Well, January has come and gone.
Many people have already fallen off the new years resolutions bandwagon, but I’m proud to say that I haven’t.
I thought it would be a good idea for me to do a monthly recap of my 2017 goals to help keep me accountable throughout the year.
I’m posting updates like this on Twitter every week or two, but these blog posts can serve as more of a detailed review of how I think things went. Hopefully, it will benefit some readers as well.
I have three personal goals for 2017:
- Health: Eat a minimum of 1,100 servings of fruits and vegetables
- Fitness: Complete 100 workouts minimum
- Writing: Write and publish a minimum of 350 answers or blog posts on Quora
I wrote about these goals in more detail in this blog post.
1/31/17 update: Here is what I’ve accomplished so far in 2017:
- Health: 115 servings of fruits and vegetables
- Fitness: 9 workouts
- Writing: 31 Quora posts, 17,650 words
The thing I’m most proud of this month is that I’m on track to achieve my yearly goals with all of these results (if you multiply them by 12).
I definitely had some sub-par days. For example, this past Sunday was somewhat of a debacle.
I had planned to go through my normal routine of writing at Dunkin’ Donuts in the morning and cooking a healthy dinner with some veggies in the CrockPot. But I encountered somewhat of an emergency when I started doing the dishes and noticed my kitchen sink was leaking and flooding the cabinet.
I went on to spent the rest of the day hiring an emergency plumber and water damage restoration company and attending to them while they fixed everything. 10 hours and $445 later, I had no words written and no fruits or veggies eaten.
The good news is that I was consistent enough throughout the rest of the month that I was still able to overcome days like this.
In the past, I might have let a bad day like this derail my entire outlook, but my bounce-back was strong and I wrote a post had five servings of fruits and veggies on both Monday and Tuesday to end the month.
I was very happy with my total fruit and veggie count of 115 servings. This is an average of just over 3.7 servings per day.
While all three of my goals are challenging, this might be the one I’ve struggled with for the longest time.
Of course, being the data nerd that I am, I had to analyze the numbers further to see where I can improve. The pattern I noticed was glaring, but not all too surprising:
- Monday: 4.3 servings on average
- Tuesday: 5.3 servings on average
- Wednesday: 3.9 servings on average
- Thursday: 3.8 servings on average
- Friday: 3.4 servings on average
- Saturday: 3.5 servings on average
- Sunday: 1.8 servings on average
I clearly need to up my fruit and veggie game on the weekends, especially on Sundays. The weekends have traditionally been my achilles heel of healthy eating, especially lately because I’ve been traveling a lot.
Still, I’d like to be more consistent throughout the week because I feel noticeably better when I’m eating more fruits and veggies on a regular basis.
I don’t have as much to say about my workouts. I did well to commit to going to the gym on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays no matter what other things were going on (happy hours, vacations, etc.)
On Wednesdays and Fridays, I go to the gym by my work, which I’ve been going to for a while now. I experimented with different times, both a late lunch and right after work. Both seem to work fine.
On Sundays, I work out in my home gym to avoid the drive. Between two days in a proper gym and one day with my home pull up and dip station, I’m still able to complete all the exercises I want to each week.
Daily writing was a new challenge for me and I surprised myself with how much I was able to produce this month.
Between getting settled into my new house and starting a new job, I had a lot going on, but I left early in the morning and managed to write for about an hour before work every single weekday.
The key to this was developing a strong habit starting in late November, so I was able to hit the ground running in the new year.
I wrote 31 posts and nearly 18,000 words in January, but since I began the writing habit, I’ve written 89 posts and over 50,000 words. I’m really proud of this.
In focusing solely on one thing, I learned to let go of less important things like social media and “optimizing” my website and really work on building my writing muscle.
What’s even more surprising to me is that my average post length in January was nearly 570 words, which is higher than I expected.
By being consistent for a couple of months, I also gained 14 new followers on Quora and one of my answers tallied over 12,000 views. If I can keep this up throughout the rest of the year, I know it will only get better.
So, there’s my January recap. Until next month… keep grinding!
First published on Quora.
Featured image by Lace & Whimsy.