In my first post for the year on January 1, I shared 11 goals divided into the categories of body, mind and spirit. I review my progress here monthly to help hold me accountable. I have some good news and some bad news on my goals for 2013 to date. The good news is that I’m well ahead or on target for several of them. The bad news is that I’m woefully behind on a couple and it will take quite a bit of time to catch up. Catching up is possible, especially since I’m now in a stretch of three weeks I’m (mostly) taking off from work with more time daily to devote to them, so I’m hopeful that my report next month looks better. Here are the details…
Goals related to body:
1. Keep my weight at or below 150 pounds. All continues to be well on this one. I still weigh in daily, and that weigh-in determines what and how much I eat as well as influencing physical activity for the day. I look forward to the 1-year anniversary of reaching my target weight July 26.
2. Walk/jog/run a total of 10,000 steps per day three days per week. I’m way ahead of schedule on this one, having done it enough days to already be in the month of July ticking them off a calendar. With our company’s annual 100 Day Dash starting June 3 where my goal is to average 10,000 steps per day for 100 days, I’ll easily pass the goal for the year by the end of that Dash in September.
3. Average at least six hours of sleep per night. I still don’t record numbers here, but more nights than not when I set my alarm and lay down, it’s for more than six hours from the time I’m going to bed. I’m enjoying a little extra time in bed during these weeks off in May.
Goals related to mind:
1. Read a book every other week. I am more behind on this goal than any other. I’m a few dozen pages away from completing book #5 for the year. By this time, I should already be in book #10. I have some work to do!
2. Blog every other day (at least). I’ve posted 59 blog posts this year, but an every-other-day schedule would have me at 68 already, so I need some daily ones in this time off to reach the goal.
3. Continue to follow My 3 Words: Ground, Stretch, Reflect. Same as reported last time, this one still sneaks up on me because of not blogging every day like I did in 2012. Nightly blogging provided a built-in time for this reflection. Without that, I’m missing it too many nights. I still think through the sequence on days I blog to see what is worth writing about, but other days I tend to forget about the framework even though I may still do two of the three instinctively every day.
4. Double the blog’s readership from 10,000 views in 2012 to 20,000. I’m running 20% ahead of schedule on this one and will pass last year’s total readership either this month or next. Many thanks to all of you for making that happen!
5. Continue to write hand-written letters to my sons. As reported before, this is only done a couple of times a year, so having done it last in December, it will be this summer before I do it again. Time to start making notes on what the focus of these next ones should be for each son.
Goals related to spirit:
1. Finish reading the ESV Study Bible and read half of The Apologetics Study Bible. I am a month behind on this goal. My time off this month is allowing me the luxury of peace and quiet at home to do more reading, so the report on this next month should be much improved.
2. Review 100 Bible memory verses weekly. So far, so good. This takes less than an hour weekly, so it’s easy to stay current.
3. Come to some resolution to an unsettled situation where I worship. Completed in January.
Life has been a little weird around our house the last six weeks. My wife just had her second knee replacement surgery since early April, so our schedules are anything but normal. I learned from the first one that I can’t keep a regular work and personal routine going with her in the hospital and rehab and then needing more help than normal around the house. That’s a large part of why I’m taking off so many days from work now through the end of the month. I needed to take some time off, anyway, for a breather and to work on some of the above matters that are very important to me.
So that’s how I’m doing on my goals after the first 4+ months of 2013. What about you? How are you doing on your goals for the year?