At New Year I (perhaps stupidly!) decided to make my New Year’s Resolutions public by posting them here on the blog. It’s all very well setting goals and resolutions, but without tracking them all they really are is a wish list. So I’ve taken the decision to do a quarterly review to see how I’m progressing towards my goals, and identify where I need to direct more focus and attention.
New Year’s Resolutions Progress
Here were my New Year’s Resolutions, and how I’m progressing with them:
Make more effort to keep up with family. A phone call to chat, not just for specific reasons.
I have to admit I’ve kind of fallen at the first hurdle here… I lead a very hectic life and, while that’s not an excuse (especially as I fill it with my own hectic-ness), it does mean that I have less time to do the little things that make a difference. The same goes for catching up with friends.
Give my undivided attention when listening to my partner, where possible (i.e. not while driving/cooking!)
I’ve mostly stuck to this one, though I know there have been a few occasions when I’ve been distracted – my phone is the worst one. But I have made more effort to put my phone down when we’re talking so I can fully concentrate on the conversation.
Spend more time with friends. I’d like to say “I haven’t seen you in ages” less.
This again has fallen slightly by the wayside, though I have seen a few friends for wedding related stuff, runs and social events.
Be kind to my body. Drink more, sleep more, mobilise and relax. Stop neglecting the weaknesses!
Sleep teeters around 7 hours per night most nights, which I think is usually enough for me. On nights when I have CrossFit the next morning I should make an effort to go to sleep earlier – there’s another reason for a mobile phone ban!
I need a slap on the wrist for the mobility part though – this is something I simply forget to do. I need to integrate this into my routine if I’m going to get anywhere with it. Any tips welcome!
Finally decorate those spare rooms (and get rid of the awful aubergine carpet).
We’re working on the garden at the moment, but next priority will be replacing the carpet in our bedroom, which, while a rather nice carpet, seems to cause a whole heap of allergies for Darren.
Read more. At least one book per month.
I’ve been reading on and off over the last few months, but definitely not a book per month. This is one of those “nice-to-have” goals, and ultimately while I enjoy reading, I do definitely have far too many hobbies to keep this one up as regularly as I’d like.
Make more. At least one sewing project per quarter.
I started off well with this, having a sewing afternoon with my friend over at Woo’s Crafty Stuff, but after cutting out some of my pattern pieces it kind of fell over a bit. Darren and I have been doing the odd crafty bit for the wedding planning though, and this helps to keep my creativity going. I also had loads of fun drunken-drawing at The Turpentine.
Photograph more. Use my camera for fun at least once per month.
I’ve been photographing for my blog, which is always good practice on the DSLR. I’d love to get out and do a photo walk soon though.
Keep up with yoga. Achieve calm and focus in my practice.
This one was hard because the class I was going to was cancelled. But I’ve started up an online subscription and I definitely intend to keep the yoga bug alive.
Make that dream honeymoon a reality.
We are going to the Bahamas… and I can’t wait. A week in the sunshine (and perhaps torrential rain) will be very much welcomed after all the planning is done and the wedding has been and gone.
Learn more. Complete courses and increase company-specific knowledge.
I passed my UK Financial Regulation exam in April and, while that’s the only course I have booked for this year, I am constantly striving to learn more in my role.
Post more. Twice a week, if life allows. Interact with other bloggers more.
I’ve mostly stuck with this, even going up to three posts a week for some weeks. I’ve made an effort to read more blogs, though I’d still like to read more. I wish there was an easier way for me to do this, but my email fills up and I lose track and I don’t actively go looking at apps with blog feeds on my phone. I tend to either stumble upon them, or see them in link love threads. I’m thinking about RSS Feeds, but again this could clog up my email accounts.
2015 Fitness Goals Progress
As well as my New Year’s Resolutions, I made some specific fitness goals to try and achieve in 2015, here’s how I’m getting on:
1. Get back comfortable with running – run commute and run with club, once each per week, or whenever possible (continuous goal)
12 out of 16 weeks I’ve managed to get out twice a week, and a couple I’ve run once. This is a vast improvement on where I was with running last year and I’ve also run a 10k race and two half marathons (Brighton and Reading) so far this year, already surpassing my race miles from last year. I hope I can keep this up.
2. Get to grips with unsupported headstands and handstands – both by end of March 2015 (short-term goal)
I can now do both of these unsupported, but still have to do them near a wall for confidence reasons. Once we’ve finished our garden I may brave the grass, but for now I’ll keep practicing where I am. I had hoped to be a little more confident with these than I am, but the weeks missed from yoga when the classes weren’t busy enough meant I didn’t practice as much as I’d have wanted to. It also meant more confidence in handstands over headstands which I’m putting down to CrossFit. Usually people master the headstand first because handstands require a little more arm and shoulder strength.
3. Improve body weight exercises – 5 strict pullups by end of June 2015 (medium-term goal)
I hope I’ll be able to do this one. I am literally a chin’s length always from my first strict pull up, and from then on it’s just a case of practice practice practice. I keep meaning to buy a door-frame pull up bar, but haven’t gotten round to it yet.
4. Increase air squat depth – below parallel by end of 2015 (long-term goal)
I’m going to keep chipping away at this one – this is one of those goals that seems to be going no-where but will ultimately be so worth the wait when it happens. For now, my hips are suffering a bit from forcing depth on weighted work so I know this is definitely a priority to fix as soon as possible.
5. Body weight clean and jerk – end of 2015 (long-term goal)
My clean and jerk improved by 5kg when I entered the weightlifting competition and that was without much specific training. I can’t rely on that for the next 12.5kg+ (and losing that much weight isn’t practical nor realistic!) so I’ll need to put some more focus in this area soon.
6. Two thirds body weight snatch – end of 2015 (long-term goal)
My snatch PB is a little more tricky as I know that the arm position favours a deeper catch position than I can hit, but I’m hopeful that with work I can get there.
You can keep up to date with my fitness goals in my weekly Training Diary. How are you progressing with your New Year’s Resolutions and fitness goals? Are you reviewing yours?