Happy New Year! A Review of 2011 and Goals for 2012

January 1, 2012 — 3 Comments
Enter The Year of The Dragon

Enter The Year of The Dragon

Happy new year! And Enter 2012...which will be the year of the Dragon later this month! (January 23, 2012)

Most people make new years resolution around this time, setting goals they want to accomplish for the new year. For me, I'm going to start off by reviewing what I accomplished in 2011, and then set some goals that I want to hit in 2012:

One Word To Describe 2011


5 Greatest Things That Happened In The Past Year

  1. Started my blog, and documenting my training sessions online.
  2. Paid off all my debt!
  3. Stuck to a solid game plan to continually get stronger.
  4. Joined the 500/400/300/200 club (current personal bests: deadlifted 500.5lbs on June 24, 2011, squatted 440lbs on November 9, 2011, benched 319lbs on June 24, 2011, and overhead pressed 220lbs on November 9, 2011)
  5. Bought a home (now with a mortgage, I'm back in debt! Dammit) and created a home gym.

3 Great Lessons I've Learned From Last Year Are

  1. Clear goals that are burned in your mind, planning (or using an already proven plan), focused execution and constant review works!
    1. On a similar note, when you have a plan, all you need to do next is execute. In other words, you don't need to spend time in the moment deciding what to do in the moment, and in the future. If a problem arises, then that's when you need to put your thinking cap back on and make adjustments to your plan to steer you back towards your goals.
  2. Consistent, small progress will add up.
  3. "Habits" become "Normal" if you do it often enough.

If I Could Do Things Again Last Year, I Would Do These 3 Things Differently

  1. Start my blog earlier! I regret not blogging about my "Starting Strength" workouts earlier. I made some decent gains in a short period of time (around November 2010-March 2011).
  2. Blog more often.
  3. Read more books. I find that what I read, watch or listen to will influence how I think and how I behave.

Goals For 2012

  • Compete in powerlifting
  • Write more
  • Apply goal setting, planning, executing and reviewing to other aspects of my life.

One Word To Describe 2012


John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

Quick Stats
Height: 5'4" on non-squat days
Weight: 200 lb 210 lb ~220 lb (FOREVER BULK BRAH)


  • Texas Method: March 4, 2011 - April 28, 2013
  • Smolov Jr for Bench Press: June 4 - 22, 2012
  • Starting Strength: Nov 29, 2010 - March 4, 2011