This is my 2017 goals update through May.

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:

5/31/17 update: Here is what I’ve accomplished so far in 2017:

  • Health: 560 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Fitness: 44 workouts
  • Writing: 121 posts, 67,731 words

After my stumble in March, I had a strong April, but May was another challenging month.

Health:

560 servings of fruits and veggies after 151 of 365 days puts me on track for 1,355 servings by year-end.

I’m still on track to hit my yearly goal, but my fruit and veggie game was definitely not as strong in May. I averaged a little over 3.5 servings per day vs. a little over 4 servings per day in April.

I felt like my weekend and vacation nutrition was a bit more lax than it has been, which is a little concerning, not because I feel like I’m losing total control of my eating habits, but because it could be the start of a slippery slope that leads to worse habits over time.

So, I really need to nip this in the bud.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been drinking a lot more diet soda, which I’ve decided to cut back on. While something like this doesn’t directly impact my fruit and veggie counts, I do feel like it is kind of a gateway to eating more poorly, in general.

It’s the little things like this and lack of sleep, which I’ve been battling lately (for an unknown reason) that can influence a poor food choice here or there. And minor poor food choices can compound into bad habits if I let them continue.

All things considered, I’m still doing well with my diet, but now I’m feeling a need to right the ship just a little, especially going into the summer and more upcoming vacations.

Fitness:

44 workouts puts me on track for 106 workouts by year-end.

I got back on track for my goal of 100 workouts last month and I am still on track this month. I’m definitely pleased with this.

After rededicating myself to the gym and starting a new training program last month, I have maintained pretty consistent attendance in the gym with an increase in sets per workout translating into more overall volume.

I’ve definitely taken advantage of this in the food department by allowing myself to eat a little more on training days, which might be one reason for my slight stumble in my nutrition.

It’s funny how performing well in one area can potentially negatively impact performance in another area, but I guess this happens all the time with work/family, productivity/sleep, etc. At the end of the day, it’s all about balance.

These monthly recaps are definitely helping me with awareness.

Writing:

121 posts after 151 of 365 days puts me on track for about 292 posts by year-end, which is down from last month’s projection of 304.

This still puts me off-track for my goal of 350 posts by year-end, and I’m almost certain now I’m not going to hit this goal unless I rededicate myself to writing multiple posts per day, which I don’t think makes sense for me right now.

Between working on publishing my second book and a new side business opportunity with Merch by Amazon, I’ve been less prolific on the writing front, although I do continue to go to Dunkin’ Donuts to write everyday when I don’t work from home.

I actually took an entire week off from writing on my usual platforms this month to experiment with an idea for an entirely new website under a pseudonym (not the first time I’ve encountered this itch). I later scrapped this idea after a full week of work because I decided it was better to stay the course with alyg.blog.

In fact, I’m now going back and brushing up on some of my content and improving reader experience by deleting some posts that weren’t that good and consolidating some of my shorter posts into more useful “guide” type posts. This has also taken up time that I could have spent on writing.

I’ve been debating the whole “quality vs. quantity” thing in the context of writing a lot lately.

I was certain a few months ago that the answer for more views, followers, and subscribers was sheer quantity, but now I’m really not sure.

I like the idea of being consistent, but also building a resource I can be proud of, which is why I’ve been making the updates to my blog and even going back and deleting some of my older Quora answers which are basically useless.

Between this temporary sidetrack and my new venture into Merch by Amazon, which I can already tell could be promising, it will be difficult to write as much as I have been, so we’ll see how this plays out over the next couple of months.

So, that’s it for my May goals recap. Feel free to hit me up with any questions or comments!

First published on Quora.


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