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[[!meta title="A quarter in review"]]
[[!meta author="Daniel Silverstone"]]
[[!meta date="2019-04-08 09:45:00"]]

The 2019 plan - First-quarter review
====================================

[At the start of the year][2019-plan] I blogged about my plans for 2019.  For
those who don't want to go back to read that post, in summary they are:

[2019-plan]: ../2019-01-plans/

1. Continue to lose weight and get fit. I'd like to reach 80kg during the year if I can
2. Begin a couch to 5k and give it my very best
3. Focus my software work on finishing projects I have already started
4. Where I join in other projects be a net benefit
5. Give back to the @rustlang community because I've gained so much from them already
6. Be better at tidying up
7. Save up lots of money for renovations
8. Go on a proper holiday

At the point that I posted that, I promised myself to do quarterly reviews and
so here is the first of those.  I am a few days late/early depending on your
view of things, but today seems a good day to do this since it's the day before
my 39th birthday.

1. Weight loss
--------------

I started the year at 101.7kg, and when I posted my plans I was 101.3kg which
wasn't the best start to the year.  My goal is 80kg this year, and when I
started I figured that'd be pretty easy to achieve given my previous 6 months
or so of consistent weight loss.  Sadly that has not proven out.  It *is*
harder to lose weight as you get lighter; the more you lose the harder it gets.

I started the year out pretty strong, reaching 90kg in early March.  Sadly my
body seems to really like 90kg.  It's not really a "set point" in that I can
easily gain weight from there, but losing weight from 90kg has proven to be
really tough for me.  Since that first time dipping to 90kg in early March,
I've been up as high as 91.5kg and down as low as 87.5kg, though I'm currently
88.6kg.

Previously on weight plateaus, I've been able to kick-start loss again either
by doing a stronger fast for a few days, or by eating more for a week and then
returning to my loss-level diet.  This hasn't worked in the past month yet.

Since this month includes when my father was very unwell before ultimately
dying last year, and also my birthday, I figure that I'm going to end this
plateau with a huge pig-out on protein tomorrow for my birthday and then going
somewhat strict with myself for a few weeks to try and get things going again.
I know that by my goal estimate, I have basically 8 months to lose 8kg, but I
ought to be able to do that in 4 months or even less if I try harder.

Other fitness goals have been sidelined in favour of the couch-to-5k effort
(see below) but perhaps in my next review things will change…

I give myself a solid "B" for this

2. Couch to 5k
--------------

This was started, and I have been doing my best.  It has been a really
interesting experience since it has taught me that the "training wall" really
exists.  One week a while ago, I hit it really hard, and had to stop my run
about 10m in, because I simply could not make my legs go any further.  Since
then I've reduced the amount of non c25k training I do, and that has allowed
my body the time to adapt to running more effectively.

I managed a 5k run for the very first time last Thursday, and I'll be
attempting another on Thursday of this week.  I'm amazed at my progress and
super-proud of being able to say that I have pretty much nailed this one down.
I have hopes that at the next checkin I'll to have to say that I've met my goal
(a parkrun in May, running the whole thing) and so be setting a different
fitness goal for the rest of the year.

So far, so good, I'm giving myself an "A+"

3. Finishing projects
---------------------

I managed to sort things so that [Gitano][] won't drop out of Debian, and I've
done a bit more on [NetSurf][] than I did previously, but in the past quarter
I've not done a lot on the pub software I mentioned at the start of the year.

Rob and I have booked off a chunk of April, so perhaps I'll get a chance to do
some of that then.

Sadly, I've also *started* a bunch of projects, including beginning to plan
work with [Lars][] on a [Yarn][] re-design.

So over-all, this one gets a "C" - satisfactory but could do a lot better.

[Gitano]: https://wiki.gitano.org.uk/
[NetSurf]: https://www.netsurf-browser.org/
[Lars]: https://liw.fi/
[Yarn]: http://git.liw.fi/cgi-bin/cgit/cgit.cgi/cmdtest/tree/README.yarn

4. Be a net benefit
-------------------

I have restricted what projects I am part of this year.  My presence in Debian
I think just about counts as a net-benefit to the project, but it's a pretty
slim margin.

I do my best on the [Lua][] community support (ML, webhosting, etc) but I've
not really been a *part* of the community for a couple of years now.  I'd like
to think they still appreciate my efforts, but that's about it.

I've really heavily invested my efforts into Rust related stuff as you will
see.

I think that, over all, I'm doing okay here, a "B-" since I could do better
but I'm not negative-impact anywhere to my knowledge.

[Lua]: https://www.lua.org/

5. Give back to the Rust community
----------------------------------

This is one software/community place where I think I've done pretty well.  I
started the year looking at various parts of the Rust ecosystem, but ended up
settled into [Rustup][] where I joined the working group and began in earnest
to help deal with issues and improve what I see to be the gateway to the Rust
ecosystem.

As you will know if you follow this blog, I ended up making the
[Rustup 1.17.0][release] release, which was a nerve-wracking experience that I
will do better with next time.  Fortunately the community is amazing and they
were super-forgiving of my cockup.

I also hang around on the `#wg-rustup` [Discord][] channel and other channels
on that server, helping where I can.  I've been running the Rustup working
group weekly meetings, and I feel like I've made a pretty positive impact on
things.  Rustup is a slow moving tool which we try and change only
conservatively, but it is a critical part of the experience of the Rust
ecosystem so we do want to make it as good as it can be.

[Rustup]: https://rustup.rs/
[release]: ../rustup-1.17.0/
[Discord]: https://discord.gg/cKdYFVz

All in all, I think I deserve an "A" for my efforts here.  I could do a bit
more and that'd give me the "+" but for now I'm satisfied.

6. Be better at tidying up
--------------------------

I started the year out strongly, doing well at this, but over the months I've
slipped back into my bad habits.  I'm still very bad at this part of "adulting"
and have nothing useful to report beyond "Trying to develop multiple habits
simultaneously is super-hard".  I think that once the c25k effort is over
and I can reduce my running efforts, resuming "normal" gym routines etc, I may
have some mental energy left to try and develop better tidying habits.

All in all this is a big fat "F" for fail.

7. Save up money for renovations
--------------------------------

I believe that I've been doing pretty well at this.  Since I don't go out much,
I don't eat out anywhere near as much as I used to, and I don't generally buy
toys (e.g. I recently got an upgraded graphics card for free because Rob
decided he needed a shinier one and so I got a hand-me-down), I've been able to
put a good chunk of cash away.  Not enough yet for a new kitchen, but it's
getting there slowly.  Of course, the next point might eat away a good chunk of
it…

I'm giving myself an "A" for this, because I *do* have a pretty healthy looking
savings account, even if I can see all the looming bills for renovations.

8. Go on a proper holiday
-------------------------

Well, this one hasn't happened yet, though I do have a week off booked for
after easter, that's in next quarter so I'm guessing it doesn't count for now.

Rob will be off to Japan in the summer, so perhaps I'll take some time off at
that point to have a break.  Of course, with Rob away, it'd be a staycation
which isn't quite what I had in mind, so who knows what I'll do instead.  I'm
so much of a homebody that a staycation is still a good holiday in my view, but
it's not what I meant when I said a "proper holiday" since that needs to be a
break from all the "normal" stuff in my view.

Giving myself a "C" here because I've not failed at it, but I've not made major
inroads into planning or somesuch.

Summary
=======

All-in-all I think I've done pretty well.  My scores are B, A+, C, B-, A, F, A,
C, which, if we ignore the F is an average of A, though the F does ruin things
a little.  Hopefully in another 3 months I'll be able to report better
progress.