Saturday, March 3, 2012

goals for 2012: february update

Remember how high I was at the end of January? How well I was doing with all of my goals? Well, February was crash-and-burn month for me. I could blame my trip to Indiana, the cold/cough/ear infection (did you know adults get ear infections? I didn't ... until that's what my doctor told me I had) that has hung on for 10 days, or speech (my favorite whipping boy this time of the year) ... but really, the blame lies with me. My laziness. My complacency. Things are turning around, though, so I hope my March report will be much happier!
  1. Read through the Bible. At the end of January, I was a little behind. At the end of February, I'm super behind! I'm still on track to finish well before the end of the year, but I need to keep focused. Sadly, this is the first thing to go when I'm feeling rushed or stressed or tired.
  2. Exercise four times per week. I'm probably averaging three, and I really dropped off in the J-La-Sta 10,000 Steps Walking Challenge (I averaged 4,355 steps per day). I did exercise the last three days of February, though, thanks to my new diet. Since I'm committed to it through March 24 and it calls for exercise six days per week, I think my March stats will be better!
  3. Lose 30 pounds. I ended February exactly where I began February ... which means I've been in a holding pattern for two months, as I also began and ended January in the same place. I have high hopes for this diet, though—I even bought myself an "I'm going on a diet" gift, the first two seasons of Monarch of the Glen (you may recall that I do love me some Monarch!), which I won't allow myself to watch until I've dropped the first 10 pounds. My first official weigh-in on the diet comes tomorrow morning ...
  4. Travel somewhere new. I did go to Chicago and Indiana in February, but I'd been there before. Still thinking about where I want to travel this summer! (And I'm open to suggestions ...)
  5. Complete one crafting project a month. Done! It wasn't a craft in the traditional sense of the word, but I'm pretty proud of my birdseed cakes
  6. Learn to say "no." I actually didn't have much opportunity to do so in February. I passed on a couple reviewing opportunities, but those were ones I would have passed on even before this challenge.
How are your goals progressing two months into the new year? What has proven most difficult when it comes to meeting your goals?


  1. I'm SO proud of you! Most people set goals and don't tell anybody, but you are giving us updates! Even doing 10 more steps a day is better than what we all were doing before! Keep it up! Oh, and as far as Traveling goes, have you ever been to Estes Park, CO/Rocky Mountain National Park? BEAUTIFUL! :)

    1. I haven't--I've spent a little time in Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs, but really just part of a day in each. I'll have to keep that in mind ... all in a day's drive from here!

  2. that's a smart incentive - buying it, but not letting yourself watch it yet.

    my favorite line of this blog: "speech (my favorite whipping boy this time of the year)" :)

    1. Smart, perhaps, but also maddening! Especially since I didn't lose anything this week! (I know, I'm building muscle ... but still!)


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