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January in Review: How’d those goals go?


Hello, there! Can you believe it’s February already? Okay, okay…I know- some people like to complain about how long January was, but can I tell you something? It really bothers me when people are wishing their time away like that. I know it’s complaining in fun, but seriously, life is so beautiful in every season, the world would be a much happier place if we all could spend more time appreciating things than we did whining about them. Says me in my best whiny voice. Also, I do live in California, on the coast, where at most we get a little frost on our windows maybe once a year. But I saw plenty of my local friends complaining about how long January is when they know full well that they were barefoot at the beach last Sunday. Big babies.

Anyway, I made a promise at the beginning of the year to re-visit my rather lofty list of resolutions at the beginning of February and see where I needed to put in a little more work, so that’s what I’m here to do. I just went through my resolutionsΒ post with a fine-tooth comb, and here is how I am doing:

I wanted to have a two-tiered step goal, with the gold standard being 10k and the silver being 7k. I hit my high goal 10 times and my low goal 12 times, getting within about 20 steps of my low goal several times as well. There were also a few days when I only got like 3000 steps, so I must have been spending the day in bed or something, because how is that even possible?! Anyway, I think this one needs a little work.

As far as my other fitness related goals, although I didn’t get started right away, I am in the midst of a 30 day at home challenge which I really like. I’ve done some yoga (at home) and I have been excellent about walking Miss Lucy pretty much every day without fail, unless it is absolutely pouring outside. Also, we have been hitting her off the leash goal as well by hitting the beach in Carmel on the weekends, which is so much fun for both Cam and I.Β  I feel really good about all this stuff!

I am going to break one promise, however. Can I tell you that I did not go to the gym, not even once, in January? January is the WORST month at the gym. So many new people, it’s crowded and gross. So I am going to give myself one final month- if I don’t make it ten times in February, I really will cancel. It’s just too expensive. I might start at a cheaper gym, I might forgo the gym altogether, but this is truly my last chance.

I have kept my promise of no fast food. I haven’t missed it one bit. I am doing Hello Fresh, and Cam has been helping me, and I am really impressed with how much I am learning, and how much fun it is. I will probably take a break soon to try a different service, but so far, so good. My eating has been really excellent this past month.

Again, I didn’t start right away in January, but I did meet my no smoking, no vaping goal. I started January 11th, made it a few days, messed up. Started again January 17th, made it ten days, smoked. Started again the same day that I smoked, the 27th, and today is the 3rd, so it’s seven days again. That’s about 20 days altogether, so I’m okay with that. I’d like to have no slips at all in February. It really only makes it harder when you mess up.

As far as the house goes, I think quitting smoking and trying to be more active in general has really helped me with the house keeping stuff. I have all this nervous energy, trying to avoid cravings, so I find myself doing laundry and cleaning out drawers just to give myself something to do. Yesterday I cleaned and organized all my drawers and closet, and got rid of a huge garbage bag full of clothes I hate or never wear.Β  I am trying to get in the habit of cleaning up every day, and I’ve definitely seen improvements, but I need to keep at it. I have gotten way better about keeping up on dishes, though.

Savings are definitely up!

My writing routine is not where I want it to be. I am going to get back on track this month, for sure.

And as far as my “Two trips this year” thing goes, guess what? I’m headed to Tahoe next weekend for a skiing-sledding-snow ball extravaganza. So, looks like I will be knocking both trips out as planned. As long as I make it to Maine in June, which I will.

I have spent a fair amount of time with friends already this year, as well. Far more than usual, and I’m so glad. It is so good for me.

All in all, I’d say I’m doing far better than I imagined I would be. Maybe there really is something to writing down your goals, eh?

And how are you doing with the goals you set for yourself, if you set any? I’d like to know!


I'm a single mom living life fully after years of intense addiction, trying to navigate life with grace-and failing spectacularly, sometimes. Learning to be a grown up In my 40's, without losing my lust for life, or my faith in humanity. Come, watch the antics. It should be fun (for you, at least).

12 thoughts on “January in Review: How’d those goals go?

  1. Glad you’re keeping on top of (most of) your goals. It’s also important to be kind to yourself when things don’t go as planned. I’m curious about your writing. What kinds of things do you write and what goals are you setting yourself? I’m a big fan of setting goals as long as they make sense and help me see progress, but there are definitely dangers in the wrong goals, which I blogged about recently.

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      1. Nice! Finishing a novel is a big undertaking. I still remember the feeling when I wrote “The End” to my first novel. Little did I know back then how much work there was still to do πŸ™‚ Are you in touch with any groups of writers? I’ve found the writing community to be incredibly supportive and helpful, and well worth connecting with.


  2. I’m glad you’re calling out people complaining about how “long” January was. I feel like January flew by… Anyway, I feel the same way about people who get on Facebook to complain about how long their week has been when it’s only Tuesday. You’re right… treasure your time! Once it’s gone, you’re not getting it back. πŸ™‚

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  3. Well done you! And I think you have a really healthy approach, which I admire. Like with the smoking/vaping, how you assess progress and take the win instead of beating yourself up because it wasn’t PERFECT. I think with a mindset like that, you’ll be able to do anything! You’re clearly bossing it and I feel a little intimidated by your exuberant determination as well as motivated by it. You’re super cool. Good on you!!

    As for me…. Hm… I didn’t set any resolutions as such, but there are three areas I’m improving and progressing at varying speeds in:

    Writing – turns out the words just flow almost effortlessly when I’m sober! No, I wouldn’t say I have material great enough to bundle up and send off to literary agents any time soon but THERE IS MATERIAL as opposed to me talking about it! And I have hope, perhaps even realistic hope, that maybe I’m on to something finally…

    What I do – as we speak, I’m a jobless bum. Chucked in a job I was bored silly in and pursuing a route where I feel I have something of value to bring – starting volunteering at a rehab and will be studying too, short term goal to get a paid position as a recovery support worker and long term work towards becoming an addiction counsellor. Need to find a side income whilst volunteering and will hopefully be serving coffee soon.

    Running – when I was still drinking, I used to think that if I could run 5k a few times that would be AMAZING. Turns out sober that this is quite accessible and now I do. In fact, I run 6-7k every other day. It ain’t fast but I don’t have to stop and walk. I should set goals – run 10k I guess would be cool. Or 5k in half an hour and the full 10k in an hour. That’d mean shaving well over a minute off my pace per kilometre.

    Anyway. I’m sure there are lots of other things I should improve and set goals for, perhaps I’m being a little ridiculous just listing things where I feel I’ve in sobriety made serious headway? πŸ™‚

    Hope you’re having an awesome week. I love reading your blog!

    Anna x

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    1. Oh, PS. I freaking HATE the gym. When I started running again, I joined and I gave it an honest shot but I just hate the environment and even how good I’d feel afterwards (just like after a run) it just didn’t do it for me. Sure, some days I really don’t feel like going for a run – like last Friday when it was snowing! – but once I’m out and ten minutes into it, it feels AH-MAH-ZING! Gym – not so much, just not my thing. I really do want to be a gym bunny but nah. πŸ™‚

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