Monthly Goal Update – Jan 2014

10:00:00 am

As promised in my last post, here is my progress report for the first month of 2014. Most people are all fired up in the initial weeks and gradually dwindle down by the end of the month, but in my case it was the opposite :). During the first two weeks, our maid went MIA, so I had to do the cleaning and stuff, which took up a lot of my time. But things got better after she came back (after some really weird excuses).

1. Health – Quite a bit of housework and cleaning the first two weeks, regular exercise 5 days/week after that. I’ve been following this pattern:

Mon – Total Body Workout – Levels 3 & 4
Tue – Tae Bo Cardio
Wed – Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred – Level 1
Thu – Tae Bo Cardio
Fri - Total Body Workout – Levels 3 & 4

This has kept things interesting by mixing up my workout CDs. As for food, I have cut down portions (a little). I’ve been logging everything at MyFitnessPal, but for all my efforts, my weight hasn’t budged :(.


2. Family – I read to Cub nearly every day before his nap, so that was good. But it was a bad month for crafts and ‘doing’ things together; even Lego didn’t get much air time :(. I have however banned some shows on TV and got him more interested in DVDs.

3. Time Management – I have been waking up at 5:00 the past few weeks and it’s really added value to my day. Getting the workout-shower-dressing out of the way before breakfast completely frees up my morning for more productive work. Now I need to work on getting dinner ready earlier.

I had made a plan to deep clean/declutter an area a day, but that always got pushed out as the lowest priority task. So I decided to keep Saturday for that, instead of my regular workouts. This works better for me.

4. Writing/Blogging – I’ve blogged as per plan this month, though no new opportunity has come up.

5. Budget – I’ve shopped a bit this month, but it’s stuff on my list and everything was on sale. Also bought some books.


6. Personal – I tried out a new outfit this month. I read two books – Jane Eyre and Quiet, though the latter is still in progress.

Overall, I’m proud of my forward strides in time management, especially since that is my biggest area of concern. I’m also glad of my working out, but I need to control the food part too. Reading is going good – for Cub and Me :). I’m also thinking of adding Zumba and Yoga in Feb.

So that’s how it was this month for me. How about you? If any of you are doing January updates, please leave a link in the comments, I’d love to come and visit!!



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12 comments

  1. Interesting piece
    I know . I too face dissatisfactions as weight doesn't budge many times :( But still keep ur efforts on and interesting collection of books out there. Jane Eyre is in my to read list for long

    All the best for ur workout and for every thing Fab ;)

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    1. Yes, I have to maybe take up my efforts a notch :-). Oh, do read Jane Eyre - you'll love it!!

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  2. Good to hear other blogger's resolution progress, even mine is going good, workout, eat healthy and drinking water part...but saving hmmm...well, I have an excuse:It was my bday month after all...

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    1. A birthday month doesn't count :D. Happy belated birthday!! Do keep us posted on your resolutions!!

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  3. Not losing after dong some workout is disheartening - I would just give up altogether lol! But keep going I am sure Feb will show you all the love ;) I still suck at Time Management... I am glad you have won some of your battles :) Keep going ... want to see more posts from you :) and es some activity posts, kiddo-books read posts :) (yeah that's my genre these days lol)

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    1. Oh yes, it IS disheartening :). I guess what they say about our metabolism taking a dip after 30 is true :). Thank you for your tips, I love people who say what they want clearly ;P

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  4. I wish I could organize my life like that.. it is more of a chaos here :)

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    1. Oh Farida, I'm hardly organized yet, it's still a work in progress, sort of in between chaos and sanity :)

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  5. Good luck to you and your training.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. Thank you!! Your poems are beautiful!!

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  6. I have made a crazy goal of reading 40 books this year.. All the best with your goals!

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    1. That is a good number - it's doable, yet a little challenging :). All the best to you too!

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