Goals for 2012
i’m dropping 50lbs of fat. thats the main goal that will have all sorts of other pay-offs that would normally be isolated goals (get back into dh racing, better at dirt jumping, place respectably in the local 4x series at south park, plus all that dumb health shit) 10lbs down, 40 to go. dropping about 1.5-2 lbs a week so far. if i can avid injuries that prevent me from training i should do just fine.
Good job, that’s about what I need to lose. I lost about 5 thru January but then winter came back. Stupid Phil.
I should lose 40, but I’d be perfectly happy with 20-30.
Shame that my weight is completely outside of my control. <Drinks more heavily sugared coffee and brushes doughnut crumbs from his beard>
Forgetting to take the bus pass (son had it for a trip on Sunday) results in an unexpected ride to work & back, and put me over 100 miles for the year so far. I got to try out riding on frozen mud and packed on the North Shore Trail, and frozen, deeply rutted mud and loose snow on the trolley trail. So, lots of fun yesterday!
Reddan, I’m thinking of shooting for the first March 100 km populaire. So what’s a populaire, just less rigorous with checkpoints and such than a brevet?
@edmonds: Just shorter than a brevet, that’s all. Uses the same concepts, controle cards, and whatnot.
It’s a way to introduce people to randonneuring without expecting them to punch out a 200K right off the bat.
“First taste is free…”
I’m committing myself to the first two anyway, 100, 200. After that we’ll see. Hope I haven’t jinxed myself by saying it publicly.
Retrogrouches and rando go together like wool and Grant Petersen.
Oops, Feb 23. Might have to go to the next hole soon, here.
Better get my belt back on.
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Yes, yes it is.
My big goal is To work on a plan to completely change my career. Start a new job that I could include the use of my bike and a healthier lifestyle. Then I would have more time to donate to Flock and bike pittsburgh.
Start a new job that I could include the use of my bike and a healthier lifestyle.
@ reddan hadn’t considered that but now it’s on my list of possibilities. The job I want to do is sooooo crazy I don’t know if I should tell you because you would think I’m insane.
Mr. Marv, you’ve seen some of the things people post on here, right? I posted a pic of my belt, for x’sake.
Well if you really want to know I’m out of shape and not real happy with my unhealthy lifestyle. I’ve decided to become a personal trainer. It sounds crazy I know, but I want to change my lifestyle then help others do the same. I’ve worked in health care treating the cause of poor living, now I want to help prevent poor living. I know nothing about how to achieve this goal but I will do all I can to make this happen.
That sounds entirely sane.
I would love to brainstorm as to how you might do this.
I don’t know that “personal trainer” is what is needed in the world. Too athletey. There are dozens of people called that who help people in gyms, and then watch their trainees get in their cars to drive home to eat processed packaged foods and watch tv.
Right off the bat the words that popped into my mind were “wellness coach”, and it turns out such a thing exists. People need someone to stand back and examine them in a global sense. Imagine if you could get a health care provider to pay for you to spend a day with a person, in their home, see what they have in their fridge, find out where they shop, see what cleaning supplies they use, even show them simple things to cook, alternate ways to get around without the car, even help them try things, take a walk with them, teach them how to ride a bike, find out how long their tv is on every day, how much sleep they get, see if they read. Get a picture of their life, not just “weight, blood pressure, do you drink alchohol, do you smoke, turn your head and cough”.
Then you would be on to something.
Stumbled onto this immediately. Might be worth some research.
And oh, yes, almost forgot. Do it.
@ edmonds59 what you described is exactly what my vision is. A wellness coach is perfect. I want to change their and my way of life. I have just started researching this and still have no idea how to reach my goal, but this is what I want in 2012
I guess in three words: Go.for.it.
A somewhat OT story, but it’s akin to what you are describing. Several years ago, the father of one of my colleagues at the office came down with multiple myeloma. The colleague is something of a control freak in her life and this ws something she could not control. Her recourse was eating. By the time her father’s cancer had run it course and he died, she had put on 100 lbs. She eventually hooked up with a guy who was finishing a PHD in food nutrition and was a competitive weightlifter besides. He put her on a rigorous diet and a weight training program. She dopped all the weight, is back to and holding her original weight, and still gets up at 4:30 AM to go to the gym.
Not saying you necessarily need to go back to school and burden yourself with a ton of student loan debt, or that you need to become a gym rat who can bench 300 lbs while mrs. marv cools her heels at home.
What I am saying is that there’s gotta be a way for you to do this. The article edmonds59 linked to gave me a couple of ideas.
This seems to be something coming to vogue and your timing is right to jump into it at the beginning.
1. You need to figure out a cheap way to establish the creds you need. If it were I, I would start with the group mentioned in the article as working on professional standards and see where they are with it and what they suggest.
2. You need to figure out how to carve out a niche for yourself in this. Again if it were I, I’d consider starting to check with the local hospitals/health care providers to see about starting a program like this which you of course will work for/run/whatever. You already work in health care; that should give some contacts to start with.
Oncology ward work is tough and draining. I told you before I could never do this and marvel at how you can. But if you feel it is time to for you to move on, then it IS time for you to move on. All you and mrs. marv need to do is figure out how to keep you two and your kid(s) with food on the table, clothes on your backs and a roof over your heads while you do it. Maybe not as nice a one as you may have now, but something.
Again, if this is what you truly believe you want to do, and clearly the passion is there, then: go.for.it.
@mrmarvelous… with any luck I’ll get to do this over the Summer while I’m out here in Chicago land http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/green/mosquito-repel-green100026449.html
Part of the job description:
“Experience and Skills
Successful Candidate Must
Must be 18 years of age or older
Possess a high school degree or equivalent with high school level math skills
Communicate effectively in English in both written and verbal forms
Have a valid Drivers License with an excellent driving record
Ability to sit and ride a bicycle for extensive amounts of time (MAY RIDE UP TO 30-50 MILES PER WORKDAY)” WIN!!!
Man, headloss, that sounds very cool. Get in there and see if there’s any possibility of working your way up in that company. I could see this company setting up programs in third world countries and selling a whole package, bike and all. Become a field rep, travel the world setting up the locals with a program. Make sure to point out that the “end of the season” in Illinois is just starting the farther south you go. You were in the service, right? That sounds made for you.
Also, if you get that far, ask if they have considered making contact with orgs like 88bikes or the Kona Africabike program, who already have contacts on the ground in places that probably need this service. Bet they haven’t thought of that.
I’m definitely going to try to get my foot in the door, but the reason I’m in Chicago is (ironically) to get a job in a radiation oncology department when I’m done with school here. If I can be a bicycle riding mosquito killer during my Summer though… hell yeah!
They apparently also have ATV work during the night! Not that $10 an hour is that great, but the other aspects of the job certainly make up for it!
If I do end up getting a job there, I’ll certainly keep your suggestion in mind.
I do love working in Oncology, this last year has been emotionally draining an I feel it’s having an impact on my stress level and trickles down to my over all health. I may go back to Oncology one day possibly in a fitness coach format.
I have been awful with my goals. But my new, primary goal is in a similar vein as MM’s.
I need a new job. I love baking, but I’m growing unhappy with this specific position for a number of reasons. I dislike working downtown, and I’ve been with this company for almost three years. I’ve learned what I can, and I feel that it’s time to move on.
However, since we’re always so short-staffed, I need to make this a process. Plus, jobs this good in the food industry are difficult to come by, my new, main goal for all of 2012 is to find a new job in a neighborhood that I like better, with comparable pay and insurance benefits. I get paid vacations now, but I could obviously do without if I had to. The date in my head is late August.
Did my first full 2 way commute of the year today, unintentionally. I worked until 6 and figured I would just bus it since I would be pushing daylight, got to my stop with 7 minutes to spare, and there was the 29. Pulling away, bastard. I think it was actually Jan Ullrich driving the bus laughing his ass off going “just ride your bike home you chubby girly man”. So rode. Got home just in time for the big orange plasma ball to sink into Ohio. On the bike from 7:30 to 7:30, with like 9 hrs of work in the middle.
And just logged my car-free miles, just broke 100 commuting (non-recreational) biking miles for 2012.
Rode home again today and when I got home, parked my bike, was taking off my stuff, I looked up, and my bike told me it loves me.
Sunday morning I rode from my house to a ride on the Montour Trail, rode the airport connector, went to the Cycling expo at the Marriot, then rode into town to see the close of the picture show at the Carnegies library, and back downtown. Saw many lovely bike people. About 4:00 thinking about the daunting climb back to the west, I did hit the 24 bus back home. Rode 46 miles. A fabulous night’s sleep. It was like some kind of bikey dream day.
I am totally disoriented and back to reality this morning, bleh, Monday.
How is everyone doing on their goals. I hope they where not forgotten.
I’ve run 2 races already this year, and I’m registered for the Jtown 1/2 marathon, and have a training program (+ motivational training partner!) in place through next year’s Pgh marathon. The “run” portion is well under way and established. I need to work on the “ride” portion
as for riding with the mutts – we’ve gotten leash manners established in both, and they’re both comfortable around bicycles (and the one has STOPPED chasing others, thank god). So progress there too.
Cburch, Alan, you guys are awesome!
My goal was 1000 miles for the year, I’ll be around 1575-ish when I get home from the ride I’m on.
I know I lost some weight, but I don’t own a scale so I have no clue how many pounds. People I work with told me I look thinner and I’ve gone down 2 holes in the belt.
Weight and thin-ness can be two different things. Worst case scenario, you weigh yourself and work real hard to eat less and exercise more and 6 weeks later you weigh virtually the same and give up, where in reality, you lost 6 pounds of fat and gained a few pounds of muscle, but the scale does not show that.
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