I’ve been working out regularly since 2008 or ’09. It’s been a combination or mix of swimming, running, cycling, weightlifting, and workout videos. I didn’t start keeping track of my workouts though until last year. I know there are watches, apps, sensor bands, and more to help people keep track of healthy they are being. I don’t have any of those though. I kept track by planning out my runs on Google Maps and then writing down my workouts in my planner. Last year the majority of my working out took place in the pool or on the sidewalk. I didn’t get any cycling in; I hope to rectify that this year.
This low-tech, simple tracking method means that I know how many miles I ran but it doesn’t tell me how long it took and I don’t know exactly how much I swam. I do know that every swim workout was between 2600 and 3000 yards, so I averaged my workouts to 2800 yards. Not perfect but a good estimation.
I was hoping to run a half marathon in 2015 and began seriously training for a November run at the end of August. A vacation in October and a foot injury a week before race day meant that it didn’t happen. Hopefully this year!
With that here is what my workout totals looked like in 2015:
Video games complete is another number I’ve been tracking for quite some time, all the way back to 2010. The average so far has been 55 games per year. Despite that I seem to always have a never ending pile of unplayed, and unbeaten video games to play. Despite the tumultuous events of the year I’m only slightly down from my average with 47 games completed in 2015.
PC games got the lion’s share of attention in 2015 totaling 26 of the 47 completed. Of those 26 games Dark Souls consumed the majority of the time I spent playing PC games. After attempting the game multiple times both on the Xbox 360 and PC it finally clicked. I know when it came out I had nothing but bad things to say about Dark Souls and some of my criticisms then still hold true. The manual is woefully inadequate for complexities found in the game and the messages left by other players and wiki sites are a poor substitute for proper documentation. If I was to do a game of the year for 2015 it would be Dark Souls, I haven’t spent that much time with a video game since I was in high school…
I watched a lot of television this year. A lot more than I’d suspect I watch if I wasn’t keeping track of this. If you wonder where all my free time went this year looking over this post should give you a good idea. Too much time spent on the couch and not enough working on projects, working out, writing, or being with friends. I’m not giving up television; that’d be insane seeing as some of the best tv ever is being made right now but, I am going to be slowing down my consumption rate or turning this into a social activity that can be down with friends.
What stands out in 2015? Supernatural is better than it has been in a long time. I know its a dumb monster hunt show but it’s a FUN dumb monster hunt and after 10 seasons I still want to know what happens to Dean and Sam Winchester. Jessica Jones tore me apart. After the Daredevil I thought I was ready for a bleaker take on Marvel’s universe but I wasn’t expecting Jessica Jones delivered. Imperfect, damaged people trying to make their way, together, in an imperfect, damaged world. Portlandia is as quirky, surreal, and delightful as it has always been Carrie Brownstein is amazing and Fred Armisen is right behind her.
2014 was the first year I started tracing all the movies I watched and television shows I had seen. This will be my first year blogging about it. I almost doubled my movie viewing last year. This might have something to do with why my book reading was down (to be honest that’s probably the fault of television shows. You’ll see in the next post…)
In preparation for the new Star Wars movie I also rewatched the first six. Instead of doing this as a solitary pursuit though, I invited friends over to view the films with me every Sunday leading up to the release of Force Awakens. This turned out to be a great idea and it seems everyone had a lot of fun at these viewings. I might make this a regular event at my house.
Out of this list the movies that stand out the most are The Babadook, Inside Out, and the Force Awakens all for entirely different reasons. The first is a fantastic commentary on being a parent presented as a smart horror film, the second is a beautiful reminder of the wonder of childhood and how much of that is lost as we age, and the last was just a really fun, space romp with characters I care about.