Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Resolutions Checkpoint: March

Welcome, April!

At the beginning of March I gave myself some items to complete during the month towards each of my three 2014 resolutions. They are reproduced below, using the following key to track progress:
   Bold = Completed task
   Italicized + Bold = Completed task not originally on February's list (bonus points!)
   Normal = Not completed :/

-- Progress in March --

1. Digestive health

  • Take probiotics and glutamine every day
  • Started buying bananas regularly and eating two a day (one for breakfast and one when I get home from work).
  • 10 push-ups before eating any chocolate
    • As pathetic as this may sound, I started doing this at the beginning of March, but had to wear my wrist brace for a few days in a row soon after, which prevented me from doing more push-ups. My wrists aren't strong enough for push-ups!

2. Health site

  • Publish 4 posts this month, one every Tuesday
    • I've written and published 3 posts this month, not necessarily on Tuesdays whoops.
  • Share a post on a forum / G+ Community
    • Joined a health forum specific to my main ailment and shared my health history post.
  • Add "Contact" page to site

3. Non 9-5 work

  • Complete Web Fundamentals course on Code Academy
  • Complete CSS Buttons project on Code Academy
  • Completed 6/7 steps of the Online Form project on Code Academy
  • Create Helpouts listing (my invitation expires 4/1/14)

Background goals

  • 10 push-ups before eating chocolate, 5 push-ups before every half-hour of television/movie
    • Already explained why I had to drop this. My poor wrists!
  • Do at least 30 min. of yoga on Wednesdays
  • Do two Korea bucket list items

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-- Background Goals --

And here's my overall progress on those bits and pieces that would be great to accomplish this year as well:
  • Read 32 books this year (2 in Spanish)
    • I've read 10/32 books -- (One in Spanish)
  • Gain strength & muscle, enough that there's a notable difference in a before and after picture
    • Started Give it 100 project to increase flexibility in my legs. Goal is to be able to touch my toes.
    • Did yoga 4x this month.
    • Went on two runs near the end of the month.
  • Add pull-down tabs to both of my Blogger blogs
  • Walk the Camino de Santiago
  • Visit Hannah and Herm in London
    • Know the dates that Herm's parents are visiting London.
  • Make a Korea bucket list and post it (and do it!)
  • Unplug more often
  • Resume French study
    • I currently have an 18-day streak on Duolingo! Leveled up to Level 9 this month, too.

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-- April Focus --

Some action items to complete in April, so that I stay on track:

1. Digestive health

  • Take probiotics and glutamine every day.
  • Read Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition

2. Health site

  • Publish one post a week.
  • Write post about Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition after reading it.

3. Non 9-5 work

  • Complete Online Form project on Code Academy
  • An hour each week on W3School's HTML tutorial
  • Finish my Elance profile!
  • Spend an hour each week reading/learning about retirement funds and Roth IRA investing.

Background goals

  • One Korea list item and see the cherry blossoms.
  • Write a letter every day in April (#Write_On) in honor of National Card and Letter Writing Month.  I suppose this could fall under my "Unplug more often" category, as I'm certainly unplugged and in the zone when I write letters and decorate envelopes.

What's one thing you'd like to focus on in April? If you made resolutions this year but they've fallen by the wayside, pick one up today! It's not too late.
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