New Years Resolutions: 2015 Edition

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  1. Master_Craig

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    That is unfortunate... I'm sorry to hear that. It's easy to see why she may have some problems, sadly.

    I think you're right... I think she was hoping that her relationship with you was going to take her to better, higher places, especially considering the very unfortunate circumstances she has in her life. I think that's why she was being quite rushy with the relationship.

    You're right, you can't be in a one sided relationship... even if it made her happier and made her life better, if you weren't feeling the same feelings as she was, well... then it just wouldn't work out in the long run. You did the right thing.

    Live and learn, you learn from past experience. The next time you begin to enter a relationship, you'll be more careful and aware and you'll know what's going on. I guess all I can suggest there to sorta counter that point slightly, is don't let past experiences rule your future. Hope that makes sense.
     
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  2. Paradox

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    It does make sense. Thanks Craig.
     
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  3. Master_Craig

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    I went to a judo competition yesterday that was held in a smaller town in our state, three hours away from our town. It's the first time I competed again since earlier this year back in June, for the Australian National Championships.

    It was pretty good. It was mostly kids, so we were there to support them and to coach them. I personally had one fight but unfortunately it was against a guy I train with all the time at my own club - a mate of mine.

    I'm a brown belt, my mate is a yellow belt but despite his inexperience in judo, he has a lot of other experience behind him - he's a former soldier in the Australian Army, boxing instructor and he used to do Zen Do Kai mixed martial arts, so he's no n00b. Because he and I were the only adults, we had to fight in a best two out of three match up.

    We weighed in, I weighed in at 103 kg (227 Ibs) and he weighed in at 102 kg (224 Ibs). The first fight was tough, I screwed up a throw and we ended up on the ground with him on top of me, but I managed to make him tap using a strangle. The strangle is called "Tsukkomi Jime".

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    (not a photo of us, just a photo of the strangle).

    In the second round later on we fought again and I used what's called a sacrifice throw called "Uki Waza" (Floating Drop) where you give up your standing position to fall on the ground with your opponent.

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    I managed to get a wazari (half) point, then I held him down on his back for fifteen seconds, achieving a second wazari point and winning (if you get two wazari points, that creates an "ippon", which is the winning score).

    My mate and I had a good time, we had a bit of a laugh while fighting - you're not supposed to talk on the mat, so we did get penalized a fair bit. :p We also had a fair bit of trouble fighting each other... my mate is quite strong and he's a bit shorter, so he has a stocky build and he has a great sense of balance and centre of gravity. Mean while, I also have strength and an annoying reach... so we were both getting frustrated with each other.

    Our state championship is in a month's time, so I hope to be a little fitter by then. At the moment my face is a bit scratched up and my ribs hurt like crap (he landed on my ribs when I stuffed up in the first round) so I am a bit sore today. :p
     
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  4. Paradox

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    Alright people, time for your year-end resolution reports. Let's reflect on what we did or did not accomplish and what's going to carry over into 2016.

    At the beginning of 2015, I was pretty much starting my life anew. I had moved out from my ex-wife's house and was going to make a fresh start. I had two main (and one small) resolutions for the year. #1, incorporate female companionship back into my life. #2, lose weight. And the small one, #3, start learning how to play guitar.

    I was in two relationships this year. The first seemed great at first. At. First. The red herrings were dropped early on when she'd say things like 'guys tend to get tired of me after awhile'. And boy she wasn't kidding. That song 'Crazy Bitch' could have been written about her (her and Icepick would have gotten along swimmingly if you know what I mean). Her too odd mannerisms and over-dramatizing of EVERYTHING became too much to bear. She'd make a good booty call, but I never got desperate enough to go back.

    The second relationship didn't last long before she decided to break up out of the blue via text and apparently started seeing another guy and then stopped seeing him in even less time than she dated me. She also had a flair for the dramatic, but more in a juvenile grade school sort of way. Basically she was an adult who still acted like a 7th grader and taught me the important lesson to never date someone a lot younger than me ever again.

    On a side note, in my initial resolution post, I mentioned a cute petite brunette at work. We flirted a bit back and forth and she even accompanied me to a weekend at a casino hotel, but she seemed to have no real interest in me so I dropped it. Flash forward a couple of months and she starts seeing this tattooed white trash looking guy. She apparently didn't waste anytime because a month later she's pregnant. I guess a nice guy who's into you can't compare to raw-doggin' some white trash redneck's dick.

    A couple of months ago I made plans to move out of state, so I'm currently on a woman sabbatical until after I relocate.

    Resolution 2 was to work out more and lose weight. While I did lose some weight, it still wasn't as much as I wanted to. Regardless, I now tighten my belt a few notches more than I used to and I'll take that as an accomplishment in progress. That, combined with the fact that I ditched glasses for contacts and my hair's gotten long enough to necessitate a ponytail at least makes me feel more confident and, for lack of a better word, cooler (insert 'at least my mom thinks I'm cool' joke here).

    Minor resolution #3 was to begin learning how to play guitar. I made zero progress on this one and still do not even own a guitar. My brother is in a death metal band so I might see if I can get one of his guitarists to give me lessons once I move near them in a couple of weeks.

    So that's how my resolutions panned out. If you took time to read all of that, thank you. I'm eager to see how the rest of GR's 2015 resolutions have turned out.
     
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    Continue what I do best:

    Teach, write, some exercise, and find some roomates...

    Speaking of which, any takers who want to live in NYC?
     
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    Paradox - Well done, man. I'm glad to hear that you've lost some weight, as evident by the tightening of your belt. That's a fantastic start and you're already doing a lot better than many other people. I'm sure next year you will do a lot better. This might sound silly but... losing weight is like quitting smoking. You might quite the smokes for a while, then later you might return to them. But if you try again later, your chances of success increase. I know this for fact, because this is what happened to me when I first lost all my weight.

    As for the relationships... you tried, you live and learn. You did a good job there as well. It's a shame to hear about the girl at work, but honestly, maybe it was for the best. A blessing in disguise, perhaps?

    Good luck with the guitar, man. I hope you talk to your brother, sounds like a great place to start! I'd love to learn an instrument (seriously, I'd love to learn how to play the violin) but I guess I don't quite see it as a priority... I say that as in, yes I do have "time", but my priorities are different at this stage.

    LinksOcarina - I saw your photo the other day of the dumbbells... I think that's excellent. Keep up the good work man, and good luck finding those new roomies! If I lived that way, I'd take you up on the offer.

    My resolutions have mostly been positive, with a couple of downs.

    -Drop weight (about 10kg/20Ibs): I dropped weight! Thanks to a new diet and training regime that was prescribed to me by a strength coach, I was able to drop body fat, gain muscle mass and strength and get stronger/fitter in general! Not gonna lie, but my diet slipped around July... but in saying that, I'm still in better shape than I was last year, around this time of the year. I'll be returning to this diet/training properly and strictly next year when I return from my holiday... so I'm going to give this one a tick.

    -Get better at judo: I think I've gotten better. We're at a brand new training facility now for our club and it's amazing, it's so much better than our last one. On top of that, I competed at the Australian National Judo Championships this year and it's the best I've ever done. I'd like to try again for 2016. I'm giving this one a tick too.

    -Draw more often: I haven't started drawing my own web comic, but at least I am still working with the GameRevolution crew on GR Strips, which I am really enjoying... I have more creative control, I'm trying out a lot of new techniques drawing-wise and I have lots of fun with it. I've even slightly changed my style of characters. On top of that, I've attempted to start a YouTube and Facebook page (Reckless Abandon) which encourages me to draw more often... so yes, I'm ticking this.

    -Be a happier and more positive person: I won't lie, but this one has been a bit hit and miss. Earlier this year I started seeing a psychologist as I thought I was depressed, but it turns out I may have minor anxiety, as well as depression. Either way, these sessions have really helped. They have helped me learn how to better stand up for myself, understanding my rights, and how to deal and cope with particular things. That being said, this year has been tough and I've had a lot of issues, so I'm not as happy/positive as I'd like to be, but I do feel I have become a lot mentally/emotionally stronger. I might tick this one, but it's tricky because I'm not quite where I want to be yet in regards to this category.

    -Learn to cook: Because of the diet I went on earlier this year, I learned how to prep all my own meals, which consisted of roasted chicken curry, rice and steamed vegetables. I can also cook pasta sauces, steaks and a few other goodies... so I got better! I'm ticking this.

    -Help my girlfriend: I hope this doesn't sound egotistical but I'm giving this one a massive green tick. Earlier this year, I helped my partner secure a brand new job. She used to work in retail but she hated it. Her anxiety was troublesome there and she often had panic attacks and came home upset and depressed, it broke my heart.

    Through my own work, I helped her secure a job at a local early childhood learning center (day care), where she is now an apprentice early childhood educator. Basically, she hangs out with kids all day, she plays with them, draws with them, reads to them, helps them learn... she loves it! She loves kids, and kids absolutely love her. She works with wonderful people, her new boss is so caring and understanding and ever since starting this job, she hasn't had one work related panic attack (at her old job, she had several per week).

    On top of that, her new work place is paying for her university studies, meaning that as long as she does the study, my partner is getting further qualified through work, which can lead to promotions, job opportunities and work anywhere in Australia. She's happy, and so am I. :) So... big green tick!

    Like Paradox said, if you took the time to read this, I sincerely thank you. We should make a 2016 list, and I wish everyone all the best to their goals in 2016! :)
     
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    - Get into a postgraduate program.
    Fuckin nailed it. Did my first semester of my masters and I am loving it so much.
    Also did TAing while there, so that was great.

    - Read through A Song of Ice and Fire
    Haha, NOPE!
    After starting my aforementioned master's program, I had no time/desire to read for fun. However, I did finish up through the first half of Storm of Swords. So that was a half check.

    - Get swole
    I got really sick in April which got me out of the habit of going to the gym. I should go back soon. Eventually.
    But I'm at a happy place in my weight/body, my BMI went down due to eating better, and so did my blood pressure. So that's nice.

    - Take a shower
    Will do that eventually.

    I'm going to give myself a B+, because I graded myself and want to pass.
     
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    I'll go ahead and give myself an A+.
     
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    Craig: Looks like you got a lot done this year. Congrats. Cooking the way you are is awesome. I can work my way around a kitchen, but I don't think to that degree. As for your woman, it's sounds like you've made a profound difference in her life. That's real cool to do that for someone.

    Longo: Congratulations on working towards your masters. And don't worry buddy, that shower will happen one day, when you're ready.

    Green Lantern: You make us proud, keep up the good work.
     
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  11. UrbanMasque

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    Report: Grade C+

    This Resolution will extend into 2016's. 2015 was interesting in my life to say the least. While I did wind up losing some, I put it back on when I started consuming copious amounts of alcohol following a pretty bad break up. I sprinted really fast and was at the gym 4x a week early 2016, but the momentum didn't last for a variety of reasons. Not making excuses - its just what it is. Some other lurking variables include, slowly getting myself out of debt (big problem in the US but I'm almost there!), New awesome job, and back in the dating mine-field.

    Now I need to get back to normalcy in my life and continue my voice work, drink less, and keep slowly losing weight. I weigh the same as I did at this point last year which isn't terrible, but not where I wanted to be. So instead of graduating to the next course, I'll be retaking Resolution 101 next year. Only because I feel like once I do that, every other loud issue going on will be nerfed b/c I'll be on cloud 9.

    2016 Resolution: Lose Weight

    - I might adopt some other minor tasks, but that is the primary goal.
     
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    Keep at it Urbz, you can do it buddy. Maybe we should start some kind of GR support group for weight loss. Like, "I want to buy and eat an entire pizza, I need to message my GR sponsor!".
     
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    I give myself an A+ out of jest.

    No nicotine since last December.
     
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    Are we doing 2016 or making a new thread? I might actually have one!
     
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  15. UrbanMasque

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    Ha - that actually could work, but I respond a lot more to this:

    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynR0yRhxeL8
     
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    I assume we'll start a brand new one and archive this one. May as well start the new year with a fresh topic.

    That's awesome Sourdeez, both on not getting popped by the police and kicking the nicotine. Both can prove hazardous to your health.

    And that's a hilarious commercial Urban. I'm going to go to the nearest junior high to hire some girls and oop, now I'm typing this from jail. Should be easier to lose weight in here at least.
     
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    I've actually had a really good 2015 except with relationships which sucks but eh.

    I graduated from college with my degree in engineering, got a job after relaxing for a month or so, moved to a new city for the job/start over with people. I also was really cut and toned from the gym due to taking my frustrations out there until the holidays hit then well food hit me like a truck haha.
     
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    Ah i love joke Yoda
     
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    Bring it 8)
     
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