Today I'm sharing how my goals for 2018 are going so far. I like to check in on my goals a few times to make sure that I'm staying on track.
If you want to check out my original post from back in January, you can find it here. It's hard to believe that 2018 is already half over – it's flying by. I had 8 goals that I wanted to achieve this year, which I categorized into personal, fitness, and professional.
Read 24 books
I'm well on my way to surpassing this goal! I'm currently at 17 books read – I only have to read 7 more this year, which will be super easy to do. I'm willing to bet that I'll exceed this goal by at least a few books.
Be in bed by 9:30 4 nights per week
So far in 2018 I've been pretty good at this goal. It's easy to go to bed early when my alarm goes off at 5 am so that I can be at the gym at 5:30 am when they open. Plus I'm tired earlier because I'm up so early. I'd say that I average 4 nights per week – some nights it's 5 and others it's only 3. I'd like to make this a more consistent thing though for the rest of the year.
I have to admit that I've been pretty good at putting a percentage of every single paycheck into my savings. I do it right away once I've deposited it into my bank account. If I don't see it in my checking then I won't be tempted to spend it. It starts to add up and it actually feels pretty good to see my savings grow. It also gives me piece of mind to know that I have some extra cash if I need it. It makes a big difference in my stress levels.
Run a 5K race
For the moment this goal is on hold. I've been struggling with plantar fasciitis the first half of the year, and I'm finally at a place where I can workout 4 or 5 times per week doing low impact cardio (it's why I use the elliptical so much). I'm rolling my feet out several times per day to keep the plantar fasciitis at bay. I know that if I start running it'll get worse and I won't be able to workout at all – even low impact workouts on the elliptical. It's just not worth being hurt and hobbling around. Maybe in a few months I'll give it another go.
Meal prep 3 meals per week
I'm doing really good with the meal planning and prepping this year. Saturday mornings I plan what I'm going to make for the week, make a shopping list after I've checked the fridge and pantry to see what I already have, and then head to the grocery store. I find that I only put what I really need on my shopping list when I know what meals I'll be making. And if I have a list I'm much more likely to stick to healthy choices instead of getting tempted by things that aren't good choices for me. I'm hoping that I'll be able to carry this momentum through to the end of the year.
At least 2 strength training workouts per week
I definitely haven't been very good at this goal so far in 2018. I've probably averaged a couple strength training workouts each month, and that's it. I really need to kick my strength training up a notch. I've really been into cardio, but I need to push myself to do the workouts that I know are good for me, but I don't necessarily enjoy as much. I know that there's a Body Pump class on Saturday mornings that I've been to before and really enjoy. Maybe I need to make that a weekly thing and then do another strength workout on my own once a week.
Grow my blog
I'm pretty excited to say that I have seen growth over the last 6 months – both in terms of traffic and in my writing. I'm still working hard at this though because I haven't grown my blog as much as I would like yet. I've been working on some things behind the scenes in 2018 so I'm hoping to have a few products for sale in the next few months. I'm really excited about this and I”ll be sure to share when I make them available!
Attend 2 fitness industry conferences
I love to learn, and part of that for me is continuing to learn about fitness. I was planning on going to 2 fitness conferences this year. One was back in May, and unfortunately it conflicted with an event I'd already committed to, so I wasn't able to go. The other one I had my eye on is in Kananaskis, just an hour west of Calgary in the mountains in October. I checked out the registration page and it's out of my budget for me right out. I just can't swing it financially this year, so I'm hoping to be able to save up some money to put towards it for 2019 instead. I'm a bit bummed out that I won't be able to make this goal a reality in 2018, but I'm even more motivated to make sure I do it in 2019 instead.
Now that you know how my goals are going, how are your 2018 goals coming along? Share in the comments below.