How is it December already? If I could describe 2010 in one word it would be blink, as in, blink and you would've missed it, but I think these goals are forcing me to reflect on a daily basis (as long as I remember to update my calendar) and on a monthly basis as well.
My Goals for 2010
7.5+ Hours of Sleep
I am failing miserably at this goal. This month in particular there were many nights where I went to bed at almost 1 AM. Bad. In the middle of the month I tried to challenge myself to just get to bed earlier than the previous night and that helped a little bit, but this month I really need to smarten up and finish 2010 well-rested. Two things on my side: 1) My hours at work have changed again so I don't have to get up as early. 2) Mama T will be gone for two-and-a-half weeks with my sister in tow, so I will be staying with B. Last time that happened in July, B. said that it helped him get to bed earlier, but according to my reflection then, the benefit for me was minimal. Huh.
Each snack must contain a vegetable or fruit.
This goal is still carrying on as usual, with the same issue that I'm not snacking on Thursdays (I am sleeping in more, which doesn't help) and that my protein of choice lately has been Babybel cheese (though I have switched to "Light"!) I'm not too worried about what's happening here except perhaps I need to get back into a cottage cheese habit, or maybe switch things up with more vegetables. But generally, I have achieved this goal.
Be able to do 100 full, proper pushups without stopping by December 2010.
I have completely stopped my pushup training regime. Fortunately for my upper body strength, my kickboxing instructor has changed our Thursday classes to more of a conditioning class, so I get a few weights in there. Occasionally he'll challenge us to do lots of pushups in a row and that is where I'll usually get my count in. As you can see, the latest count is 40, which is an improvement.
Drink at least 48 oz of water at least three days a week, INCLUDING Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.
It's getting better, but I'm still not being good about tracking how much water I'm drinking on my day's off. I ended up buying a 32 oz water bottle and it has helped a little - it does make it easier to track how much I've drank, but I've found this particular bottle awkward to drink from (the squirt top pushes down easily so I either have to actually squirt to drink or wrap my entire mouth around the top... I just choose to remove the lid and make sure I don't spill). So I guess we'll see how December goes.
I will save at least ⅓ of my paycheque every month in hopes of buying a house/condo within walking distance from my work by 2011-2012.
I had to dip into my savings a little bit this month as I managed to book two trips that I'm taking next year within the same credit card bill. However, I did take a look at my bank statement back in January and it looks like I'm actually on track to save the right amount! (Although I don't think I will be buying any real estate, let alone any that's walking distance from my work anymore.)
Wishes for 2010
Do a thorough room purge.
Still haven't done that, but every time I get to this point in my monthly entries I always have to rearrange my desk a little, recycle a few things, throw some things away.
Recipes/techniques I wanted to try this year
I made lemon cakes from Gwendolyn's blog for my birthday!
Include nutrition information from my recipes whenever possible
Haven't backtracked since April.
As bad as it sounds, I'm really looking forward to this month ending and doing my big reflection in the new year about how I did on these resolutions/goals and what I've learned about making new year's resolutions/setting goals in general. Until then, I'm doing some reflecting in another way - there is this annual project called Reverb 10 where a bunch of bloggers/writers have gotten together to come up with a new "prompt" for every day of the month of December. These prompts are meant to inspire people to reflect on the past year and manifest what's next. I'd first heard about it from Tea & Cookies, but wasn't sure if I was comfortable with the idea of flooding my blog with daily reflections so at first I decided not to do it. A friend and today's prompt gave me the final push - you can follow along here.