Resolutions: mid-year check in

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At the start of the year I made some resolutions – and as I do most years, since then I’ve pretty much forgotten about them. Jennifer of Polka Dot Pearls posted her mid-year goals recently, which reminded me to check in on my goals for the year. So here’s where I’m at.

My original goals were:

  • Lose another 5kg
  • Save enough money for our Europe Grand Tour
  • Improve photography

Health, Fitness & Losing Weight

So I haven’t lost 5kg. I’m not half way there, or even close to it. But the weight thing was more of an easily measurable target to get to by improving my health, fitness and diet in general, and all of those things have improved immensely this year. It is a bit sad to see the scales stay pretty much the same day after day, but I’ve had enough other wins to not feel like I’m wasting my time. Even though I’ve lost barely any weight, I’ve definitely gained a lot of muscle and improved general fitness. I’ve also found forms of exercise and an eating mentality that works for me and that I feel good about, which is a pretty big breakthrough for me. The number on the scales is less of an important goal or useful measure for me, so I’m going to get rid of it and concentrate on doing these things by the end of the year:

  • Be able to touch my toes
  • Jog 5km in 30 minutes
  • Beat my 12km City to Surf time from last year
  • Do 50 proper pushups in a row
  • Be able to fit into a few old clothing items that are still a bit too small

Money Stuff

Half way through the year and we are more than half way to our savings goal for next year’s big trip! Saving did slow down a lot when I had a slow period with work, but it’s picked back up again and continuing nicely. We’ve also managed to cut our grocery bill quite significantly since we stopped shopping at big supermarkets, and I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t make silly unnecessary clothing purchases. I’m finding myself embracing this less materialistic mentality more and more, and I think it’s approach we’ll be taking forward even after this trip is over.

I’m just going to continue to stay on track with this one, and hopefully overshoot our target a bit so there’s less pressure on the trip!

Photography

I’m not really sure I’ve improved very much in photography this year – I’ve learned a bit more about post-processing and using my flash, but I still don’t really know much about styling, composition, or better lighting.

Pulled pork burgers from January
Pear and Quince crumble, from a few weeks ago

I think that I am improving, just rather slowly. This is an area I want to focus more on and improve a little faster.

What about you? If you made any resolutions or goals for the year, how are you going with them?

6 notes

  1. Your goals are so similar to mine! Looking at those two photos, I think your skills have improved, although your photos have always been great! I really need to work on mine, I still have no idea how to use my camera.

    When are you going to Europe again? xx

  2. Thanks Jennifer :) Good luck with the camera stuff! It takes some getting used to but getting the technical stuff down isn’t too hard. Feel free to ask me if there’s anything I can help with!

    We’ll be going from February next year until we run out of money (hopefully November/December).

  3. Ahh such an awesome post!
    Few comments first I’d like to add, if you will :)
    1. a) Weight loss: have you tried using cm measurements as a goal tracker? It’s much more effective, I’ve done it myself and as you know muscle weighs just as much as fat (if not more??) so even though you may be losing fat and gaining muscle mass instead, scales won’t be able to tell you that, but cm measurements will! ;)
    1. b) how many push ups can you do in a row at the moment? 50 is A LOT !! I can only master around 15 at the moment!
    2. Love your photography, uber soft and delicate. I definitely think the most recent food shot compared to the older burger one is an improvement, kudos! :)
    Meanwhile… my own goals, hmm will need to dig them out, if I can find out where I tracked them this year!

  4. Thanks Helen! Yes I’m measuring various bits with a tape measure, and that’s definitely moving much faster than the scales! I’m also definitely getting much stronger, so there must be some muscle happening there to. I’ve actually just started losing weight again, but I’m scared that it’s muscle atrophy since I’ve reduced my exercise due to work >.< I can do about 15 toe pushups before I start to lose my form/range of motion. I won't be too sad if I don't quite make it this year, but I'm going to try through the 100 Pushups Challenge. It makes it seem sort of doable?

  5. Seems like you’re doing mostly great :) It’s hard to work on too many things at once, but before reading this I had thought to myself that your food photography lately was looking pretty spiffy :) Those fitness goals look so good – way more positive and outcomes-focused than just weight loss :)

    I really have to return those books you lent me, I hope that hasn’t been a reason to hinder your food photography progress too much :X

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