Even thought the year isn't over, I'm going to go ahead and do my wrap-up of the "Year of 12 Resolutions", which is what I did instead of 12 individual 30-Day Challenges.
- Weigh 240 lbs
- Bench 240 lbs
- Squat 315 lbs
- Deadlift 345 lbs
- Incorporate 3 mile runs into my regular workout routine
- Improve my average macro ratio over previous years
- Average an 80% success rate for Life Tracking
- Slowly build savings by spending less
- Travel out of the contiguous 48 states
- Read 12 books
- Trend towards a phone screen-on-time of 1 hour per day
- No booze*. No soda. No energy drinks.
I started the year off pretty light. Average of the first 5 measurements I took in 2016 is 223.7 lbs. The average of the last 5 measurements in 2016 (thus far) is 232.3 lbs. That means I made it about halfway to my goal. But I'm still not fat. So that's good. Believe it or not that's the least "bro" photo I could find for this. Every other one of the several dozen were too embarrassing.
I started the year with the bench max of somewhere around 195 lbs. This wasn't my "all-time max". I had previously benched 220 back in 2014. Just 20 minutes ago I went to my HOMEGYM IN THE BASEMENT and set a new PR with 235 lbs. That's not QUITE to my 240 goal - but I guess I DO have a couple more weeks to get in one more attempt for the full 240.
I started the year without maxing out on my squats... estimates from the weight/reps I was working out with puts my max likely around 245 lbs. Almost two months ago I set a new PR in the squat department of 315 lbs. I actually "squat" 345 - problem was upon review of the video - I didn't get anywhere near parallel. I could probably do 315 legit. I'll give it a shot before January 1st.
I also didnt' do anything resembling a deadlift max early in 2016. Estimates put it around 280 lbs back then. On many occasions since then I have managed to get 315 lbs. I haven't successfully done a deadlift of more than that. I DID just try and fail for the 345 goal I had set for myself. Couldn't get it off the ground. Which is weird given that I sorta squat that much (even though I give myself zero credit).
Incorporate 3 Miles Runs Into My Workout
Yep. Haven't done that yet. Technically I could just run 3 miles one time right before the new year and claim success... assuming I can run 3 miles. I DID start going on bike rides, for what that's worth. I'm still not great at cardio. I DID do a couple 5Ks, though.
Improve macro ratios
Nailed it. Carbs down, protein and fats up. That's the trajectory I was going for. Also I managed to achieve my "average 3000 calories" goal that I added halfway through the year. Christmas time might screw this up for me, though. We'll see.
Average 80% success in the Life Tracker
Nailed it... so far. I have to not screw this up over the holidays, which is a hard time to keep track of foods and stuff. My average lag time between midnight and "tracking" has gone down by almost 10 hours. This is inside baseball, I am aware.
Build up savings
I bought a house. There's no such thing as "savings" any more. Okay that's not true, strictly speaking. The intent of this goal for the year was to enable me to buy a house sometime in 2017. Things worked out better for us to go ahead and jump on the homeowner train. So, I guess I haven't really meet the requirements of this goal to the letter... but I met its design intent?
Travel out of the contiguous 48 states
This picture is from Melissa and my cruise/2 year anniversary vacation. Nailed it.
Read 12 Books
I read... uhh... 3 books? That's probably 2 more than usual. UTTER FAILURE. I suppose I could read 9 books in the next 21 days. That's totally do-able.
Trend screen time towards 1 hour/day
Pokemon Go really didn't help with this. Technically I have reduced my average daily screen time by about 20 minutes... but it's still north of 3 HOURS a day. That's embarrassing. Side note - the phone in the picture up there is my original Droid. Back in the day, that was considered a "big" phone. It looks like a toy.
No Booze*, no soda, no energy drinks
This goal was set up with the idea that I would allow myself one day of drinking per month. That quickly became "one day of drinking each variety of banned drinks, which don't need to be consolidated to a single day". I honestly did a good job of that for several months. Then summer hit and the whole thing crashed and burned. I have a Red Bull sitting next to this laptop. There's probably a Nutcracker Ale in the forecast for tonight. I gave it a shot.
Top 5: Surprising Results for the Year
5. I came pretty close to getting most of my lifting goals. I considered them "aggressive" back when I established them. I didn't expect to come as close as I have.
4. Melissa and I bought a house!
3. I accomplished all those lifting goals IN that house!
2. I did manage to average 3000 calories/day... but didn't really gain any appreciable weight. My actual average weight over the course of this year has been identical to that of 2015.
1. I did genuinely make it like 4 or 5 months on the no booze, no soda thing.
"You might enjoy knowing that tipsy Aaron sang 'Let it Go' out the window on the way home."
- Melissa -
"Step 1: Order pizza
Step 2: Obtain pizza
Step 3: Eat pizza
Step 4: Regret steps 1-3"
- Danielle -