Goalseek, Part 2
Late in June I started reading Steve Kamb’s NerdFitness.com articles and was easily amazed by how much he has “leveled up his life,” not only by achieving his fitness goals, but by embarking on an “epic quest of awesome" that put him in a journey around the world, made him start his own company, and allowed him to live like James Bond in Monaco (among many other legendary achievements). I then said to myself: "Hey, I’ve got goals, too! In fact, I wrote about them here.” Excited, I went back to check my targets, and it dawned on me (painfully, slowly) that the goals were good, but vague; some goals were too shallow to count (“Grow my hair”? Really?); and in the months since I made them, I have made little progress.
The realization: while I may not be reaching for Steve’s awe-inspiring dreams, I have to bring focus back into my goals, make them measurable in some way, and most important, DO SOMETHING ABOUT THEM. So early this week, I put forth a series of actions that allowed me to reach my goals here in Bangkok.
Grow my hair.
Removed. Shallow. And quite easy to achieve, frankly. If I were to change something about appearance, it would be my body, not my hair.
- Learn how to cook.
Revised goal: Learn how to cook tom yum and pad thai and get satisfactory remarks from friends/colleagues.
Progress: So far I’ve cooked adobo, salmon in rum, shrimp pasta in arrabiata sauce; poached an egg semi-successfully; and fried my first food in cooking oil (bacon). Most of these didn’t require much work, but the tom yum and pad thai sure will.
- Learn how to speak Thai.
Revised goal: Learn 300 vocabulary words in Thai; be able to listen to colleagues’ conversation over lunch, understand, and take part in the conversation.
Progress: Not progressing at all. So to remedy this, I decided to take an online course (self-study Thai). I have my colleagues to help me practice. I intend to spend around 30 mins - an hour each day to study the modules.
- Bulk up.
Revised goal: Be able to bench press at least 15 kg each plate (plus 20 kg barbell); do 10 pullups in a row; push ups, 50 in a row; squats, 15 kg; deadlift, 30 kg. Weigh 142.5 lbs. Lower down to 10% body fat. See significant changes in body, specifically look bulkier, but feel lighter.
Progress: Most focus was placed here during the past few weeks, including purchasing Steve Kamb’s strength guides; purchasing body fat caliper and body tape measure to be able to get my baseline/starting measurements; downloading exercise schedules; tracking my calories in Daily Plate; tracking my exercises in Fitocracy.com; following a Paleo + GOMAD (well, not really GOMAD but maybe LOMAD, Liter of Milk A Day); and sticking to the plan.
In terms of measurements: 130 lbs, 14.6% body fat; bench press, 7.5 kg (and of course the gym incident happened); pullups, 0 (argh); push ups, 15 in a row; squats, 5 kg; deadlift, 10 kg. I think I’m getting bulkier and stronger, but the LOMAD I think has put some fat in my midsection. The body fat caliper will tell the true story this Monday.
- Finish half of my ASA requirements.
Revised goal: IA by September. APC by November.
Progress: Guess who’s starting on Module 1 of their FAP module? :)
- Save PHP x00,000 (both PHP salary and THB allowance).
This is a new goal. I decided to put this in because it has always been at the back of my mind to save while I’m here, I just needed to formalize this by setting it as a goal. x is there for safety measures. LOL.
Progress: I’ve been tracking my PHP expenses and THB expenses, and unlike my other expense tracking attempts, this time I’m actually quite successful at it. But monitoring is quite different from actual saving, and so far, I’m only maybe 10% of the way.
- Explore Thailand.
Another new goal, which, like the previous one, has always been at the back of my mind.
Goal: Visit Nakhon Pathom, Phuket, Pattaya, Krabi, Samui, Chiang Mai (Loy Krathong festival), Chiang Rai (that nice temple in photos), and Koh Phangan (Full Moon Party).
Progress: So I’ve been to Nakhon Pathom (Dec 2012); Pattaya (Jan 2013); and Phuket (March 2013 and booked Dec 2013 trip, as well), including Koh Phi Phi, site of Leonardo di Caprio’s “The Beach”. I’ve booked our flight to Krabi on Sept 2013, and will be booking flights soon to Chiang Mai on Nov 2013 for the Loy Krathong festival. As for the rest, we’ll see.
DEADLINE: Before 2013 ends. Whether I’ll stay in Bangkok or not beyond that date is still up in the air, but all these goals are not dependent on that circumstance.
I’ve read somewhere that one of the ways to make sure you push through with your goals is to publish them and be accountable to a discerning/mocking/encouraging public, so I’m doing just that.
Here’s to success! :D