Update Day: Mad Month

Since today is the last Friday of the month, it’s time for another GotGoals Bloghop update. If you’re also chasing down goals and want a healthy dose of monthly accountability, please click here to join in.

Well. August was a bit nuts.

Not counting the trip to France (which was awesome, by the way), some crazy stuff is happening, including, but not limited to:

1) The farm we’re living on being sold and us needing to find a new house. This is actually an old development, but I didn’t mention it before because… well… how hard could it be? The answer is… very. Long story as to how or why, involving politics which I’m contractually obligated to refrain from discussing in public (yes, really)… but right now, everyone is trying to sell their property and no one’s buying. But it also means that no one is renting out.
2) A business idea I’ve had that has been languishing on the back burner for almost two years suddenly came back to life after a few things simply fell into place.
3) My ganglion cyst basically requiring me to learn to type again so I would stop flexing my wrist.

Despite this, I didn’t do too bad with the goals I set for August:

1) Prepare for my upcoming trip to France.
Obviously done.
2) Find enough CPs for Book 3.
Done for now. Got four CPs, which I think will be enough for this revision round.
3) Start working on another manuscript while I rest Book 3/wait for CPs.
Not done for two reasons. 1) I simply didn’t have time. 2) I couldn’t type for most of early September, which means I was behind on everything when I came back. (See point #1)
4) Clear as much as possible from my contract work to-do list before I leave for France on August 9th.
The ganglion shot this one clear to hell. Along with the fact that prepping to go to France was a lot more involved than anticipated.
5) Finish two more bookmarks before I leave.
Didn’t do this. Same reasons.
6) Have a great time in France.
Done. It was amazing.

What I want to do in September:

This is tricky for me. I thought things would be calmer once I returned from France, but instead it feels like my mind is being torn in twenty directions at the same time.

1) Sort out my schedule so I don’t fall behind on my contract work again this month.
2) Complete the tasks required of me for the above-mentioned business.
3) Move house.
4) Critique the manuscript I received from one of my CPs.
5) Workshop a story idea that I created with a buddy years ago.
6) Continue to actively change my lifestyle to be healthier.

Yeah. That last one needs some explanation. The one less than awesome thing about my France trip was when I noticed that I no longer look like myself in my photos. I was bloated, mostly ashen despite makeup (Not pale. I’m always pale because I have a very fair skin. No… I’m talking about the fact that I look slightly gray.) And… well. Let’s just say it. I’m overweight. Dangerously. Class II obese.

So yeah. Last time I talked about this, I got more than a few well-meaning comments that I’m not fat and I shouldn’t call myself that. But.

At 29, I shouldn’t be thinking that at the rate I’m going, I won’t be able to move. Also. I have heart disease, diabetes, and cancer risks as well as back and hip problems because of my family history. In short, I’ve ignored my weight issues for as long as I possibly can.

I’m approaching the whole thing a bit differently, though, since the other times I tried to lose weight obviously don’t work. The main thing that this is going to rely on is self-awareness and accountability. To maintain both, I’m using a dedicated tumblr blog to keep track of my goals and progress. If you want to follow the process, you can check out the tumblr here.

One More Thing!

I almost forgot to mention this, because I keep forgetting. But September 6th is the two year anniversary of my five-year goal reset, and my decision to throw everything into the writing/publishing/freelancing thing.

So for the purposes of my record-keeping, today is also the end of Year 2 for me.

And you know what? All the crap going on in my life aside, it’s going swimmingly. In year 1, I basically made the same amount of money as I now make in a month and a half. So… yeah. It’s almost staggering to think how much my business has grown (and how much God has blessed me in this business, because I wouldn’t have landed the contract I did without some miraculous intervention.)

How did your August go?


9 thoughts on “Update Day: Mad Month

  1. I’m glad to hear things are going well!

    Do you have anyone you can exercise or keep accountable with locally? I know I do a lot more exercise when I have my sis-in-law there with me. I also know dieting sucks when you’re surrounded by other people’s food that doesn’t fall in line with your chosen life style. Like, I’ll try to avoid white Calrose rice (a staple food growing up for me), but then I’ll cook it for my kids because they’re both growing, and then it’s just torture so I fold and have myself a bowl. And then I domino from there, finishing off the entire pot. But if I’m at work, in a controlled environment with just myself, then I can really stick to it, eating salad and grilled chicken.

    1. Yeah I started to do yoga with my mom, which I think is a good start for us both.

      As for dieting, I’m not really hoping to diet as much as change my eating habits. So the thought is, if I do eat something that isn’t within the way I want to eat, it’s still fine because I’ll continue eating better the next time.

  2. Glad to hear you took time to relax and have fun in France, that was your most important goal. Good on you! Moving? Sheesh. Best of luck. If I could live in just one house for the rest of my life, I’d be more than happy!

    I hear ya on the whole losing weight thing. Over about 18 months I lost 9.5 stone (which is 133lb or 60kg). It’s so much more to do with your head than your body. But it’s changed my life in ways I hadn’t even imagined it could. Although, naively, I’d thought that all of my body/food hangups would disappear with the weight. Not true. I have new body hangups, and I still turn straight to chocolate whenever I’m stressed, sad, bored, etc. Good luck. Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can. Much love to you x

    1. Wow! Go you! I knew you lost quite a bit of weight, but not that much. I’m kinda hoping to get rid of the food hang-ups and THEN lose weight because of it. Not sure how possible it will be because hang-ups are ingrained in who we are, but we’ll see.

  3. Glad France went well. Sorry about having to move and not being able to find a place. That’s horrible! Congrats on the business thing. Hope the wrist is getting better and typing is improving. Have you tried one of those special keyboards? I hear they help some people. The “Adesso WKB-1500GB 2.4GHz RF wireless ergonomic multimedia keyboard” or the “Logitech Wave Keyboard”?

    Good luck with the weight loss. I hear good things about the SparkPeople website/app/book/etc. Happy anniversary of your goal!

    My August had some ups and downs, but I did well on most of my goals.

    1. I haven’t tried one of those yet. It’s a bit expensive for me to buy one on the off chance that it might work. But yeah, the wrist is much better. Somewhere between the yoga and the new typing method, my wrist isn’t bothering me as much now.

  4. I love that you are looking at your weight-loss goal in such a healthy light! Changing eating habits is more about paying attention to what’s healthy for you rather than picking a diet from an external source. For me it’s all about recognizing when I’m hungry or thirsty, and when I’m just craving something. If I feed my hunger and thirst and ignore my cravings, I feel healthier.

  5. I love that you are looking at your weight-loss goal in such a healthy light! I love that you’re changing eating habits (i.e. paying attention to what’s healthy for you) rather than picking a diet from an external source. For me it’s all about recognizing when I’m hungry or thirsty, and when I’m just craving something. If I feed my hunger and thirst and ignore my cravings, I feel healthier.

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