2017 Goals Update

At the beginning of this year, instead of resolutions I gave myself three goals and one word.

My word for 2017 is: balance. It’s actually the same word from 2016, but I obviously needed to focus on it again for 2017 since my life is a jumble of work, master’s program, kid wrangling, blog stuffs, and husband wrangling.

My goals were more specific though, so I thought I’d do an end-of-summer check in on my progress to keep me honest.

Goal #1: Get a full physical
I honestly do not remember the last time I got a physical. Could it be never? My last blood test was when I was pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes… and then I gave birth to Jack at 31 ½ weeks and never went back. So, what I’m trying to say is that my full physical was WAY overdue. I have a total fear of needles (tattoo needles don’t bother me, just when they go IN the skin), so I was dreading the blood test portion. I did it though. I made my appointment for earlier this month, got weighed in, measured, blood taken and an EKG. I also talked to my doctor about my entire health history and made sure her files were updated. I thought that would be the end of it.

It wasn’t.

Instead, when they did a full blood workup on me they found that I have high cholesterol. After a few days of freaking out and another doctor’s appointment to talk about the results, my doctor decided to send me for ANOTHER full blood workup to make sure that the results were correct (and weren’t influenced by something weird I ate over the weekend). I had that appointment last Friday (where it took them FOUR tries to find a vein…) and now I’m waiting for those results to come in. I have a third doctor’s appointment and nutritionist appointment scheduled for mid-September. So yeah, can I get like three times the credit for completing this one?

Goal #2: Take 18 more credits for my Master’s Program
I started working on my Master’s in Management with a specialization in Marketing last year and in order to keep on track for graduating in Summer 2018, I need to take 6 credits each semester (spring, summer and fall). I successfully completed Marketing Management (3 credits), Legal and Ethical Issues in Global Communications (3 credits), and Introduction to Accounting & Financial Management (0 credit prerequisite) in the spring. Then, I muscled my way through Financial Decision Making for Managers (3 credits) and Consumer Behavior (3 credits) over the summer semester.

I kicked butt in all of my courses, except for Finance where I ended up with a B. It was a total bummer since I’ve been holding a 4.0 since the start of the program. At least I never, ever have to take a Finance class again. So… worth it! To finish out my 18 credit goal for 2017, I just registered for my fall classes which start in a couple weeks. I’ll be taking Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3 credits) and Brand Management (3 credits). Wish me luck!

Goal #3: Run 100 Miles
I enjoy running outside, so I thought giving myself a goal of running 100 miles would totally motivate me this year. Unfortunately, I’m finding it difficult to clock in that much mileage on top of everything else. So far I have run 40.5 miles and still have 59.5 to go. That’s about 15 miles a month for September, October, November and December.I just registered for the Across the Bay 10k in November, so I’ll certainly be getting in some training runs. I’ll keep working on it though and let you know at the end of the year! I have also decided to add on an extra goal for the next 4 months (to help with the running goal, as well as the building some good cholesterol goal): work out 3+ days every week.

How about you… how are you doing on your goals/resolutions for 2017?

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2 thoughts on “2017 Goals Update”

  1. You’re doing great!!

    I can’t remember what my original 2017 goals were, but I set two goals two weeks ago because I’ve been eating unhealthy foods and haven’t been exercising, and I feel crappy inside and out. I know those things help me feel better, so I want to make an effort to do them.

    1. Work out 3x/week for 30min each time.
    2. Only eat one dessert per day.

    So far, I’ve been successful. Making my workout duration goal 30min instead of an hour has helped make exercise seem less like a commitment and less daunting. Allowing myself to have treats, but limiting them to an appropriate amount, helps me not feel deprived.

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