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Freddie juggling scones

Why do I want to do this?

I have this perception of myself as clumsy and lacking in hand-eye coordination. I'm not sure to what extent this is grounded in reality, but I'd like to challenge myself. If Tolstoy could learn to ride a bike at 67, there's time for me to learn to juggle.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll be able to juggle three balls continuously for at least a minute.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Paris At His Feet

What's this about?

Skipping. With a rope, if you were wondering. Nothing so challenging as the picture, but it should train me to be a bit more nimble with my feet.


Why do I want to do this?

When I was a young'un I used to be quite good at skipping (once impressed my trampoline instructor mightily by skipping backwards on the trampoline), but there were a few tricks I never mastered.


How will I know I've done this?

I'll have managed an unbroken run of 500 steps, turning the skipping rope forwards. I'll also have managed an unbroken run of 100 steps, turning the rope backwards. I'll also have managed an unbroken run of ten steps, crossing the rope in front of me.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Coloured Chalk Cliff

Why do I want to do this?

I use 'swim' in its loosest sense here. Flapping around a bit and floating is also perfectly acceptable, as this isn't about physical fitness, it's about what sea-bathing does to my mind. The first sharp chill of the water having receded, I love the feeling of buoyancy, of calm, of not having to be in control. (Up to a point, obviously. I have no intention of drowning.)


How will I know when I've done it?

I'll have immersed myself in the sea at least once in 2011, at least once in 2012, and at least once in 2013. (I swam in the sea in July 2010, and I'm not going in again in December.)


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Boots On The Doorstep

What's this about?

Offa's Dyke is an 8th century earthwork that runs most of the length of the Welsh-English border; these days there's a long-distance footpath that follows it. Alternatively, I could walk from one side of England to the other.


Why do I want to do this?

I'd like to do a long-distance walk that's not a pilgrimage. I want to be able to say that I've walked from one side of a country to another. (I didn't do this on the Camino de Santiago, as I stopped in Santiago de Compostela and didn't continue to Finisterre.)


How will I know when I've done it?

I'll have traversed, on foot, either the length of Offa's Dyke from the Severn to Prestatyn (or vice versa), or from one coast of England to the opposite.


I'll record this in this journal, though you probably won't hear much from me while it's actually in progress.
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Along the Pilgrims' Way

What's this about?

It's hardly news that Canterbury is an important destination for pilgrimage; it has been ever since the murder of Thomas Becket. It's not all that far from me, either.


Why do I want to do this?

It's been far too long since I did a proper pilgrimage, which is something that I find extremely useful in my spiritual life. This one is easily manageable from where I am now.


How will I know when I've done it?

I'll have travelled on foot from my home in Woking to Canterbury cathedral. I may do this in stages, so long as I pick up each new stage exactly where I left off the last one.


I'll record this in posts in this journal.
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Wii Fit

What's this about?

Wii Fit is an exercise video game that uses the Wii console. It very helpfully tells you how long you've spent on it each day: "FitCash"


Why do I want to do this?

I find that physical exercise has the effect of making me more aware of my body, and more confident in it, as if the more I use it, the more it belongs to me. Therefore, I'd like to exercise regularly - say half an hour per day. But I might not have half an hour every single day. Half an hour per day for 1001 days would be 500.5 hours. I rounded it down to 500, then knocked off another hundred to account for the days when I'm out/ill/tired. I think 400 hours is ambitious but manageable.

I want to make one thing clear: this is not a weight loss thing, it's an activity thing. It doesn't matter whether I spend 400 hours jogging or 400 hours doing deep breathing. The point is that I'm aware of my body and that I'm using it.


How will I know when it's done?

The total number of hours on my FitPiggy will be at least 400 greater than it was on day 1.


I'll record this in occasional updates on this journal, and on Daytum.
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Swans 3

Why do I want to do this?

I had 'swim 50 lengths without having to stop to wheeze' on my last list. I completed it, and haven't been to the pool since. Which is silly: I like swimming, despite what it occasionally does to my chest; it's just the getting round to it. I'm hoping that this distance will take me a bit longer to work up to, and get me swimming more regularly.


How will I know when it's done?

I'll have swum 500 lengths in one session. The pool I have in mind is 25m long; if I somehow manage to complete this goal at a 50m long pool that's just a bonus.


I'll record this in this journal, and on my Daytum page, if I can work out how to use it.

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