Saturday, July 02, 2011

I Did It! (And Looking at Other Goals...)

You should have seen me last night running around the house trying to get everything done and still get to bed at 11:30.  At 11:30, Wendell and I were on our knees saying couple prayers.  I think that counts.  It was, realistically, 11:35 before I was *actually* in bed.  But who is going to quibble over 5 minutes?  Not me.  I'm counting it.

It dawned on me yesterday after making this post that July 1st is the half way point of the year.  So, I should be half done with my yearly goals.  And having made a new goal to go to bed at a reasonable time, I thought (shrug) that I'd just take a look at all my goals.

Goal #1: Finish 9 homework lessons.  Check!  I did it.  In fact, recently I've been reviewing some of the things I worked on earlier, so I'm almost done with 10.

Goal #2: Read 12 sessions of General Conference.  I've read 5.75 actually.  I'm almost done with the 6th session.  But if I am to achieve this goal, this has to be a bigger priority.

Goal #3: Make 18 temple trips.  I've been 11 times so far this year and am on track to meet or exceed that goal.

Goal #4: Lose 22.4 lbs.  (Clearing throat)  Well, I always knew this was the hard one for me.  As I sit today I've lost a whopping 2.6 lbs.  Which isn't awesome or noteworthy or anything.  But it's better than having gained.  (This is me trying to look on the bright side.)  One of the things that frustrates me is all the up and down.  I've probably lost as much as 8 lbs at certain points.  But here I am only down two and a half-ish.  The sad thing is, I think my original goal was to lose 32.4, then I dropped it to 22.4.  And here I am at the half-way point tracking to lose a solid 5 lbs in 12 months.  (Sigh)  It is self evident that I will not be achieving even my reduced weight loss goal.  So, I have to do what any reasonable person would--I'm reducing the goal again.  Can I lose 9.8 more lbs in the next 6 months?  I should be able to.  I should.  So, I'm dropping my goal again.  12.4 lbs, here we come!  (Grinning)

Goal #5: Ahhh.  The goal I cannot fail!  Read more of the Book of Mormon.  I started on page 158 and am now on page 229.  I have read 71 pages of the Book of Mormon so far this year.  Last year I read 128 on the year, so I'm tracking a bit ahead of that.  But it doesn't really matter.  My goal was only to read more of the Book of Mormon.  I've already achieved that.  And every little bit extra I get is just that much more icing on the cake.  Or, rather, fat-free whipped topping on the angel food. (Trying to keep all my goals in mind.)

Later I've got to go through my journal and figure out what, when I turned 30, I set out to achieve by the time I'm 40.  I turned 35 in May, so I'm just a hair past the half-way point of that, too.  But I don't have the vaguest what I thought I wanted to accomplish in the next 10 years and with 5 years already behind me, I'd better make adjustments as I look ahead.  I'll keep you posted.  (Pretend you like that.)

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