August Goal Update

The time has come once away to see how my goals are fairing for 2018. I’m going to be honest, I’m on struggle street at the moment with most of my goals. I don’t know if it was the gloominess of August or if I’m just being a lazy bones. But with that in mind, lets get into the goals!

  1. Complete the A to Z reading Challenge. 
    I haven’t actually added any books yet. I read both ‘The Son of Neptune’ and ‘The Mark of Athena’ however I already have ‘S’ and ‘M’ books listed. So for this month I would have to say I failed at this goal. But I will be adding a ‘H’ book in September so YAY, for that.
  2. Post at least 3 times a week
    I am still crushing this one – If I don’t say so myself- I’ve been consistent with posting 3 times a week on Harper-Grae, and I’m starting to get better at posting daily on my Harper-Grae Instagram. Win!
  3.  Exercise 3 days a week. 
    I have definitely been better at this. I’ve definitely been able to reach 3 days per week, which is a win, but lately I have been aiming for 5 days a week, allowing for 2 rest days, usually Fridays and one other day. Still working on that!
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    This has been a great goal to have, I’ve really been able to see my progress.
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  5. Try a new recipe each week
    We’ve actually been so busy this month that we haven’t really had a chance to try any new recipes! This one is a fail for this month, but one that I am going to put a conscious effort into in September.
  6. Practice positivity and optimism.
    This has been a constant struggle through out 2018. Honestly, I haven’t wanted to be negative however a feel increasingly stressed out and anxious and it just becomes tremendously more difficult to stay in a positive frame of mind. I know excuses, I am going to put my best foot forward in September and have this as my main goal for the month! Fail for August though.
  7. Less Technology and more reading before bed. 
    Honestly I feel like this goal is pointless at this point in the year, I’ve failed to achieve any progress this year. I have the best intentions but I always turn the light off before I am ready to sleep so automatically gravitate to my phone. Lets see if I can make any progress, at all, in September. Fail.
  8. Focus on what I am putting in my body and work towards positively maintaining being Gluten and Dairy Free. 
    This is a new goal and its one that I’ve had a lot of ups and downs with. My main focus is the Gluten Free aspect, as that is what I have the strongest intolerance too. However I have at a few moments of weakness where I’ve ended up snacking on peanut M & M’s and ever single time I feel sick, but every single time I do it again.
    Lets hope for a more positive change in September.

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How are your 2018 Goals coming along?

2018 Goal Update: February

I cannot believe that February is already over. I mean its Autumn! What?!

I have to admit straight up that I did not do as well on my goals as I had hoped I would for the second month of the year. BUT, I have an excuse. I went back to work. Yes I am a lucky duck who gets school holidays, but that also made me forget how hard it is to motivate yourself after working for 8 plus hours a day.

I will try and be better… I promise.

Here’s how my goals went in February:

  1. Complete the A to Z reading challenge. 
    YES! I did work on this one – huzzah – I finished 3 books this month, and only one counted towards the challenge (the down side to being addicted to a series were all the books start with a ‘C’)
  2. Post at least 3 times a week. 
    I’ve managed that one too… yay me! I’ve been loving posting more regularly. Its been helpful to get my brain going in the morning!
  3. exercise 3 days a week. 
    I was HORRIBLE at this for the first 2.5 weeks of February, only being able to drag myself off the couch after work on day a week. Last week was better. I managed my 3 days but it was a struggle. Here’s to March,
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    5 down 25 to go…
  5. Try one new recipe each week. 
    So i did change this one a little bit in January to allow for it to include Uber eats and eating out (as we usually do so once a week). That addition has really helped us to stick to it. It meant that if we’d been to exhausted to cook something new during the week we were able to still have some variety by ordering from or heading too a new restaurant. Here’s to a new Lentil Soup recipe tonight!
  6. Practice positivity  and optimism
    This ones another one that’s been a bit tricky. I’ve really been trying to put in an effort to stay positive and to a degree I definitely have but I still see room for improvement so will keep striving for it.
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed. 
    Big fat FAIL on this one, I failed in February and the streak as continued. I don’t know what it is but man oh man I cannot put my phone down at night!

Other things to note: In February I also gave up caffeine. Not coffee just caffeine. Making me a decaf girl for life! It was tricky at first with a few withdrawal headaches – although I was in denial that that’s what it was – which is to be expected considering I’ve been drinking coffee for 12 years… YIKES! BUT its all been positive in terms of how my eyes and stomach have responded.

ALSO… Bless decaffeinated coffee… I don’t know where I’d be without it.