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
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!
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.
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?