Wednesday, 3 July 2013

2013 Goal Review (Q2)



At the half-way point of the year (and how did we get here so quickly??) it's time to reflect on my progress against the goals I set myself at new year.

Artistic goals - half-finished projects to complete

Two novels half-finished:
I've been working on one of these books, and I think I have a structure I'm happy with, now. There's still a reasonable amount of writing to do, but I feel like it's coming along nicely and is definitely in line for finishing this year. (I never really thought I would have time to complete both.)

A book of cookie recipes to finish:
This is all but done. Really. Just a couple more typos to fix, so look out for a virtual book launch imminently.

An incomplete crochet jacket:
I haven't really got back to this, yet. A friend has asked if I'd crochet her some dishcloths, though, which should be good practice for getting my tension back to a consistent state.

Avoid starting anything new until the above are finished:
It was all going so well, and then I started learning Turkish. Oops. Still, there are worse ways to get distracted, and at least this seems to be an area where I can make a decent amount of progress in a few minutes a day. I'm also four weeks into a six-week corset class, another unexpected diversion - but again, there were good reasons for doing this now, and I'm really enjoying it, so I'm not really complaining.

Health goals

Keep my asthma under control:
Yep, I'm still taking the inhalers. I had one slight hitch where I ran out, and had to wait three days for a prescription, but it didn't seem to make much difference to my breathing.

Keep doing the physio exercises for my back & knees:
The times when I fall down on this tend to be the times when I'm away from home. Whether in a hotel room or a friend's house, there isn't always space to stretch out on the floor and wave my legs around in whatever way the physio has ordered. And when it comes to my wrist exercises, I need weights, which I don't like to pack in my luggage. We haven't travelled very much during this quarter, so it's been quite a good period for keeping up with the exercises!

The start line

Learn to run at least 5k:
Well, I've been back to the gym, which is a step in the right direction, and then we walked a marathon last weekend. Which is not the same as running, by any means, but since I now know I can (just about) cover 26 miles I'm quite keen to get up to running an actual marathon distance eventually.

Try out the 5:2 diet for six months:
I'm varying between 5:2 and 6:1 at the moment, depending on the shape of my week, but it's generally going well (I did cave on one intended fast day when faced with a Cornish cream tea, and it wasn't easy to stick to any kind of diet in Bruges). I've been making it fun by developing new low-calorie recipes, which ties in well with my cookery goals.

Tiramisu

Cookery goals

My foodie goal for the year is to make something new every week. At the end of March I was up to 12, and one behind target. I'm currently up to 36, which is well ahead of where I need to be, and I'm still absolutely loving the added incentive to experiment. If nothing else, it's just fun to keep a record of the things I try, even if they don't come out perfectly every time. Here's what I've added to the list during this quarter:
  1. Italian Easter pie
  2. Low calorie stir fry
  3. Blackcurrant battenberg
  4. Cake pops
  5. Stuffed pasta tubes
  6. Quinoa with mushrooms & peppers
  7. Cauliflower cheese
  8. Tiramisu
  9. Coconut & mango truffles
  10. Roasted nuts & seeds
  11. Spiced cauliflower
  12. Low-calorie omlette
  13. Lime coconut ice
  14. Chocolate orange cheesecake
  15. Coriander & lime hummus
  16. Vegetarian moussaka
  17. Vegan chocolate cupcakes
  18. Harissa & mint vegetables
  19. Rhubarb & ginger crumble
  20. Peppermint mocha cupcakes
  21. Coriander falafel
  22. Strawberry & lavender cupcakes
  23. Lemon poppyseed cupcakes
  24. French bread
  25. Puttanesca sauce
Reading goals

Reduce my TBR pile:
From the list of books I wanted to get through, in the second quarter of the year I read Driving Over LemonsThe Blade Itself, and Missing. This takes me to 9 out of 13, so I'm ahead of target here, and I've also read several extra books from the TBR pile which weren't on my goal list.

Reread some old favourites:
Hmm, I seem to have forgotten to do this, this quarter. I have started rereading Redwall, but didn't get very far, as yet.

Be more disciplined about NetGalley:
I've been succeeding at this, to the detriment of the other reading challenges I set myself. There have just been so many excellent new books available for reviewing that it's rather taken my focus away from other things. I'm assuming this is a blip. On the plus side, I've only got six reviews outstanding at the moment.

13 comments:

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Wonderful goals!

christine said...

you do sooooooo much:)Well done on walking the marathon:)

Pam said...

Sounds like you're doing pretty well!

Mike Harvey said...

I'm exhausted just reading that list. Mind you, the fact that it's like a sauna in here doesn't help. Must remember to draw the blind and open the window earlier tomorrow.

carma said...

you are quite remarkable with so many diverse interests/projects. I enjoy crocheting too but my work always comes out incredibly uneven since I refuse to count the stitches. Keep us posted on the 5:2 diet progress. I read about it but haven't known anyone to attempt it. Keep up with the exercise. So important especially when you get old like me ;-) I am also thinking of doing a 5K in the fall. Always fun to read about your adventures :-)

Kayspray said...

Great goals! Feel free to send me over any food to taste test :P

Visiting from SITSSharefest

kayspray.blogspot.co.uk

Andrea Millard said...

Wow! You are an amazing lady! I myself am prone to distraction because I have such diverse interests, and have found that setting goals is the ONLY way I can get anything done... I recently wrote a post like this, sharing my new goals after six months of blogging. I'm so glad to have stopped by, I found you thru SITSgirls Sharefest. I'd love for you to drop by my blog for a visit, too: http://www.cloudninechic.blogspot.com

btw: How long does it take to WALK a marathon, anyway?? :)

Angie Nelson said...

Great job! I have been struggling with staying on track with exercise, but I keep getting right back at it.

Keep up the good work!

Nicki Traikos said...

I love this!! I feel like the summer is time to renew goals and come September, I treat it as if it was a new year starting!
All the best with achieving and surpassing them!
Nicki
x
(SITS)

Tracie Nall said...

It looks like you are rocking your goals this year. I love that you do a mid year review.

Shana Norris said...

I LOVE reading about goal setting, including these updates. I have some book and reading related goals too. Reading is my fave, so of course I think those are the best :) I love your list of recipe tried, too!

Jennice Powell said...

Congrats on getting halfway there! I wish I could say I stuck to my goals so well,lol. Visiting from #SITSsharefest

wegotkidz said...

These are some pretty ambitious goals. You're going to have to start being my guru! lol. Great piece.
New friend visiting from SITS :)

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