Goals for the Year

December 30th, 2008 by Potato

At the beginning of the year, I set a few goals for myself (though I wasn’t quite brave enough to make them public on the blog). In addition to things like making progress on my thesis, I had two major goals. The first was to educate myself about money matters, and to take a more active conscious/purposeful role in monitoring and managing my portfolio. That one I have met in spades, and if anything have gone too far in dabbling in the stock market this year. I think I’ve driven off at least two regular readers because they were bored to tears over the personal finance posts.

My performance in the market has not been great. For a large part of the year I was down, but down slightly less than the major indexes (go go active management!)… until one of my holdings dropped 99% on very bad news… I’m now down 38% on the year (counting savings through the year as cash at the beginning) which is just about the same as the indexes.

The other goal was to lose weight and get in shape. My long-term goal is to get back to the weight I was at at the beginning of grad school. At the beginning of the year, I was 40 pounds over that target weight. Of course, it would be unrealistic and unhealthy to lose all that weight in a single year, so my goal for the year was to lose the first 20 pounds. Sadly, I only lost about 15, and then regained 5 so that at the end of the year, I’m just down 10 pounds. Still, that’s progress, and more importantly, I’m in much better shape than I was this time last year. My heart rate and blood pressure are down, and my stamina is up. So overall, I’m pretty happy with how the year has gone.

I’m keeping my weight loss goal at 20 lbs/year again for 2009, and that’s in the Wii fit now, so no backing down. As long as I continue to make progress I think I’ll be happy (I figure I’ve got at least three years where I can convince my self-esteem that muscle weighs more than fat).

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