July: Goals progress

Wow, I feel like this year is going waaaaaaaay too fast.

Complete five (big) home projects.


You know what? I’m not sure I’m doing anything else with this goal for the rest of the year. I’m just. not. sure.

Garden: On hold until fall.

Read 75 books.

22 / 75


I’m now 22 books behind. Goodreads sometimes makes me feel terrible about this goal. I think I’ve read less so far this year than any year since, like, I was in college. I think I pretty much have to face the fact that I’m not reading 75 books this year. If I get to 50, I’ll be content. Maybe.

Lose 10 13 pounds: In May, I weighed 148 (actually a bit more, and I rounded the fraction of a pound down. Cause I can). I ended May at 145.6. Goal weight is 135. As of the end of June, I was at 142.6. I went to Puerto Rico (and was sick the entire time, so don’t come to me with “how is PR?” because I have no idea), and came back 144.6. Now, I’m at 143.8. I did P90x for about a week and a half and then…. I just got so exhausted. Like bone tired, come home and want to take a nap. One thing I’ve really learned this year is that health is precious. My back is amazingly better after five months (yes, MONTHS) of chiropractic treatment, but some days I just can’t do it. So I took some time off when I got back from PR because I was sick. Then I did a week and a half of workouts. Then I didn’t work out, but I tried to up my daily activity to compensate some. Whatever. I signed up for a 5K in October with the husband, so I’ll start training for that this week. We’ll see what happens.

Crochet five projects: No hat for my friend. I’m mean and lazy. I’m apparently not going to do this goal either.

Make two new recipes each month: Meh. July’s been hard, yo. I’m planning some recipes for August… and I need to find a breakfast alternative because I’m sick of egg sandwiches.

Teach Josh to cook: Still suspended.

Stockpile food. (and Use my pantry.): No stockpiling in July. However, I already did some in August, so I’ll have something to contribute here next month.

Make clothes.
$268.46 / $500


I bought two maxi dresses in July. I’ve already worn them both. I put a new hem on a pair of shorts for vaca and I wore and took a ton of clothes to Puerto Rico that I owned and hadn’t worn before.

When we got back, I cleaned out my closet. I separated out clothing that I should sell (haven’t done it yet) and stuff to give to Goodwill. I gave some of my nicer/trendier stuff to a friend’s 19-year-old daughter who’s about the same size as me. Hopefully she likes it and wears it more than I did! I feel good about the stuff I’m getting rid of, but MAN are there still a lot of clothes in my closet.

Do one thing each month that will simplify my life: I had a friend from home come and visit in July and I hired a cleaning service to scrub the house up in preparation. However, they didn’t really meet my standards. I’m not hiring them again. But it did make for less cleaning.

Social commitments: I’ve been down to about one a week. Which has been good because I’m still SO tired.

My main goal for the month of August? Catch a bunny that an unfeeling neighbor decided to let go in the neighborhood. He’s elusive. I’ve named him Oscar Wilde.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tasha says:

    Oscar Wilde the bunny! Maybe he will tell you about his many escapades. What’s your plan for him once you catch him?

    And seriously, you’re being *so hard* on yourself. Fractions of a pound? Crazy talk. And while being tired isn’t fun, recognizing that you are, and then being kind to yourself, is a great thing. Probably also a sign of maturity.

    Honestly, if I come out of this experiment and the only thing I’ve learned is to accept that I don’t have to hold myself to some crazy standard (_that I made up for myself_), then that will be an amazing thing.

  2. Stephanie says:

    If I don’t catch Oscar Wilde, I might just make up stories and write a kid’s book. And donate the proceeds to bunny rescues. Well, maybe not all the proceeds.

    And I promise, I’m not actually being that hard on me. I feel like I tell you this every month. My scale measures fractions of a pound, so it just makes it easier to report it that way.

    Funny, as I was writing this post, I was thinking how I expect WAY too much of myself. Sure, I could read 75 books. But I can’t read 75 books, crochet five projects, do five big home projects, make clothes AND work out enough to quickly lose 10 pounds. I can’t do ALL the things ALL the time.

    1. Tasha says:

      Exactly. Some of the things, some of the time.

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