Goals for 2011 – Let’s evaluate my progress

Its June 30, which means 2011 is halfway over. Today seems like a good day to look back at my goals for the year to see how I’m doing. I posted my Goals for 2011 on December 29, 2010. If you missed that post, I’ll summarize and comment on my progress. Let’s see where I stand…

Finish a 5k by running more than walking – I have 3 races planned in the fall so far and I am training for those now. I began with the Couch 2 5k training and now I’m using an Active.com trainer. I just joined a gym so I can train easier and hopefully get some help & advice. So even though I haven’t completed this goal, I am taking the steps to do this.

Control my sugar addiction– This is a constant battle for me. I’m still addicted to sweets but I try to limit these to special occasions and smaller portions. I find that PMS causes me more trouble than any other time. When a craving for chocolate overwhelms me, I am able to control myself by eating a small cookie or brownie, instead of an entire box.

Attend church regularly – I have been attending church regularly since January. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when God is in your life. “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Healthy eating plan – I am able to keep this goal during the workweek more than on the weekends. Our family likes to go out to eat as a family activity and we all know how hard it can be to eat healthy when restaurants offer portions that are too large and with too many calories, sodium, fat, etc. But, I do make an effort to make healthier choices when we are out. If I know we will be eating a higher calorie meal, I try to balance that out with more exercise.

Spend less/Save more – This one is tough. I try to keep spending in control but unexpected things seem to come up. I guess that’s why we have an emergency fund. Thanks, Dave Ramsey. I have established an automatic transfer to our savings account on payday, but I know I could do more.  I’ll continue working on this one.

So after reviewing my goals, I feel good about my life in 2011 so far. Everyone can use improvement, so I’ll keep that in mind in the months to come. I’m happy that I’ve managed to sty focused on my goals so far. So many times before, my goals for the year rarely fizzle out sometime mid-February. I’ll revisit these goals again in December and hopefully be able to give another positive report.

How are you doing with your goals for 2011? Even if you have slacked on your goals, remember every day can be a new beginning. Live life one day at a time and celebrate the small victories.

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