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2016 was rough for all of us. My partner lost his grandfather, which sparked an existential crisis for me, complete with death anxiety. I stumbled around on my dissertation, I struggled with my weight, fitness, and all around health... It was rough. So even though I'm not much of a New Year's resolution type, I figured I'd make a roadmap for this year so I can focus my goals on those things I find most important in my life. Some of these, well, I'm aiming high. I don't know how else to aim.





Finish my dissertation. If I can do this, I'll have that PhD I've been working on since 2011. Ugh, it feels so long ago. I don't know what I will do afterward as a celebration, but hopefully it's a good one.

Get a job post-graduation. Preferably, a tenure-track position, but I am flexible. So long as I feel comfortable in my job, I will feel accomplished.
Manage stress. Try to get a massage at least once every two months. Meditate. Take a bath. Enjoy life. We only have one (that we know of).

Become more fluent in German. While I am German, I'm not necessarily as fluent in it as I'd like to be. I don't really have a lot of people to practice with. So I'm going to work up so I feel comfortable enough to have conversations with my Oma and German cousins.



Get down to 160lbs. I don't have a specific reason for this particular weight other than it's less than what I weigh now (mid-190s). It's not as important as my fitness goals, but it gives me a solid number to aim for, and one way (of many) to know if I'm on the right track. Plus, my doctor will complain less.

Defeat the Sugar Beast. I have a bad issue with sugar. I need to cut down on it. I want to get to a point where I don't feel like I need dessert, and where I can control myself in social situations (aka not stuff myself on sweets when someone brings them in).

Stay off soda. I'm going into 2017 clean. I want to leave 2017 clean. No soda. I will make an exception for trying a new flavor or something (say we end up at a weird food place or something, I will try it for the sake of being able to say, "I have tried [x]."), but I don't want to get back on this train. It only ends in tears.



Average 5 miles a day. According to my Fitbit records, I traveled 1543.19 miles in 2016, for an average of 4.22 miles a day. My hope for this year is that I can average at least five miles a day for this year.

Be able to do a sprint triathlon. For those who don't know, that's 0.5mi (750m) swim, 12.4mi (20km) bike, 3.1mi (5km) run). I dunno if I will actually do an official one, given my limited funds, but being able to do the distances together is a goal for the year.

Get bent. I want to be able to do the splits!

Do you even lift? Let's work up to being able to do the following:

  • Bench press my weight

  • Deadlift my weight

  • Do an unassisted pull up

  • Do an unassisted dip

  • Five minute plank



Read 20 books this year. This is a pretty constant goal I have. It's a nice, relaxing activity. 

Travel. Go to five new places this year.

Play on. Complete five video games this year.




I realize I won't get to all of these this year, but this gives me something I can focus on. I hope all of us get to where we'd like to go.


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GO CAT!!!  You have great goals for 2017!!


I like your soda idea, just to try it once in a while.  I don't do soda except when we're at a restaurant with one of those crazy 500-flavor Coke machines... I'll have a soda there because once in a while is fine, but by the time I'm done I usually find that one is more than enough for me now! I like how our tastes change~ :)

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i am not waiting for a hero.  i saved myself long ago.

Level 50 Bardic Time-Mage; of the Furious Heart

STR.55  DEX.43 STA.48 CON.51 WIS.53 CHA.65

"Well...in the end, it boils down to two simple choices. Either you do or you don't.

You'd think with all the problems in this world, there'd be more answers. It's not fair...
...But that's the way things are. The choice is yours."

» visit me @ my BATTLE LOG~

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I like your goals for 2017. Some are similar to what i want to do in 2017.

I have the same Hobby goals, some higher and some lower. And as for life i also have the goal to speak better German. I'm not German, im just your good old neighbor to the west (Netherlands) but with my brother working/living in Germany it would be great to be able to speak german better when im there.

Maybe in the future (if we get a good friendly connection through NF) we can meet so we can both check our German :) 


Gonna make a Epic Quest & new Challenge post this week. If you want i can send you a link. ;) 

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What a great goals for 2017! I love this!!


I may.... tumblr_ly7kzuvMQt1r4ibh3.jpg steal this Road Map idea...

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2018 ~ Trophy Guide and Roadmap.

2016 Journey: June | July failed | August failed | October respawn/failed

2017 Adventure: January respawn | February | March | April/May | June | July | Horizon 2017 Dawn year recap
Quest: January respawn | February | May

What do we say to the god of procrastination? "Not today."

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Love this and totally stealing it! Hope you don't mind ;)

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Half-Elf: Ranger/Assassin

Challenges: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6a] [6b] [7] [8] [8.5] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [ --> Battle Log]

Old Battle Logs [2017] New Battle Log 2018: Reforged

DragonForging My Life: Epic Quests [Google D] Epic Quests [NF]

Lifter Profile [Symmetric Strength] Racer Profile [Athlinks] Body Comp [G-Sheet] Running Stats [G-Sheet]

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So how did I do?



Finish my dissertation. DONE

Get a job post-graduation. DONE. Tenure track too!
Manage stress. I did not do this, but I am set up to get a massage every month starting in January. Super excited!

Become more fluent in German. I don't know if I accomplished this, but I did continue to use and read it, and I listened to more German radio than before.



Get down to 160lbs. I did not accomplish this. I did manage to get down to 178lbs at one point, but I gained it back. Now that I'm done with grad school, I hope 2018 goes better.

Defeat the Sugar Beast. Still working on this.

Stay off soda. I did get back on, but I'm back off again.



Average 5 miles a day. According to my Fitbit records, I traveled 1543.19 miles in 2016, for an average of 4.22 miles a day. My hope for this year is that I can average at least five miles a day for this year.

Be able to do a sprint triathlon. Nope.

Get bent. Nope.

Do you even lift? Nope.



Read 20 books this year. I've still got time, and I think I'm going to manage this.

Travel. I went to some places, but maybe not five. Canada was one!

Play on. I don't think I did this, but I did enjoy FFXIV a bunch.


There were a lot of big and sometimes unexpected events in the past year, like my dissertation having some stupid delays, my grandmother passing away, a huge move, and getting a new job. I'm hoping I can take the lessons I learned in the past year and apply them to 2018. Onward and upward! Stay tuned for the 2018 roadmap.

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Any luck finding a fitness program that you find interesting/exciting? 
In terms of lifting? Sadly no. Right now I'm doing the NF bodyweight exercise routine, very slowly lol. Since I have a legit apartment now I might try to find a pullup bar and add that in. Trying to take things one step at a time.

As far as cardio, I do running twice a week, three times if tennis isn't on. I play tennis once a week while league is going. It just ended this week for the rest of the year, so I'm switching to running 3x a week on the C25K program.
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On 22-12-2017 at 6:20 PM, Cataleya said:

Since I have a legit apartment now I might try to find a pullup bar and add that in.

Oh thats nice, i also have a apartment and i have one extra room where only stood a washing machine. So i put a pull-up/dip station there. Since then i do only bodyweight exercises. This week i got 2 kettlebells and i'm going to start a kettlebell program and later one combine it with bodyweight.

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