2015 Vegetable Garden

The weather didn’t want me to plant my vegetables this year but I finally got this taken care of today. This is by far the largest collection of vegetables that I’ve ever tried to produce. This last winter I purchased another Earth box but this one was a smaller size, so I’m able to increase my production some. Here’s my 2015 vegetable garden:

  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Lettuce
  • Red cabbage
  • Jalapenos
  • Green bell peppers
  • Red bell peppers
  • Cherry tomato
  • Standard tomato
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet basil

I eat my large meal during the week for lunch and I struggle to find healthy and lighter meals for dinner. I’ve started buying salads to eat throughout the week, but with this garden I should be able to save some money by growing my own salads.

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2015 Fitness Goals: May Update

May was a pretty good month for my fitness goals. This happened even though I was out of town for a few weeks the month. I took my trip to Yosemite National Park where I did lots of hiking and a little biking as well, which greatly helped my numbers.

I have a really good feeling about June. I think this will be the month I really hit my weekly and monthly goals and take a nice bite out of my annual biking goal.

Weekly Goals

Bike Over 125 Minutes per Week

Of the five weeks of the month, I actually hit this goal zero times. It’s hard to bike when you’re out of town, and when I was in town the weather didn’t lend itself to biking. It was cold and rainy for a good number of days this month. That being said, I came close a few times, this last week being only nine small minutes away from the goal.

0 times goal was met / 5 weeks available

Monthly Goals

Bike Over 100 Miles per Month

Even though I never accomplished my weekly biking goal even once this month I still logged a good amount of distance for the month.

70.84 / 100 miles – 70.84% complete

Annual Goals

Bike Over 1,000 Miles this Year

The last time I hit my 100 mile / month goal was back in February. This wasn’t a big deal back then but I’m starting to get a little concerned about meeting this goal now that I’ve missed the monthly goal for several months in a row.

336.7 / 1,000 miles – 33.7% complete / 66.3% remaining

Hike Over 50 Miles this Year

I took a hiking trip to California to go hiking in the Sierra Nevada this month which helped with my hiking totals. I still have a little bit of distance to go to accomplish this goal but I don’t think I’ll have any issues completing this goal this year.

38 / 50 miles – 76% complete – 24% remaining

Take Over 1,500,000 Steps this Year

The hiking trip and my business trip helped propel me over the one million mark for steps in the year. 1.5 million steps seemed like a really large and stretch goal but given the current pace for the goal I’ll exceed this but a good amount by the end of the year.

1,032,320 / 1,500,000 steps – 68.8% complete / 31.2% remaining

Walk Over 500 Miles this Year

I met the goal! This is proof that I didn’t set this one high enough. I suppose I could set a stretch goal for this, so let’s double this and say 1,000 miles is the first stretch goal.

546.7 / 500 miles – 109.2% complete / 0% remaining
Stretch Goal: 546.7 / 1,000 miles – 54.6% complete / 45.4% remaining

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2015 Fitness Goals: April Update

April was a mixed bag of success and failure for the fitness goals. Most of the month was rain or cold weather which didn’t lend itself to riding my bike. But, this month I also decided to walk home from work, each day a different route, so essentially I was walking a 5k every day I didn’t ride my bike. So my steps and walking distance increased dramatically this month.  This month also allowed me to go hiking for the first time of 2015, and in one month I exceeded the annual hiking distance I completed for 2014.

Weekly Goals

Bike Over 125 Minutes per Week

Most of this month was cold and/or rainy so I wasn’t able to do much in the way of cycling. That being said, I did manage to ride almost every week in April and did end up exceeding the 125 minutes a week goal once this month.

1 times goal was met / 5 weeks available

Monthly Goals

Bike Over 100 Miles per Month

Only got to a little over 50% completion for this goal this month. Like I mentioned before, the weather didn’t lend itself to cycling so I did other activities instead, as you’ll see later on. Regardless, I tacked on almost 60 miles to my annual goals which isn’t bad.

58.85 / 100 miles – 58.85% complete

Annual Goals

Bike Over 1,000 Miles this Year

As stated several times I wasn’t able to ride as much as I needed to to move the needle on this goal, but even little amounts help. The weather improves more each day and soon I’ll be riding to work nearly every day as well as running errands. When that happens, this number will really start to move.

265.8 / 1,000 miles – 26.6% complete / 73.4% remaining

Hike Over 50 Miles this Year

I actually got to go hiking this month! I went on two hiking trips and with just the first trip I exceeded the entire hiking distance I did in all of 2014. I have a lot of hiking trips planned now that it’s starting to warm up and I don’t believe I’ll have issues with meeting this goal.

20 / 50 miles – 40% complete – 60% remaining

Take Over 1,500,000 Steps this Year

I started walking home from work on days I didn’t ride in order to get more exercise and I think it shows in the next two goals. This month alone I walked over 250,000 steps because of my many 5k walking trips home. I set this goal as realistically as I could. I tracked steps half of my year last year, so I doubled it for this goal. So far this still seems reasonable. Cycling starting back up will cut into this in the coming months so I was glad to get such an increase in April.

753,755 / 1,500,000 steps – 50.2% complete / 49.8% remaining

Walk Over 500 Miles this Year

Yeah, I clearly underestimated this goal. I’ll have it completed probably by early June, if not earlier.

400.6 / 500 miles – 80.1% complete / 19.9% remaining

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2015 Fitness Goals: March Update

This was an interesting month for these fitness goals. Many days were nice enough to do things outdoors during the afternoon but too cold or rainy to do much in the morning or evening, which is when most of my bike riding comes into play.

Weekly Goals

Bike Over 125 Minutes per Week

I didn’t meet this goal a single time this month. The only week I even came close was for almost 84 minutes of bike riding. I wasn’t riding outdoors but wasn’t motivated to ride indoors because it was so nice out.

0 times goal was met / 5 weeks available

Monthly Goals

Bike Over 100 Miles per Month

Chances are if I don’t meet the weekly cycling time goal at all I won’t make this monthly cycling goal, either, and I didn’t. I had only a few rides in the month of March.

36.83 / 100 miles – 36.83% complete

Annual Goals

Bike Over 1,000 Miles this Year

Even though I didn’t have a huge increase in my distance I did make it close to the quarter mark for annual distance. Not real impressed with this number but it was still a weather month so I can justify the lack of distance some.

207 / 1,000 miles – 20.7% complete / 79.3% remaining

Hike Over 50 Miles this Year

Weather didn’t lend itself to allow me to hike this month. Next month for sure.

0 / 50 miles – 0% complete – 100% remaining

Take Over 1,500,000 Steps this Year

I got a pretty good amount of steps this month. The weather wasn’t so cold I wasn’t able to walk to the train instead of taking the bus, so I was able to walk more. This is probably one of the only victories in regards to these fitness goals for the entire month.

492,865 / 1,500,000 steps – 32.9% complete / 67.1% remaining

Walk Over 500 Miles this Year

A quarter of the way through the year and I’m already half way completed with this goal. While I appreciate that over the summer months I’ll walk less due to the riding I’ll be doing, it’s now clear to me I under-estimated this goal significantly.

261 / 500 miles – 52.2% complete / 47.8% remaining

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2015 Fitness Goals: February Update

This was a tough month to get in bike rides and such to meet my goals. Work was extremely busy which meant I had to put in more hours than normal. Many days I’d work until 9 or 10 at night and by that point was too tired to ride.

I also started to get bored with riding every day. When you ride outside it’s normally very fun but indoors gets boring pretty quick. So on Saturday I started doing strength training and yoga. Most of the strength training worked on my core muscles and upper body since my lower body is being worked most days

Weekly Goals

Bike Over 125 Minutes per Week

I was pretty happy with how I was able to hit this as many times as I did. Unfortunately this past week was really hard and I was only able to ride on Monday and Saturday. I could have met it had I known that I was only able to ride 3 times but I wasn’t aware that I wouldn’t ride Tuesday-Friday which meant having to make up for nearly 100 hours of missed riding time. I just can’t do that much on the indoor trainer.

3 times goal was met / 4 weeks available

Monthly Goals

Bike Over 100 Miles per Month

I blew this out of the water, even without being able to ride as much as I wanted. I predict this will probably be closer to my monthly average while indoor riding is occurring, although March Madness starts up in a few weeks which will make t more difficult to ride consistently.

138.08 / 100 miles – 138% complete

Annual Goals

Bike Over 1,000 Miles this Year

My overage on monthly miles this month helped offset the deficit I had from starting this late in January. Another month like that and I’ll be right on track. March I’ll probably be at around 30% which would be a great position to be a third of the way to my goal with only a quarter of the year gone.

170.1 / 1,000 miles – 17% complete / 83% remaining

Hike Over 50 Miles this Year

Just as in January it is far too cold to go hiking yet. Hopefully in April this will be better. Until then this goal remains 0% complete. I sat down and planned out some of my hiking trips and they start in April. If the weather gets nicer early (which it won’t) then I might try to go earlier.

0 / 50 miles – 0% complete – 100% remaining

Take Over 1,500,000 Steps this Year

Overall I’m happy with the progress on this goal. It’s been bitter cold out so I haven’t been able to walk to the train, I take the bus most places right now, so to have this already be at 20% is outstanding.

305,788 / 1,500,000 steps – 20.3% complete / 79.6% remaining

Walk Over 500 Miles this Year

Given how little I’ve been able to walk this year so far, and how many steps I’ve taken, to be this far into the goal at the start of March is interesting. I think I under-estimated how many miles I’d walk by the end of the year.

161.2 / 500 miles – 32.2% complete / 67.8% remaining

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