This is my 2017 goals update through August.

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.

8/31/17 update: Here is what I’ve accomplished so far in 2017:

  • Health: 889 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • Fitness: 73 workouts
  • Writing: 178 posts, 102,047 words

Here are my thoughts on each goal:


889 servings of fruits and veggies after 243 of 365 days puts me on track for 1,335 servings by year-end.

I averaged 3.16 servings per day in June. In July, I averaged 3.4 servings per day. In August, I averaged 4.16.

This is something I’m proud of because a couple of months ago, I noticed this goal start to slip. I wasn’t eating as many fruits and veggies as I was towards the beginning of the year. So, I decided to start tracking my servings weekly and setting a weekly goal.

From June’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 have to say that I notice a difference in how I feel eating 4 servings of fruits and veggies per day. This is my new benchmark and I may even increase it to 5 once I feel comfortable with 4.


73 workouts puts me on track for 109 workouts by year-end. No big change here from last month.

I still have to say I’m surprised about how consistent I have been going to the gym. Part of this is due to a good routine I have where I go to the gym near work twice a week during my lunch break. This is a time block that rarely gets “hijacked” because my new job has very few meetings during lunch.

Another contributor to my consistency, which is subtle, but I think is worth mentioning, is just feeling more comfortable actually being in the gym.

When I first started working out at my gym, as a newb, I was a little intimidated. But the more often I go, the more I feel I belong. I’ve chatted with the manager a few times now, who is a super nice guy and also a former pro soccer player and coach so we have that interest in common.

I see the same people come in to the gym around lunch when I am there and even though I don’t talk to them, it feels more like I’m part of a community now, which is important when you want to build any kind of consistent habit.

I’ve also started training for my first half marathon.

I was worried this might derail my gym compliance, but it hasn’t so far. I just lift at lunch time and run in the evenings on weekdays and mornings on weekends. Also, I’m not super high in mileage yet, so it’s still manageable.

Overall, I’m happy about my activity level and fitness in general over the last month and I’m confident about keeping it up and even improving on it.


178 posts after 243 of 365 days puts me off-track for my goal of 350 posts by year-end. I have to admit that while I’ve pretty much given up on hitting this target, I have not given up on writing consistently.

I’ve just learned a couple of things:

  1. Writing and publishing something, even something tiny, every day is much more difficult than I thought.
  2. Since I’ve blocked off mornings for writing and other stuff (like websites, building side projects, and so on), this other stuff has gotten in the way of just writing.

I really need to evaluate how to produce better writing more frequently because this is something that all the top writers do. So, I know what it takes, but my biggest internal struggle at this point is writing vs. ramping up online revenue.

Since I’m no J.K. Rowling, writing simply isn’t the most profitable way to spend my time. And earning more passive income online is still a massive goal of mine that I don’t want to give up. So it will be difficult (but not impossible) to do both.

Other things I have going on:

I just published my second book: The Effort Matrix.

I’ll write about the book in more detail on this blog, I’m sure, but for now I’ll just say that this was definitely the biggest achievement of the month and maybe the year for me.

I’ve been telling myself since I published my first book 18 months ago that if I can just write one book per year, after 20 years I’ll have 20 books and at least one of the 20 is bound to be a big hit and then I’ll be considered an established author and all that jazz.

So the dream of earning at the minimum a decent side income from writing books is still very much alive and well!

If you’re interested, I’d love for you to check out my new book here and leave a review if you like it and got something out of it.

That’s all for this month. Keep grinding and working on your goals!

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