Here’s my quarterly update for Q4 2014:
- Lose 35 lbs and keep it off.–Since last December 2012, I lost and kept off a total of 10 lbs.
- Exercise 4-5 days per week.–I’ve been working out almost daily in December and January.
- Follow a low-carb eating regimen.–Had good weeks and bad days. Feel so much better when I stick to it.
- Indie publish my novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin. Done in late April/early May for the ebook and paperback. Woohoo!
- Find a full-time job and move back to a major or minor city.–Decided to devote myself to being a full-time author and see if I can make it. It sounds incredibly optimistic, but I’ve structured my life so that I can write full time because that’s what I want most right now. I’m also incredibly fortunate that I have free room and board and financial and emotional support from my parents. Otherwise, this would not be possible.
- Submit my third manuscript to agents and publishers.–My agent likes the idea and asked to see it once I polish it up. I’m planning to go through beta reader comments in February and finish revisions in May.
1) Goal: Move more
- Action Plan: I will move for at least 45-80 minutes each day doing cardio, toning, or weights. I will get up from this laptop every hour for at least 5 minutes and move around.
2) Goal: Revise third manuscript and send to agent
- Action Plan: From February until late April/early May I will review beta readers comments and revise third manuscript. Aiming for delivery to agent in later April/early May. Will formalize deadline once I see how much work is required.
3) Goal: Eat a lower carb lifestyle
- Action Plan: Focus on healthier foods–fruits, vegetables, potatoes, oatmeal. Add them into each meal and cut out processed sugars and white carbs. Aim for 30-40 g of carbs per meal.
4) Goal: Draft first draft of Six Train’s sequel
- Action Plan: Complete the outline by Feb 5th. Then switch to drafting after I finish third manuscript revisions (as long as Reckonings revisions aren’t required by Harlequin).
I’m cutting back on goals this year in the hopes that less will mean greater progress. I really need to focus on getting healthier and I think I’ll make much more progress. I’m also making the goals simpler. I think it’s easier to say move more every day and do it. I’m also not aiming for a number on the scale–it’s got to be about feeling better and being stronger. And then I’ll get there.
I tried out the exercise daily and it has helped me have more energy and feel better. Cutting away the bad carbs also gave me more energy and made me feel 10 years younger. January was a good trial month. They say it takes 21 days to create a habit. I hope I’ve done that with moving more and eating better.