I was just reviewing my plans for the year and realised that at the halfway point I have either given up or not started quite a few of them. No wonder I am madam crankypants lately! I think it is time to do an mid-year review and either recommit to the plans or accept I have changed my mind and don’t want to do them anymore. So here goes:
1. Living on half my income and saving the rest. OK this has to go. It was probably only achievable if I didn’t want to have a life, help out my daughter, and take up lots of new activities. And anyway I spent most of my savings on a new car already and now I am pre-paying and saving madly for a three month holiday at the end of the year. Verdict – Ditch this plan.
2. Taking up a new activity every month. This one is going well! In January I started Yoga which I like and am still doing every week. February I tried Kayaking and am still going and plan to buy my own once I improve (and it is a bit warmer). March I tried Pilates and won’t be going back. April I tried Bridge and might go back if I can invest the time in learning properly. In May I tried a resistance circuit class at the QUT Health Clinic and love it so much I now go twice a week, then in June I started swimming again at the QUT pools and am enjoying it even though I clearly need some lessons. Not sure what to do this month, perhaps a language class? Or maybe a bushwalking club? Verdict – Stick with this plan.
3. Complete the Couch to 5K program. Completed! I didn’t do a fun run but did finish the program and ran a 5k each weekend for a few weeks but then I hurt my hip and gradually dropped off the running. I would really, really like to be fitter and lose more weight though so I recently started a training plan for a 10k run, planning to do the Bridge to Brisbane on 1 September, except I don’t think I can run up the Gateway Bridge, I may have to walk that bit and run the rest. Verdict – Add to this plan.
4. Stick to Weight Watchers. Well I gave up months ago. I still use the cookbooks to make most of my meals but have been doing lots of therapeutic baking and trying out all the local restaurants which has not helped me to lose weight. In fact I am the same weight now as I was at the beginning of the year. I think the real problem here has been a failure to track and a loss of willpower and motivation but this is still really important to me. I am going to re-read some of my motivational blogs and books and work out a plan this week to recommit to this goal, with slight modifications. If I can get back to tracking my calorie intake accurately that should help me work out if it is still possible to lose 10 to 20 kilos this year. Verdict – Adjust this goal and recommit.
5. Unsubscribe from junkmail lists and ditch rewards cards. Completed! And I have only realised by reviewing my goals that this one action has really helped me to control my email, reduce the time I waste on advertising and carry less rubbish. I even have a tiny wallet now which is a joy to use! Verdict – Celebrate success!
6. Minimise plastic in my life. This is going well too. I have still to work out if it is possible to get rid of the plastic containers I take my soup or leftovers to work in as this is the one area where I have not been able to make many inroads. Verdict – Stick with this plan.
7. Have a proper holiday. This is in planning right now. In fact I have arranged for a twelve week break at the end of this year by participating in the Reduced Working Scheme at my work. This is a scheme that lets you effectively take leave without pay for six weeks but instead of doing without money for that six week period, they average your salary over the year at six weeks less per annum than you normally get. I still get a pretty good pay packet every fortnight all year but I end up with ten weeks of paid leave. And boy do I have plans for it :-) Verdict – Stick with this plan!
8. Buy no new books or DVDs until I have tackled the backlog. Ooops. You all knew I couldn’t do it and not one of you said a thing, did you? No, you just sat there which a knowing smirk thinking “that’s not even going to last a month”! Well, I lasted almost two months, so there! Verdict – that was a stupid plan and real friends wouldn’t have even let me try.
9. Save $50 a week for new clothes when I have lost another 12 kilos. Well, this isn’t going well and neither is the weight loss. I think I had better actually set this money aside in a separate savings account and make a payment into it each pay as I really need some motivation to lose weight. Verdict – Recommit and make up the backlog.
10. Save a home deposit. Although I would like to do this I think my three month road trip might put paid to any actual savings, especially as I have taken a pay cut until next April to buy the leave time. Also I’m doing the road trip in a brand new car I am stil paying off, even after using my savings for the deposit. Surely I could do just $50 a pay though? I think I will open an account next pay and just start off with $50 a pay until after my holiday. At least I will be getting started, even if I don’t make any headway until next year. Verdict – Adjust and recommit.
Well there we are. Halfway through the year and I have completed two plans, with one being expanded to make a new plan. I will stick with the three that are going well and adjust and recommit to the three that I haven’t done so well on. That leaves two I am going to ditch as completely unworkable. Not bad going really, especially considering the big changes I have made in the meantime!