Friday, January 30, 2009

Holding Myself Accountable

I started off this year with a list of goals and a promise that I would blog at teh end of each month with how I am progressing. Blogging about my progress holds me accountable - it's admitting to myself in written form whether I am succeeding or failing. So, let's see how I am doing so far.

My goals with an update added:

So far, I have exercied at least three times a week at the gym and at least moderate exercise daily. So far so good....

I am making healthier choices, especially at snacktime and sometimes, I avoid the after dinner snack altogether. Yeah, another thumbs up for me!

I am down 1.5 pounds since new years.

It's been hard to do much outside, including my gratitude walk as the weather has been so bad. We have had very deep snow this year - the worst in the last two years in a row. Excuses I know, but these two are a thumbs down. I haven't been consistendt.

I wasn't able to pay off the intended card in January. Hopefully February will be better. I did make above the minimum payment on all cards.

I do tell my family that I love them everyday and I mean it! I also have been blogging at least once a week - so that is good. I'm enjoying my writing more so that's also a plus.

I joined Facebook and that is fun. It is making keeping in touch with my friends a little easier too!

I have published some stories online but nothing more concrete yet. I need to work harder.

I have been saving a portion of my pay every month - so far so good.

The Brothers Karamozov by dostoevsky

The Castle by Kafka

Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by McCullers

The French Lieutenants Woman by Fowles - COMPLETED

On the Road by Kerouac

From Here to Eternity by Jones

The Postman Always Rings Twice by Cain

Atonement by McEwan

Terrorist by Updike

Plus 82 more!

I also read the Shack, The Pagan Stone and The Scarlet Pimpernel. I am currently working on A Lion Among Men and thoroughly enjoying it!!

I did my end of month update as promised - so far - so good!