Thursday, January 13, 2011

Entry #39

Well, I guess it's better late than never. It's been years since I've made any New Year's resolutions. It took too much discipline to stick with them, so they went by the wayside after a few days or weeks. After some thought I've come up with a few things I'd like to accomplish this next year. These are goals to be worked toward more than resolutions.

The first, of course, is to stay on track with diet and exercise. At this time I'm using the weight machines for my upper body only and the elliptical and treadmill for cardio. On the elliptical I spend 15 minutes at level 5. I'm on the treadmill for 45 minutes, incline level 0.5, speed 3.8 mph. At this time I usually bump up the difficulty/speed when I can sustain the current levels with little difficulty. This seems to be working well, so I won't change it for now. I would like to add Saturday and Sunday workouts to my schedule, so this will be a goal.

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I usually have one or two books going at a time. History, historical fiction and books set in New England or the South interest me, so those are what I usually read. As I was thinking about these goals it came to me that it would be good to challenge myself and read some books about subjects that don't appeal to me. Here's my list:
1. Books written by people on the other side of the political aisle.
2. Science fiction
3. Books written about an aspect of teaching. I usually avoid these books because it feels like I never leave work when I read them at home in "my" time.
4. Sports

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