Q2 Check In on Annual Goals


2014 Goals Q2 Check-In

I think I’m once again behind on the check-in. Sorry about that–July and August got away from me. I completed a goal in Q1, so there are only 3 left to check in on! Woohoo!

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. 
  • Status: Everyday, I work out for at least 70-80 minutes. I get up hourly from the laptop and try to add in different chores/tasks to move more.



2) 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.


  • Status: Eating less carbs. Avoiding breads and white processed carbs. They are splurges and I try to not splurge more than a little once a week. Allowed fruits and veggies and dark chocolate and the occasional ice cream. Going well. Feel more energetic and healthy.




3) 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).


  • Status: Outline completed on February 7th. From May to July, I revised The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts for Harlequin. Then I prepared for book tour. I reviewed outline in early August and officially began drafting 1500 words 5 days a week on August 21st. Drafted about 15,000 words to date.



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22 Responses to Q2 Check In on Annual Goals

  1. Very impressive Kourtney – I’m particularly impressed you work out for 70-80 minutes every day 🙂

    • It’s not easy. It’s a major commitment of time and effort. But I feel better for it. Sitting at my laptop isn’t great for my body. So I want to make sure I dedicate time to my body. It really helps keep everything working too. My neck isn’t flaring up as much as it used to. And I started small. 30 minutes a day.

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Good for you, Kourtney. It’s inspiring to see people stick so well to their goals. I’ll think of you during my morning workout. Perhaps you’ll be doing yours at the same time!

    • Thanks Carrie. I’ve been a rockstar at career and academic goals not so good with health ones. But I’m trying to apply the same focus, will power, and effort in that realm and it’s paying off. LOL. I tend to be an afternoon workout person. It gives me a nice break in the workday. I’ll definitely think of you then too!

  3. Way to go on those goals, girl! ♥

  4. Pete Denton says:

    Keep up the great work. I try and ignore bread, even when it’s calling me. Well done for on course to hit your goals. 🙂

    • Thanks Pete. Me too. Or to take a really small quarter of a piece. Just enough so I feel like I’m not forbidden. 🙂 It’s hard. Really hard. And I have my cheats and slip ups, but I’m getting better at it. And feeling better too!

  5. EllaDee says:

    I know from experience finding the time to exercise and also the diligence to combat carbs isn’t easy… they are sneaky buggers. As soon as they see a weakness they make themselves appear irresistable 😉
    1500 words 5 days a week is a solid effort, as always, I’m impressed 🙂

    • On of the hardest tasks I’ve taken on this year. Because it requires constant vigilance and will power. It’s so easy to say yes and so much harder to say no to carbs. Yup. Thanks. It’s running about 2-3 hours a day in drafting time. I have to confess I let myself edit as I go and so I cut 1000 words this past week and then had to make up for it!

  6. Well done, Kourtney. You’re one of a few people I know who sets goals and actually works on achieving them. Nice work on that “get up and move more” goal. That’s a hard one to stick to for most.

    • Thanks Gwen. You really inspired me with your commitment to running! And you look amazing. 🙂 Setting daily goals like that keeps them on my radar. Move more was a simple one to implement. Everyday, I set aside time to exercise. Every hour I get up from the computer for water, a pee break, to empty the dishwasher–just something to put me on my feet for 5 or so minutes. It really helps. The eating one is way harder for me. That’s not doing something. 🙂

  7. jmmcdowell says:

    Way to go for sticking to those goals! I work out for about an hour most mornings, and as often as possible my husband and I take a half-hour walk in the evening. I need to be better about getting up from the computer every hour, though. All that sitting can diminish the results of that hour’s exercise. 🙁

    • Thanks JM! Thanks Awesome–congrats on creating a schedule and sticking to it with exercise. 🙂 I still have a built in timer–my spine lets me know it wants to change position. I also got tons of practice during my spine problems. I had to move every 45 minutes of face pain. 🙁

  8. Mayumi-H says:

    All of this sounds great, Kourtney! I’m impressed you’re keeping yourself to such public task with these goals. But, sometimes, we work best when we’re held accountable to the world and not just a private diary. 🙂

    Nice work with the draft. And, I totally agree that more fresh fruits and vegetables in a diet, as well as regular exercise, will aid in energy levels across the board. I keep to a pretty strict regime for that during the work day, and it really has helped me stay on target.


    • Thanks Mayumi. I find with certain goals, I need to be publicly accountable. Project deadlines I can set and meet without every mentioning it. When it comes to health and fitness, I need to know I can’t slack off. That I have to stick to it or face public embarrassment.

      Thanks. It’s coming along. Though of course I had a crisis on Wednesday and decided it was crap. It kinda is, but all first drafts are. 😉 Glad to hear you are strict with yourself during the week. I think a few more relaxed days are good once you get to a healthy range on things. 🙂

  9. Now they are fine goals… I need to set some targets I think too.. Since making my decision to retire I finished work at the end of Aug.. I have been known to wander about in a kind of daze.. But painting each day has set me a focus..
    Hope your fingers are not aching too much with all that typing!… Hugs Sue xxx

    • Thanks. I try to set annual goals. I’m a big fan of goal setting and milestone marking on a quarterly/monthly/weekly basis too. It really keeps me focused and helps me get things done. 🙂 I think it’s good to take a break and enjoy not having a schedule for a bit. But creating a flow to the day can be a good thing. 🙂 LOL. Sometimes they do. When I type too hard. But I take breaks and workout to keep myself going.


  10. My sister told me she absolutely LOVED Six Train to Wisconsin. I told her she needs to write a review to help you out. As a non-writer, she didn’t realize the importance of reviews, but I clued her in real fast! Hopefully, she’ll do as her big sister tells her!

    I told her that you’re writing a sequel, and she was very excited!

    • That’s awesome–thanks for getting it for her as a present! Thank you so much–those reviews really help. It’s funny all the things we writers know that readers don’t. Yes, I’m 19k into the first draft. I may have to pause for line edits on The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts this month but I’ve made some great headway on the sequel drafting. 🙂

  11. Aquileana says:

    Hi Kourt… Just popping up… And it is always a pleasure to know more about you and your projects ahead… I will join you with tip #1 here… Maybe we can go your a virtual promenade one of these days. Hugs and happy weekend to you, Aquileana 😀

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