October Goal Update

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OK… So I know its TECHNICALLY the second month of spring but not it is really beginning to feel like spring. The days are longer – bless daylight savings – and the weather is getting warmer! It really has a way of just improving your mood ten fold!

Now, onto my goals for October and how I went with achieving them….

  1. Complete the A to Z Reading Challenge
    One that I am making progress on. I finally got another letter knocked out and will get at least one more done in November. Yay for reading progress!
  2. Post at lease 3 times a week
    I have stayed really consistent with this over 2018 and I couldn’t feel prouder of that, next step is to really focus on WHAT I’m posting and then maybe move into posting even more frequently.
  3. Exercise 3 days a week
    This is one I have 100% improved on. I was struggling to get to 3 days a weeks on September but have consistently hit 3 days and then some weeks even been able to do more!
  4. read 30 book in 2018
    So I completed this goal and have upped it to 35! I’m currently sitting at 33 books with 2 books that I am currently reading so will most likely need to increase my goal before November. Screen Shot 2018-10-22 at 8.30.43 am
  5. Try a new recipe each week
    We really haven’t been good at this one, however we are starting to develop a list of meals to make because each week when we make our shopping list both of us seem to blank as to anything we can cook with what we have. So who knows maybe next month!
  6. Practise positivity and optimism
    Things have been getting super stressful in the last month and a half both and home and work, I have been actively trying to focus on the positive and not let the stress overwhelm me. Although if I’m honest there has definitely been some stress cleaning and stress organising going on.
  7. Less technology more reading before bed
    Ok so this is a goal I really do struggle with. I did do some reading last night while I ran an update on my computer, which I don’t think really counts.
  8. Focus on what I am putting in my body and work towards maintaining being gluten free and dairy free
    I’ve definitely been better with this. I am working on having heathy weeks and then letting my self chill a little on the weekends. It is definitely a more maintainable approach for me.

Overall a pretty good month! What a great way to head into the end of the year!

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How are your 2018 goals going?

 

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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July Goal Update

It feels like its been ages since I posted a goal update – read accountable I know – but keeping to my goal of staying positive, better late than never right? So today is the day that I actually take account for how poorly I’ve done on my goals of late, however I am adding/editing some goals to align with me aims.

Lets dive in…

  1. Complete the A-Z reading Challenge 
    In July I finished ‘The Lost Hero’ by Rick Riordan. Which completed my ‘L’ book for the challenge. I did also read ‘Mythos’ by Stephen Fry, but I already have an ‘M’ book so I can’t add it.
    Chalking it up as a win!
  2. Post at least 3 times a week
    I managed to still post while I was in Greece. It wasn’t 3 times a week, but considering I was on holiday, thats ok. As soon as I got back I was in the swing of things and started posting in my usual schedule.
    Another win. 
  3. Exercise 3 days a week
    I’ve book pretty bad at this… I came back from Greece with a new goal and did not start off strong. So I am changing this goal to: Exercise 5 days a week. I want to really focus on my fitness and health, since in Greece I ate a lot of things that I definitely can’t.
    Fail this month.
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    This has definitely a great goal, its really been keeping me motivated.
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    I think this will be a goal that I’ll need to update this goal and add more books!
    Definite win. 
  5. Try a new recipe each week
    I tried a new recipe this week, although considering we were in Greece we did try a lot of different food. I think we will need to work on this one a little more.
    bit of a fail.
  6. Practise positivity and optimism
    This is a goal I am definitely finding tricky. I was positive and optimistic in Greece, but I feel like everyone would feel more positive soaking up the rays on a beautiful island! Now that I’m back home and in the depths of winter its been hard to stay positive. I think I need to set myself a daily reminder to make this goal more achievable.
    Fail for now. 
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed
    This is a goal that I am not even trying to achieve honestly, I don’t why its so hard for me to put down my phone and read at night!
    Fail.
  8. NEW GOAL: So a little fun fact – I got engaged recently (If anyone wants a post about how it all went down/ my experiences so far with planning a wedding let me know) 
    So I decided for the purpose of getting my health back on track and looking and feeling my best while I’m trying to organise an important event in my life. My goal is to focus on what I am putting in my body and work towards positively changing my eating habits to maintain being Gluten and dairy free.  

Of the 7 goals I was working on in July I achieved 3 and failed towards 4. Lets hope I can make more progress in August.

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what goals are you working towards in 2018?

 

 

Tropeaka Haul

Along with books, I have been really getting into changing my lifestyle. Little fun fact I am both gluten and dairy intolerant -yay- as well as having chronic gastritis. Now I know in the grand scheme of things thats literally nothing compared to what others may go through health wise, which is why I’m not complaining about it but it’s part of my story.

I’m usually pretty good at eating what I should eat and not eating what I shouldn’t, except when I am next level stressed, which happens more frequently than I’d like to admit too. When I get stressed I don’t care about what I’m eating and I usually end up craving things I can’t really eat, eating them, and then feeling ridiculously ill for hours afterwards, making me more stressed.

I discovered and started using Tropeaka products, last year towards the middle/end of the year, I was instantly a fan of their ‘Immunity Boost‘ as well as the ‘Lean Chocolate Protein‘ and am now using a few more of their products on my smoothies, pre and post workout and in baking and cooking.

Now I know its not me usual bookish post BUT I thought this may be relevant to my goals updates and to a few new goals I’ve decided on!

To the haul…

the first product I purchased was the Maca power. The maca powder is a superfood thats uses include:
IMG_2249* Support energy production
* Helps to create stamina and endurance
* Contains alkaloids for a healthy mind
* De-stresses and supports vitality and wellbeing
* Full 5 star health rating (Australian Health Initiative)
* Provides healthy balance
* Contains: Vitamins B1, B2, C, D, E as well as iron, selenium, potassium, magnesium, calcium
* Low in fat and high in nutritional value

 

 

 

I also purchased the Tone BCAA+, this item is good for:
IMG_2241* Instantised and soluble Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA)
* Helps you tone and build lean muscle
* Supports muscle growth, recovery and repair
* 5.25g of BCAA per serve
* Natural passionfruit flavour
* Mineral complex for workout recovry
* Helps boost energy production
* Helps in reducing tiredness and fatigue
* Refined sugar free
* 100% plant based powder
* Vitamin C for healthy immune system
* Nutrient dense and contains key electrolytes

 

The Vanilla Lean Protein, with benefits include:
IMG_2246* High in 3 plant based proteins
* Helps to tone and build lean muscle
* Perfectly balanced protein for muscle recovery
* Protein necessary for tissue building and repair
* Natural vanilla bean flavour
* Contributes to growth of muscle mass
* Refined sugar free
* easy to digest and minimal bloating
* Helps to stay fuller for longer
* Contains BCAA+
* Nutrient dense full of antioxidents
* Vegetarian and Vegan friendly
* No dairy, soy, gluten, lactose or wheat

 

The last product I purchased was the Spirulina, which is good for:
IMG_2243* has 3x more protein than fish or beef per gram
* contributes to normal energy production
* Contains iron for normal immune system fuction
* Contributes to the reduction of tiredness
* Great for detox and is rich in chlorophyll
* Contains vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, A, D and E
* Complete in magnesium, Phosphorus, Selenium
* A source of potassium, manganese and Zinc, Calcium, chromium, and copper
* A great source of plant based iron

 

Hopefully I can use the products wisely to help me in developing my healthy lifestyle!

 

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