Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring '17 Goals & Winter 2016-17 Goals Report Card

Happy first day of spring to all my northern hemisphere neighbors and happy first day of autumn to those of you living in the southern hemisphere!  

I'm not sure why I'm so excited for spring's arrival, for we've  had a lovely spring here in Kentucky for most of the winter.  I mean, seriously, the magnolia trees were in bloom here on February 24 (sadly, only to be frostbitten on the 26th) and there were several weekends in January and February in which I walked outside in shorts.  Perhaps I'm just excited for the passage of time, to be through with the blahs and grays of winter, to see more daylight and sun, to have more opportunities to be outside, to be one season closer to summer, or more specifically, closer to summer break.

There are several things I want to accomplish before summer rolls around. Before I reveal them, allow me to share how I did towards my winter goals.

December 21 - March 19

  • ✗ Lose at least 12 more pounds (shooting for a combined total of 40 by March 19).  Once again, I fell a little short of my goal. HOWEVER, I did manage to lose 9 pounds for a combined total of 37 to date.  Despite not meeting my goal, I'm still very pleased with my progress.  
  • ✔ Continue walking a minimum of 3 days a week for at least 45 minutes per day.  Completed, for the most part.  Looking back at my activity on my Fitbit, there were 2 weeks in which I didn't walk 3 days per week.  The first was the week of Christmas and I only walked twice that week.  But, I made up for it by walking four days the following week.  The second was the week when I had the flu, but I did manage to walk two times before I fell ill and I walked 4 days the week before, so it definitely averages out.  
  • ✔ Do one adventurous activity.  Completed on 1.14.2017.  On this day, I participated in a jiu jitsu based self-defense course for women. You can read about my experience here.
  • ✗ Complete Erin's Book Challenge 6.0  Did not complete.  DISCLAIMER: The challenge isn't officially over until April 30, but I really wanted to finish the first round early, so that's why I set it as goal to finish by today.  I came close, finishing 7/10 categories.  I trust I will finish the challenge by the official end date, though.
  •  Do something touristy here in Louisville on my birthday (February).  Did not complete.  I took a personal day on my birthday.  I got a massage, had lunch with my husband, made some returns at the mall, and then came home and took a lovely afternoon nap. Even though this is *technically a DNC, I don't consider it a fail because I did exactly what I wanted to do on that day.

So...  2/5 = 40%  Despite this dismal percentage, I'm not disappointed.  I lost more weight, I continued to exercise, and I learned some valuable self-defense strategies.  So what if I didn't finish a book challenge early or do something touristy on my birthday, especially when I did exactly what I wanted to do?

I think that's the important thing to keep in mind when setting goals.  Sometimes goals need to change and sometimes goals need to be abandoned altogether. Obviously, some goals are more important than others in the grand scheme of things.  It's all about being fluid and keeping things in a proper perspective.

Okay, so having said that, here are the things I want to accomplish this spring:

March 20 - June 20

  • Lose at least 13 more pounds (shooting for a combined total of 50 pounds lost by June 20).
  • Incorporate core exercises into my exercise regime 2-3 times a week.
  • Have all my end of the year paperwork (report cards, ESY data and graphs, ongoing progress data logs, etc.) completed and filed on or before May 22.
  • No clothes or shoe shopping during the month of April.
  • Do at least one activity in the mountains (ride ATVs, zipline, whitewater raft).
  • Make eye appointment and get my vision checked.

So, what about you?  You have any goals?  Feel free to share if you do.  Have a great day!

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  1. Winter goals are hard in general #becausewinter. I think you did really well!
    No shopping during spring is hard, so good luck!

    1. I agree #becausewinter! Thank you! Yes, as of today 4/2, I've already had to remind myself that I'm not allow to by "that" right now twice... April might be a long month for me. LOL!

  2. You may have fallen short on your precise goals, but I think you still did amazingly! And Christmas and the flu are excellent excuses for not walking!

  3. I think winter goals are the hardest! And even though you didn't meet your exact health goals, you still are doing such a good job!!

    1. The winter goals were tough, but I did the best I could. Can't find complaint in that. Thank you!

  4. The winter goals you DID complete were really good ones though, so woohoo!! I am definitely trying to get my fitness back in track and on check so thanks for the motivation :)

  5. I'm so over the gray blah days of winter, and certainly hoping that it starts to feel like spring around here soon (though we got hit with enough snow for a snow day last week, and more expected tonight, sigh). You did great with your winter goals, even if you didn't meet them exactly! And I completely agree with the need to be flexible when goal setting. It's not on my list, but I need to do a shoe/clothing spending freeze this season too- I went a little crazy on shopping in general after my February freeze, and honestly I need to cut down on my current wardrobe, not add to it. Good luck with all of your goals!

    1. Thank you! I have a tendency to get hung up on the pass/fail thing when it comes to goals. This is a good exercise in seeing the forest and not getting hung up on looking at all the individual trees.


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