Today is the last day of the month of August. Next month is #9 and that means that we are hurtling our way towards the end of calendar year 2015. In my mind it feels as if the last few months of the year go by faster than the beginning. I think it has to do with my personal level of “busy-ness” and the many Fall/Winter holidays. In any event, two-thirds of this year are in the books and I’d like to take a moment to check-in with my goals and maybe set some new ones.
These are the original goals, posted here. And, these are the update goals from June 2015. I like to put my goals into 3 categories: health/well-being, finances, and misc. These are the 3 area’s that I like to focus on for improvement. Plus, these 3 categories pretty much cover everything.
At the start of the year, for my health and well-being I had 4 goals: lose 7 lbs, workout 3x’s per week, be more active in general, and brush and floss more. These are goals that I seem to re-commit to time and time again. Some months I smash them out of the park and other months they get pushed to the back burner.
In June, my goal was to lose 5 lbs. by my honeymoon by doing many healthy things (running, yoga, drinking water, 10,000 steps per day, and 1,300 calories.) It’s easy to see that I keep making different weight loss goals because I’m not really making the ones that I set for myself. As I get older I find that it is more and more difficult to lose weight. It just doesn’t want to budge! I was 2 lbs. away from making my goal weight in February but couldn’t make it happen. In July I was 3 lbs. away from the same goal. Today, I am back to 7 lbs. away and feel as if I am at square 1.
For the last 14 weeks I have been counting calories and averaging about 1,300 per week. There were only 2 weeks in there where I missed– a few days before and after my honeymoon and the week of. As far as working out, between yoga and running I averaged about 2.5x’s per week (22 workouts in 9 weeks.) I hit 10,000 steps 27x’s, but the goal was 5 days per week (5×9=45). I’ll give myself a small break for my honeymoon week, but that only reduces the goal to 40– and it’s 68% of the goal.
Lastly, I have brushed and flossed more often. I have been doing semi-well with brushing before bed for a while now. Some weeks I hit all 7 nights and other weeks it’s more like 5. But it is an improvement and I am happy about that. I did find an app to help me log and track my flossing, but I didn’t like it so I haven’t continued using it. I did floss 22 nights out of 31 in the month of July, though. Before that I would usually just floss when I ate something that got stuck in my teeth or I had a dentist appointment coming up. I have also found a skin care routine that I like and doing it regularly seems to really be helping my skin. I was very diligent with it during July but in August I slacked off. I need to get back into the habit with that, also.
- Lose 4 lbs. by Oct. 5 (130 lbs. or below.)
- Workout 3x’s per week: running and/or yoga
- Re-up yoga pass
- 10,000 steps 5/7 days
- Continue brushing and flossing
- Skin care routine
Originally for finances I had just 3 goals: pay off credit cards by 5/15, continue paying on student loans, and retirement planning/savings. What I didn’t know at the start of the year was that I would not teach summer classes AND I would leave me 2nd job bartending in June. This changed some things around, financially. I did pay off those credit cards, but right now I have a balance on both of them from our honeymoon. Because of the changes, my goals set for July included making on-time payments towards student loans–even if it was a minimum payment, rollover 401k into roth ira, and search and apply for teaching positions.
I have continued to pay on my students loans and although it is slow progress it is steady progress. Towards the end of the year I may be in a position to do some drastic things with my loans– paying one off in its entirety to allow more of each payment to go towards the principal, consolidating to reduce interest, etc. My financial situation has changed drastically now that I am married. My 401k isn’t going anywhere right now, but I may look in to having some of my income automatically deposited into it to allow it to continue to grow. I haven’t had an income source for the last 2 months so I haven’t been able to make any plans, I’ve just been trying to maintain the status quo. Lastly, I did make great strides with my career. I did ask for, and received, 2 letters of recommendation over the Summer. These letters allowed me to complete the requirements to become a short-term substitute. They also helped me to secure a 2nd teaching position with a for-profit college. Yesterday I accepted my first sub-assignment.
- Pay off credit card balances ($400)
- Continue to pay on student loans
- Retirement planning: contribute to 401k, rollover
- Savings: continue automatic deposit of 10%, don’t touch
- Check and accept sub jobs as applicable
And my catch-all category: misc. At the start of the year I had some lofty goals: travel, go skydiving, read 12 books, improve blog, improve sewing- 3 useable items, YouTube channel-3 video’s per month. Those goals didn’t change much during July: blog 2x’s a week for July and August, keep up with reading goal, sew, and 1 video a week in July, 3 for the month of August.
Oddly, when I am less-busy– i.e. not teaching during Summer, you would think that I would get more things done. But it’s not the way that it works with me. I am more productive when I am busy. Once school starts I pack more in to my day than I do all Summer long. It’s strange to me, but that’s how I operate!
I have traveled– this year my husband and I eloped in Vegas in March, I visited my sister to celebrate her master’s graduation in May, and in August I went to Montego Bay, Jamaica for my honeymoon. I think that’s about all the traveling that my schedule and bank account will allow for the year! The skydiving thing was sort of a joke, but I would totally go! I have recently updated my Book Report page and I am up to 10 books for the year. I was originally going for 12, but I think that a stretch goal of 15 might be in order. I spent a lot of time reading professional development books over the Summer.
I didn’t improve the blog as much as I wanted. In fact, I practically let it wither and die over the Summer. I know that it might be hard to draw back the audience that I once had. Also, I am nowhere near on-par with my ad revenue. I’m only at 43% of where I was last year at this time and that was just for the blog. I’ve since added the YouTube channel. This is probably because I did not post twice a week during July and August. In fact, I only made 1 post in July and 8 in August. But those August posts didn’t start until the 3rd week when class started back.
My YouTube channel suffered the same fate. I did not post any videos in July. I’m not sure if my goal was for 3 videos a week in August or 3 videos total, but I’ve posted 2 and am getting back in to the swing of it.
As for sewing, I did fix that tear in the sheet and put a button on a pair of shorts for my husband, but that’s all. I have the itch to make and create something, though. I wish that I would have taken advantage of my free time during the Summer and sewn, but I didn’t and now that time is gone and I can’t get it back.
- Blog 2x’s per week, minimum
- Continue reading– minimum 3 more books
- Sew! 1/3 useable/wearable items in Sept.
- YouTube: minimum 3 videos for Sept
Thanks for reading! I know that this post was a doozy, and there were no pictures–it’s all words.