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be more informed about politics and current events
be more informed about politics and current events

I need to cut back on this. It is depressing.



Ride my bicycle more often (read all 2 entries…)
Ride my bicycle more often

I am not where I want to be on this. It is hard to wake up early. But I do have a fancy new bike. I should ride a couple times this week.



weigh less than 200 lbs
weigh less than 200 lbs

Down from a peak of 226, I weighed 181 yesterday.



competently place a central line (read all 2 entries…)
competently place a central line

I am probably past the point in my career where I will ever need to do this again. I probably only did it 10 or 15 times in residency.



use renewable energy
use renewable energy

We pay to use windpower credits or something. Still using gasoline.



Buy a House
I did it.

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Finish residency (read all 2 entries…)
Updating 43 things

I realized that I have not updated my goals in 43 things for over 2 years. And I’ve actually finished some of these things.

So yes, I finished residency in Family Medicine in 2008. Board certified baby!



Ride my bicycle more often (read all 2 entries…)
Untitled

I commute with my bike sometimes, but I want to commute with my bike every day it’s practical. I would also like to use my bike for errands.



reduce my resting heart rate
Untitled

In college, my heart rate was in the high 40’s, low 50’s. Right now, it’s in the 60’s. I would like to get it less than 60.



exercise regularly (read all 3 entries…)
Untitled

Specifically, I want to ride my bike every day (unless it’s raining) and lift weights 2-4 times a week.



Get organized
We've got to get up and organize!

Hah! I will probably never make progress at this.



use an electronic medical record (read all 2 entries…)
Allscripts Woo!

I do this every day now. It slows me down, but it’s good being able to access it from anywhere. Like when I’m waiting on an OB patient and I can do my charts from Friday :-)

I should talk more about this, but it’s kind of boring.



use an electronic medical record (read all 2 entries…)
Allscripts woo!

I do this every day now. It slows me down, but it’s good being able to access it from anywhere. Like when I’m waiting on an OB patient and I can do my charts from Friday :-)

I should talk more about this, but it’s kind of boring.



Eat less meat (read all 2 entries…)
I'm doing poorly at this

I seem to eat turkey and chicken all the time.



competently place a central line (read all 2 entries…)
I'm not sure if I'm competent yet.

I’ve put in 3 femoral lines and 2 subclavians. One of the femorals was unsupervised and one subclavian, the attending didn’t have to glove in. I’m still not sure I’m there yet.



exercise regularly (read all 3 entries…)
Some Progress

I’ve lost about 12 pounds and put on some muscle. I started my New Year’s Resolution in November, which I think is a better time to do it. Probably, if I can establish a habit before the holidays start, I’ll be more likely to continue it after they’re over.



learn to play the ukulele (read all 3 entries…)
Fingerpicking

I’ve been practicing fingerpicking with my thumb and index finger. I’m not sure if this is a correct way to do it, but I’m getting better.



exercise regularly (read all 3 entries…)
Exercising

Last week I’ve started an exercise program. It involves riding my bike to work whenever I can, getting 30 minutes of aerobic exercise most days of the week, and lifting weights most days of the week. I’m also trying to cut out sugar, but for some reason this is harder than it has been in the past. I think it’s because I’ve been using desserts and Coke as anxiolytics for the last year and a half.

Although I hate exercising and I love sweets, intellectually and logically I know they are bad for me. I see the devastating effects of Metabolic Syndrome every day.

Currently I weigh 224 lbs with a BMI of 27.3. I’m planning on this being the most I ever weigh in my life.



Eat less meat (read all 2 entries…)
Eat less meat (Posted from 43things)

I’m doing very poorly at this goal. On most weekdays, I don’t get to choose my lunch, and I often get few choices for dinner. I don’t want to give up on being vegetarian, but it’s hard when food is free and choices are limited.



learn to play the ukulele (read all 3 entries…)
Ukulele Progress

I feel that I’ve jumped a plateau in my ukulele playing this month. I’ve gotten fairly good at playing My Guitar by Jump, Little Children. (No, not the solo at the beginning, the chords) The song is considerably more complicated than other stuff I’ve played.

I’ve also enjoyed playing Family Tree by Ben Kweller.



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