2016 Goals Update: The First Quarter

The first quarter of the year is gone and that means it's time to reevaluate goals. I've got a new plan & you can learn from my mistakes.

The first quarter of the year is gone and that means it's time to reevaluate goals. I've got a new plan & you can learn from my mistakes.

The first three months of 2016 have almost passed. Would it be cliche if I said I can’t believe how fast time is flying by? This year is already going so much better than the last one. In keeping with my plan, it’s time to sit down and reevaluate my goals

Lose Weight

At this point, I can say I have lost roughly two pounds, not anywhere close to what I wanted. About a month ago it was more, but we have been on and off the dieting wagon. It’s about time for us to hop back on and stay there!

Work Out 3-4 Times Per Week

Fail. I started out so solid on this! In January I did 4 workouts every week. I added it to my daily schedule and gave myself no room for excuses. This was working out very well, but the exercise bike was pretty hard on my body, which led me to giving up. I need to either find a new exercise routine, or get back on the bike.

Be Healthier

Win. Despite my lack of dieting and exercise, I feel like I’m making overall healthier choices. Most days I drink my 8 cups of water, and I’m making sure I get more rest. Most of the time I cook healthy meals at home with lots of meat and vegetables, and less pasta. I do miss the pasta, but we save that for splurges.

Take More Time for Myself

Win! I’m settling into a new routine with the kids. The girls have adjusted to taking only one nap a day, and fortunately my son went along with the change in schedule and is taking his “resting” time at the same time. (I can’t call what he does nap time. No nap happens, but there is a lot of reading and bed gymnastics.) This new routine has given me a little more time during the day to actually get some reading done! I have to get lost in someone else’s world, or my world will make me go bonkers.

Get Out of the House More

Win! In January we had an awesome road trip and family adventure. We’re even starting to venture out to the grocery store every weekend again. We’ve got more family adventures planned, and I’ve got more things I want to get out and do on my own. 

Grow My Blog

Win! I am very happy with the rate at which my blog is growing. I’ve got more social media fans and subscribers. And I’m very happy that I recently figured out my blog’s main goal (making life better one cup at a time). I absolutely love what I’m doing!

Learn Photography

Fail, but I’m okay with that. I have found zero time for this! I think this is the goal I’m going to give myself some leeway on. Maybe I was a little over-enthusiastic when I set all these goals. I still would love to learn, but I need to find the time first.

Have Date Nights

Fail. Hubs has been out of town every month, and we’ve been trying to think up some great family adventures. I know, excuses, excuses. I thought after I came up with some great at-home date nights we’d be set for sure, but we still haven’t. We keep letting life get in the way. However, I will say that with us cutting out TV on Sundays, those nights do feel a little more like a date than not. 

My New Plan

The great thing about sitting down and checking in with yourself is that you get to remind yourself why you wanted to achieve these goals. If you get off track (which I totally did), you get to make a new plan. Do you need to cross something off your list if it’s a lesser goal that might be taking time away from something more important? Did you leave one off that really needs to be there?

So here’s my new plan: I’m going to remind myself why I wanted to lose the weight and work out. I’m going to find a new exercise routine and work it back into my daily schedule. I’m making us hop back on that diet wagon. And as soon as I’m done writing this, I’m going to go grab our date night jar and make Hubs draw one out. Also, I’m writing on my calendar now to reevaluate things sooner so I don’t go too far off course again.

What You Can Learn From My Mistakes

I am 100% positive that I would have made much more progress had I followed my own advice! Here’s what I should have done, and what I hope you’re doing as well: 

  • Do not forget about your goals! It’s so easy to make a goal at the beginning of the year and just let daily life take over. Find a way to remind yourself of what you want to achieve.
  • Do your monthly check-ins. Actually put them on the calendar, and do them! 
  • Remember the big picture. A little progress is still progress. Don’t get discouraged and give up because you’re not getting the results you want immediately. You are doing amazing!

The first quarter of the year is gone and that means it's time to reevaluate goals. I've got a new plan & you can learn from my mistakes.

I’m so glad I sat down and read through my goals. I don’t feel like a big failure, but I do wish I had worked a little harder and stayed more focused. Now I am motivated again to really get things in gear. Hopefully in three months you’ll be getting an update with more progress. 

Where are you with your big yearly goals? Are you on top of things, or did you let a few things slip like I did?

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  1. I’m so glad you took the time to do a quarterly goals review! I did too and I was so shocked by how quickly we can forget our goals and lose our momentum! We get so caught up in day to day life and our big dreams get pushed aside. It’s a struggle, but like you I’m really going to try to keep my goals in sight!
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    • Erin, thanks for suggesting this! I totally let my goals slip to the side while I focused elsewhere, but now I’m back in the game!

  2. Thanks for having courage to list your mistakes so I can learn and I make some same ones.

  3. At least you have a lot of wins! ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree that a little progress helps. I’d rather skip a week (or a month) than give up all together. And some of the fails are things that can easily be picked up again.Another thing I do is keep a checklist with spots for checking off for each day of the month (for the daily things).

    • I do have a lot of wins! Thank you, Ann! And you’re so right, the fails are easy to pick back up and get started on again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Looks like you had a lot of wins, even if it wasn’t everything! You know, “learn photography” has been on my to-do list for awhile but it’s such a large, overwhelming topic it’s hard to know where to start. I realized that just by using my camera more often and picking up a tip here or there my photos are improving bit by bit even if I’m not sitting down and reading a book on it.

    • That’s exactly how I feel about it, too. I want to learn how to really do it, but I’m on information overload, and my brain doesn’t have time to sift through it all right now.

  5. Ohh I love this type of post! It’s always really motivating to see others working towards their goals.
    Joanna recently posted…7 Tips for Starting a New Exercise PlanMy Profile

    • Thank you, Joanna! Keep following along then, because by the end of the year I want you to see me owning this list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love all of your 2016 goals! And congratulations on the success of your beautiful blog. I agree that a mid-month check-in with a list of goals can continue the momentum forward or provide a chance for a mid-month course correction! Many good wishes are sent your way for achieving all the goodnes you have planned. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Denay! That’s so sweet! Just this morning when I was visiting yours I kept thinking, “wow her blog is so beautiful!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’m right there with you on the exercise more. I should be doing way more, but you’re right: in the end whatever I’m doing right now is better than before and that’s worth celebrating!

  8. Great update and I see a lot of wins here! I guess I should make a post like this, but I’m kind of afraid to revisit my goals list lol. Things keep derailing me. But, my working out has become taking baby for a stroll around the neighborhood. Calms his fussy self down and gets me moving.
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  9. I love reading goal progress reviews as I find it a great source of motivation to just keep on going. Looks like you had some great achievements this quarter and will no doubt keep kicking goals for the rest of the year. Good luck!

  10. I love your honest assessment of your goals, and congrats on your successes so far! I’m also on a mission to consistently workout, but ultimately, working out doesn’t do much without healthy living habits, so I think it’s great you made great progress on that!
    Lindsay recently posted…An Open Letter to the Surly Grown Men Internet BulliesMy Profile

    • Thank you, Lindsay! My top three goals all go hand in hand, so I know if I get started on one, the others will follow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. These are all great goals! I started doing really well with working out too and have slacked off some. I really need to get back at it and as you said remind myself why I wanted to lose weight. I also have been a little more healthier which is a great step. As far as me time recently, it hasn’t happened but I have plans soon. Learning photography takes time. Something I am also trying to learn. I’ve learned that taking props out and putting them different ways,etc and taking pictures has really helped me. Don’t get me wrong it is time consuming but worth it. Good luck on your goals! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

    • Thanks so much, Mistle! As much as I’m ready to put photography on the back burner, it’s so intriguing and I just want to learn!

  12. I’m hoping as the weather gets warmer that I can get out more but lately we’ve been having rain or snow. It’s like mother nature has been bipolar or something. Cause we just had 60-70 degree weather like 2 weeks ago lol

  13. You’re doing so great! I’m very impressed (and jealous) that you have found some time to yourself to read. Between kids, hubby, work and blogging I barely have time to sleep! I may need to start taking a page out of your book ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Oh thanks, Tori! The reading has come in spurts. A lot of it is audio when I can, part of it is cutting back on tv, and most of that time spent reading is when I’m ignoring other stuff I really should be doing. Lol!

  14. Sounds like you are still doing great on your goals. Congrats on losing weight. Every accomplishment counts. I can’t wait to see how the rest of your year goes.
    Healing Mama recently posted…Spend $10 and Eat Healthy At Dollar TreeMy Profile

  15. I started the goal challenge in March and love my results but I need to write about it like now and add my April goals. Love how you’ve done the quarterly and hey I lost two pounds in March and loving it. At least that scale didn’t creep up like it had been. Yesterday I sit down and wrote about losing weight and feeling challenged to do better in April.

    • The weight loss is my biggest challenge! I spend so much time doing everything else that I can’t find the time for working out.

  16. Great job on getting healthier! I have been trying to lose weight as well, and I am about like you, only 2 pounds down. The thing is though, I am doing better with working out every month by adding about 2 days per month. If I can keep it up maybe by the end of the year I will workout everyday except weekends. Anyway, good luck with your goals.
    Cassie recently posted…G is for Goals or an Update on My Yearly GoalsMy Profile

    • Thanks, Cassie! Baby steps, right? I love your system though! Adding two days a month doesn’t seem so bad.

  17. I love seeing people’s goals because it inspires me to continue on with my own. The key is to take it one day at a time and to rejoice over what we’ve accomplished versus beating ourselves up for what we didn’t accomplish. Thanks for sharing.

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