Getting Colder

In October I wrote a post about my goals for the end of 2015 and as December begins it's time to look back at my progress and shortcomings so far.


Fitness so far has been a mixed bag. On the success side, my rock climbing has improved significantly to the point where I consider 5.10a routes to be my baseline and my flexibility has improved (though not to the level that I'd like) while my weight has declined from 175lbs in October to 168lbs this morning. However, my running and lifting goals were sidetracked by illness and travel to Amsterdam (followed by more illness), and I'm only now getting healthy enough to start working on them again.

Goal completed: Improve rock climbing ability

Travel & Exploration

Lauren and I went to Amsterdam over the Thanksgiving week and had a blast! We visited several museums, including the Modern Art Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the National Maritime Museum, all of which were amazing; toured the canals; visited churches, old and new; and attended a showing of Dialogues des Carmelites at the National Opera.

Locally, I have not been keeping up with my hiking goal but I am scheduled to attend an ice climbing class exactly a week from today - exciting and somewhat terrifying!

Goal completed: Visit a foreign country


My Esperanto is improving slowly but steadily, and I've volunteered to help some of my coworkers perform some translations. I'm not fluent yet by a long shot, but I have a dictionary and I'm not afraid to make mistakes. I have also purchased the 4th edition of Spivak's Calculus to help me refresh my knowledge, assuming I can get my brain to dwell on it long enough.


Work on Compost has been intermittent, and I've put time into other projects which draws away from that. If I intend to launch it this month, I need to do a better job of prioritizing. The reading goal is proceeding apace, and I'm making good progress through Thinking Fast And Slow - it helps to bring it with me on the bus to work!

Overall, I certainly feel that the goal focus has helped me be more attentive to the things in my life that I want to accomplish and which require sustained effort, and Beeminder continues to be a helpful reminder to do put in that effort despite its flaws. Some goals continue to fall behind due to poor quantification - that's something I need to put more attention on.