Epic post warning! I have a lot to say about Week 1 of 2013 so I fear this may get lengthy…
It’s been my first week under the new system with new goals and I just about managed to get through it all, though it’s a relief to have been through the first cycle and seen how it all fits together in practice. It seemed like a long week and I think that’s because I’m now working Tuesday to Monday, so I get all my work days out of the way and then the weekend comes as a big block afterwards.
A2) Weigh 140 (2.2lb/week): I lost 2.4lb. This is enough for my annual target of 2.2lb a week but falls short of my quarterly target (3lb/week) and the initial target I had for this first week given the recovery from Christmas indulgences (4lb was what I was aiming for). However, points in my favour are that this was an early weigh-in (I find there’s usually a 1lb difference between weighing at 5am and 8-9am on weekends) and from now on both my Mondays and Tuesdays should be early, so the comparison should be a straight one. Also, looking back at my trackers from the last 7 months, there were only two where I lost weight during the first week of the month, and it was never as much as this, so that’s cause for positivity. I’m happy enough!
A3) Observe an exercise regime and meal programme that works for me and ticks over in the background. I made the 5×5 target with 2 work-day 1K swims, a bike workout on New Year’s Day, a long walk on Saturday and 2K swim on Monday, plus 5 strength sessions. I signed up for a pool membership which will save me money and time (with my whizzy card) and with my new towels and swim bag everything seems much more streamlined – I reckon I save about half an hour a week just by being a bit more organised! Getting to the start of the workouts (except the workday swims, which are easy) is the bit that requires discipline and effort; once I’m ready to go then it’s fine and I enjoy it. I noticed in particular how much the three-hour walk did to unwind my mind and release all the stress after the week – it was like resetting everything back to the beginning. The Monday swim was a challenge, because I slept badly the night before, but it was nice to go at what is now the “end” of the week after all my other obligations were complete and I only had this one thing left to do. Only twelve more weeks of this and I’ll be adjusting to something new in 2Q!
B1) Combined practice target of 720-730 hours or more (15h/week on average): 18 hours. I was at a pretty consistent 2 hours a day until Monday, and a bit surprised not to have gotten more done over the weekend, but then fortunately did 6 hours on Monday to take me over the 15-hour target and get a few hours in the bank. HOWEVER, this was a week where I only had three days of work and no social events at all, so I would have been disappointed not to be a bit over target in this particular week. I have no idea where the time is going to come from once I factor in other activities but that will be next week’s challenge, then the week after I have a short work-week again so I will be able to get caught up. I really want this goal to be 15 hours at least, every week, not just 15 hours on average. I feel pretty confident about the latter at least, which is progress on last year.
C1) Read at least one book each in Japanese, French and German (5/8/4 pages) – all done! (I wrapped up my language goals in detail here). Mostly did this during a couple of sleepless nights where I couldn’t find anything to settle me so I got on with reading. I made a start on next week’s French too, although the German vocab from week 1 hasn’t been done yet. It’s the start of the book and there’s a pile of topic-specific vocabulary that’ll be key to reading the rest so I really should get on and do that! I can’t bank on sleepless nights to get this reading done, that’s just a self-fulfilling prophecy, so my target for week 2 is to use train time like I was originally supposed to.
C2) Retain the ability to write all the kanji I’ve learned so far (up to level 3) – weekly test rotation. Done – I tested all the previous kanji in randomised order and had a failure rate of 43/1609. I practised all the fails and was pleased to have gotten through this as it was a short week.
C3) Learn the rest of my 常用漢字 (standard kanji) and be able to write any character from the reading/meaning: 12 characters a week. First card done but I need more practice as it was only a three-day week.
C5) Improve written French (work on this weekly) – ½ hour/week – Done, and it was great fun! I feel so enthusiastic about this and the possible progress that can be made!
C7) Increase German vocabulary – not worked on this yet this week, see above.
C8) German listening – at least once/week on walks to work – Done, I did this the first day I had available and got it out the way. The early stages are fairly easy and I recognised most of the vocab but found the conversation parts trickier. I reckon listening to the whole course will take about 6 weeks and then I’ll go back to the beginning – if I master all the patterns and constructs from this course then that’ll get me a long way, there’s some super useful stuff in there!
C9) Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Russian – 14 pages or tapered version – I did one page each day, which is my target for 1Q. Enjoying this so much! There are two parts to this, the actual reading while looking up vocab, which takes about an hour per page (including condensing down the list of the top words to learn) and then half an hour on the train in the morning drilling the vocab. That’s 6 hours a week! I can definitely make quick progress at that rate! Also this week I mastered the Russian keyboard so that’s an extra skill gained.
C10) Incidental languages – one session a week, ½ hour – kind of done. We went for a long walk on Saturday and HH started telling me about a song he remembered, and explained some of the words, and that expanded out into some other words. I’m not sure it was half an hour but it was fun and interesting!
G1) Pass F9 and become officially “part qualified” – 2hours per week – not got my books yet (phew!)
E1) Weekly card – made a card for a certain baby!
E2) Weekly scrapbook page – did a page on New Year with the pictures I took on New Year’s Morning.
F1) Maintain friendships – nothing social this week but lots of texting and mailing! Had one work lunch and bought coffees for my team.
F2) Weekly post item – I sent a gift and card for my Grandad’s birthday.
F3) Weekly gift – 40% of my budgeted discretionary spend went on gifts this week! I have a few things coming up but will be giving myself the next few weeks off this goal. For my Grandad I was super-chuffed with being able to find exactly the book I wanted after rooting around a dark corner of the book-shop, I know they will love it and that feels good!
WORK TOWARDS MONTHLY GOALS:
A4) Tackle one eating habit per month – my habit for January is to eat more Fruit and Veg, which means healthier snacking and also taking the time out to buy more fresh. I bought some apples and clementines for work and then at the weekend went to the big market and bought a huge pile of lovely fresh cherries (Cherries! In January!) and different grapes, which have done us for puddings and snacks at home all week! Definitely feeling the benefits of this and am trying to get in 7-10 portions a day.
E3) Monthly sewing project – Since I didn’t have any social stuff on, I really wanted to put some time in on this. It took me ages to decide what to make but I decided on a kind of tunic, using up a perfectly-sized piece of some tie-dye we bought back from our trip last year. I quite like tunics for wearing around the house, and made a quick pattern based on a top I have that I like. Now I’m all motivated to keep going!
I did my tax return which was a January goal brought forward from December, and also worked on clearing out the studio a bit.
FOR NEXT WEEK:
- Weight-loss: my past trackers show that I’m coming into a difficult point of the cycle and have never actually lost weight in week 2 of a month! So any kind of loss would be great, although I need anything over 2lb to break into the next set of 10, which I’m beyond desperate to do, so that’s the target!
- I have two social things (one evening, one weekend) which means I will have to be crafty about fitting in my music hours. To be honest this is a pretty standard socialising pattern so I need to find a way to make it work, but I’m nervous about where the time is going to come from! I will have to get my head down and focus on this, use any available opportunity to add extra time in, and be organised about everything else.