Saturday, December 27, 2014

2015 Goals and 2014 Results

2014 Results:

  • No Snacking: FAIL - I followed this goal very closely for 1 month, quite closely for the next 6 months, and very loosely for the last 5 months. By the end of the year my meal times had expanded to hours long and I was eating terribly.  I was going to say this goal was a mild success until I re-read my clarifications and exceptions and realized I broke most of my rules after the first month even thought I stayed relatively true to 3-meals-a-day.
  • Drink 64 oz of water per day: SHORT SUCCESS - I did this through May, but gave it up after realizing how annoying it was with no clear benefits.  The exercise did motivate me to do a better job overall of making sure to have a few glasses of water a day.
  • Read 10 books: FAIL - probably only 2 or 3.
In 2014 I had 8 months of a work crisis that influenced my 2014 goals.  I believe it also helped me mature and manage my life to maximize family time when I wasn't at work. Part of the maturity was realizing that these annual goals have done little to improve my health or life.  They were fun little hobbies with limited benefit.  I realized that no single "rule" or exercise can make me healthy and happy.  It takes a balanced and disciplined life.  Therefore...

2015 Goals: NONE

Friday, December 19, 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween pictures from this year.  The 3 big kids made it all the way around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Outer Banks North Carolina

Way back in June we took an amazing trip with the Veldhof family to Outer Banks North Carolina.  It is basically a thin strip of land that runs along the coast with lots of large houses to rent.  We were a block from the Atlantic ocean and 4 blocks from the intercoastal near the town of Duck.

The house was awesome.  We had 2 days of very high surf and 4 days of intense heat which was perfect for the ocean and pool.

We went on a pirate adventure for the kids one of the days.

On the drive out to North Carolina we stopped at Hocking Hills State Park near Columbus, OH.  The terrain was very unique rock formations including caves and waterfalls.  There were 6 main hikes of about 1 mile each that the kids powered through over the course of 24 hours.