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About Goals – Important Life Update.

“I have goals.” That’s an easy thing to say, right? After all, who doesn’t have some sort of goal in their life?

“I want to run a marathon.”

“I want to lose 20 pounds.”

“I want to learn to speak French.”

Everyone has goals. It’s that finish line way off in the distance that you want to reach before the sweepers show up and tell you the race is over.

Having goals is one thing. It’s something else altogether to act on, work toward, and accomplish those goals. It takes a lot for forethought, practice, motivation, dedication, and accountability to reach these goals with a satisfactory conclusion. And suffice it to say, the lofter the goal, the more time you will need to spend on working toward it.

I have goals… but I haven’t been pushing myself toward them. At least, not as much as I should be. Every year around this same time, I hop on this blog and spout some words about how this year is gonna be the year. This time I will fight for my dreams and make them a reality.

It works for a while. I crank out some blogs on topics I find interesting, start going to the gym, make an effort to better myself, practice a craft, etc.

Then I stop. Not all at once. It’s a gradual thing. I don’t even entirely realize I’m doing it most times. I get busy and put something off until the next day, saying “I’ll start fresh on Monday,” or some other equally hopeful phrase.  Then Monday comes and… well, I guess calling it a vicious circle would be an understatement.

I understand this post is sounding a bit cynical, but please bear with me for a minute, as that is not my intention.

You see, recently, a visit to my doctor gave me quite a wake-up call in regards to my health. Nothing dire, but troubling and a bit scary. I’m not going to go into details, but let’s just say I’m going to need to make some major changes to my lifestyle going forward, else the consequences will be a lot worse than just troubling and scary.  I’m going to need to change not only how/what I eat and my activity level, but also my mindset of how I go about making changes, setting goals, and sticking to them.

And there was a time in the not so far past where I would refuse to quit, despite the doubts my brain would throw at me.

EVIL DOUBT BRAIN: “You won’t be able to do that half-marathon on your first try!”
ME: “Wanna bet?”

EVIL DOUBT BRAIN: “You can’t write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days!”
ME: “Oh yeah? Watch me do it 5 years in a row.”

You get the idea. I need to look at this new set of challenges in a similar way. I need to kick my doubts to the curb and push through with the changes that need to happen.

Over the next few months, I’m going to use this space to provide updates on the progress with health as I reach for these new goals. On top of that, I’m going to use this overall change of mindset to really push myself forward creatively. I’m going to force myself to level-up, for lack of a better phrase. There is going to be more writing, more blogging, and more reporting on how the submissions and query process is going. Maybe I’ll even start drawing again when I can’t find the right words that I want to say.

Basically, my body has told me that I can’t “start fresh on Monday” anymore… and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

This is a rallying cry to embrace change, not a penance to fear. I’m being challenged, and honestly, I like rising to a challenge.

I’m going to stick this post at the top of the blog as a reminder. Any big milestones, updates, or changes I will link to below.

 

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Goal Progress​ Report – Week 5/19 – 5/25

Goal Categories

EXERCISE/ACTIVITY GOALS

Activity Weekly Goal This Week
Steps Taken 63000 steps 40492 steps
Exercise Days 5 days 2 days
Exercise Duration 3.5 Hours 1 hour

Summary: I have to give myself a little leeway here as I was sick for most of the week and spent a few days in bed trying to rest. The days I did exercise (Thursday and Friday) were great, and I also exceeded my daily step goal both those days.  So that’s something.

FOOD GOALS

Activity Weekly Goal This Week
Water 448 oz Not Tracked
Vegetable Servings 40 servings 8 servings
Meatless Days 3 days 1 day

Summary: I’m shocked by how low that vegetable number is, and because of that I’m going to add a veggie serving counter to my daily meal tracking going forward. Also going to start using the Fitbit app to track my water intake.

QUALITY OF LIFE GOALS

Activity Weekly Goal This Week
Sleep 50 hours 40 hours
Dedicated No Screen Time 7 hours Not Tracked
Writing Time 7 hours 1 hours
Productivity/Personal Growth 10 hours 3 hours
Blogs Published 4 posts 1 posts
Daily Tracking 7 posts 7 posts

Summary: Ah sleep, my old nemesis. We meet again. Despite being sick and in bed for a couple days, I managed to not hit my sleep goal.  WTF…

Writing, Productivity, and Blog Posts also suffered. Sad, because these three categories can all count toward the same goal. If I write for an hour on a blog, and then post said blog, I get credit in all three.

I do have three blog ideas currently started and saved in my drafts though.

Also, the “no screen time” just did not happen this week at all. This really sucks because I want this time to read, relax, meditate and other activities that encourage personal growth rather than tapping things with my thumbs.

Weekly Summary: 

So… in hindsight, maybe starting this weekly post on a week I was super sick wasn’t the best idea, but this still gives a lot of good/real eye-opening information. The only goal I hit this week was my daily tracking.

Even with tracking daily, and being sick, I was really surprised how few servings of vegetables I had been eating. Also, my creative productivity/writing needs to drastically improve.

Weekly GIF:

Yeah, this whole week gets a big thumbs down… Gotta do better next week.

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Daily Tracking: May 25th, 2019

Wake Up: 7:45am
Hours Asleep: 5 hours
I Felt: Panicked… my alarm didn’t go off… >_<  So that’s how today is gonna be?

Really enjoying these MK11 gifs…

Breakfast: 8:45am
Food 1: Starbucks bacon gouda sandwich

Morning Snack: 11:30am
Food: Pop Chips 

Lunch: 12:15pm
Food 1: 3 small slices of pizza. 

Afternoon Snack: 4:00pm
Food: 1 slice cheese pizza
Food: Mini bagel w/ cream cheese

Evening Snack: 6:00pm
Food: Vegan jerky

Dinner: 7:00pm
Food 1: Vegan meatball spinach pesto wrap
Food 2: Stevia soda
Food 3: Dried mango
Food 4: Tofu slices w/ hummus
Food 5: Lily’s chocolate squares

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Booked some travel. 
Time: 12:00am
Duration: 40 minutes

Something Nice That I Did For Myself Today: Booked a trip to Hawaii for my wife and I. So excited!

Something I’m Thankful For: That we have the means to go on the above-said trip. 

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 24th, 2019

Wake Up: 6:00am
Hours Asleep: About 4 hours I think, with all the tossing and turning. 
I Felt: I had insomnia last night… So not good. 

Breakfast: 7:00am
Food 1: 3 eggs, scrambled
Food 2: 2 meatless breakfast patties
Food 3: 1/2 English muffin
Food 4: Coffee w/ soy milk and stevia

Lunch: 12:12pm
Food 1: Vegan chicken sandwich
Food 2: 1 cup vegan chili
Food 3: Sweet potatoes 
Food 4: Veggie rice
Food 5: Crispy chickpeas

Dinner: 7:30pm
Food 1: 1/2 of a small poutine 
Food 2: 2 shrimp tacos
Food 3: 2 fish tacos
Food 4: Lily’s stevia chocolate square

Late Evening Snack: 11:30pm (This needs to stop)
Food: Vegan meatballs w/ vegan mozzarella
Food: Hard pretzel  w/ vegan cheese

Exercise: 12:30pm
Workout type: Brisk walk.
Duration: 30 minutes and 1.6 miles

Mood: Conversational

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Twitch Live Streaming (This counts as networking… right?) 
Time: 10:30pm 
Duration: 1 hour

Something I’m Thankful For: The Friday night Granada Hills grubfest is pretty damn great.  

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 23rd, 2019

Oops! Forgot to hit the publish button last night. Sorry for the delay.

Wake Up: 5:45am
Hours Asleep: 5 hours 
I Felt: Annoyed… Why do fire alarms always start chirping about low batteries in the middle of the night? Also, who uses 9-Volt batteries anymore? Ugh…  

Breakfast: 7:00am
Food 1: Starbucks croissant 
Food 2: Sous vide egg bites
Food 3: Coffee w/ soy milk

Morning Snack: 10:00am
Food: Pop Chips 

Lunch: 12:05pm
Food 1:Vegan Beef Stir Fry Bowl
Food 2: Miso Soup

Afternoon Snack: 5:45pm
Food: Vegan Jerky

Evening Snack: 7:30pm
Food: Stevia Chocolate Pieces

Dinner: 8:00pm
Food 1: Curry Katsu Ramen
Food 2: 2 piece spicy tuna crispy rice
Food 3: 3 Takoyaki balls

Late Evening Snack: 10:30pm
Food: Vegan cheese sandwich

Exercise
Workout type: Brisk Walk
Duration:
30 minutes and 1.5 miles
Mood: Happy

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Vacation research
Time: 9:00
Duration: 1 hour

Something Nice That I Did For Someone Else: Bought my wife a new purse. She’s been having a tough week. 

Something I’m Thankful For: Having someone special who I can make silly Night at the Roxbury videos with. 

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 22nd, 2019

Wake Up: 9:00am
Hours Asleep: 8 hours
I Felt: Good… but still a little stuffy

Brunch: 11:30am
Food 1: Breakfast Burrito
Food 2: 1 Waffle

Lunch: 1:30pm
Food 1: Unsalted Pretzel
Food 2: 2 slices of vegan cheese

Afternoon Snack: 4:15pm
Food: Stabylze Bar

Dinner: 7:00pm
Food 1: Dinner of sadness… aka a Waba Grill chicken bowl w/ vegetables and brown rice… Yeah… it was aggressively bad.

Productivity/Self Improvement
Activity: Lea Salonga Concert (I’m logging this under cultural and social productivity)
Time: 8:00pm

Something Nice That I Did For Myself Today: Opened a window and just listened as a thunder storm rolled outside.

Something I’m Thankful For: I got to hear one of greatest vocalists of all time sing live. Wow… Chills.

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 21st, 2019

Wake Up: 4:40am
Hours Asleep: Don’t know
I Felt: still sick…

Breakfast: 5:30am
Food 1: Starbucks breakfast sandwich
Food 2: Starbucks “sick” tea
Food 3:

Morning Snack: 10:30am
Food: 1 bag pop chips

Lunch: 12:10pm
Food 1: 1/2 Vegan BLTA
Food 2: 1 bowl vegan tomato soup
Food 3: Roasted broccoli
Food 4: Roasted potatoes w/ ketchup
Food 5: Crispy chickpeas

I ate outside today in hopes of not getting others sick.

Evening Snack: 9:30pm
Food: 1/2 vegan cheese sandwich

Dinner: 6:30pm
Food 1: 1 Avocado Roll
Food 2: 1 California Roll

Something I’m Thankful For: I think this sickness may finally be passing… maybe.

End Of Day Mood in GIF:

Daily Tracking: May 20th, 2019

So yesterday was a bad day to make all those health proclamations because today I spent the whole day in bed sick as a dog…

Hoping to feel better tomorrow…

Wake Up: I literally slept all day… 

Breakfast: 9:00am
Food 1: Croissant

Lunch: 12:00pm 
Food 1: Vegan cheese sandwich

Dinner: 7:00pm
Food 1: Chicken Pho
Food 2: 2 Spring Rolls
Food 3: Pork Bahn-Mi
Food 4: Lily’s Stevia Dark Chocolate

End Of Day Mood in GIF: