This is my 2017 goals update through June.

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.

6/30/17 update: Here is what I’ve accomplished so far in 2017:

  • Health: 655 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Fitness: 52 workouts
  • Writing: 142 posts, 82,753 words

We are officially halfway through the year! I have to say, I’m proud of myself for tracking my goals this long.

Most people give up on their New Years goals in the first month, but when you have only three goals that are easy to measure, it’s pretty simple to track them. It still requires discipline, but it is simple.

Here’s my status for the first half of the year:

Health:

644 servings of fruits and veggies after 181 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 still appears to be on the decline. I averaged 3.16 servings per day in June vs. a little over 3.5 servings per day in May and over 4 servings per day in April.

Last month, I wrote about my weekend and vacation nutrition and poor sleep being the drivers in my sub-par fruit and veggie count. Both of these have continued into June.

The good thing is that I am fully aware of these issues and have taken measures to correct them.

I am now setting a weekly fruit and veggie target of 28 which would put me in the 4 servings per day range. I am logging my fruits and veggies on my notes app on my phone and updating the cumulative weekly number daily. Last week, I ate 24 servings, which was below target, so there is definitely room for improvement.

I must say the biggest benefit of tracking my goals continuously since the beginning of the year has been small insights like this. If I wasn’t tracking, I wouldn’t even notice a drop from 4 servings per day to 3.1, but I have and this has made a subtle difference in my overall energy and mood the last month or two.

I’m going to be on vacation for nearly half of July, so getting back on track this month will definitely be challenging, but I’m up to the task. Stay tuned for next month’s report!

Fitness:

52 workouts puts me on track for 105 workouts by year-end.

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

After thinking about this fitness goal some, I believe a better goal than number of workouts is number of sets. The reason for this is that I don’t want to penalize myself for having a week with 2 really strong workouts instead of 3–4 mediocre workouts. I also don’t want to discourage myself from doing a couple of sets here and there simply because it doesn’t count as a full-blown workout.

So anyways, I’m continuing to track “full workouts”, but I am now also setting a weekly set goal of 25, which I think is what I would have done from the beginning if I could go back.

I’m pretty happy with my relative strength (to my body weight) and to ensure I keep improving my physique, I’m now tracking my PRs on each lift in my health and fitness spreadsheet.

The #1 rule in aesthetics is the more you can lift relative to your body weight, the better you’ll look.

Writing:

142 posts after 181 of 365 days puts me on track for about 286 posts by year-end, which is down from last month’s projection of 292 and the previous month’s projection of 304.

This still puts me off-track for my goal of 350 posts by year-end. At this point, I am at peace with this. I’ve been through a big internal battle the last few weeks with the direction I want to take with my writing.

In short, the debate was do I write to maximize views or impact? One could argue that more views equals greater impact and that’s true to some degree, but not entirely.

Anyway, I think I finally settled on a direction which I’m happy about (and a writing platform I think will help me get there). I wrote about that in this post.

Other things I have going on:

My Merch by Amazon journey continues. I haven’t had quite as much success out of the gate as some others have, but I have made a few bucks from it and I’m excited to continue to see how far I can take this opportunity. I’m convinced that just like health, fitness, writing, etc. the recipe for success here is consistency.

As I mentioned above, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the impact I’m looking to have online. This isn’t just limited to writing, but also other mediums because the truth is there are a lot more people consuming video and social media than reading articles. So I’m looking to up my impact game on other platforms, Instagram and YouTube, specifically. Stay tuned for more on this.

I also mentioned summer vacation season is in full swing. I’m excited about this because I’ve really come to love traveling. My wife has definitely had an influence on me here. The biggest challenge for me is staying healthy and productive while traveling, but I’m getting better. For instance, I’m writing this update from a hotel room. I feel like once I can crack this code, the sky is really the limit to my overall quality of life.

I hope you had a great first half of the year and are gearing up for an even better second half!

Featured image by Montgomery Fest.

First published on Quora.


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