Episode 25: Wherein AJ and Hillary Stay Accountable and Provide a Goals Update

Accountability Partner Check-In
Ooo, look at this here graphy thing Hillary made on her phone. Oh yeah, we fancy.

You’re all probably dying to know how AJ and Hillary’s are progressing toward their goals.

OK, weirdo. Whatever floats your goat. We don’t judge.

Here’s a quick recap, which you can also listen to in our goals episode, about what AJ and Hillary were planning to tackle in 2021:

AJ’s goals:

  • Lose 60 pounds
  • Get her book done and published
  • Increase our podcast listener/fan base. In S.M.A.R.T terms, we’re aiming to increase our downloads to 1,000 per episode by the end of the year.

Hillary’s goals:

  • Continue the gratitude practice she started the first of December 2021
  • Start incorporating meditation beginning in March

AJ’s progress update:

“S….L…O…W. That’s how and a little frustrating. I changed up my eating habits because I noticed that I was UNDEReating, which is easy to do when you adopt a Keto lifestyle (which I still love). I also hit a stall in shedding weight for the first time. Despite my going strict Keto and even doing the “clean,” as opposed to the “dirty” version (more on that in a future post/episode) I was not dropping any weight, which sent me into a shame spiral late last year, which sent me into an emotional eating and binge cycle. Not good. 

“So, I started the year trying to get my eating back on track and eat more healthfully. I began following WW (formerly Weight Watchers). I (at the time of the recording) dropped 5 pounds in one month. Super frustrating, BUT if I maintain this trajectory, 5lbs/month, I’d be on track to lose 60 pounds in the year. It’s actually a win but my attitude needs work. Listen to the episode for more on this.

“My workout routine has improved since last year but is still spotty in places where my work schedule gets cray. I will be working on improving this in March.

“As for the publishing goal: I am making much better progress with that goal. I hired a writing coach, who was WONDERFUL and have a solid publishing plan for the year.

“The podcast growth goal is coming along as well, thanks to our loyal listeners and our efforts with social media.”

Hillary’s progress update:

Gratitude: “The gratitude practice is still on track. I’ve managed to log three things I’m grateful for almost every day since the first of December.

“At first, the results were strikingly noticeable; I feel like my whole perspective shifted for the better in that I was able to stay more positive. It also helped me keep things in perspective and to realize that any given situation was never either truly good or truly bad.

“Now, either I’m just used to that shift in that I don’t notice it, or it’s not working as well. It’s still usually fairly easy for me to come up with three things I’m grateful for every day. But I don’t notice the improved outlook as much. 

“I still enjoy doing it, so I think I’ll continue for now. In the future, I may look to include more journaling about one of the things I’m grateful for every day to see if that further improves my mental headspace.”

Meditation: “So, I was supposed to start March 1, and I didn’t. I’m not sure why I’m so resistant. 

“Part of the reason could be because we’re getting toward the end of a home renovation project, and it’s been loud AF. So, the thought of trying to carve out some quiet time to focus seems daunting.

“Also, I’ve been toying with some intuitive eating (watch for a future episode on that), which is presenting its own set of challenges. Although meditation is supposed to be a part of the intuitive eating process, I just haven’t been able to bring myself to figure out when and how often I’m going to try meditation.

“So, there’s a definite stumbling block going on, and I’m just going to have to do some work to figure out what the deal is. 

“Ugh. Sounds like so much work. Gross.”

What about you? How are your goals for the year coming? Have you been successful or stumbling? Tell us all about it in the comments or on the related post on our Facebook page.

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