Goal Update – January

January has been an interesting month. As usual, the month has passed so slowly but so quickly at the same time. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot but at the same time I feel that I’ve done nothing of note this month.

But I wanted to check in and see how I’m going with my goals and despite saying I feel like I’ve done a lot this month, I really haven’t when it’s come to tackling the goals I’ve set for myself.

Here are my goals and a breakdown of my progress so far (here’s a hint – I’m not going great!)

Health

  • To reduce body fat by 5% through exercise and eating well in 6 months
    Well, this one I haven’t actually started. I ordered one of those fancy scales that calculates your BMI, water mass, muscle density, body fat etc but I didn’t receive it until the day before I went on holidays. Seeing as I only got back yesterday, this goal will be delayed a month and will start today.
  • To not smoke for 90 days (I’ve changed this goal to 90 days instead of 3 months as it’s easier to measure)
    My last cigarette was on the 14th January – well technically the 15th January as it was around 3am but I’m counting it as the 14th Jan. So far I haven’t smoked in 18 days which is 16.2% of my goal achieved!
  • To exercise 4 times a week for 3 months
    This one isn’t going well and I feel like it has to do with the first goal not starting as soon as I wanted but today is a new day (and month) so I’ll be imploring myself to stick to this one.

Financial

  • To save $250 a month for 20 months in order to enrol into a life/health coaching course.
    This one I will start in February. It didn’t click that my last orthodontist payment would come out of my January pay and therefore I wouldn’t have that money to put into savings.
  • Arrange to pay $200 a month to HECS debt by March.
    Still have a month to do this one which is handy as I had no idea that everyone who works in finance on my site would be away for the majority of January.
  • Only purchase lunch one Friday a month and bring lunch from home all other work days.
    This has not worked at all. I’ve bought lunch 3 times at work because I’d bought in salad and I wanted a burger. This one I will definitely work on.

Lifestyle

  • Declutter, throw out/donate and organise one space each month for 12 months.
    First space done! Redid my wardrobe and have a couple of large bag full of donations. I have no idea how I keep managing to donate so much when I’m only really buying to replace things. I must be looking at my things in a new light and not attaching so much emotion to them.

Personal

  • To be able to do a split on left and right leg by the end of 2017
    Still working on this one. My left split is closer than my right one but I’m pretty confident I’ll achieve this one by the end of the year. If I do it earlier I’ll start working on my straddle split.
  • To be able to do a back and front walkover by the end of 2017
    Backbends are a bit funny for me as whether I can hold them really depends on how I’m feeling. I have noticed that my arms are a bit straighter and my feet and hands aren’t as far apart as they initially were.

So I’m not doing super great on my goals so far but you know what? It doesn’t really matter. The point is I have things that I’m working towards and even if a day/week/month isn’t great, it doesn’t mean giving up.

How are you progressing with your goals?

Author: valentinabrenni

I love books, yoga, sunsets, feminism, reading, puppies, walking, wine, sunrises, financial independence, music and health and wellbeing

2 thoughts on “Goal Update – January”

  1. Wow. Making some good progress I think, even if you say you aren’t really. It’s hard to just change everything at once. We want to see results and progress immediately and get discouraged when we don’t. Just hang in there, keep going and hopefully by the end of the year you can look back at 2017 with a smile. Good luck

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