This year has been a bit of a bust when it comes to my fitness. Since having Olivia I have lost all motivation to really do anything fitness related – except for the odd walk or run. This is a stark contrast to the end of 2015 and half of 2016 before I became too pregnant with Olivia to do too much.
I used to walk, run, play squash and try plenty of other activities, keeping fit whilst losing weight. I managed to lose over a stone and a half doing this and I’d love to achieve this and more in 2018.
I have a few fitness goals for 2018 – here’s hoping I can achieve them.
Get Walking More
Back when I was doing really well, I was walking Jack to school and back every day plus going for walks during his school day and walks in the evening with friends. I’ve got a bit too lax about this and tend to get in the car – we live across the other side of the village but it is easily walkable to I really should do it more.
Run, run, run
My village has its very own running club which is growing in popularity. There are more and more people joining each month and there is always a run going on every day, usually at least one in the morning and one in the evening. They are very supportive of you, no matter what your ability is and they seem like a great bunch. It was started by a fellow Year 1 mum and I know plenty of people in the club – now I’ve just got to work up the courage to join.
We have a few gyms around here so I just need to work out which one is better for me, both financially and in terms of equipment. I’d love it if there was a swimming pool – although I would have to buy swimming pool essentials such as a costume and swimming goggles. This isn’t a deal breaker though. I used to go with my friend to her gym and play squash which was good fun – I’d love to get doing this again.
Workout from home
Finally, I want to start doing some workouts at home. As well as eating more healthily and drinking more water, I want to be productive with my time at home. I know a couple of my friends really recommend certain workout DVDs or YouTube channels but I’d be interested to know the ones that you would recommend. I may be picking a few up in the Boxing Day sales!
I’d love to try a few more things in 2018 – perhaps try a new sport, join the running club and work my courage up to better my ability and perhaps even run a race by the end of 2018 – I’m in awe of some bloggers such as Kirsty who runs races on a regular basis!
It has now been two months since I last updated you on how I am getting on goal wise. My goals cover all aspects of my life and whilst I may not be actively working towards each of them every single moment of the day, I take solace in the fact that I have definitely done really well on some of them and am continuing to do so. So how am I doing?
To find a better balance – This always crops up in my goals list as it is one I really struggle with. Whilst I still haven’t got it completely figured out yet, I am slowly getting there.
Relaunch Keene On Saving – This has been a major fail but I’m hoping with the big changes we’ve got coming up, I’ll have more time to spend on the site.
Guest post on 5-10 blogs in 2017 – Yes, this hasn’t happened – but for a good reason – I’m writing tons of freelance blog posts instead.
Stick to my guns – I’ve been quite good about this and even recently raised my prices when designing my new media kit. I’ve now got clear rates for absolutely everything you can think of so hopefully I’ll start to see my sticking to my guns working for me.
Build up on my Youtube and Instagram – My Instagram is growing at a steady pace and I’m very happy with it. I have started utilising Instagram stories and am loving Instagram as a social media. YouTube I’m making some headway with but not as much as I would have liked.
Complete some blogging/money/organisation related e-courses or projects, free or paid for – I’ve done a few but I have a few more in mind that I would like to try out.
Get some more long term clients – I now have a few different long term blog clients, one long term freelance client, four bloggers who use me regularly for VA work (two use me at least a few times each month) and have just picked up some more freelance work too. I’m loving working for these different clients as it provides me with a varied working day – I’m not doing the same thing day in, day out and I’m always writing on something new or doing something different. I’m very grateful.
Get back to using my work website – I haven’t updated this in ages and definitely need to make more of an effort as I push my freelance side of things more.
Finally get a staff writing job for another blog – This has been my freelancing aim for a few years now. One day I will achieve the goal!
HEALTH & FITNESS
Lose the baby weight – This is coming off slowly and steadily. I’ve been struggling the past few weeks as we’ve just been so busy with things but hopefully with a couple of SP days this week on the Slimming World plan, I can get back into it properly again.
Get back into exercising – I’ve barely exercised for months. The most I manage is walking but now that Olivia is a bit older, I plan on getting into my running again and perhaps doing some workouts at home.
Enter more writing competitions – I’m yet to enter one but I am always checking the site I know of which lists competitions and will enter those that really take my fancy.
Complete my GoodReads challenge – I’m woefully behind on reading – haven’t picked up a book in months as I just don’t have the time with Olivia, Jack and my freelance work.
Get debt free or as close to debt free as possible – We are whittling this down bit by bit. Hopefully it will soon chip away to nothing.
Increase my income – This is definitely a major win. I’ve increased my income exponentially from last year and I am very happy about this.
Minimalise my belongings and sell what we don’t require – We’ve been selling loads, donating loads and throwing away loads. This is actually a goal that I am starting to make headway with.
This is how I’m doing with my 2017 goals. If you set some goals or objectives for this year, how are you doing?
I thought it would be nice to check back in with my 2017 goals and see how I have been doing so far. I know that I haven’t even started some but hopefully that all can change by the end of the year! So just how am I doing?
To find a better balance – I’m slowly getting there. Starting to make myself have some time off.
Relaunch Keene On Saving – This has sort of happened – not as much as I would have liked though.
Guest post on 5-10 blogs in 2017 – This hasn’t happened at all.
Stick to my guns – I’ve been quite good at this and am already having a much more successful year than I did last year by this time.
Build up on my Youtube and Instagram – I haven’t really touched my YouTube but my Instagram is growing nicely.
Complete some blogging/money/organisation related e-courses or projects, free or paid for – I haven’t paid for any yet but I have completed a few free ones.
Get some more long term clients – I managed to pick up a new long term client in February so I’m very happy with that!
Get back to using my work website – Whoops, I have’t touched it yet!
Finally get a staff writing job for another blog – This hasn’t happened yet but I’m keeping my eyes out.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Lose the baby weight – This hasn’t really worked so far yet, whoops. Birthdays, Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, Easter…never was gonna work was it?
Get back into exercising – I am walking loads but that’s about it so far!
Enter more writing competitions – I haven’t entered any yet!
Complete my GoodReads challenge – I’ve read half a book since January. A little baby, a five year old and working from home doesn’t leave much time for reading.
Get debt free or as close to debt free as possible – This is going really well – I’m managing to get things down quite quickly.
Increase my income – I’ve definitely been managing this, so so happy!
Minimalise my belongings and sell what we don’t require – I’ve currently got 16 bags full of baby clothes and kids clothes in the car to go to the charity shop, have sent off some old CD’s and DVD’s to Music Magpie, have numerous items up on the local selling sites and am about to start on my own bedroom. Definitely ticking this one off the list.
Did you make any goals for 2017? How are you doing so far?
I love setting myself goals. Do I always complete them? No – but I do try – and that’s what counts. I set myself a number of goals for 2016 and whilst I can’t say I ticked them all off the list, I gave them a good go. So what have I got planned for 2017?
To find a better balance – This always crops up in my goals list as it is one I really struggle with. With baby girl due in January, I really do need to find a good balance between everything and I am hoping getting organised in advance right now will help.
Relaunch Keene On Saving – This is already in the works so I can partly tick this one off!
Guest post on 5-10 blogs in 2017 – I miss guest posting so would like to do it again but don’t want to overwork myself trying to get out content for others whilst trying to create my own
Stick to my guns – I’ve recently raised my prices and I need to be steadfast about sticking to them. I know people will pay my rates – this was shown by two last minute pieces of work before Christmas – so I’ve got to have faith and trust in myself and know when to say no.
Build up on my Youtube and Instagram – These are the two extensions of my blog that I really want to work on in 2017. I’m also hoping to help Steve grow his niche Instagram account to bigger and better things.
Get some more long term clients – I managed to pick up a few more long term clients in 2016 but also had to say goodbye to a couple too. I picked up some more towards the end of 2016 and would like to continue this into 2017. I also have a few blogger friends who hire me for certain blog related work and recommend me whenever they see someone asking for a certain thing – I can’t thank them enough for their faith and support in me.
Get back to using my work website – with work being so busy and the pregnancy, I haven’t been updating this as much as I should have done which is a shame. I hope to update it more in 2017.
Finally get a staff writing job for another blog – This is my main freelance/writing aim for 2017. Not only would it be a handy piece of income but it would also help me to boost my profile, a win/win I think.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Lose the baby weight – Don’t worry, I am not going to put the pressure on myself to lose it super quickly but I have managed to put on the whole amount I lost during my time at Slimming World during pregnancy. I know lots of this will disappear once baby is born but I am hoping to get back to where I was and back on my weight loss journey – if only to get back properly onto the Slimming World healthy eating plan and not giving into what my pregnant hormones want instead – I just want the good healthy food!
Get back into exercising – Again, this won’t be rushed after baby is born but I want to add something into my routine alongside the walking I do every day. I’m not sure what I will do – I need to find something that works for me and around my schedule with Jack and baby girl – but I’m determined to find something. I’m thinking about buying a bike to go cycling around my beautiful village on – I’ve been taking a look at Bike Discount UK to see if I can get a decent discount on one.
Enter more writing competitions – I started 2016 with good intentions and entered quite a few but this tailed off after a while. I would love to give this another shot in 2017.
Complete my GoodReads challenge – Again, I started off with good intentions… I am going to lower my amount for next year and hope I can complete it. I think I may have been overly ambitious this year.
Get debt free or as close to debt free as possible – Hopefully I can manage this in 2017, I managed to clear two debts alone this month so I am confident if I keep working hard and pushing myself, this is achievable by December 2017.
Increase my income – I’m not going to say double my income as I tried that this year and didn’t manage it – but increasing it next year would be a major plus. If I can get anywhere close to what Emma brings in a month, I will be extremely happy!
Minimalise my belongings and sell what we don’t require – If you’re anything like me, you have tons of stuff just sitting around not being used. I’ve already made a start on this and got rid of some stuff but I’m trying to completely scale down on what we don’t need and am selling things we no longer require and putting the money towards becoming debt free as quickly as possible. I’m even thinking about taking part in some decluttering challenges I’ve seen!
I can’t believe its May already! Time to recap on my April goals and set some goals for May..
Write at least one guest post – This totally didn’t happen. I wrote some ghost written blog content for some companies but nothing bearing my byline.
Get scheduled in advance – This happened for a few days but soon stopped.
Clear my backlog of emails etc – I’ve been really good at keeping on top of my emails for once!
Keep updating my work website – Nope. I haven’t updated for a while but its on my to do list for this week.
Keep searching for long term clients – I’ve kept searching and have some potential long term clients in the works. Plus someone I worked with on a one off job came back in April and even told a colleague about me who came to me for some freelance work. Yay!
Enter at least one writing competition this month – This didn’t happen and I am gutted about this.
Participate in the writing linkys I love this month – Nope 🙁
Read 5 books – This definitely didn’t happen.
Spend an hour a week adding to my NaNo draft – No, this hasn’t seen any movement.
Save some money for holiday – I’ve given my parents a little towards holiday already. Not much but its a start.
Pay off more outstanding debts – Yep. Having had a fairly good month I’ve been paying some stuff off.
Declutter more and sell what I can – I’ve sold a few things but not as much as I would like.
HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS
Diversify my routine more – I can’t say this happened very often…
Walk more – I am back into my walking and really enjoying it. I even helped out with a school trip because I knew it would involve lots of walking
Try something new – Well..this is actually happening tonight but does it count as something new if I signed up to the new village running club in April? Please say it does!
I didn’t do too badly on my goals in April although I am really disappointed with my personal goals..I didn’t really achieve anything here. So what are my goals for May?
Write at least one guest post
Keep on top of emails
Actually update my work website
Search for more long term clients
Keep diversifying my income
Enter at least one writing competition
Read at least two books
Post some writing at least once this month
Spend 4 hours this month on my NaNo draft, more if it can be spared
Keep diversifying my income as mentioned in freelancing – have an even better month than April
Save more money for holiday
Pay more debt off
Completely wipe one debt (this should be very achievable)
Declutter & sell more
A bit random but try to win at least one cash prize this month…this means actually entering competitions and perhaps trying out more effort competitions!
HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS
Get back on track with Slimming World and actually start losing again
Try something new…April was signing up to a running club, what will May bring?
Get my 10,000 steps every day
Change my routine up
Drink 2l of water every single day
How did you do in April? What goals are you hoping to achieve in May?