July goal review and August goals

Confession: I didn’t go to run club tonight.  I feel really, really guilty about it too.  I’ve had a rather overwhelmingly emotional 2 days (for reasons that aren’t relevant to anything I share on here), I’ve had 2 long meetings (one yesterday and one today), and I had a horrible headache all day.  So after my meeting today, I came home and climbed into bed.

I have no idea why I’ve been so off the handle.  I just really, really don’t feel like myself.

Anyways, on to my July goals.  I really, really could have done better.  What I need to do is keep these goals visible, so I know what I need to be working on.

July goals

  1. Finish fixing all of the SPSS issues by the 5th so I can move on and actually run reports on my data.  In addition- actually get something written by the 15th.
    Done!!!!  Horray!!! A+
  2. Rock my 5k on the 27th. (I’m aiming for a PR, but I will be happy if I finish under 45 minutes.)
    Yes!  Go me! A+
  3. Take some classes at the new gym (aiming for one per week).
    Nope.  Not a single one.  🙁
  4. Continue to do my PT exercises.  I’ve been slacking.
    I think I did them once.  🙁
  5. Learn how to cook one decent meal (so that Steph doesn’t want to murderrrrrrr me in my sleep).
    Steph brought home all these learn to cook books and I never even opened them. 🙁 I have managed some breakfasts on my own.
  6. And for the love of Rassillon, break this weight loss plateau!
    I didn’t mean *gain* weight.  🙁  But, I suppose, that is technically breaking the plateau.  Just in the wrong direction.
  7. If I have time, learn how to make pretty graphics for these kinds of posts.
    Oh, who am I kidding?

    So, basically, I didn’t follow through this month.  This is a huge thing that I do.  I get all of these grand ideas in my head and never, ever follow through.  I get lazy or I forget, or it’s too hard.  In this case, I wrote the goals and never looked back.

So for the month of August:

  1. Go to run club every week.
  2. Run 2-3 times per week.
  3. Remember to stretch, ice, compress after every run.
  4. Strength train at least once per week- aim for twice.
  5. Continue to make progress on my research.

I will make sure I post these on my mirror and on my fridge so that I stay accountable!

How do you stay accountable with your goals?


  1. Cyn
    31/07/2013 / 20:33

    I’m jealous just of the fact that you are strong enough to not only come up with goals, but put them out here for everyone to see. My fear of failing in my weight loss/health goals is amplified by the idea of people knowing I’m failing (at my old job I used to hear a lot of “aren’t you on a diet” whenever I dared eat something that wasn’t leafy or drink anything but water).

  2. 31/07/2013 / 20:42

    Hey join the non-achieving club. You did pretty damn good considering, really you did. It sounded like a difficult month.

    August goals sound a bit less intense; remember you are not 100% well, you are on medication, you have commitments and a life. Give yourself a break and go for one goal as a ‘mustn’t fail’ and the others as ‘it would be good if’. Goals are to make you feel and be better, not to give you an excuse to trash your self-esteem once a month. I tend to think that if I can fit in it the hours I have available I should be able to do it, this does not ever work for me.
    p.s. I am too chicken to publish any of my goals, so you are already one up!
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    • 31/07/2013 / 20:51

      I toned down August if for no other reason then the fact that I really couldn’t be arsed to come up with goals for August. (I knew it was the 31st yet didn’t make the connection to goals until 20 minutes ago!)

      I am my own worst enemy. If I could spend a fraction of the time I spend listening to the Red Sox, watching tv, or reading the Internet on my goals, I’d be so much better for it. (but then I’d have nothing to whinge about)

      If you wanted you could start very small in goals, like writing a blog post once per week. 🙂
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  3. 31/07/2013 / 20:46

    I think that if I actually had to talk to people (real, live people) about this kind of stuff right now, I would probably never say a word.

    That used to happen when I worked at EMC 10000 years ago. I couldn’t eat a cookie when they had lunch brought in. Heaven forbid I might want a damned cookie!
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  4. 06/08/2013 / 12:36

    How do I stay accountable? I wish I knew! Though with running, having a coach who asks for session by session updates and a weekly summary has made me get out the door when I otherwise wouldn’t.
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