At the start of the year I published my goals for 2017. I also promised to keep you updated on my progress with them. This is the first update to see how on track I am, to keep my accountable and to show you how it's going. I had planned on breaking it down into monthly reviews for the first quarter of the year so you can see exactly how it all came about. However, when I wrote the January review, it got quite long, so I've decided to give you monthly reviews instead. Here is the May Review for you.
You can read the whole start of year goals post here, but as a quick reminder, here's what I promised. One blog post a week, totalling 50 this year; 3 niche sites up and running by the end of the year; all three credit cards cleared; save £1,000 and to finish the Insanity workout programme.
The Blog Promise
So far, I have managed to keep up with my one a week posts for the blog. During my last freedom journal, I had them all written in 40 days, so for this one I decided to do it in 30 days and dedicate the next 70 day to PlayRightMeow. That meant writing 16 blog posts in 30 days. Maybe that was a bit over-enthusiastic. I wrote one a week, pretty much, rather than one every 2 days. I didn’t factor in that in the last freedom journal, I started with a full week off after New Year and wrote a whole load in that time. It’s Thursday today and I have nothing in reserve for Monday while I work on PlayRightMeow. I don't feel good about this.
I do think, though, that the quality of my posts has gone up. I put a lot more thought and research into them and they look much better. There may just be a few sleepless nights coming up. I don’t want to end up not working on my niche sites because I haven’t been on schedule with the blog. PlayRightMeow needs to move on and if I push it back to write blog posts, then the blog posts will stretch and stretch until my PlayRightMeow schedule is unrescuable. I’ll just have to fit them in around cat litter research. The June review maybe all about how stressful this was!
Making Niche Sites
PlayRightMeow took a little bit of a break, but in the last week I’ve been back to working on it. I no longer feel like I’ve lost the will to live writing about cat litter trays after taking a break from it. The site also has an Instagram page and a Facebook page. Check them out for cute cat pictures! It’s starting to rank in Google as well and the keywords are strong. All I need are some backlinks and some sales now. It’s going well though and I’m confident that by the end of the year, it’ll be making some monies.
For my next Freedom Journal, I plan to start another niche site about fitness. It’ll compliment this blog, but with a few more product based posts. I thought about incorporating it into the blog and having everything in one place, but I decided against that. This is a place for you to get valuable information and support about your health and life goals. I don’t want to dilute that with Top 10… articles. So it’ll be a new site and that’ll give me 2 by the end of the year. Not the 3 I had originally planned for, but that’s ok. It also won’t be an established site. It’ll have enough articles to count, but my main focus will be on PlayRightMeow until that can support itself, and me.
The Money Stuff
Clearing the Credit Cards
This one is almost getting exciting. My first credit card has remained cleared and the second one is now more than half way! The decision to focus on one card at a time instead of trying to clear them all was a good one I think. I pay off a good chunk of this second card each month now and it’s coming down quickly. I’ll have it cleared by the August review for sure, right on schedule.
Today, the savings I’ve put into my account is £999. I think that’s close enough to count as a success!! And 6 months early too.
No update on this, it’s still the same as last month.
Organising My Food
This month I started experimenting with my food. I tried out a way of eating called ketogenesis. Well, it’s not really a way of eating. It’s a way of metabolising. So the way you eat forces your body to use fat as an energy source instead of sugar, so your body burns ketones instead of glycogen. It’s been really interesting and I’ll make sure that I tell you all about it, but it’s scheduled for the next Freedom Journal, so you’ll just have to wait 🙂 I arrange my life by Freedom Journals now.
However, what I can say is that I’ve found several things that my body reacts to that I didn’t know about. Such as sour cream and chive pretzels. These do me harm and I previously didn’t know because I loved them. After resetting my digestive system though, I became much more away of my body’s reactions to things that I ate. Whereas previously I guess I must have just felt like that, at least a bit, all of the time so I didn’t notice. Or I didn’t realise what it was. I see my gut’s reactions in a different way now and I’m much more aware of my body. I’ve also lost 2.4kg and 8 inches of fat this month and I feel so much better, so look out for these posts later!
Also, almost on a whim, I’ve decided to be vegetarian for June. Eating ketogenically meant eating more fatty meats and I found that as I cooked them, they just disgusted me. Sausages make me sick and the smell of raw meat was enough for me to decide that I did not want that as part of my life. It’s strange because I’ve never been squeamish about these thing before. I’ve caught and killed and gutted my own food before and it’s never bothered me. I’m not sure what’s happened in my brain somewhere, but I just am grossed out a bit by meat these days.
The Insanity Challenge
Some Unexpected Extras
I learned some new skills this month that I think are going to be very helpful as my online business grows. I’ve been figuring out how to give people extras, like cheat sheets and top 10 tables to go along with my articles. This means that they get something extra and I get to keep in touch with them by e-mail to make sure that they don’t miss out on any special offers I have. I’ve also been learning how to make sure that my content gets to more people, so that I can help more people to improve their lives to make them healthier and happier.
I’ve learned a lot more about nutrition and metabolism that I’m going to share with you all once I organise it all. This has improved my health and how my body functions and soon I’ll be confident enough to share that knowledge with you in a way that will make the same differences for your health and body. I’m very excited about this! I know how much better I feel and I can’t wait to get it together so that you can feel the same.
Lastly, started enjoying cooking. It’s something that I’ve always seen as a chore. Something that takes up time in my life that I could spend doing something else and often it takes more time than the eating. Now I have a system though, and it’s made it all easier. I cook on a Sunday night for the whole week. It takes me about an hour and a half and that’s it. I’ve also had a lot of fun finding and trying ketogenic recipes and playing with them to make them suit me. If you want to join this, we have a Facebook group for our Sunday Night Cookathon where we share ideas and recipes and what we’re cooking for that week. It’s been a little bit quiet lately with me moving around, but I’m more settled now and plan to be much more active in there from now on. Feel free to join if you want to get some ideas or share your tips!
May Review Summary
So May has been fine. I’ve stayed on track, but not gotten ahead. However, I also stayed on track and didn’t fall behind. I’m starting to see things come together and see how things connect together. My dreams are starting to line up in a way that makes sense to me now and I’m starting to feel like I can do this. That it’s real and not so much of an imagination any more.
How are you getting on with your goals from the start of the year? Share your progress in the comments below!