I’m a bit late on this check in, so I’ll probably start doing them at the start of the Month to reflect on the previous month, rather than a week before month end. I don’t feel like April was a great month for most of my goals, and I kind of fell off the wagon for a couple weeks there.
Lose 50 pounds
I have been stagnant on this one. I hit my halfway goal on 4/19/2017, gave myself a cheat day on 4/20, and then had a horrific (to me) outbreak of poison oak. In the interest of self-care, I ate too much and didn’t exercise enough. This put me right back at my March check in weight. I know I will be back to halfway by the end of May, because I am recommitting myself to this goal. However, I’m on Prednisone for the Poison Oak outbreak, which has drastically affected my appetite. I want to eat absolutely everything! Only about 2 more weeks until I’m off that med, so I’m not really expecting to see much loss until after I get off of it.
See above. I gave myself too many food rewards, and too many cheat meals in this last month. I mostly stopped with my meal planning, and just went with whatever was convenient and available. It makes it hard to stay within a diet/calorie deficiency if I’m just going for the easiest meal. One change that I’ve added recently is an after work snack. I’ve been trying to eat a granola bar or something when I’m on the bus on my way home after work. This helps curtail the immediate need to eat after work, which had been turning into grabbing something at any of the fast food places between work and home (there are dozens), or going straight to dinner time and skipping my runs. This change has been working for me the last week or so, and hopefully will continue to do so.
Stop Drinking Alcohol
Still doing very well here, I have passed 120 alcohol free days! I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to be social, without the lubricant I’ve been so used to for the last 10+ years. I have mixed results. I stated previously, that once I hit my halfway goal (25lbs lost) I will be getting a dessert and wine pairing, which is a 1.5oz pour, so I’m not going to count it. The next thing I’m trying to decide is whether to drink my free beer after I complete the R&R Half Marathon. I want to because I will have earned it, but should I count it and start my alcohol free day count from scratch? That’s something I will need to think about more.
And another goal that I need to recommit myself to. I keep a wall calendar that I record my completed exercises on, and April is looking pretty empty. Out of the whole month I probably exercised out a total of 10 times, and the majority of those were in the last week. My half marathon is 6 weeks away (give or take a couple days), and I need to be ready for it. Even though I didn’t do great at the amount of exercise I did, I’m still feeling really good. I was able to complete a 25 mile bike ride with Cascade Bike Club, having done 0 miles of bike training so far this year. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this if I hadn’t been going out and running. I’m feeling stronger every time I get out there, so even if I missed several training runs, overall I am feeling good about this goal.
Get more serious about my career
Am I serious? How can I get serious about my career, when I don’t know what I want to have a career in? How is my current position going to effect the rest of my career? Do I even want to work in Project Management? Is this something that I want to do with the rest of my life? What if I want to move internationally? (yes I’ve been considering) PM work isn’t a skill set that most countries give work visas for, so should I consider a life course change, and start training for a new skill that I might be able to use to move internationally?
These are the things that have been going through my mind lately in regards to this goal. There is a whole world of opportunities, and I feel like I want to get out there and explore something new. But I also don’t want to jump around on my resume between so many positions and fields. I’m sticking with my plan of 1 year with my current job title, but I’m trying to figure out what my next move will be. It’s looking more and more that I am going to need to go back to school and finish my degree. But what to I finish that degree in? Decisions to be made…
Work on my focus issues
I’m fine-ish. I know that I have a hard time focusing on some things, but for the most part I’m doing a pretty good job. I have to do lists, and I make daily game plans as to what I’m going to get done that day. It’s helping, and I know I’m moving in the right direction.
Get additional training/certification
See above. I don’t know what I want to do, so how can I train? At least I’m thinking about it.
Get my finances together
This is going great. I have one last collections account to get cleared up and closed. Started this process with 5, and now I’m down to just the one. Pretty proud with how far I’ve come. I should have that last one closed out before the end of May, and then I can focus on paying down more of my student loans.
Curb unnecessary spending
This is as good as can be expected. Since I didn’t do a great job with my meal plan in April, I spent for food when I shouldn’t have. Also, I’ve been taking ride shares when I should take the bus. I’m hoping that the weather will finally be clearing up soon, so I’m less tempted to skip waiting for the bus. Also with better weather, I’ll be taking my bike with me more, which will force me to skip the ride share in favor of taking the bus or biking.
Like last time, I decided that getting my debt under control was more important than building savings. So I’ve kept my savings at the same level. Once I’m able to close out that final collections account, I’m going to be putting extra into my student loan. Once that is paid off, then I will focus on my personal savings more. Retirement savings is still going strong, so long term I’m good for now.
Part of why I’m a little late with this check in, is because I was nervous to put it out there. I felt like I had a bad month, and it made me feel like I was failing at accomplishing my goals. This isn’t going to be an easy process, and I knew it going into it. I’m actually really glad I wrote this out, because reading through all of this makes me feel like I have been staying on track. Yeah I had a bad month for my weight loss goals, but I still have a plan and I want to remain committed. So overall I’m feeling good about myself, and who I’m trying to be.