This is my 2017 goals update through March.

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.

To recap:

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:

3/31/17 update: Here is what I’ve accomplished so far in 2017:

  • Health: 329 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Fitness: 22 workouts
  • Writing: 73 Quora posts, 40,207 words

I’m not gonna lie. I wasn’t looking forward to writing this post because March wasn’t a particularly good month for my 2017 goals.

But I feel somewhat committed to doing these monthly updates now because it really helps me pinpoint areas where I can improve.

I think that’s a lesson in itself. Most people probably aren’t even thinking about their new years goals this far into the year, but my January and February monthly reflection posts really helped me to internalize them.

These posts serve as a reminder that this is a marathon, not a sprint. And right now, we’ve barely completed a 10k.

Health:

329 servings of fruits and veggies after 90 of 365 days puts me on track for 1,334 servings by year-end.

Let’s start on a positive note.

I recognized something this month. It’s becoming easier for me to hit my fruit and veggie counts even when I’m not in my “normal routine.” This month, I let vacations derail my other two goals, but I still found a way to keep my diet pretty well in check.

Yes, it’s true that I ate very few fruits and veggies during the six days I was in Italy. But I did eat some.

Now, I find myself seeking out a couple of servings of veggies first thing when I get to a buffet. I find myself swapping out starchy sides for veggies more often. I find myself thinking about how to get a salad or piece of fruit into my daily food intake.

These are all very positive trends and I’m more optimistic about my dietary compliance from a health perspective than I’ve ever been.

Fitness:

22 workouts after 13 of 52 weeks puts me on track for 88 workouts by year-end.

This is not on track for my goal of 100 workouts.

Ok, so looking back at my February update, I had completed 17 workouts after 8 weeks which means in March, I only completed 5 workouts in 5 weeks, which is pretty shitty.

I felt like I was doing well with workout consistency for a while, but it seems my old demons came back to haunt me.

I didn’t workout at all the entire week while I was in Italy, so that had something to do with it, but I also missed quite a few weekend workouts for whatever other reasons. We had house guests one weekend. My parents were in town another weekend. Not good excuses, but here we are.

This needs to improve.

On a more positive note, I’ve been getting a lot of cardio in from soccer, playing about twice a week with a lot of running especially in my 11-aside games.

I’ve also been doing more of what some fitness people call “exercise snacking” where I jump into my home gym and do a couple of sets of something, usually pull-ups or abs. I even did a couple of sprint sessions in my backyard. Still, I don’t count those as full workouts for the purpose of my annual goal. I’m just trying to develop the habit of doing something every day, no matter how small.

Writing:

73 posts after 90 of 365 days puts me on track for about 296 posts by year-end.

This puts me off-track for my goal of 350 posts by year-end.

18 posts in 31 days, which means I actually went 13 days without writing. It doesn’t feel like I missed that many days, but I did. That’s the bad news. I did so well to build up to consistently writing almost every day and my compliance rate of 90% or so tanked to around 60% in March.

When I reflect on this, I can only think of one thing. The days I went to Dunkin’ Donuts, I wrote. The days I didn’t go, I was less likely to write. I built a strong habit of getting to Dunkin’ every morning before work to write, which I have maintained. But in March, stuff just got in a way that tanked my Dunkin’ attendance. I carpooled to work with my wife a couple of times. I worked from home a couple of times. And of course, no Dunkin’ Donuts in Italy.

The main lesson I learned from this is that I need a backup plan for writing on the days I don’t make it to Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m writing this post from a hotel bed in Orlando right now, so that’s a positive. This is something I will be giving more thought.

The good news, though, is that I’m still on track to blow away my “soft goal” of 100,000 words written this year. This wasn’t something I wrote down at the beginning of the year as an actual goal, but it was something I always had in my mind.

Bottom line:

I need to get back on track.

April needs to be a strong month. I won’t have as many distractions as I did in March, but I will still be traveling a couple of weekends, which will give me an opportunity to practice compliance under imperfect conditions.

I’ll need to find ways to get my reps (veggies, training, words) in regardless of what’s happening in my life.

If you think about it, isn’t that really the key to success at anything?

That’s it for my March goals recap. Feel free to hit me up with any questions or comments!

First published on Quora.


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