At the beginning of this year, I had set some personal goals for myself, and thought I would revisit my list, see how I am doing, and update you all with my progress. The list is as follows:
1. Read 10 classic novels, 5 spiritual works, 2 biographies and 2 non fiction books.
2. Lose 20 pounds.
3. Learn Italian.
4. Learn to play the piano.
5. Reincorporate running into my routine.
I am happy to report that I have made some progress, though, as often happens in life, my progress doesn't look quite like I thought it would when I set out. Here is what it looks like now:
1. I have read The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, and am stuck, inexplicably, in the midst of Jane Eyre. I haven't tackled any spiritual reading nor biographies. Part of the reason that I have made such slow progress on number one can be blamed, at least in part, on Percy Jackson. My kids read both the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as well as the Heroes of Olympus series. Usually, I can't keep up with my kids reading habits, so I lean on the opinion of trusted friends and resources when helping them choose books to read. This time, however, I thought I'd just take a peek at the first book to see what it was all about. I.Could.Not.Put.Them.Down! We bought them on Kindle, so three or four of us were reading them at once; some kids read the print copies; we went to the library and borrowed it on CD and MP3 format - even my husband got sucked into it eventually, and read them all as well! Needless to say, we enjoyed this series immensely, and, though it hindered my novel reading progress, I am glad that I took a breather to read something fun that my kids and I could commiserate about. Jane Eyre wasn't on my original list, but I couldn't remember if I'd read it or not, so at my sister-in-law's recommendation, I have decided to give it a go, with the intention of a girls movie night when she visits Michigan next. If I know the book exists, I must read it before the movie!
2. I have not reached my goal of 20 pounds, but this goal has changed somewhat. I reset my weight lost goal to 30 pounds, and have lost 15. Though his goals are slightly different than mine, my husband & I are in this together. We have been exercising regularly for about a year and a half (more on that in #5), but without any real changes in weight, or in those lovely numbers they give you at the doc's office. So, it turns out that food DOES matter, though I've spent years denying it, and we have decided recently to go the route of South Beach Diet. It has been working great so far, and our boost in weight loss has encouraged us to keep it up.
3 & 4. Haven't even tried. Meh.
5. This is another goal that I consider being met, though it doesn't look like I thought it would when I started. In January, when I wrote the original post, hubby & I hadn't been running, despite a good track record previously. He struggled with a knee injury, I had hip pain. In March, on a whim, we tried out the local fitness center near our house. They have a lap pool as well as an indoor track, exercise machines and weight room - the works! They also have a family pool, so we are able to bring the kids there for a fun, get-out-of-the-house activity that doesn't cost extra money. We decided to give lap swimming a try and both really enjoy it. We go 5 days a week before hubby goes to work and have been pretty consistent.
How are YOU doing on your personal goals for the year? If you haven't set any, you still can! You still have four months left to begin making those small strides that can lead to greater changes and improvements in your life.