So even though it’s well past mid-year, I thought I would go back and look at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t given them any thought. Which is not how goals are supposed to work. You’re supposed to set them and then work towards meeting them, not ignore them and hope things go okay. However, 2018 went completely off the rails for me so it’s no surprise I wasn’t focused on my initial goals.
Finish my 70.3
Well, this clearly didn’t happen. I didn’t even start the 70.3 or really get heavily into training for it once my labral tear was diagnosed. And while not being able to race was a disappointment, I still consider 70.3 Chattanooga a huge win. I got to cheer on so many of my Coeur teammates and sherpa for them at the race. I had so much fun, and it was absolutely worth being there. I worried I would be disappointed that I wasn’t racing, but instead I was just glad to be there, and feeling lucky that I would be able to race later.
This was focusing on my lingering injuries, and I definitely am doing well on this one. Labral tear diagnosed and causing way less pain. Ovarian cyst diagnosed and removed. My labral tear will never be healed, but the strength work I’ve been doing to support my hip is doing wonders. I have to keep up the strength work but all in all, I’m really happy with how this goal is going.
Well, I’m still working to clean up my diet. Surgery kind of threw me for a loop, to be honest. Because I wasn’t hungry post-surgery, I kind of let myself eat whatever I wanted, because I just wasn’t eating much. That wasn’t a trend I should have started. I’m doing better, but my diet is still way too sugar heavy. I crave it when things get stressful, and I need to learn to conquer those cravings.
You know what isn’t good for a budget? Medical expenses. With surgery and scans on my hip and physical therapy, I have spent thousands of dollars on medical expenses. And I am lucky to have amazing insurance. Also, my air conditioner died and had to be replaced. So my budget is definitely hurting right now and I need to keep tightening the purse strings. (Which should be very easy since I’m headed on vacation this month.) I’m not digging myself into debt or anything, but I would like to beef up my savings and start putting away money for some big projects I want to do on my house. (Fun projects, not things like getting a new air conditioner – which was, of course, worth every penny.)
So the goals this year have been pretty hit or miss, but there are five months left in the year for me to get things into shape. I already have a plan to straighten out my budget, and I think more meal planning will help my diet as well as my budget. And of course, I am going to keep doing my PT work and continue to slowly get back into shape.