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Have decided that I’m going to give myself wee challenges each month this year. So far January has been, predictably, a sober month - no alcohol in January. Intent on seeing this through to February. I’ll certainly plan to drink less and more moderately through the rest of the year as I’m already dreading hangovers.
I’m not set on February’s ‘challenge’ (and will need ideas for the rest of the year) so feel free to offer suggestions. You say it, I’ll dae it!! Maybe.

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Going to give this a go this year- Will try and give monthly updates on my progress. 

1. Get fit & lose weight- I’m over weight at the moment and have a target weight I want to get to. 

2. Curtail my drinking- I don’t drink much (normally only Ayr away games) but when I do I tend to make an arse of it. I need to get a grip. 

3. Visit a new country/city- Going to New York in March so this should be easy enough 

4. Look into becoming an organ donor- Something I’ve thought about for a while. I have a few health problems which may complicate things but it’s worth enquiring about. 

5. Read at least ten books- I enjoy reading but rarely do it so I want to make an effort to do this 

6. Watch five new series’s on Netflix- Pretty self explanatory. 

7. Visit my gran more- I really need to make an effort to go out and visit my gran more. She only lives a fifteen minute bus ride away. 

8. Have a month free of drinking- Again pretty self explanatory. This should also massively help goal 1. 

9. Drink more water- I rarely drink water which isn’t particularly healthy. Make a point of drinking at least one bottle of water a day which isn’t great but is an improvement. 

10. Participate in a new hobby- Apart from going to work and the football I don’t really do much. Would like to start a hobby. 

11. Sort out sleeping pattern- I normally don’t go to bed till 12/half which can leave me feeling quite tired in the morning. Aim to be in bed for no later than 11pm on work nights (Sunday to Thursday).

12. Continue to do well in job- I recently got a job promotion at work so would like to continue to perform well at work. 

13. Sort out love life- At 23 a lot of my pals are starting to settle down. I’d like to do the same. Been on a few dates but nothing. 

14. Raise/Donate money to charity- Again pretty self explanatory. 

15. Do more around the house- I still stay with my mum and dad and really don’t do enough around this house. Need to do more to take the weight of my mum and dad shoulders.

16. Go watch Glasgow Wariors more- I was a semi regular at Firhill when they played there but since they moved to Scotsoun I can count the amount of times I’ve been. 

17. Do volunteering somewhere- Think the buzz you’d get from helping people would make this worthwhile. 

18. Give up Choclate/Chips for a month - Both my guilty pleasure. Would again help with No 1. 

19. Do Movember- Probably similar to No 14 but at this point I’m running out of answers. 

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Hard to believe but that's quarter of the year gone already. Who's up for a check-in?

There's a few of mine which I didn't anticipate doing until later in the year when things warm up but anyway... 

1. Weight - Down to 11 3/4 stone and stay there:
This one's a bit frustrating. I've been within 1/2 a pound of my goal weight several times but it always creeps back up. Started at 12 stone 7 lbs, currently a baw-hair under 12 stone.

2. Three backpack camping trips - even if they're only overnights. One of them to be in the (Colorado) winter months, Jan, Feb or Dec:
Still to do one. Missed the Jan/Feb window.

3. Self-Supported bike tour:
Later in the year.

4. Cycle up High Grade: (Big local hill)
Later in the year

5. Climb a 14'er: (Bigger local hill)
I didn't plan to do this until later in the year, which is just as well. We've had some serious avalanches this winter. 

6. No alcohol month - January:
Got this one. Yay.

7. Read 50 books:
Ahead of schedule with 16 so far.

8. Run 10K:
Ha, ha, ha, no. Not even started training.

9. Average 10,000 steps per day:
February was rough with a combination of bad weather, illness and business travel but I'm still comfortably ahead on this one.

 

How's everybody else doing?

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Ok, so 1/4 of the way through.

1 - Finish the professional qualification I've been working on over the past few months. I'm procrastinating over the extremely easy closing stages having done the extremely hard parts successfully. (Done: all wrapped up last week)

2 - Get a new job and move. I don't really like where I live. (Done: new job secured, moving in a few weeks)

3 - Read and give away/swap all the books on my bookshelf before I move. There are about ten or so unread. (Getting there: I'm going to read two more of them and don't actually fancy the others. Will be given away)

4 - I speak two foreign languages pretty well. I'd like to get better at both and learn Malay. (Making more time for this and doing ok.)

5 - Go to ten new fitba grounds. (3 so far this year. On track.)

6 - Wrap the fags. (Going ok. Reduced to only smoking when I drink now, and even avoided that last week. A bit to go, but not bad.)

7 - Walk 500 miles. This should be no bother, I walk a lot. With an 'l'. (Strolling it... Over 350 miles. Only counting 'going for a walk'. So walking to the supermarket or the bus etc doesn't count.)

8 - Run an official 10k. I've done longer races in the past and am pretty fit, but I've had a horrendous 2018 of injury and running a 10k would signify a nice recovery. (Nothing yet)

9 - Make more of an effort to keep in touch with pals through Skype etc. I'm always surprised how easy it is to actually keep in touch with people when I just make the slightest effort. Yet, I'm often very lazy about it. (Doing quite well with this.)

Decent so far, I think.

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1  visit ross county ground

2 and inverness  

3 and palmerston

4. do a track day at knockhill

5 eventually decorate the hoose

6 .actually learn to work that fancy doodah camera I bought

7 . use the mountain bike more

8. visit places in Scotland where I aint never been .

9. stop making to do lists .

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On 31/12/2018 at 19:43, Honest Saints Fan said:

I like doing this. Most of mine will be health related... 

1. Finish chemotherapy. Hopefully have this done by February.

2. Put on weight. I’m just over 8 stone and would like to put on at least 1 stone.

3. Get physically fit again. Bed bound for months has destroyed all my muscles so need to get off my lazy arse!

4. Treat my husband to something special when I’m feeling better. He’s been through shit the last few months and deserves a treat.

5. Get a will sorted out. Need to do this ASAP.

6. Enjoy every minute I spend with the children.

7. Continue saving money, dunno why mind, you can’t take it with you :lol:

8. Spoil my parents. Mum has given up her job to be my carer so she deserves something really good.

9. Say screw you to this shitty cancer.

With a few weeks left of the year I thought I'd update my list.

 

1. Done. I Finished chemo in February! 

2. Done. I did put weight back on. Managed to get to 9st 3lbs. Lost it all again and was down to 7st 6lbs. Now back to 9st 1lb.

3. Getting there. Don't think I'll ever be physically fit again but I can get around a wee bit now. 

4. Done. Sort of. Booked a holiday to Mexico for the two of us for February next year. 

5. Done. Sort of. Got my draft will arranged. Getting it signed off this week.

6. Done. Loving every minute with the kids. Even the 5am wakeups...

7. Nah. My worst cancer symptom is spending money. 

8. Done. Treated parents to a holiday.

9. Done. Cancer is in remission. f**k you.

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On 13/11/2019 at 22:18, Honest Saints Fan said:

With a few weeks left of the year I thought I'd update my list.

 

1. Done. I Finished chemo in February! 

2. Done. I did put weight back on. Managed to get to 9st 3lbs. Lost it all again and was down to 7st 6lbs. Now back to 9st 1lb.

3. Getting there. Don't think I'll ever be physically fit again but I can get around a wee bit now. 

4. Done. Sort of. Booked a holiday to Mexico for the two of us for February next year. 

5. Done. Sort of. Got my draft will arranged. Getting it signed off this week.

6. Done. Loving every minute with the kids. Even the 5am wakeups...

7. Nah. My worst cancer symptom is spending money. 

8. Done. Treated parents to a holiday.

9. Done. Cancer is in remission. f**k you.

Fucking superb stuff! 

All the best for 2020. 

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On 05/12/2019 at 21:25, G_Man1985 said:

Do we carry this on again for next year?
Fewer numbers this year

May have ran its course

Can't speak for anyone else, but I've never done this list thing before and it's been good.

It's made me actually think about the things I wrote down.

I won't get 100%, but I've made a good stab at it. Would do again.

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Give this another go - though I only managed about three of 2018 goals

1) Submit (and hopefully get) my CILIP librarian chartership. - Submitted, waiting on results.

 

2) Complete the  Country Walking 1000 mile walking challenge. - I forgot to keep counting. not 1000 miles but I did get out loads so quite happy.

 

3) Start getting some savings put aside so that I can cope with financial problems as they arise. - Not really managed it.

 

4) Learn to drive and pass my test. - Passed the theory test and have been taking lessons.

 

5) Swim 52 miles in the year. - not 52 but again, massively upped the amount of Open Water swimming I did so very happy anyway.

 

6) Swim in 52 different places within the year - want to explore the lochs and visit some of the lido's that are out there. - swam in 10 new places which is fine. I think 52 was too ambitious!

 

7) Climb at  least 1 Munro (Slightly cheating as I have one planned in March). - Ben Vorlich in June.

 

8 ) Lose 17kg by next year. (I am a fat b*****d! but have lost a stone this year so want to keep going). - No weight lost but not gained either. Call this one a draw.

 

9 ) Arrange Cross-country skiing holiday for next Dec (been a wish for ages). - Failed! Not this year.

 

10) Being a bit of an anxious person I find getting out with other people hard so my last goal is to make sure I go walking and swimming with the groups I have found and get to know people a bit better. - I managed this much better so I’ll say this is achieved.

 

 

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On 01/01/2019 at 10:15, Day of the Lords said:

A few of these are carried over from 2018 (and probably 2017).

1. Finish the munros. I've got 57 left and surely to f**k I can get that lot done if I can stay injury free this year - Epic fail, only done 5 new ones this year. 

2. 3000 self-propelled miles this year (combination of road/mountain bike, running, walking) - I haven't kept track of my walking tally, but I've done 2900 road and mountain bike miles, between that, hillwalking and general walking about i'll be well over 3000

3. Lose 2 stone - I'm almost 15st now which is ridiculous. - Epic fail. I'm half a pound lighter than this time last year 😂

4. Camp on the summit of A'Mhaighdean (one of the Fisherfield mountains in the north west). It's supposedly got one of the finest views in the country.  - Didn't get round to it this year. Defo on the cards for next years.

5. Finish the Loch Ness Etape in under 4 hours. It's 65 miles and if I manage to get to a reasonable level of cycling fitness it should be achievable. - 3h 43m - totally hammered it, beating last years time by about 40 mins. 

6. Save £3000. I'm in a fairly decent paying job now so this should be possible. I hope.  - £2,000 - would have been fine if I hadn't recently treated myself to some bike gear and a new camera lens. 

7. Run a 10K. I'd given up running after my knee op in 2016, but gave it another go a couple of weeks back and my knee didn't explode, so i'll try to get back into it again - I hate running. It's fucking awful. Why did i waste a goal on this? 

8. Take the mountain bike to a mountain summit - Never bothered with this either. Was going to cycle up Mount Keen but couldn't be fucked. 

9. Explore some of the more remote areas of the highlands and stay in a couple of bothies - Spent a fair bit of time in Assynt, Skye and Kintail this year. Fantastic places to visit. Stayed in Coire Fionnaraich bothy and a couple of others. Hopefully more next year. 

10. Stop smoking. I say this every year - LOL

11. Do an epic cross-country mountain bike route - The one I'd planned needed a good dry spell in summer, which never really materialised. Hopefully next year. 

12. Cycle at least one of the UK's top 100 cycle climbs - Did the Cairn o'Mount climb during an 84 mile sportive. Like fun, but different. 

13. Read a couple of new books - Nope, never got round to it. 

14. Do the "Ride to the Sun" event. I fancied this last year but never really got round to it. - Did this in June, cycling from Carlise to Edinburgh and for added hilarity, back to Carlisle. It took around 13 hours and 207 miles. Had a bit of a sore arse tbf. 

15. Go to the football with my old man - Never got round to this either 

16. Get back into golf - Started playing in August after a gap of 8 years or so. Given a 6 handicap after my 3 qualifying rounds 😂

17. Get a decent car instead of my ongoing series of utter shitboxes - Got a new Seat Arona in January. It's quite boring having a car that always starts in the morning. Where's the fun in that? 

18. Try to get 2 or 3 holidays this year, even if they're short breaks - Been on breaks to the Skye (twice), the Lake District, Lochcarron and Assynt. Superb (even if the weather wasn't) 

19. Get photo shortlisted in a national landscape photo competition - Photography has taken a bit of a back seat this year, what with work being really busy and looking after my other half. Just starting to get into it again though. 

 

8/19 

Shite. 

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9 hours ago, Day of the Lords said:

 

8/19 

Shite. 

You did some cool stuff though, the walking up in the Highlands sounds brilliant.

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You did some cool stuff though, the walking up in the Highlands sounds brilliant.
Yeah the north west is jaw-dropping in places, particularly Torridon and Assynt. Have you been up that way?

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Yeah the north west is jaw-dropping in places, particularly Torridon and Assynt. Have you been up that way?

 

Not yet, it’s definitely on the to do list.

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23 hours ago, Jambomo said:

Not yet, it’s definitely on the to do list.

Nice. It's best done in either Spring or Autumn. The midges and numbers of tourists on single track roads are absolute torture in summer. 

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On 30/12/2018 at 07:58, Shotgun said:

All right, here's my list.

1. Weight - Down to 11 3/4 stone and stay there:
I'm currently about 12 1/2 stone, which at 5' 11'' isn't too heavy, but given that I have pipe cleaners for arms, and no visible muscle above the waist, it isn't healthy weight. My biggest problem is snacking and the bit-of-a chocolate addiction I've developed in the past few years. If I can do better there, my fighting weight of 11 3/4 stone should be achievable.

2. Three backpack camping trips - even if they're only overnights. One of them to be in the (Colorado) winter months, Jan, Feb or Dec:
I have all the gear and love it when I get out. Just don't do it nearly enough. 

3. Self-Supported bike tour:
As above. My touring bike glares at me every time I go out on one of the others.

4. Cycle up High Grade:
This won't mean much to most of you but it's a long-arse bitch of a climb from the Denver suburbs up into the foothills. 3,000 ft (914 m) altitude gain over 16 miles. It's something of a right of passage for local cyclists but I haven't done it yet and I'm getting old.

5. Climb a 14'er:
Another local one. Colorado has 53 mountains over 14,000 ft (4,267 m). I've been up a whopping two. Some are best left to experienced / skilled mountaineers but others are no more than a stiff hike. Because we usually get violent thunderstorms in the summer months, it's necessary to be at the top and back below tree-line by early afternoon, so that requires sleeping at the trail head and starting out before sun up.

6. No alcohol month - January:
I don't do this every year but when I have, it hasn't been a problem. More a case of breaking the habit than anything. It would be easier if I could find a soft drink I didn't detest though.

7. Read 50 books:
Sounds like a lot but I've achieved it comfortably the last 2 years, which is when I started tracking. I order recorded books from the library, download them to my phone then listen to them while walking the dogs and driving. Then, between paper books (also usually from the library) and my Kindle, an average of a book a week is manageable.

8. Run 10K:
Of everything on my list, this is probably going to be the biggest challenge. I've taken up running so many times in the last 15 years, it isn't funny. Yet, no matter how gently I take it, stretch, eat right and follow all the rules, I always, always, always seem to blow out a tendon, bugger up a knee, slip on the ice or something to put me back to square one. This time...this time, you hear?

9. Average 10,000 steps per day:
Again, managed this the last couple of years since I started tracking, despite 2 fairly serious illnesses and a lot of business travel. If the running takes off, that will help.

 

So here we go. Two days left to drink and eat myself stupid before the work begins. Happy new year everybody.

 

OK, well..2019 wasn't the best of years, for many reasons. A combination of a winter that lasted well into May before going straight into thunder/hail season, being kept stupidly busy with a new job and some health issues meant that I didn't spend anywhere near as much time outdoors as I would've like. Still...

1. Weight - Down to 11 3/4 stone and stay there:
As of this morning, 11 stone 12 lbs. So, not quite. Looking in the mirror though, I'm not sure losing any more weight would be all that good for me.

2. Three backpack camping trips - even if they're only overnights. One of them to be in the (Colorado) winter months, Jan, Feb or Dec:
Not a one.

3. Self-Supported bike tour:
Did this one. 6 days in August, 300+ miles. Brilliant wee holiday.

4. Cycle up High Grade:
Nope. Did a few training rides but my annual bike miles this year was pitiful.

5. Climb a 14'er:
Also nope.

6. No alcohol month - January:
Yep. Easy enough.

7. Read 50 books:
Finished the 59th yesterday afternoon.

8. Run 10K:
Another fat nope. I still hope to get this one some day.

9. Average 10,000 steps per day:
Averaged over 12,000 although that required a lot of late night, sub-zero temperature epic battles to complete. I'll still aim for 10,000 average because I think that's healthy for someone in a sedentary job. But I'm not going to worry about streaks or higher daily counts any more. Too much hassle for something that should be fun.

 

 

 

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