This is my 2017 goals update through April.

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:

4/30/17 update: Here is what I’ve accomplished so far in 2017:

  • Health: 450 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Fitness: 33 workouts
  • Writing: 100 Quora posts, 56,767 words

After my stumble in March, I wanted to bounce back strong in April with my 2017 goals.

I’m pretty proud of what I accomplished, especially given that I didn’t really have any free weekends. We went on short trips during 3 weekends in April and my parents visited this past weekend. Still, I managed to make good progress on my goals.

Health:

450 servings of fruits and veggies after 120 of 365 days puts me on track for 1,368 servings by year-end.

No complaints here.

In last month’s recap, I wrote this:

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.”

I’m not sure I realized just how important this is. I had a conversation with my mom about this the other day and explained to her that right now, I’m having an easier time losing fat and eating healthy than I’ve ever had in my life because it’s just become my standard.

I actually seek out ways to get more fruits and veggies in each meal. I’m no longer dead set on finishing my entire plate. When we’ve gotten pizza lately, I’ve opted for 2 or 2.5 slices with a side of veggies instead of my previous 4 or 5.

I’ve been really happy with my nutrition so far this year and with summer on the horizon, I can only hope to keep it up.

Fitness:

33 workouts after 17 of 52 weeks puts me on track for just over 100 workouts by year-end.

I am now BACK on track for my goal of 100 workouts.

It was important to me to get back on track here after a pretty lackluster workout month in March.

I rededicated myself to the gym after getting a new training program from my new doctor and I’m happy with the results so far. After only two weeks, I’m noticing a bit more muscle mass and definition while maintaining a lower body fat than I’ve held in a long time.

I was very set on training in the 4–6 rep range for a couple of years, but on this new program, I’m working more in the 8–12 rep range, which is generally better for hypertrophy. So far, I’m liking it. I don’t need to lift quite as heavy, but the workouts are higher in volume and a bit more taxing, which is what I needed.

Now that we’re in May, summer is officially a few short weeks away and if I stay consistent with my workouts, I think I can have potentially the best summer physique I’ve had in a long time… maybe ever.

Writing:

100 posts after 120 of 365 days puts me on track for about 304 posts by year-end.

This still puts me off-track for my goal of 350 posts by year-end, but it’s an improvement from the 296 last month. At this point, I think if I can crack the 300 mark, it will be a pretty solid year of writing.

I definitely underestimated how difficult it is to actually sit down and write something EVERY DAY without fail.

This weekend, for example, my parents were staying with me, so I didn’t want to just go and do my usual writing thing in the morning because they wake up early and have coffee, etc. so I wanted to spend that time with them instead. By the evening, of course, after a full day of activities, I was tired. So, I’ve missed some days like this, but overall, I’ve done pretty well.

In April, I wrote 27 posts in 30 days, which is a 90% success rate. 90% success for the year would mean about 330 posts, so I’ve still got some work to do.

But I’m also trying to balance the “daily writing machine” with publishing another book in the next couple of months. This will be the biggest challenge for me over the next few weeks.

As far as word count, I’m still on track to beat my “soft goal” of 100,000 words written this year by 70,000 or so, so that’s cool.

Last month, my focus was getting back on track. This month, my focus will be on staying on track.

With my book project and a Memorial Day weekend vacation coming up, I’ll still need to focus hard.

I’m also trying to improve my sleep, which hasn’t been great lately. This is an important component to all this that I haven’t talked about much, but in general, the better my sleep is, the more effective I’ll be at achieving my goals.

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

First published on Quora.


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