It’s been awhile, so why not post an update? In no particular order…

  • I continue to rock my diet and related goals. More specifically, it’s been exactly four months since I started, and I’ve lost about 50 pounds. To say I’m feeling awesome about this would be an understatement.
  • Life with Linux continues to give me joy. And by “joy” I mean “I am far less annoyed and slightly more productive.” I had to do some serious config tweaks to work around the dodgier bits of my laptop’s hardware, but ran into no show-stoppers.
  • I’ve been able to get back into a few things I’ve been meaning to get back into. I’d write more about that, but that’s a post in and of itself.
  • There have been a couple of projects hanging over my head for a while, and I’m finally, slowly making progress on them. I’d write more about that, but then I’d have to kill you.

And that’s about it. Right now, I’m waiting for a pot of coffee to finish brewing, then getting together with a couple of my friends for some old-fashioned, paper-and-pencil role-playing.

Good times!

And around we go

Life’s been going pretty well, lately. I’ve been nailing my goals, and recently moved on to what I’m calling “Phase Two” of that effort. It’s pretty much the same as Phase One, only I’ve added some new goals into the mix and further limited what I spend my time and energy on. Perhaps I’ll write all that up in the near future, but (as my lack of updates might indicate) writing blog posts isn’t high on my priority list, so I’ll keep this one short.

In fact, writing posts of any sort isn’t a thing I’m doing much of these days. My Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts have been gathering a lovely patina of disuse and I can’t see that changing any time soon. Twitter and Facebook? Essentially useless, unless your idea of fun is arguing with bots or being bombarded by poorly-sourced, easily-debunked memes. As for Instagram, I’ve done very little photography since the weather turned cold, and what I have done I’ve decided is just for myself.

Then there’s all the…bad behavior which pretty much every tech company in the world seems keen to engage in. So, yeah, I think I’m kinda done with most of them, and totally done with blindly handing over my data and relying on them in order to do my work.

To that end (and others), I just put Linux back on my laptop. That’s a blog post in and of itself, though, so I’ll leave it at that.

Suffice it to say, this whole “Refocusing” effort of mine has more than fulfilled every single hope I had for it, and the next few months are looking like they’ll be even better.

How’re you doing?

It’s the end of the year as we know it

Well, it’s New Year’s Eve–a time generally associated with parties, staying up past midnight, and making resolutions.

Me? My idea of a party is a cup of coffee and a book, I can’t even remember the last time I stayed up past ten, and I pretty much took care of my “resolutions” back in October. (That’s still going very well, by the way.)

Given all that, what’s left for me to say about the close of 2017 and the opening of 2018?

Not a whole lot, really.

It’s cold, of course. It’s been insanely cold for about a week now, and looks like it’s going to be at least another week before we stop seeing single-digit (or negative) temperatures.

It’s also kind of anti-climactic. That might not be the right phrase, but it’s close. See, most of the people I know really, really hated 2016 and had high hopes for the then-coming year. And when that one didn’t prove much better, well…people don’t seem to be hoping for a good 2018, as such, and more like they’re…bracing themselves for it. Like they’re on the last, cold watch of night, facing an uncertain dawn.

But take heart! Regardless of how it might feel right now, there is, indeed, one thing that’s certain: many ancient cultures actually started their years on the Spring Equinox.

So, if this New Year doesn’t work out, you can legitimately call a “do-over” in March.

Not really an update

You’ll notice that I didn’t post a check-in yesterday. My bad. I forgot about it until halfway through the morning, and when I remembered, well, I just didn’t see much point.

At this stage, it really just so much copying and pasting. Every week is pretty much the same. I’m rocking my diet, meditation, and family-time goals, slowly improving my exercise habits, and totally suck at pursuing anything creative.

It’s been eight weeks, I’ve been feeling awesome, and I lost another two pounds.

Can’t really ask for more than that.

That said, I can tell you one thing about all this: it’s slow going.

Me and patience don’t often join hands, especially when it comes projects which require a long-term effort. I’m very good at initiating things, but (you might have noticed) I’m lacking in follow-through. I want what I want when I want it, and that includes results.

Given that, let’s just say the hardest thing about my “Refocusing” has been the slow and steady march itself.

There’s nothing very hard about any of the things I’ve been doing, and I can clearly see I’m making constant, incremental progress toward the place I want to be, but I’m just not moving fast enough to satisfy my “Now! Now! Now!” ego.

That’s just a little irritating.

I’m dealing with it, though, so that’s good.

Anyway, I’m going to forgo the check-ins for a while and begin using this blog a little…differently.

So, how are you doing?

Refocusing — week 7

Another week, another check-in, and–surprise surprise–things are still going well. I’m thinking of moving to a once-a-month schedule for these updates, because success has made them kind of “samey.” Then again, if I did that, this blog would probably be even more barren than it is.

Haven’t made a decision yet, though, so let’s just get to it.

Progress report — week 7

As always, I’ll give each of my goals a grade separately, then catalog my results below.

I will spend one hour a day exercising and stretching.

I’m doing much better here! I’ve gotten out every single day for at least one walk, and every walk has been at least a mile. The cold hasn’t bothered me a bit. In fact, I’m still enjoying it. I continue to stretch every day, as well. That said, I’m still not quite hitting the one-hour mark. If I had to guess, I’m at about 30, maybe 40 minutes.

I’m going to give myself a B for this goal.

I will use a meal planner to eat healthier.

This goal is hilariously easy at this point. I’m really only ever hungry at meal times, have almost zero cravings for “junk food,” and those I do have are easily dismissed.


I will spend one hour a day on meditation and related practices.

Again with the awesome. I am owning this goal.


I will spend one hour a day with my family members.

Owning this one, too.


I will create something every day.

This one? I suck at it. There’s just no softening the blow, here–I have totally failed this goal and have really no idea how to do better. I’m trying to find a way to set aside one, specific hour each day to just sit down and make something, but I haven’t managed to pull it off yet.

I’m giving myself an F.


Apart from that last goal, it’s been another fantastic week. I lost another three pounds, I’m feeling great, and making definite progress on nearly every front of this “war” I’m fighting.

So, how are you doing?