Well my great plans for 2012 went out the window very quickly when on Jan 20th my Dad died. I took this quite hard as, for reasons I won't go into here, we hadn't spoken for a long time so I didn't get to say goodbye to him.
I'm responsible for organising all his affairs so had to arrange the funeral, sort out a solicitor, deal with his will and still have to clear and sell his house. These are the things that make you a grown up and you never really plan for them and everything is an unknown.
So my mileage challenge went out the window in February and has put me way behind my target, so what have I done about it? Well despite the urge to give it up I decided to find a way of measuring all the miles I clock up just walking around, without the GPS measuring everything. I invested in a FitBit. This is an intelligent pedometer that apparently has the same tech in it as a Wiimote controller so measures very accurately your steps as well as including an altimeter to measure floors climbed.
This wirelessly syncs to a base station whenever you're within 15 feet of it and uploads to a dashboard. This has meant I now have a way of capturing the 1-2 extra miles I walk each day. I'm still behind my target but will do my best to hit those 1000 miles before the end of the year.
It's been a very busy four months so far in 2012, work is very busy, in a good way with lots of new challenges and opportunities, the company had a great Q1. We got holidays booked, we're going camping in Dartmouth in June during the jubilee week, we've got 2 weeks in Lanzarote at the end of July and I've got a weeks motorbike trip booked for the end of June, so lots to look forward too.
I've made quite a big decision with regards to my volunteering at Air Cadets. I was getting quite frustrated with a few things and as a civilian I was limited in what I could do so I've decided to go into uniform. I've decided to become an adult NCO so provided I meet all the criteria, I will become a Sergeant. I decided I didn't want to go for a commission and become an officer as I see that as a management role and as I do that for my day job I wanted to do something different. Being a sergeant will mean I can contribute more in the drill, dress and discipline areas with the cadets.