So with 2017 long gone a quick update on those goals.Did I reach them?

Not exactly.

I didn’t lose 20 pounds, maybe 10 but again if you read my last update on that then you know that I didn’t even have an accurate first weigh in due to having an old ass scale. But I did lose some.

I might not have read one book a month but I read a lot more than I would have if I didn’t have this goal.

My saving was going okay, but then sh*t happens

I definitely failed writing more and blogging consistently.
So now what? I’m halfway through the year and what goals did I make? I’ll tell you.

They’re mostly the same, but I did re-evaluated in June to make them more…attainable.

  • Lose 10 pounds.
  • Save money/pay debts
  • Read more
  • Write more

That essentially it. I did make sure to create a plan for most of these. Some were easier to plan than others.

My personal plan to lose 10 pounds:

  1. Drink a bunch of water. I bought a 72 ounce water bottle and I have two 16 ounce bottles that I use everyday. Other than coffee and the occasional glass of whiskey, that’s pretty much all I drink. I’ll add lemon or get a carbonated water every once in a while but that’s it.
  2. Eat decently everyday. What do I mean by decently? I generally eat as well as I can, I buy boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I think they’re tastier than chicken breast) and make something different almost everyday. But I’m not going to stop eating burgers and popcorn. Why Because I love them, but I will portion them so I stay in my calories. Also protein powder, I never realized I was not getting enough until I looked at my macros and wow was I severely lacking.
  3. Exercise. Now you can’t outrun a bad diet, but at least exercising can help get your heart rate up, or in my case gain some much needed strength. I try to exercise at least 4 times a week, and if I get to work early enough I go for a walk before I need to start work or take my jump rope with me.

The plan I made to save money:

  1. Add $25 to savings every month. Currently I get paid twice a month so I could do that every paycheck but some things went sideways and I am scraping by.
  2. Don’t spend on things you don’t need. I’m pretty good at this but at the same time it kind of sucks since there will be times where you wander into a store and see something you really really like. KNOWING it won’t be there the next time you go and walking away. It kinda sucks, but unless it’s a necessity it isn’t needed.
  3. Budget better. I’ve gotten a bit better at this. I’ve started an expense tracker in my bullet journal so every time I do spend money on anything (gas, groceries, etc.) I have a record of it. From there I can predict my habits and narrow things down to essentials until I can afford other things I might need.
  4. Debts…see budgeting. It’s all paying what you can when things are due ( at least the minimum) then hoping nothing gets in the way.

Writing more, reading more. I’m going to post a whole list of books I finished this year but for now this is my plan to do these things:

  1. I started the Couch to 80K Writing Boot Camp. It’s part of the podcast Death of 1000 Cuts from author Tim Clare. I’m on Week 3 Day 5 right now and it’s a total of 8 weeks, with 1 ‘day off’ per week and the episodes are short enough to fit into a tight schedule. Each episode sets aside 10 minutes for writing sandwiched between life lessons and such to help us writer stay focused.
  2. Blogging, again. It didn’t work last year but I’m not going to give up. It helps me write for the day and I am creating a schedule to keep myself accountable. For now I’m going to post at least once a week (every Sunday? Maybe?) and get into a rhythm, then hopefully after a few weeks of doing that move it to twice a week.
  3. Reading one book a month. Again, did it last year, didn’t do too bad but I’m hoping to meet the goal of 12 books by the end of December. Right now I’m reading The Dark Half by Stephen King. I did try to read it last year but again I didn’t make the time for it and had to put it away for a while. But again I’m going to finish it. Honestly as long as I reach at least 8 books I’ll be satisfied, 10 would be better, 12 amazing.

Now that’s pretty much it as far at my 2018 goals and my steps to reaching them. I’m going to try to start a few other posts so I can keep my tiny momentum going.

I hope this was at least slightly entertaining. Did you make a plan to accomplish your goals? Did you need to reevaluate like I did? If you have any helpful suggestions let me know in the comments.

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