End of Q1 Check-in

tl;dr: On track.

Back in January, I wrote about my New Years’ Resolutions. I’m now 90 days in, and things are continuing to go well.

  • Health and Finance: A dry January. Exceeded. I stopped drinking alcohol on any sort of regular basis; over spring break, I peaked at two drinks per day.
  • Health: Track my weight and other metrics. I’ve been using the FitBit Sense smartwatch to track my workouts and day-to-day, and I’ve been weighing in on a FitBit smart scale a few days per week. I’m down a bit over 25 pounds this quarter.
  • Health: Find sustainable fitness habits. Going great. I’ve been setting personal records for both speed (dropping 3 minutes from my mile time) and distance (I ran my first 10K on the treadmill this week). I have the Austin Capitol 10K coming up in two weeks, and I no longer plan to walk any of it.
  • TravelI cruised to Mexico with the kids over Spring break, will be visiting Seattle for work in May, will be taking the kids to Maryland in July, and have booked an Alaska cruise for September.
  • Finance: The stock market has recovered quite a bit recently, but I’m still a bit worried about my current cash burn rate.
  • Life: Produce more. I’ve been blogging a bit more lately. I decided to keep going with Hello Fresh– it’s much more expensive than I’d like, but it’s more enjoyable/rewarding than I expected.

Work continues to have more “downs” than “ups”, but almost everything else in life seems to be considerably better than a few months ago.

Published by ericlaw

Impatient optimist. Dad. Author/speaker. Created Fiddler & SlickRun. PM @ Microsoft 2001-2012, and 2018-2022, working on Office, IE, and Edge. Now a SWE on Microsoft Defender Web Protection. My words are my own, I do not speak for any other entity.

2 thoughts on “End of Q1 Check-in

  1. Congrats, Eric!!!!

    Did your energy changed after losing weight? For example, are you waking up and starting the day with more energy/motivation?

    That’s what happened to me.

    1. Stopping drinking definitely helped with how I feel waking up. Other than that, with better fitness, I’m definitely more willing/able to work out in the mornings, but I’m not sure I’d say that I have more energy per-se. A potentially confounding factor for me throughout all of this process is that I have thyroid medication, and while its impact is hard to observe/understand, observations over time definitely suggest thyroid function is a major force behind my energy levels.

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