May 2015 Goal Review

This is my monthly check-in to see how I’m doing on my monthly and yearly goals. My yearly goals are to keep my expenses under $1k a month, run a 5k in under 23:59, and be able to do one pull-up. My monthly goals for May were to have fast food no more than twice a week, not buy any chips or other salty snacks, and to write at least 200 each weekday on my book.

My May expenses were over $1k but not too far over. I’m going to modify this goal to keeping my expenses under $1k not counting my medical expenses. Otherwise this goal would be impossible to make since I’m going to have lots of medical expenses over the next few months.

I ran a local 5k in May and finished with a time of just over 40 minutes. I ran 3 miles this morning and had a time of 39:35. I obviously have a long way to go on this goal. I need to start running at least three times a week and lose some weight so I can make progress on this goal. I have actually gone backwards on this goal since the start of the year. My original goal of running a 5k in under 23:59  might not be achievable, but I want to at least get close to it.

I didn’t do anything towards the goal of being able to do a pull-up. I decided not to join a gym since it was more expensive than I expected and I can’t afford to be paying any extra bills right now. Instead I have ordered some weights and found an online upper-body workout that I will do.

I met my goal of not eating fast food more than 2x a week until the last week of the month when I had fast food a third time. My favorite fast food restaurant opened a new location near me which provided some extra temptation. I also bought chips twice so that goal was also a fail. I did well on my goal of writing 200 words on my book each weekday until the last couple days of the month. Even though I failed at all three of these goals I did better in these areas then I would have if I wouldn’t have set a goal at all.

For June I’m going to carry over my goals from May. I’m modifying my fast-food goal to only 1x a week, but fast-food mystery shops will not count. Also, if I start my job I will not be keeping the 200 words a day writing goal. I’m also adding a couple of new goals for this month. I will run at least 3x a week and I’ll do an upper-body workout at least 3x a week. Those goals will give me plenty to work towards and I feel that I’ll make good progress towards my goals this month.

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