My New Year Resolutions for 2013

Ok first to review how this past year’s resolutions went…

2012 Resolution Review:

#1: “365 Project: Weekly or Daily iPad Paintings”

This one just fell off the map – I completely forgot about it really. I did create a few paintings on the iPad throughout the year (here) – but I definitely didn’t do anything close to a painting a week/month! I do like doing these things but I’m going to leave this off my 2013 list and just see what happens.

#2: “Submit app to the Apple and Android Store”

First – I did not get anything into the Android store this past year. However for the record I gave it 3 fair shots before giving up. While I won’t give up until I get something in the Android store I do find some solace in the fact that I’m not the only one who thinks that developing Android apps just plain sucks.
Aside from the Android note, I think I did pretty good on this resolution because I ended up getting not one but two new apps posted in the Apple app store this year. First was the iPhone-only app “PocketSwatch” (Blog Post | iTunes link) and the second one was a universal iPhone/iPad app “Kana Cards HD” (Blog Post | iTunes link).

Special Mentions

#3: Pull-Ups!

This one may sound silly to some folks but earlier this year it started bugging me that I couldn’t even do 1 pull-up (with good form). I would always skip the pull-up moves in my workouts and that always bugged me. Anyhow – at some point I got my hand on a book “7 weeks to 50 pull-ups” so I printed out the schedule/plan and gave it my best shot. First of all I did NOT make it to 50 pull-ups (the book actually has some small print to explain that not everyone will get that far on their first pass). However I am proud to say that I am now able to do 8-10 pull-ups and 8-10 chin-ups in single sets now with pretty good form! I want to get much better so I plan to keep working on this next year – but I’m definitely happy where I got after a few months.

#4: Rock Climbing: Part 1

This wasn’t on my list at the start of the year either but it is something new I went out on a limb to try out and am glad I did. As my fitness improved this past year (thanks to P90X2) I was wanting to get out in the world and try some kind of active/outdoor activity – and one idea was to try rock climbing. So a few months back I tried out and joined an indoor climbing gym near my office (TRC) and so far I’m really enjoying it. Please note I am still a huge noob at it and am still undecided on whether I prefer top-rope climbing or bouldering (I think bouldering wins right now) – but either way I find it a great workout and a fun new pass time for me (a great fit for lunch break on work days).

2013 Resolutions:

Ok – here’s my plan for 2013. Note – while I’m still into digital art and mobile app development, I think I am going to focus on more physical stuff this year.

#1: Continue the Journey of Fitness

I did pretty good this past year to never skip a workout day – although catching the Flu this past week forced me to take 5+ days off … and I coped quite badly with that. Anyhow – this won’t shock those who know me but I plan on continuing my workout schedule/pursuit of fitness in 2013 as well. I am very happy with the P90X2 program but will probably try mixing in other things this year to keep me on my toes.

#2: Couch to 5K Program #C25K

This is a famous program designed for people who never run (couch-sitters) to be able to run a 5K in around 9 weeks of 3 days investment per week. I’m not a runner and have often assumed I wouldn’t be able to do it due to having funky instep and wonky knees sometimes. But until my body or a doctor tells me otherwise I’m going to go for this and see where it takes me. I’m also really excited that Holly has agreed to do this program with me. Even though we may not be able to run on the same days due to schedule complexity having her go through it at the same time will help with my accountability and motivation … and of course will just be fun to share the experience together.

#3: Climb (or hike) a mountain

I don’t think this has to tie in to my indoor rock climbing gym hobby but maybe it will – who knows. The bare minimum for meeting this resolution is for me to walk or climb to the top of a mountain (not a hill!) and get back down w/out dying. As with rock climbing and running, I know zero about hiking, trekking or mountain climbing right now so I will need some help and research to get me up there – the trickiest part may be finding people to do it with me since this isn’t really a “bring your kids” type activity … but I’m aiming high and crossing my fingers I’ll figure something out!