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New Year’s Resolution 2015

Posted on 02 January, 2015 in Uncategorized

I usually never have a New Year’s Resolution, but the Biker has been keeping that tradition for at least a few years. So I decided to try it out this year:

  • Running
    In 2014, I ran a total of 314.7 miles (mostly on the treadmill). I would like to keep this up, so I’m hoping to be able to run a minimum of 350 miles.
    Update on May 19th: I’ve run 174 miles so far, and it has been 139 days into the year, so I’m pretty good with the schedule.
    Update on October 23rd: I’ve completed this since late August, but forgot to update it here. As of October 23rd, I’ve run 392 miles both on the treadmill and streets. I’m still trying to run regularly, but it definitely is harder now that I’m done with the resolution.
    Update on January 1st, 2016: Ran 450 miles total.
  • Squatting
    Minimum: 300 squats a week. It can be any variations of squats, with or without weights.
    Update on May 19th: This is a failure, due to two reasons: 1. I’m horrible at keeping track of this. Several times I forgot to note down how many I’ve done, so the data isn’t reliable at all. 2. Sometimes my knees don’t like squatting too much (yes, yes, I know, probably it’s due to poor form… but I’ve had minor knees problem before, so I’m going to play the safe card and stop squatting when it starts to feel funny).
  • Reading
    I noticed that I’ve read less and less over the year, which is pretty sad considering how much I read as a child. Last year I only remember reading The Fault In Our Stars, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage, and Gone Girl. I started but never managed to finish Dan Brown’s Inferno. For this coming year, I’m setting a minimum of 5 books.
    Update on January 1st, 2016:
    – The Shepherd – Ethan Cross
    – The First Patient – Michael Palmer
    – The Wonderful Adventure of Nils – Selma Lagerlof
    – The Girl Who Played Go – Shan Sa (*)
    – Chuyện tình New York – Hà Kin (*)
    The Girl Who Played Go and The Wonderful Adventure of Nils are repeats – I read them before. However, I read TWAN so long ago that I don’t remember anything, so I think it counts as a new book. Chuyện tình New York is a questionable item too. I don’t think I did very well at this resolution. There are a few books I’ve been working on, including a quick summary of Vietnam’s history, and the book “Bitter in the Mouth” by Monique Truong, but I’m not even close to be done.
  • Drink only 12 times
    This is pretty much inspired by The Biker. He successfully did this in 2012, and decides to recycle this in 2015. One time of drinking is defined as a 12-hour period after I take the first sip of alcohol.
    Counts:
    1. January 31st: Daniela’s farewell party
    2. February 8th: Dinner at Minh & Mai’s
    3. April 30th: Post-project celebration with Victor and Mike.
    4. June 6th: Matt’s wedding
    5. September  26th: Erin’s wedding
    6. 26 November — Thanksgiving
    7. 27 November — Painting with wine
    8. 24 December — Christmas eve with the grandparents
    9. 25 December — Christmas night while Tyler was over
    10. 27 December — Orndorff Christmas party
    11. 28 December — Crab party
    12. 31 December — New Year’s Eve with Joshy

    I’m glad I was able to finish it. It was mainly just to challenge myself, so, congratulations self! Surprisingly, it didn’t seem to lower my alcohol intolerance. I don’t think I’ll repeat this one though. I feel like I’m generally already not a big drinker, and this sometimes limits the fun hanging out times with friends.

  • Blogging at least once a month
    I didn’t write much last year and would like to improve on that. One post a month is a realistic goal I can keep, I think.
    Update on January 1st, 2016: This is a slight fail. I thought I blogged 12 times, but I just counted and it was only 11. One thing that happened several times is that I had a thought brewing, wrote a few lines about it, but I talked to someone and somehow didn’t feel like putting it into words anymore.

 

Mid-year resolution

Posted on 17 September, 2012 in Happy Moments, Jabbers, Thoughts

Quick post to note down a few things, esp to put a mark for the starting of my resolution:

1. I’ll go vegetarian for three weeks. So, from 09/17 to the end of 10/07. I’ll have dairy products & eggs, but no meat, poultry, or any kind of seafood. I won’t be so anal as to scrutinize the ingredient lists of every single bottled product I buy, but of course I’ll avoid the obvious non-vegetarian ones.

2. I’ll give up bubble tea for two months. This is just to prove to myself that I still have some discipline and self-control… lol. I used studying for qual exams as an excuse, but now this needs to stop :-|. So, I won’t have bubble tea for two months.

3. Talking about that…. YES I PASSED MY TWO QUAL EXAMS! 🙂

4. Why are tickets to ANYWHERE during Thanksgiving break so expensive? Airplane companies sure know how to rip off people :|. Now the lowest price I could get for 3.5 hours flying is still around $440… ugh!!!!!