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What I will be writing about today is
* Resolutions
* What I will tackle in January
* Diet and fitness

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2011 Resolution Prep (again)

New Year’s Eve is coming which means it’s time for resolutions. And
this is a big year for them since we’re moving back to the US after
three years living in Europe. This will mean different habits both
good and bad.

The things I am reading right now that are influencing my plans are
* Zen Habits’ blog about changing a habit or setting a positive new habit
* Tim Ferriss’ book, “The Four-Hour Body”, especially the slow-carb diet
section

At the moment I am also thinking about doing something a little
different. Rather than set an annual goal I am considering setting 12
goals this year, one on each first day of the month. These will be
small goals but habit changers. I have read habits take 21 days (or 30
or 60 or whatever, the literature is varied here) to set or unset. So
what if each month I focused on a single habit and worked to fix it,
change it, or set it.

My goal for January will almost certainly be about weight loss. Not
only am I too heavy right now and therefore feel worse than I normally
do but being lighter will allow me to more easily hit some other goals
I am considering. Some of the other things I have thought about for
this year (full disclaimer, nothing official yet):
1. Get back into triathlon, maybe even an ironman. There are pros and
cons here, the biggest con being that we have a big move coming up
which will require time and energy. 2012 might be better for this one.
2. Run several marathons. Ian talked about doing 12 marathons in 12
months which seems hardcore and interesting but maybe not feasible
with my upcoming travel schedule.
3. I need to spend some time on my “exerblog”. I wrote this in 2002 I
think and haven’t done an update in a long time. I am coding the first
part of this in Google’s App Engine as a learning experience but am
still on the fence about whether to use Amazon’s S3 stuff or
Microsoft’s Azure. All of them are good learning experiences.
4. Keep working on a foreign language. We took some German when we
lived in Switzerland. To my unending shame I still don’t speak French
very much after living there two years (I beat myself up about this
but at some point I need to blog the very real reasons for this and
maybe assist others with the pitfalls of expat life). Italian is of
course the gold standard and something i really want to learn better.
Probably French though. This could be fun for my wife and kids too.
5. Sign up for Cycle Oregon. Really want to do this one but it
conflicts with starting school for the kids. Good couples training too
which is an added bonus.
6. RAMROD is almost a given. The first year I ever cycled I completed
this event, I bet I can do it again this year with a reasonable
training program and of course some serious weight loss.
7. At some point this summer we need to tackle a cool outdoor
adventure. We’ve talked for three summers about backpacking the Alps.
Oops, missed that. But the Cascades and Rockies are lovely and would
work too.

I’m sure there are more, but this is a decent start. This could easily
take me through 12 months and maybe even more.

2011 Resolutions Preparation

New Year’s Eve is coming which means it’s time for resolutions. And
this is a big year for them since we’re moving back to the US after
three years living in Europe. This will mean different habits both
good and bad.

The things I am reading right now that are influencing my plans are
* Zen Habits’ blog about changing a habit or setting a positive new habit
* Tim Ferriss’ book, “The Four-Hour Body”, especially the slow-carb diet section

At the moment I am also thinking about doing something a little
different. Rather than set an annual goal I am considering setting 12
goals this year, one on each first day of the month. These will be
small goals but habit changers. I have read habits take 21 days (or 30
or 60 or whatever, the literature is varied here) to set or unset. So
what if each month I focused on a single habit and worked to fix it,
change it, or set it.

My goal for January will almost certainly be about weight loss. Not
only am I too heavy right now and therefore feel worse than I normally
do but being lighter will allow me to more easily hit some other goals
I am considering. Some of the other things I have thought about for
this year (full disclaimer, nothing official yet):
1. Get back into triathlon, maybe even an ironman. There are pros and
cons here, the biggest con being that we have a big move coming up
which will require time and energy. 2012 might be better for this one.
2. Run several marathons. Ian talked about doing 12 marathons in 12
months which seems hardcore and interesting but maybe not feasible
with my upcoming travel schedule.
3. I need to spend some time on my “exerblog”. I wrote this in 2002 I
think and haven’t done an update in a long time. I am coding the first
part of this in Google’s App Engine as a learning experience but am
still on the fence about whether to use Amazon’s S3 stuff or
Microsoft’s Azure. All of them are good learning experiences.
4. Keep working on a foreign language. We took some German when we
lived in Switzerland. To my unending shame I still don’t speak French
very much after living there two years (I beat myself up about this
but at some point I need to blog the very real reasons for this and
maybe assist others with the pitfalls of expat life). Italian is of
course the gold standard and something i really want to learn better.
Probably French though. This could be fun for my wife and kids too.
5. Sign up for Cycle Oregon. Really want to do this one but it
conflicts with starting school for the kids. Good couples training too
which is an added bonus.
6. RAMROD is almost a given. The first year I ever cycled I completed
this event, I bet I can do it again this year with a reasonable
training program and of course some serious weight loss.
7. At some point this summer we need to tackle a cool outdoor
adventure. We’ve talked for three summers about backpacking the Alps.
Oops, missed that. But the Cascades and Rockies are lovely and would
work too.

I’m sure there are more, but this is a decent start. This could easily
take me through 12 months and maybe even more.

First day in Argentiere

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Terrain here is so much more hardcore than Saas Fee. Unlike most of Europe Les Grands Montets doesn’t do much grooming. Which is great! The one complaint I have with euro-resorts is they over-groom. Way too much emphasis on schussing gracefully down the piste, not enough bumps and deep snow.

Well not here!

And to make it nicer the mid-mountain restaurant (truly mediocre) had pitchers of water laid out.

Photos? The very tip top of the gondola.

Downtown Saas Fee

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December 24th, 10 am, Central Europe Time….

Snowing in this pretty little town. Snowing so much the luge closed for the day. We skipped skiing as so much was closed on the hill. Tomorrow we will hit the pistes early, a Christmas gift.


Here is the reason I never lose weight. This is lunch and yes, I telemarked for five hours, but still

Christmas Day in Saas Fee

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Great day skiing, wrapping up our week with loads and loads of fresh powder. I’ll post dinner photos at some point. Tomorrow we leave for Argentiere.

That last shot by the way was in response to Ian commenting that it seemed flat here.

Christmas Eve (and fresh pow)

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Merry Christmas Eve… day. Okay, Christmas Eve is an awkward holiday. I hope everyone is somewhere nice today, not stuck in an airport, certainly not at work.

We awoke to avvie canons which is a lovely sound as it means fresh snow. And indeed there is almost a foot of new at the base, probably more at the top. Sure, visibility will be bad today but hitting thick snow pockets is the best sort of Christmas present.

Day 4 skiing, Day 5 in Saas Fee

We debated and debated this morning. It was rain and snow mixed at the base but snowing up above. But from the weather cam at the top it looked pretty fierce out there. We finally decided to go. And wow were we glad. We took off up the Felskin telecabine, skied a few runs on Morenia lift, then went for the top. Visibility was generally poor. I can’t say I like flat light but it does make one focus on proper technique. At the top of the funicular we stopped for a quick bite. Then off we went. K was timid at first as the visibility was poor. But as we dropped down to the L??ndfluh lift we were surrounded by enormous glaciers. The vis opened and the snow was great. We had a blast skiing and did a lap on the lift (F??rd-something) before heading down. Whole crew was wiped and ready for gl??hwein. Fingers crossed for snow tomorrow.