New Year’s Resolutions Progress Report (4 Months)
It’s been four months since we all set our New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. Some of you may have already accomplished what you wanted to accomplish this year and some of you may have had some hurdles that you’ve had to jump over in order to continue chasing those goals. I just want to encourage you to keep moving forward towards these goals. Here are some of mine and the progress I’ve made towards each one!
- Complete a Tough Mudder — I am officially signed up to run the Sacramento Tough Mudder on June 10th with four of my buddies from grad school and their friends. I also just recently signed up for another Tough Mudder in NorCal for October 14th. This will be my second and third Tough Mudder after I completed my first one last year in Arizona.
- Run 1,000 miles — If you remember this goal was much smaller when I originally set it. It was a comfortable 365 miles, or one mile a day. However, after being challenged by my high school cross country coach I decided to make it a little more uncomfortable by trying to run 1,000 miles in 2017. After today’s run I am sitting at 332 miles which means I would have almost hit my original goal in May. All that means in my opinion is it was too easy in the first place! I have really had to challenge myself to put in the miles because no one else is going to do it for me. I’ve woke up at 5am in the morning to run, I’ve come home from working double shifts at the A’s/Warriors and run at 11pm at night, I’ve run in the rain, I’ve run when it was 30 degrees outside and now in the high 70’s. No one ran the miles for me and no one’s going to run the miles for you. You have to do it yourself. My current pace this year is 2.77 miles a day. In order to reach my goal I need to average a little over 2.74 miles a day. For the record though I have not run every single day. I’ve actually only run a little over 68 days so far this year and rested the others. However, as a result I have had to increase my miles per run which is currently at 4.88 miles with a duration of about 36 minutes and 16 seconds or 7 minutes and 25 seconds per mile. This means that I have invested over 41 hours towards this goal just in running. That does not account for stretching before and after the runs (highly recommended). I am planning to run in two more half marathons in 2017 which will rack up another 26 miles easy. I am planning on running ‘The Town’ Half Marathon on August 12th (Oakland) and the ‘Golden Gate’ Half Marathon on November 5 (San Francisco).
- Hit 90% FitBit goals —The five categories that I am tracking for this goal are Daily Steps, Floors Climbed, Miles, Calories Burned, and Active Minutes. In order to hit those goals I need to achieve the following on a daily basis. In parentheses are the number of days I have not reached these daily goals of 12,000 Steps (10 times), 10 Floors Climbed (13 times), 5.00 Miles (7 times), 3,200 Calories Burned (7 times), 30 Active Minutes (7 times). The only category where I fall below 90% success rate is the Floors Climbed which I am currently at 89.08%. On another note I started the year with a 10,000 steps a day goal before raising it to 12,000 shortly after. I am now averaging over 16,090 steps a day in 2017. I would be remiss without giving my colleague, Haley McCollough, a shoutout for competing with me and keeping me accountable. Not to mention she is kicking my butt in our steps competition. I have taken over 100,000 steps a week since the first week of the year which is a direct result of our competition. Before that I would average anywhere from 70k-85k a week. So far she has beat me 12 of the first 14 weeks. My averages in each of these categories so far in 2017 are as follows— Daily Steps (16,090), Daily Floors Climbed (34), Daily Miles (8.48 mi.), Daily Calories Burned (3,883), Daily Active Minutes: (95 mins.), & Average Sleep per Night (7 hrs. 15 mins).
- Average 7–8 hours of sleep — As noted above I am averaging 7 hours and 15 minutes of sleep each night. So I am technically achieving this goal as well. However, I would still like to get better at this. Only 22 times (120 days) I have got the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Which means once every 5–6 days I’ll get the recommended 8 hours of sleep. Only four weeks out of the first 17 weeks this year I have averaged below 7 hours of sleep.
- Don’t eat fast food — This has been pretty easy to cut out and I’ve felt great as a result. I have also added additional items to this do not eat list thanks to my old roommate Colin Graham. We decided to start a competition on March 5 through our Tough Mudder race on June 10. In that time span I haven’t eaten any of the following: chocolate, cookies, cake, candy, chips, or cola. It’s been almost two months and my energy levels have seen a huge difference with cutting out all this junk food.
- Track calories from food — This has been a bit of a challenge for me this year. I started off by using the FitBit app to track my calories but wasn’t a fan of the interface. As a result I re-downloaded MyFitnessPal to track my calories so that I can see my macronutrient goals (Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates) as well as my sugar intake. I put this app and the FitBit app on the bottom of my phone so they are visible at all times and remind me of my goals. This has helped me remember to log my food and has also helped me be more conscious about what food I am eating. I’d rather not waste hundreds of calories on junk food if I still haven’t eaten my dinner and I want to hit my weight goal (up next).
- Get under 200lbs — After starting the year at 213.4lbs (no one ever guesses I weigh that much) I have been as low as 191.2lbs (March 1st). I first hit the 200lbs mark on February 11th and have only been above that mark four times since then on February 13th (200.6lbs), February 23rd (200.2lbs), March 15th (200.4lbs), and March 23rd (202.2lbs). Shoutout to Bryant Sharifi for holding me accountable in this department with our competition this year. I’m still waiting on that dinner you owe me ;)
- Call or FaceTime a friend weekly — I haven’t done as well on this goal as I would like to but I have made more of an effort of doing this more as of late. I’m always happy to jump on the phone in the car while I’m stuck in traffic or if you can line up a time where a few of us can jump on Houseparty (Group video chat app that allows up to 8 people to be on the same call) Let me know if you’re interested in jumping on a phone call, FaceTime, or Houseparty!
- Pay $10,000 towards student loans — I started the year with $42,370 in student loans from the University of San Francisco after finishing my Master’s in Sport Management. Thankfully I didn’t have any student loan debt at Ashford University after graduating with my Bachelors. So far this year I have made $4,300 in payments on these grad school loans in 2017. I have also spent $3,750 on tuition at George Washington University where I started a certificate program around Sports Philanthropy. In total I have spent $8,050 on education in 2017. My grace period officially ends June 16 (6 months after graduation) so there will be monthly payments being made to help me achieve this goal.
- Raise $500,000 for the A’s Community Fund — In just 7 games so far my amazing team of 50/50 Raffle Team Members at the Oakland A’s have raised $93,280. We have about 40 more games that we will be holding 50/50 Raffles. In order to reach my new goal of $650,000 in 2017 our team needs to average between $12,960-$13,830 depending on the number of games we register. If we reach the $650,000 mark that will put us at $1,000,000 raised in the first two years of the program. If you want to follow along with the progress of this goal you can visit the following website: www.athletics.com/raffle. In our first year in 2016 our team raised $365,547 in 31 games.
That’s all for now! Hopefully this provided a little bit of inspiration to continue crushing your 2017 goals in May and beyond. Until next time!