So I’m a bit late (and have been really, really slack) but part one of renovations are finally complete! I’m so happy that I can a) go home, b) sleep in my own bed and c) have my beautiful puppy back home. There’s still part two and three to complete but we’re getting there.

So here are my updates.

Health

  • To reduce body fat by 5% through exercise and eating well in 6 months
    So my appointment with the doctor went pretty well. It’s amazing what a good doctor can do. We agreed that I’d be more careful with what I’m eating and that I’ll need to develop an exercise routine regardless of the excuses I can give. So to help with this I’ve bought myself a fitbit and it seems to be helping. I’m aiming for 7000 steps during my working days and 12000 on non-working days. Some days are good and some not so much. I did notice that when I don’t actively make an effort to walk I only do about 3000 steps a day which is pretty appalling. So now, provided that it’s not pouring with rain, I’ll walk once or twice around the block before getting into my car to go to work and if I have a really good run, I’ll do a lap around the wetlands near work. That usually gives me around 3000 steps without too much effort. I’ve also started using the 7 minute app a lot more. I’ve just started the 30 day challenge and I have Day 3 tomorrow so that seems to be helping. But again I haven’t weighed myself and I’m not entirely sure I want to.
  • To not smoke for 90 days
    Done! But I’ve been smoking these last couple of weeks. Not a lot but that’s not the point. I wonder if forcing myself to not smoke was counter-productive.
  • To exercise 4 times a week for 3 months
    I’ve done this for about 2 weeks now. I’m not counting walking unless I go for a decent walk.

Financial

  • To save $250 a month for 20 months in order to enrol into a life/health coaching course.
    I’ve popped May’s $250 into a bank account. I’ve also decided that I want to do this course sooner rather than later so whilst I’m still saving for it, I’ll be withdrawing some money from my surgery fund in order to do the October course this year instead of next year. My surgery has turned out to be much cheaper than I anticipated and I already have more than enough for it.
  • Arrange to pay $200 a month to HECS debt by March.
    The $800 is still in an account not doing much. It’s tax time so I’ll ask an accountant when I go get my tax return down what I can do about it.
  • Only purchase lunch one Friday a month and bring lunch from home all other work days.
    I’ve bought lunch a couple of times but I’ve also not gone out for dinner/brunches nearly as often during May so I think they cancel each other out. I’m hoping once I’m back home I’ll be more prepared. It’s hard not being in your own home and having it been made very obvious that you aren’t allowed to use certain things.

Lifestyle

  • Declutter, throw out/donate and organise one space each month for 12 months.
    Didn’t do a new space but I did go through more of my skincare/make up and throw out a whole bunch. I don’t want my new bathroom to be cluttered so I want as little as possible in there.

Personal

  • To be able to do a split on left and right leg by the end of 2017
    I’m at a plateau with both legs. Granted I haven’t practiced splits nearly as much as I had previous months but whilst I’m not seeing any noticeable differences, I am able to work on technique and posture.
  • To be able to do a back and front walkover by the end of 2017
    Again my legs are getting straighter and I am able to hold it for longer. My wrists do hurt a fair bit afterwards so I am a little concerned about doing a back walkover but I’ll deal with that when I get closer to that stage. My real annoyance though is that my surgery is now booked in for August and recover it about 4-6 weeks so I’m sure I’m going to go back a couple of steps but hopefully it’ll be quicker to gain them again.

I think I’m doing pretty well. Granted some goals have changed as well as circumstances making some a bit more difficult to achieve than others but I’m pretty happy with progress. I don’t feel like I’m making excuses for not meeting some of them because I still need to be realistic but I have noticed that the ones I’m really invested in are the ones that I’m meeting regardless.

Author: valentinabrenni

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

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