Same as 2020, I tracked my mood at the end of every day in 2021 on a scale from one to five (awful -> bad -> neutral -> good -> rad). One 2021 goal was to work out 130 days or 2.5 times per week, up from 107 days, or 2.0 times per week in 2020. Days could only be rad if I worked out.
In 2021, the numbers:
In 2021, I had 109 rad days (AKA worked out 109 days), 195 good days, 53 neutral days, 8 bad days, and 0 awful days. That’s only 2.1 workouts per week vs. 2.5 which is disappointing but for good reason. I had a back injury in mid-September due to a bulging or herniated disc (they wouldn’t let me take an MRI to check!!) and was absolutely out of commission until the end of November (note the truly bad days in October). It was my first experience with back spasms and extreme rigidity, and I’d strongly recommend doing anything you can to avoid back problems. Personally, I’ve started a stretching routine (foam roll, cobra pose, downward dog, tennis ball rolling my foot to stretch my fascia) which I try to do every day. Looking back, it’s really interesting to see that I could still have a ‘good day’ even when I was in extreme pain some of those days.
In 2022, I will be raising the bar for what I consider a “rad” day: stretching + working out + reading + flossing. This is a form of habit stacking (courtesy of James Clear), but rather than one after the other, habits within a day. I’ve spent the last 2 years logging my mood in Daylio, and keeping my rad days focused solely on fitness. I’m used to it now, and it’s time to reach for more. My thinking is that stretching and flossing are easy and simple preventive health measures while working out and reading will actively improve my physical and mental health.
Just a few photos to commemorate the year:
Yosemite trip, seeing grandma, Meesh’s bday at Hinata, Seattle w/ Meesh
Annual Tahoe trip, Seattle reunions, Wig party
September bdays, dumplings, new roommate, and new states w/ mom
2022 Personal Goals
1. Upholding a high standard of fitness
Workout 3 times a week, stretch daily. 156 Rad Days
2. Advance my professional interests
Pass Series 65, set up RIA, make 1 angel investment
3. Reduce the ‘entertaining but not fulfilling’
Keep screentime to the “entertainment” category to a particular level (TBD)
4. Expand horizons
Read 15 books in 2022; 1 Intl trip
5. Maintain close relationships
Catch up with a close friend once a week
7. Advance my personal interests
Complete and make gourmet meal plan