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July 3: Goals

It is said countless times that what separates successful people from all the rest is that successful people have goals written down.

Allez, let us therefor join the ranks of the successful and write down our goals for July, shall we? 🙂

Mine are:

Blog 6 days a week – do mini-assignments everyday

I want to blog again so I’ve given myself a ‘challenge’ to do one small ordinary act with intention everyday, and to blog about it.

I am an expat SAHM who is less-than-happy with my environment. I have found it really difficult to take root in this foreign country despite having lived here for 4 straight years already. Because there is nothing outside the house that I find worth going out for, nothing interesting ever goes on in this city, plus I have a 1-year old, I very rarely go out of the house which, definitely does not contribute to my happiness.

I have since learned that I need to exert more effort than usual not to fall into depression. Blogging gave me an outlet for  my thoughts. It was like I had friends to talk to, and every time a “stranger” (yes, I’m looking at YOU dear) would care to comment, I would feel heard.

So I am coming back to “friends” because I need all the friends I can get, real & virtual 🙂 🙂 🙂

Be consistent with my exercise routine

After giving birth in October of 2017, I was only able to get some momentum going on any type of exercise last May (2019). Pre-childbirth I used to LOVE exercise and HIIT-type routines were my jam, jelly and butter combined with dance fitness & strength training.

That is why it came as a total shock and huge downer for me to observe that my body, 1 year post-natal, still loathed exercise! I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything, not even a beginner 10-minute mat-Pilates routine. Heck, I couldn’t even do a walk-in-place!

I tried several times and each time I would fail. Last May, after reading so many self-help books & listening to motivational podcasts, I finally got myself to walk around the block 2 evenings a week. Fortunately, the experience was enjoyable so since then I have been able to do it 3 times a week and at a much faster pace. (Yaaaaaay!!!)

Inspired by this success, by the end of last month I also started adding in some strength training routines into the mix, but only for 3 times a week.  I am taking it veeery slow because whenever I do a strength training routine, no matter how short & light, my body feels like it’s been hit by a ton of bricks for 5-6 days after! So I only do body-weight, mostly Pilates, and for max 30 minutes at a time only.

Painstakingly slow based on my previous standards, but you gotta work with your body and respect its own drum beat.

That said, I am hopeful that this schedule & intensity will work this time, and my goal therefor is to be consistent with it.

Which brings me to today’s mini-assignment: listen to music & crazy-dance 🙂


23 thoughts on “July 3: Goals”

    1. That has been my experience too! Sometimes I even find sharing it on the blog better than sharing it with people I know in real life. I think perhaps it’s because there’s less pressure but more support …? 😀

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    1. Thank you for the support AJ! 😀 ❤ I am currently in a small, sleepy city of Indonesia, Kota Batam. Nearer to Singapore really than any of the more exciting/noteworthy places in Indonesia.

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      1. I often read your posts and I was wondering where you were 🙂 Just searched Kota Batam on Youtube and watched a 15-minute video filmed by a drone, bird’s eye view of the city and all the motorcycle traffic. hehe.

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      2. Oh yes, motorcycles are like ants here, there’s A LOT of them! 🙂 And, good Lord, you actually finished the 15-min video? Did it show anything interesting? Probably the resorts & spa/massage parlors?

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  1. I’ve had a similar experience (minus the childbirth) with running – I used to absolutely live for it, nothing would ever get in the way of my runs. Then I hurt my knee and couldn’t do it for ages, and now I just can’t get back into it no matter how many times I try! Thankfully I’ve fallen in love with powerlifting so I’m getting workouts in, but I still hope one day my body will go back to running again

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    1. Aww, that must be such a bummer. I love my walks around the block and can just imagine how delicious running must be! I hope one day soon you can back to it 🙂

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  2. Writing things down is a good way to get things done. Crossing things off of a written list feels so good. I need to do it more. And blog more. Sometimes we can only do so much in a day, week or month. I wish you much success with all of your goals. Sounds like you are already off to a great start. I can’t seem to get started with any exercise program. One of these days 😉 And I am here, to read whatever you post. Always a friend, with an ear to lend ❤

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  3. Great idea to write things down. I realised too that when I write something down, it somehow becomes more important and I do it! Plus its gets organised and more real. Its cool to see someone taking control of their life and having fun! As a mom of a 6 month old, am with you 🙂

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    1. The power of putting pen to paper 🙂 Makes me wonder if I should start writing down bigger stuff, you know, like the dream house & all. I’ve never tried. Oh and lists are very effective too, don’t you think? 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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