Can you believe we are already half-way through 2022? With the year flying by, I thought it was a good time to take a look back at the goals I set for 2022 and how I’ve been doing on them.
My overall word/short phrase for 2022 was: Small Steps. Basically, keeping in mind that it takes many little steps to add up to bigger changes.
I started the year off by making a habit tracker for the back of my day planner and would mark off boxes each day. I did this for the first six months of the year and then I realized that it’s not really helping me stay motivated after all.
Let’s check in on each of my goals for this year:
Use my Peloton app every day
I started this in December 2020 and have successfully kept it up for 85 weeks straight. I do something on the Peloton app every single day, whether it be a cycling class, a stretch or even a 5-minute meditation. I enjoy keeping up with this goal and I’m sticking with it!
Exercise 20+ minutes
This seems redundant to using the Peloton app, but this is actually a separate goal. My goal this year was to do 20 minutes or more of some sort of aerobic exercise at least 4-5 days each week. Unfortunately, I have fallen a bit short of that goal so we will just call it room for improvement.
Track water intake
My doctor told me yet again that I MUST increase my water intake. So, at the end of 2021 I downloaded an app called Waterllama to help track my daily liquids. I’ve stuck with using this tracking app every single day of 2022 so far. While it is still very hard to get up to my daily intake goal, I now begin each day by drinking 10-15 ounces of water rather than going right to coffee… which is a huge improvement for me!
Adding the Mediterranean Diet to my life
I started the year with tracking each time I can incorporate a Mediterranean breakfast or lunch into my meals. I’ve been doing really well with overnight oatmeal and also trying to choose more fruits and vegetables. I will continue to work on this for the rest of 2022.
I love a nice Starbucks run on a day that I’m working in Baltimore. It’s a great chance to get up from my desk and walk a few blocks to pick up a delicious drink (and maybe snack). However, it can get out of hand when I’m in Baltimore three days each week so I gave myself the goal of cutting back to just one Starbucks run each week. Well, with my co-worker leaving for another job earlier this year, this goal has been pretty easy to stick with. I’ve reduced my Starbucks runs down to just a couple each month and over the summer when it’s hot outside, it’s pretty easy to want to skip that sweaty walk.
I’m not a huge soda drinker, but sometimes I tend to get sucked into a soda kick. I tracked my soda intake for the first 6 months of the year and I pretty much average 1-2 sodas a week. I’m pretty happy with that number and plan to stick with it for the rest of the year.
All in all, I’ve done pretty well with my goals but I’m happy I did a half-way check in. Now I know what I need to be sure to focus on for the rest of 2022!