Sunday Coffee – New Goals

This year has been a weird one. I made goals for myself back in December, only to immediately have a bunch of them thwarted when an MRI revealed that I had a broken foot and thus I couldn’t really exercise for six months. Then of course there was the sudden move, the sudden job loss, all the extra credit card debt from fixing up the house and moving across the country, the brain-dead state I’ve been in that the doctors are trying to figure out…etc. When I look back on the goals I made for myself, I know that they’re just impossible in such a changed state. Rather than dwelling on them or just giving up the rest of the year, I decided to create some new things to focus on, based on my current situation. (results in italics)

  • Aim to lose 10-15 lbs – nope…
  • Paper-track my food daily – did this through Dec 7th, at which point I changed my plans
  • Attempt to finish the C25K program – prevented by injury
  • Participate in three 5Ks – nope
  • Do at least 25 yoga sessions (I’ve gotten way too far out of the habit!) – complete!
  • Increase my average daily steps to at least 8500 – complete!
  • Take my last 2017 fitness test in October – complete!
  • Aim for 50% of nights with no sleep aids – nope
  • Attempt to do NaNoWriMo – decided against this
  • Meditate 750+ minutes (about 8-9 per day) – nope
  • Finish either my in-progress afghan or my in-progress bedspread (crochet) – finished the bedspread

Some of these are built on the already-existing 2017 goals, but others I’ve had to let go of. I won’t use up all my yarn this year, nor do I plan to get rid of it just because I can’t use it all. There’s no way we’ll get 100% out from under our credit card until we can sell our house in Wisconsin. My brain isn’t working well for writing, so I doubt I’ll get any of the major edits or rewrites done. I have to put off the tattoos I wanted to get until we have a bit more money. Etc. Writing up these new goals will help me to refocus rather than on trying to plow through things that simply won’t work right now.

As you can see, my focus these next three months will be on my health. I’ve been stationary and stagnant for too long. I’ll discuss this a bit more in an upcoming Wellness Wednesday post, but in the meantime, I’d like to see if any of my readers have some good nonfiction suggestions regarding running, body-positivity, or food science/history. I’d appreciate any suggestions below! 🙂


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10 Responses to Sunday Coffee – New Goals

  1. Three 5ks seems ambitious. If you can get one in, I think that would be good. Just my opinion…books on running? One of my favorite running writers is the late General Sheehan, who started running late in life and wrote columns for Runner’s World.


  2. Roof Beam Reader says:

    Boy, do I empathize. Seems like my entire life is a series of small steps forward, big old lunges backwards (sometimes, like you, I can’t help it; other times, well, my fault.) I’m also recommitting to my fitness journey. I started C25K and Jillian Michaels’s Body Revolution program again (5th time? 6th?) The last two years were so unbelievably stressful and difficult that I ended up undoing basically all (maybe 85%) of the great health and fitness progress I had made. Oh well. Life is perspective and persistence, right? My 35th birthday is coming up in April and my small goal now is to be much healthier at that point than I am now. No specific whatevers – just much healthier. I think it’s a good idea to be pretty broad right now. HA! I’m so excited for your new goals, though, and will be following along eagerly, and hopefully with nods of encouragement here and there. I’m back at RBR and have a new vision for pretty much my entire life. Checking in on a few of you with more regularity is part of that, too. Onward!


    • Amanda says:

      I wouldn’t say that none of my steps backwards (which also amount to about 80-85%) are my own doing. I’ve had plenty of binging and drinking too much and overall not taking care of myself. Stress will do that to you!! I’ve seen a couple of us who were going through the journey at the same time start up again recently. I’m looking forward to seeing where we all go.

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  3. Michelle says:

    I can’t help you on the book front regarding running. Brandie, formerly Book Junkie but now found to be found at, has read quite a few books about running and may be able to help you. Plus, she lost like 75 pounds and now runs a 5k almost ever single day because she loves it so much.


  4. gricel d. says:

    ❤ I've had to reset my goals as well. It's hard to let go of the feeling of failure, but it shows some much needed self-awareness. I want to write so badly, but my head and heart aren't in it and my writing has suffered for it, so I can completely understand not having the mental power to go through tough revisions. My health is my priority right now, so I'll be right there with you for this one 🙂


    • Amanda says:

      I haven’t been able to do any writing in about 18 months. I’m still sitting on the edits that you and others sent me for Maldralith because I know to tackle them with my brain in its current condition would be disaster. I really, really hope to get answers soon!


  5. i like this post, really positive , im up for trying anything in january to self improve especially with surgery coing up- iv done my own challenge on my page too, may benefit xx


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