Hi. I'm Skip...

Rocket scientist...tech geek...husband...Dad. The name of my site refers to a line from my favorite movie. See my 1st blog post for more on the genesis of the name, but essentially it means don't EVER hold back.

Status on my resolutions

Resolutions

So I'm a month into my New Year resolutions...how did I do? Pretty darn good!

Diet

  • Lost 5 lb so far
  • Really enjoying the food
  • When I'm hungry I eat, no counting calories
  • No more desire for late night snacking

I've been on lots of different diets and so far this is my favorite. The Paleo Diet is really more of a lifestyle change than a diet, which in my opinion is why I think it works so well. My fridge is full of fresh fruits and vegetables (ok,ok and beer...I'm allowed a little beer).

Changing Banks

  • Totally switched over my traditional bank account to a Simple account
  • Transitioned about half my monthly credit card spending to debit (should be completely debit based next month)
  • Absolutely love the instant posting of transactions to my account 
  • Excellent customer service, finally feel like my bank cares about me
  • Very easy budgeting and goal tools built into the smartphone and website

Simple is still only accepting new customers on a limited basis. I still have a few invites left, so if you want to try them let me know I'll send you an invite. I think this is the future of banking, at least the future of GOOD banking.

Piano and Guitar

  • Success!
  • Been playing a bit of both almost every day for the last 30 days
  • Playing has become more of a natural habit now
  • Has re-prioritized my time to allow me to play both daily
  • Finally building up real calluses on my fingers for the guitar

Exercise

  • The only "failure" if you will
  • Decided the significant change in diet was enough of a change
  • Been slowly increasing my weekly exercise, just not on a specific program or routine
  • My flexibility with this goal has allowed me to succeed with all my other goals

Journaling

  • Wrote in my Day One journal everyday during the month of January
  • Kept me honest with my resolutions
  • Been nice to reflect on my day each day
  • Interesting to look back on the week, see the pictures I have taken and attached to my journal entries

So that's how I did with my New Year resolutions. I gotta say, I'm pretty happy with how I did. These are changes I have been meaning to make for a while now. I was probably a little crazy in attempting to make so many changes at once, but despite the number of changes I was able to stick to them. The main thing this whole experience has taught me is that good habits are a hell of a lot harder to instill than bad ones, but in the end it's worth the effort.

2-Months with the iPad Mini

Are we slaves to or masters of technology?

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