This is my 2017 goals update through July.
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 likeon 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.
7/31/17 update: Here is what I’ve accomplished so far in 2017:
- Health: 760 servings of fruits and vegetables
- Fitness: 61 workouts
- Writing: 163 posts, 94,695 words
Here are my thoughts on each goal:
760 servings of fruits and veggies after 212 of 365 days puts me on track for 1,309 servings by year-end.
Last month, I reported that I averaged 3.16 servings per day in June. In July, I averaged 3.4 servings per day, which is a significant improvement on this.
It’s still not as high as my 3.5 servings per day in May and over 4 servings per day in April, but I’m confident with my new system of closely tracking weekly targets, I will get back to the 4 servings per day range.
From last month’s update:
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.
I’m especially proud of my improvement in this goal because I was out of town for more than half of July.
I spent nearly a week visiting my parents at the end of the month and this helped my daily average because I just defaulted to my mom’s eating habits, which are very healthy and include a lot of fruits and vegetables.
My mom and I didn’t even go out to eat once during the week, which is rare, and I’m thankful that she (unknowingly) supported one of my biggest goals.
61 workouts puts me on track for 105 workouts by year-end. No change here from last month.
Surprisingly, this has been my most consistent goal of the three. Historically, I have struggled with working out consistently. However, even while I was out of town visiting my parents at the end of the month without access to a gym, I made sure to get in 2 solid bodyweight workouts.
As I mentioned last month, setting a weekly set goal alongside my goal of number of workouts has also been helpful.
The biggest challenge I foresee for this goal will be the upcoming three months when I’ll be training for my first half marathon. My training schedule has me running three times per week and my soccer leagues are also starting back up twice a week.
The good news is I will be very active. The bad news is it will be difficult to stick to my workout targets with much more running and soccer on the horizon. So, I may have to make some adjustments.
163 posts after 212 of 365 days puts me on track for about 280 posts by year-end, which is down from last month’s projection of 286, the previous month’s of 292, and the month before of 304.
This trend continues downward and as I mentioned last month, I’ve accepted that I will likely miss my goal of 350 posts by year-end.
I’ve settled on writing about 5 posts per week at this point because I would like to at least continue to publish Monday through Friday. But I also want to give myself time on the weekends to work on other projects such as Merch by Amazon and launching my next book.
Other things I have going on:
I already mentioned my upcoming half marathon and working on my new book.
One other thing I’m interested in right now is growing my Instagram account. I’ve started posting clips from my daily writing as quotes on Instagram as well as my latest t-shirt designs. So if you’re interested in this, check it out and subscribe!
I’m honestly a little concerned that I’m focusing on too many things right now, so I’m trying to find ways to clear mental space in other areas of my life.
For example, I’m cooking less (and trying to eat just as healthy if not more healthy) and also working with my boss to set up more remote work time, which I’m really happy about because this is a HUGE boost to the quality of my work life.
That’s all for this month. Keep grinding and working on your goals!
First published on Quora.