently about my efforts, successes and failures.  So, my question is this:  Would such a blog be of any interest to you?  If so, please drop a comment here and let me know.  It's just an idea I've been tossing around in my thick head.