Friday, 12 August 2011

3 in 30 Challenge - August 2011, week 2

Here's an update of my August goals:

Goal 1 - Personal
Aim to go for a short walk, maybe 10 minutes, every day regardless of the weather. 10 minutes isn't enough in the long term but I think it is a realistic starting target. I know this is going to be hard and I will make all sorts of excuses to avoid it but I am massively overweight and need to get started on some exercise. The only valid excuses for not doing this are if I have a migraine/illness or if I can't leave my partner (who has Motor Neurone Disease) but those days should be few and far between.
Week 1 update: Pretty much failed at this one. I've only managed one 15 minute walk this week.
Week 2 update: I started off well and managed two days doing a 15 - 20 minute walk each time but I didn't manage to keep it going - ill health, my partner and urgent problems needed my focus and time.   

Goal 2 - Professional
Decide which non-principal instrumental exam to take next and make a start on the practice. Aim for 30 minutes practice on at least 3 days (for starters) each week.
Week 1 update: Have narrowed it down to either the flute or the clarinet but am starting to favour the flute. I still have to decide which grade to go for.
Week 2 update: This was going well until one of the pads came loose and I've had to put my flute in for repair.

Goal 3 - Home
The big clean! The whole house needs doing but I feel overwhelmed by the task ahead of me even as I'm typing, so for starters I'll get the hoovering and dusting done and sort out the books and clothes to send off to the charity shop.
Week 1 update: This has been the most successful of my goals. Have sent one bag of clothes to the charity shop and have 3 bags of books ready to go. I changed my mind about doing the hoovering and dusting because the decluttering and tidying needs to happen first so I've made a list (I love lists!) of all the things that need to be done and am slowly working my way through it. So far today I have managed to tick 5 tasks as completed.
Week 2 update: As with last week, this has been the most successful goal.  I'm still on the decluttering and have sent 9 bags of clothes, coat hangars and books to the charity shop. I'm trying the 'Just Do It' approach (I read this on someones blog but now can't find it to give credit - if it's you, please contact me and I'll edit this post) so I'm keeping things up together as I go along rather than letting things get out of hand.  This is working well and is helping me to feel much more positive about things.

Linked up to the 3in30 Challenge


  1. well done on your progress, little changes soon become ingrained as habits, so just keep on doing it, you'll get there.

  2. Delighted to hear that the decluttering is going well.

    Best of luck with your goals Eileen.

    Keep us posted

    ~Fiona ~Raindrops + Daisies

  3. Decluttering always feels so good! Good job with that! And two walks this week is better than none. next week you can add another one. Slow and steady wins the race.

  4. Great job on the cleaning goal! And it sounds like you're making progress on the other 2 as well. Even small steps are forward progress!

  5. Great job on you decluttering! Keep up the great work!

  6. So glad to hear that your decluttering is coming along so well. Getting away for exercise can be difficult when you have someone that you need to care for. Keeping you both in my prayers! :)

  7. Great job on the decluttering! Keep it up!