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    So that's Fit December done for you? Then...Congrats!!

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      Congrats

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        Congratulations on Fit December

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          Congrats on Fit December!

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            Congrats on basically everything
            …and a happy new year.

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              Congrats and a happy new year.

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                Congrats on Fit December and a happy new year!

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                  Congrats on completing Fit Dec. Happy New Year to you & your family🎉

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                    Happy new year

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                      TopNotch Fremen SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Anek mavie TheLibrarian lofivelcro PETERMORRIS966 Thanks all! Though I actually finished Day 31 tonight.

                      I took it relatively easy today because my ankle was pretty sore and more shoulder was far more sore after this third shot than after either of the other two shots. I still go in over 13,000 steps, and did Day 31 of Fit December and 100 pushups.

                      Step count for the month was decent considering it was December, at over 345,000. Steps will go into World Walking as usual when I get the final count.

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                        Year in Review 2021

                        This marks the third year of a renewal into fitness and more or less my second year on the Hive (I was here for the last part of 2019). My approach to using this great resource was somewhat different this year. As opposed to a focus on programs, I focused mostly on workouts this year. I did finish four programs, though I was working on three of them at the beginning of the year already and then midway through the year I did another program (Pathfinder) in 5 days, just because it worked well wth the training plan that I was already doing. So instead this year I worked through all the dumbbell workouts, all the pullup workouts and all of the abs workouts, with a lot of other stuff mixed in as well.

                        In terms of the goals that I set for myself, I didn’t really accomplish most of them. While part of that can be attributed to a lack of motivation to complete them, another part can go down to the move which we did in September. This of course occupied us well before September, as I started packing mid-August and carried on longer as we were in temporary accommodations until early November and then had trouble to get our stuff delivered until a week later. So really from mid-August to mid-November (which is a quarter of the year) it wouldn’t have even been possible to do things like bicycle maintenance or stargazing in the telescope. That said, I did have another three quarters of the year where I didn’t keep up with those goals, so the move only explains so much. I think that I did do a decent job at the last two goals, of reducing waste and keeping the house cleaner, but again the move vastly increased the amount of waste and increased uncleanliness, so it didn’t help in that regard either.

                        As with the previous year, this year can be defined by pushups and running, though I think pullups would also make the list. Despite dropping them mostly from training at the end of the year because of an injury, I am still averaging 22 per day since I started tracking them, which included a lot of days at the beginning (in 2020) when I was doing under 10, so my average per day this year is probably around 25 per day, which means around 9000 pullups. I did a bit more on pushups this year versus the previous year

                        I did keep up with the running, closer to 800 km this year as opposed to just over 400 last year. If there was something noteworthy with this year it was that I started trail running in the summer. This was a little bit selfish in a sense, as I mostly ran trails which were unaccessible to us as parents of two young children, so I got to see some gorgeous views that my wife didn’t get to. I did make pretty good use of this though as I ran through a bunch of great trails around the city where we used to live. On the other hand I think some recurring running injuries came from trail running, so a mixed blessing. Running was also a big deal for me at the temporary accommodations in September and October. As I moved back to the city where I was born and lived most of my life, this meant rediscovering the city, and thanks to modern mapping technology, even discovering parts that I never knew were there.

                        I didn’t really get up to as much out-of-the-ordinary stuff this year, or at least not as compared to 2020 when doing so was one of my goals. What I did do though was to find outdoor exercise parks and playgrounds to incorporate those into my routine. This often involved just simply climbing on the children’s equipment, but Ottawa is full of great exercise parks which are just playgrounds for adults. As opposed to 2020 when I was winning free gift cards from the fitness app all the time, this year I didn’t win as much ($20) so I didn’t have a constant stream of new fitness inspiration coming. I am at the stage in my life where there is not a lot that I need or want, so when it comes time for birthday presents, I just get odd items. This year I put together some gift cards and got a javelin, which is a piece of exercise equipment that I never thought that I would own. I read later that ballistic exercises (in other words throwing things) are good for creating power, but mostly I bought it for some fun and for another reason to get out of the house to do stuff.

                        In terms of mental fitness, I had a good year once again. I maintained my Duolingo streak (now near 1100 days) and did pretty well on a Sporcle streak. I had to start over in July after missing a day, but I have still done one quiz per day on every day except one for the past year and half. I read a lot this year too, compared to last year where I was trying to finish books that I had started in life and never finished (which was easier because I didn’t have to read all of them all the way through) this year I started and finished 52 books, and finished 53 (as I had one from last year that was almost done). Every month except December I finished at least four, and got to an average of one book per week. This year was a focus on World War 2, with 27 total books related to the subject, which accounted for more than half of all books. I also did decently on writing this year, though I didn’t really start any new writing projects, and instead focused on editing the older ones.

                        I am not sure what else to say about 2021. It was obviously again a challenging year for the world at large, but I didn’t get so much of that. Like a lot of people, I was frustrated by the lack of vaccines available at certain times, and I am anyway not sure if the boys and I didn’t catch COVID in November when we all got pretty sick, though we didn’t get tested and mostly just isolated instead anyway. On the other hand, thanks to the federal government being somewhat generous with unemployment benefits due to the pandemic, I have been on unemployment insurance since February of 2020, and have only worked two and a half months in that timeframe, and have mostly been at home for the first two years and three months of my younger boys life, and of course spent the same time with my older boy, so it has been pretty good for me to get to stay at home and take care of them. It of course cost us some money, but I think when I look back on this period later in life, that I will strangely think that 2020 and 2021 were two of the best years of my life.

                        Numbers:
                        Kilometers: 784.9
                        Pushups: 46,815
                        Pullups: 9368
                        Programs Complete: 4
                        Steps:

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                          You should put on your two-year badge!

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                            Your summary sounds great! Happy new year!

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                              Great summary, all the best & success in 2022!

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                                TopNotch I missed a couple of days two Marches ago, so I have a few more months to put in.

                                NancyTree PETERMORRIS966 Thanks!

                                Today was a bit of a loss, as I didn't sleep well last night (nothing to do with NYE) and had to take my younger boy to the hospital for a broken finger. I am still not 100% either with this slight sprain on my right ankle, and more-sore-than-it-should-be shoulder from the booster. I got my steps in, and did 100 pushups and just one workout, One Angry Bird (level I, EC). Hopefully I should be back to normal tomorrow.

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