Checking in on 2012

The year’s half over, so I thought it’d be a good time to check in on my goals for 2012. Looking back at the last six months, I realize that I’ve done really well in some areas and not so well in other areas this year.

In 2012, I wanted to:

  • Strive to become a better, healthier me by accomplishing the goals I’ve set on this blog.
  • Lose at least 30 pounds through healthy eating and exercise.
  • Read the first half of the Old Testament and read The Book of Mormon again.
  • Read at least 36 books. (This includes at least two classics.)

The goals I’ve set on my blog deal with my emotional, spiritual, and physical health. So far this year, I’ve focused mostly on my physical health. I’ve worked on my emotional and spiritual health as well, but I haven’t put as much effort into it as I could have. I need to step those both up in the last half of the year.

As of this morning, I’ve lost a total of 30.8 lbs! I’ve already reached that goal for the year! I’m excited to see if I can lose another 30 before the year’s over. (Also, because tomorrow is July 4th and I’ll be doing other things, there won’t be a Weigh-In Wednesday post.)

I read 35 verses in the Old Testament each day, which will put me on par with finishing the first half by the end of the year. I also read 20 verses in the Book of Mormon each day; I’ll finish it by the end of the year.

So far, I’ve read only 9 books. I’ve been in a kind of reading slump for the last two months. I’m trying to get out of it, but I don’t know how to exactly. Hopefully, if I continue to read, it’ll just go away after a while. I’ll finish Pride and Prejudice in the first part of August and then I’ll just have one more classic to read for the year. Although, Precious Bane could count. It’s just not the one I was planning.

Looks like I still have quite a bit to do, but I’m still really proud of what I’ve done so far!


  1. says

    Jenni, you’ve done so well this year! You should be proud of yourself. Sticking to a diet and exercise regime is hard work and you’ve done it! Anyone who can plug through those first books in the Old Testament is amazing! That was really hard! I’m in Samuel in it’s getting easier. And you’ve been reading The Book of Mormon too?! I’m not even managing that! Just keep working on your goals, you’re doing great!

    Just wanted you to know I think you’re awesome. Seeing your updates on Twitter and Facebook and your blog for weight loss makes me smile. *hugs*

    • says

      Thanks, Jenny! I’m glad to hear that the OT gets better. I really enjoyed Genesis, so I look forward to more like that. :)

      Thanks for all your encouragement here, Twitter, and Facebook! It means the world to me! :D

  2. says

    How cool is it that you’ve already met your weight goal for this year?!? You’re a rock star!

    I’ve been in a reading slump too, and I’m ready to snap myself out of it. I’m hoping that between your Read-Along and another Read-a-Thon that I’m doing next week, I’ll be able to get some momentum this month. I’ve got tons of books that I want to read, so I need to get my act together.

    • says

      Oh! And I was going to congratulate you on your scripture reading goals! Way to keep on track! I actually set a goal to read the Book of Mormon twice this year (I’ve read it in a year several times, I’m trying to spice it up) and finished the first reading on June 30, so I’m right on task too. Yay us!

      • says

        That’s awesome! Congrats! Way to spice it up too. Once I’m done with the OT next year, I may do something like that. I feel like I get the most of out the Book of Mormon and I’ve never read it more than once in a year.

        • says

          I usually do like you are, and work on reading the BoM and something else at the same time. A few years ago, I started doing it to coincide with what was being taught in Gospel Principles on Sunday. So, I read the D&C two years ago, the New Testament last year, and then this year I opted for doing the BoM twice, since it is the BoM year and it seemed boring to just read that, if that makes sense. Next year is the Old Testament, of course. But, I think I’ll do like you’ve done, and just do the first half, and then in four years when it comes around again I’ll do the second half. We’ll see how ambitious I’m feeling around New Year’s Day.

          That was probably more than you ever wanted to know about my scripture reading habits. Heh.

          • says

            I think that’s a great way to do it. After I’m done with the OT, I think I’ll try that. It will probably help me with class on Sunday. Thanks for the idea. :D

    • says

      I’m in the same boat. I think it’s because I feel like I’ve been going non-stop for a couple of months with everything else in my life. What I really need is a vacation and some down time. I think that would help. But, since that isn’t on the horizon any time soon, I’ll just have to snap out of it, myself. :)

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