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I already posted my Third 52 goals, treat but I want to follow up with a recap from the Second 52. Hopefully I can look for some trends and patterns to find better ways to meet my goals going forward.

For each goal, surgeon

Spring Break

Spring Break fell during this 52 and we traveled to Jamaica to catch some sun! Many of my goals were affected by that week away from my habit-enabling routines. It was difficult to meet all of them.

Career

  • Build a habit of coding an hour a day, four days a week.
    Work on my personal platform 30 minutes a  day, four days a week.

Result:

Family

Plan excursions for spring break.

Result

I planned

Financial

Complete the remodel of the laundry room

Taxes

It’s tax season. Success is getting our personal and my father’s estate taxes done.

Result
Success I got all the tax info done and sent to the accountants.

Set up the estate sale
Result
Partial The estate sale isn’t officially set up yet, but I did meet with Realtors and an auction company.

Mental

Journal

Blogging / Writing

Reading

Read and finish 2 books, 1 of which should be non-fiction.

Result

Success I finished 3 books:

As an aside, I set a goal to try and read daily about 5 days a week. I finished the books even though I only read about 3 days a week. My goal for the year is to read 14 books (2 books each of the 7 52s). Right now I’m ahead of pace at 5 books!

Make tomorrow’s plan

Physical

Complete Power 90 and Start P90x

In the First 52, I worked out between 4 and 5 days a week. I started the year with Beachbody’s Power 90 (the original, I understand they’ve redone Power 90). Amazingly, spring break this year fell exactly on the week after I would finish the 90-days of the program. Continuing my goal from the First 52 I will complete Power 90 and start P90X.

I’m setting a general success rate for 20 minutes of daily exercise at 85%, which is working out 6 days a week.

Result

Partial Even though I wanted a goal of working out 6 days a week, I struggled immediately at meeting this goal. I felt run down and suspected I might injure myself if I kept up such a strong pace. In the past this has happened and resulted in my quitting my workout routines. I’m looking at diet and exercise as a long-term lifestyle change. Quitting is a worse option than just missing a day’s workout because of burnout.

Taking a slower pace with Power 90 meant I didn’t do the full 90 days before spring break. With that week off, and the following week spent getting back into the flow of things, I have not started P90X yet.

No Alcohol

Until spring break, I will refrain from drinking alcohol. Mostly, this is just a way to make sure I don’t have “a problem”, LOL. But for spring break, I’m not going to worry about refraining. My goal is to hit 71% success rate (all 37 days before the start of spring break).

Result

Success I had no alcohol 83% of the 52-day period including days after we returned from Jamaica.

Ongoing goals

Two goals I’m going to continue with are drinking water and tracking my food. I will drink 32 ounces of water daily at least every other day. This works out to a 50% success percentage. I am also going to continue to track my food daily by logging on to My Fitness Pal. I want a 100% success rate in logging in on MFP (to keep my streak going) and to enter all the food I eat.

Social

Spiritual

Devotions

Prayer with Jen

Maintenance

My four maintenance goals I track are laundry, dishes, dinner planning, and picking up around the house. I set a goal for each of these categories to
I would have preferred to have seen my old friend Kristian under different circumstances. My dad was dying from cancer. Kristian’s dad Michael was an old friend and the two of them came to see dad at the hospice. Kristian drove. It was great to see both Kristian and Michael.

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Michael would bring his family to central Wisconsin to visit ours. The woods behind our house never looked better because Michael spent his vacation clearing brush, case
trimming trees and enjoying the occasional shower in the rain ;-)

Meanwhile, Kristian, his brother Emmanuel, my sisters and I would do all sorts of things. I remember an intense game of Monopoly that lasted for most of the week until I overturned the table after Emmanuel landed on Free Parking and scored a boatload of cash and properties. Yeah, we played with that custom rule.

Other times we invited all the local crew to join us for a mock war in the woods. Kristian always knew the best traps and enemy detection techniques. I found out later he had a pocket book of army guerrilla fighting tactics. He let me check it out, and I still remember some of the tricks to this day. I think that was the seed of an interest in prepper and survival techniques.

That’s why Kristian is one of my favorite people: there were all these things he introduced me to over the years. In those youthful days I wouldn’t have used the word mentor, but Kristian was definitely one for me. He introduced me to so many things that ended up being big influences in my life.

Like what?

  • One year, after we were supposed to have gone to bed, Kristian handed me the book he was reading. It was a compilation of three Stainless Steel Rat books. It was one of the first science fiction books I ever read. As I laid there on the aluminum-framed cot late into the night, I read those stories and couldn’t stop laughing at Harry Harrison’s humor. Kristian had introduced me to one of my favorite genres and authors.
  • Another year I showed him Microsoft Flight Simulator, a game I had gotten a bootleg copy of on 5 1/4” floppy disk. I couldn’t figure out how to get the plane off the ground, though, as I didn’t have any instructions. Kristian took over and just started pressing random buttons. I thought for sure we’d get in trouble with my dad for doing that, but in 20 minutes nothing happened except Kristian produced a piece of paper with instructions on how to fly a plane. Kristian taught me not to be afraid of computers.
  • Kristian showed up with something completely strange to me on summer. It was a worn, photocopied stack of paper containing a game called The Morrow Project. There was no board or pieces, and he explained it was a Role-Playing Game. I had no idea what it meant, but he explained it was like a story where you played one of the characters. I still didn’t get it – how do you play a character when the story doesn’t exist. Kristian was very patient and stuck with me until I got it. RPGs became a huge part of my teenage years. My other friends and I tried a variety of games and even tried inventing our own. In college, my roommates and I had a standing Monday night RPG game. Storytelling became a big love for me, in part because of Kristian introducing me to role-playing.

So for his friendship and all the things I learned all those summers long ago, I say Kristian is the Awesomesauce!

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