On Friday, June 12, I posted my 80 days of summer to-do/goal list and committed to updating each week. For me, summer and this series ended on August 31. This is my final post in this series, and it has been a rewarding learning experience.

  1. Complete 1,000,000 steps on activity trackers. SUCCESS. For the 7 day period of Monday to Sunday, total steps between my treadmill desk steps and my Garmin viviofit2 activity tracker added up to 296,849 steps.
    My thoughts: This was far and away my most successful endeavor of the goals I initially set. For the 80 days of summer tracking period, I documented 1,839,340 total steps, coming close to doubling my goal.
  2. Attend 25 classes yoga classes. SUCCESS. For this final reporting period I attended only 1 yoga class, primarily because we were on vacation for 5 of the 7 days.
    My thoughts: My final tally for this summer was 34 yoga classes, exceeding my goal. When I began the summer I had been hit-and-miss about yoga, but I know the only way to feel better, less anxious about going is to actually go regularly. I did not always makes the 2 classes per week average goal I had initially set, but I feel the success of my more frequent attendance and regular practices.
  3. Use gym membership for 30 sessions of strength training. FAIL. Trainer J and I met early (Monday) because of my looming vacation, and that was the only time I actually set foot in the gym during this reporting period. That said, I did work out at our hotel 5 of 6 days while we were on vacation.
    My thoughts: While overall I tallied only 24 gym sessions of the 30 session goal, I gained so much more than the numbers reveal. Personal training is a luxury expense, but the things trainer J has taught me and what I am gaining from those sessions is worth every single cent. For each of the times I did not go to the gym, I worked out at home at least 3 times. My confidence is growing, my competence with strength training is generally keeping up with the new skills J teaches me each week, and despite “failing” at this goal I am far more successful than I ever imagined when I set it up.
  4. Lose 10 lbs. SUCCESS. Neither up nor down this reporting period. Considering that we were on vacation for most of this reporting period, I would call that a win.
    My thoughts: Looking over the numbers, I am down 10 lbs. from when summer began. It has been and uneven process, but my eating habits have been even more uneven than the weight loss progress. Losing weigh is gratifying, but the small changes I have made to my diet and my evolving mindset about eating in general will provide stability for long-term weight loss and maintenance.
  5. Research CBT for eating habits. ABANDONED 
    The prohibitive cost combined with other issues going on has me tabling this as a goal for the summer.
  6. Decide upon and document funeral arrangement/wishes. COMPLETE. We established a separate account strictly for burial costs and have written detailed instructions about our current preferences in our trust binder. This is something we will revisit every year or two as we update our will and trust documents.
  7. Read two books per week. FAILUREI could provide a long list of reasons why I did not reach much at all this summer – work, fun, exercise, etc. But the reality is that I did not do as I expected I would, and I am okay with that.
    My thoughts: I am typically a voracious reader and believed this would be the easiest of the goals I set. However, I barely cracked a book most of the summer. Instead, I had time with family and friends. I transformed my work life and unexpectedly began a different, life-altering career track. I read a lot of blogs and commented more routinely than I have previously. I learned to truly value the reality of doing versus the experience of reading about and planning to do new things. It was a summer of growth and change that could not be replicated from getting lost in a good book.
  8. Get a tan on my legs. COMPLETE. I am calling this good and done. I have a nice base tan on my legs and am ready to go on vacation … wearing pants. We like to walk and to hike and will be out and about a lot in the sun, and I would rather cover up than wear sunscreen.
  9. Hike with M 6 weekend days. MOSTLY FAIL. Life was busy with many unanticipated changes this summer. While this seemed so doable and something to look forward to back in June, it became nearly impossible between my employment changes, many visits with friends near and far, and our individual and joint choices of how we wanted to spend our time. Still, while we were away on our vacation we hike and walked many, many miles in new-to-us and very beautiful places.
    My thoughts: The summer was fun, gratifying, and rewarding, so it’s impossible for me to view this as a complete failure. We had time with faraway friends and our family, and our time together was spent doing things we both enjoy and pursuing activities of individual interest. For both M and I, our health is better than it was 80 days ago due to diet adjustments and increased activity levels. It’s impossible to characterize that as failure.
  10. Post 12 goal progress updates. SUCCESS. Week 12 was almost completely about being away on vacation. While I had hoped to have this post written and up on August 31, these few days of tardiness do not dimminish the spirit of the goal or my reporting process.
    My thoughts: This was my first endeavor in creating a set of goals and a set timeline for reporting back on my progress. While tedious at times to report my progress (or lack thereof), it was good to sit down and think about short-term goals on a regular basis.

It was a wonderful summer. This series taught me a lot about goal setting and prioritizing. While I am typically focused on meeting goals once set, I learned again what is most important cannot always be measured by reportable achievements. Discussing with M all we did and what has happened to us in the last few months, we both feel unusually satisfied with our accomplishments and how we invested our time. The next few months seem pretty low-key and routine, with few events looming large on the calendar. Our health seems a priority right now, and we are both working hard on cleaning up our eating habits and increasing our activity levels. Hard to believe it is already September and Labor Day is Monday. From here onward it seems like a very fast-track to the holidays and the coming year.

But we will be enjoying the days and the changes in weather. Life is good and we are grateful. Onward to our next big adventure.

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