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Fat guy

Checked my bodyfat today. Used two methods, one just using waist at navel and weight, one using waist at navel, waist at smallest, hips, neck, height, and weight. Both came out about the same, so I’ll stick with the waist/weight, as it’s easy.

In any event, I’m around 21%, which is a bit higher than I’d like. I need to work out some goals pretty soon; right now my only goal is way too vague – get stronger, do some conditioning, stay consistent with training.

I think the consistency can improve with better goals, the conditioning will certainly be part of the plan. Also, there’s going to be a meet in MD around Thanksgiving, so I think that’s going to be where I test a strength goal.


Setting Goals

This is part of a weekly series on personal finance and wealth building.  If you care to read them all, please click on the ‘Building Wealth’ category on the right.

Goals are a critical first step on the path to wealth. Without goals, you are unable to build plans, budgets, or schedules. Without goals, you don’t know what success is, much less how to get there.  While the words in this article are mine, the structure (SMART) and ideas are not.  I’m not sure where they originated, or even where I heard it first, but here I make it as much my own as I can.  (If you own or know who owns the copyrighted or original material on SMART goals, please let me know).

Goal setting became an interest of mine several years ago in the context of powerlifting.  Building short and long-term plans around short-term goals that all fed in to longer term goals is an important part of training and diet for performance.  I found using the SMART framework works very well for any goal setting, and certainly moving towards building wealth requires setting goals.

All goals should be SMART.  Specific, Measurable, Attainable (Actionable), Realistic, and Time-bound. Continue reading


Real Resolution

It’s December 26, and we’re all just winding down from the holiday; many of us have another short (or no) work week in front of us. Lots of folks take this time to do planning and goal setting for the new year. Perhaps they ‘make resolutions.’

I have a challenge for everyone. Today, take one of those things, one thing on your list of things to do or start in 2010, and do it. Now.

Planning to start a diet next year to lose some weight? Why wait? Start today. If you’ve got a party on New Year’s Eve, go and enjoy it! You’ll still be a week ahead of the game. Want to start hitting the gym in the new year? Why wait?! Go today and sign up and get started.

Want to sign up for a class, or start saving more money, quit smoking, or buy that pair of shoes? Do it today. There’s nothing special about next weekend, other than a number on a calendar.


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