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2016 Resolutions – September Update

I’ve been doing well with some of my resolutions and not so well with others. Here’s where I stand at the start of September:

Fitness and Nutrition

  • Run 400 miles
    I’ve been running quite a bit this summer but I’m still trying to work off the deficit from not starting to run in mid May. The following graphic shows my progress for running a mile per day, which is a little less than the 400 mile graphic. Today is indicated by the black square. Each blue square indicates a mile I have run. So I’m approximately 2.5 months behind where I need to be. I need to average about 14 miles every week to reach 400 miles by the end of the year.
    Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 8.55.19 AM
  • Complete 150 hours of physical activity
    I’m right where I need to be for this resolution. As indicated on my Exercise Time page, I have accumulated about 105 hours of physical activity this year. This is right about where I need to be to reach 150 by the end of the year. A lot of this time was from all the hiking done earlier in the year. I’ve been slowing down with about 2 hours of activity per week (running). So I need to step it up a little to ensure I reach this 150 hour goal.
  • No sweetened beverages
    I still have not have a sweetened beverage since November 26, 2015 making it 289 straight days with out a soda. Most of the time I’m drinking water although I often drink tea (white, green, oolong) while at work.

Lifelong Learning

  • Complete Five Courses or Textbooks
    I took one personal development course at work but that’s about all of my progress so far. Although I’m a little frustrated, most of the time spent for courses or textbooks has been used for other important things. However, lifelong learning is still important to me so I hope to make some more progress by the end of the year.
  • Read Fifty-Two Books
    I’ve completed 18 books – I’m way behind where I should be. I should have read 36 books by this point in the year to reach my goal of 52 books in 2016. I will try to pick up the pace in September.
  • Read Fifty-Two Articles
    I am probably doing well on this resolution although I haven’t been actively tracking the numbers of articles I’ve read. Most of this is work-related.


  • Higher Savings Rate
    I set a pretty aggressive savings rate for 2016. I started off the year really well but started falling behind where I wanted to be (blue line) during the summer. In the end, I think I’ll probably end up 70-80% of where I wanted to be by the end of the year. I haven’t been particularly spendthrift, and I haven’t splurged on trivial items, so I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made so far.

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