The first three months of 2014 are over (how time flies!) so now is a good time to see how I am progressing with the goals that I set for the year.
Walk at least 70,000 steps every week
Thanks to the power of my Fitbit One and the wonderful weekly summary statistics they send me, I know that sadly I have only been able to achieve this once in the middle of March with a weekly total of 84,628 steps. On all the other weeks I totalled roughly 50-60k so I’m not too far away from my goal. Boo to me, but it’s not the end of the world. I just need to work a little harder to get to where I want. The point is not to tick the box to say I have done it, but to be constantly working towards something. Part of that is the slight change in my activities. I now make sure that I take a half an hour walk every lunchtime during the week (in addition to the less regular evening gym sessions). I also walk an hour each morning on the weekend. Making these part of my routine has been very helpful. As an aside, these walks are the source of most of my instagram pictures. Also, some numbers because I like them:
- Total steps in 3 months: 619,954 (~56k/week).
- Total miles walked: 265.04 (~24/week).
Also, badges earned:
Daily steps taken.
Lifetime distance walked.
Lose some weight
This one has been slowly ticking away too and I’ve been able to see the objective changes thanks to my Fitbit Aria wireless scales. It’s been very slow going because I haven’t done a huge amount in terms of changing my diet. I think what I eat is mostly fine; my problem is portion control! Anyway, I got a badge for losing 3kg which was nice. I hope to continue the (slow) downward trend over the rest of the year.
Donate to a different charity every month
I already have monthly donations set up to a few places (such as Wikipedia) and so I wanted this to be a number of one-off payments to a wide variety of charities. I wasn’t sure what should be on my list and so posed the following question to some friends and colleagues:
“If you found £20 on the floor and decided to give it away to a charity, which would you give it to?”
This gave me a good list of worthwhile charities, some that hadn’t even occurred to me. It also gave me an interesting insight into what some of them found valuable, which was a bonus! So far this year I have donated money to the following three charities:
My list so far isn’t long enough to last the entire year, so am happy to take on more suggestions.
Blog at least once a month
Technically I have done this, but March had one entry right at the start and that was it – a bit rubbish. The purpose behind this was to encourage me to blog more. I have things that I want to write about, but I just procrastinate too much. It’s going in the right direction at least.
Meet some new people
As I mentioned at the time, this one is the hardest to measure. I still thing this but I have been making some progress. I have joined the Twickenham meetup group and been to a couple of meetups. I have also joined been to some other events specifically related to meeting new people. I have an awful time talking to new people. I get extremely nervous about first contact, even though I am mostly fine once I get started. I have also joined a group for shy people as a way to combat this and that has been interesting. Lastly, I have been continuing to go to the PABC as I have done for more than two years but the difference now is that I am making a conscious effort to deliberately talk to new members, even though I have the aforementioned difficulties with talking to new people.
All in all, I think I am doing quite well with the things I have chosen, and I have plans on how to progress them. Hooray! Let’s see how things look in another three months.