2016 was a crap year for the world. Brexit, Syria, Trump, and general global instability. For me personally though it was pretty good. I’ve made progress with my health and I’m moving forward academically and professionally. The most surprising development was in my personal life. Some bridges were built that I thought were irreparably damaged. It’s definitely been a good year.
My one major disappointment in 2016 is that I didn’t read more. In contrast I have written more this year than I think I have in any year previously. This website, Now We Live, is a project I’ve been thinking about for a long time but I finally got it off the ground in 2016.
The whole concept of a calander with years, months, weeks and days is pretty strange when you think about it. From birth we are taught to think of time in these units. Days, months and years I get as they are linked to the Earth, Moon and Sun. Those make sense. I suppose it’s the idea that we count the years up one at a time and we have done for thousands of years, as a species across hundreds of nations and cultures; it’s a little humbling in a way.
There’s a theory out there called the Phantom Time Hypothesis that argues almost three hundred years of human history was fabricated, as the Church and the Holy Roman Emperor moved the calender forward from the 7th century to the 10th century. We believe what we are told and all those years ago, people could only see days and seasons with their own eyes. The Moon would come and go, the seasons would come and go but the average peasant farmer would have no idea what year it was without asking a priest.
So, now that we have added another year to the history books and we approach 1720/2017 I turn my attention to my goals for the year. I don’t like Resolutions. They tend to be just poorly set targets and goals which inevitably fail. I just googled “how many new year's resolutions fail” and the first hit was from a report saying just 8% of resolutions succeed. Too often people set goals without thinking them through. They’re either unrealistic in what is to be achieved, how it is to be achieved or by when; sometimes a combination of all these.
My goals are quite simple.
1 – I will get to 93kg by the end of 2017. I’ve been steadily losing weight throughout 2016 but still have a way to go. 93kg is 12kg lower than my current weight; 1kg per month or 250g per week (roughly speaking).
2 – I will get my body fat percentage down to under 20% by the end of 2017. This is related to goal number 1. The weight I lose must be fat mass and not lean mass.
3 – I will read 26 new books this year. 1 new book every two weeks.
4 – I will continue to learn Romanian. I will practice at least an hour a week. I want to be able to hold a basic conversation in the language by the end of the year.
These are all measureable and achievable goals. I will post my progress as the year goes on.
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