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New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 – Progress as of April 3rd

March Update


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1) Weight Loss
  • Lose enough weight to be classified as overweight at a BMI of 24.9 or less (weight loss of about 30 pounds)
    • Overall: 
      • Better than January, but that’s not saying much.
      • 5 pounds down from starting weight
      • Ha… don’t even have to update the overall section for this since February -__-
    • March
      • Haven’t lost or gained weight as of March 22nd still 34.4 BMI
    • February
      • Lost weight to achieve a BMI of 34.4 (obese category I) by February 4th
      • Stayed pretty much stable the following week at a BMI of 34.5 by Feb. 10th
      • Gained a pound to a BMI of 34.7 by Feb. 17th
      • Lost that pound. Back to starting weight in February by March 2nd (BMI 34.4)
    • January
      • Gained weight to my highest BMI of 35.2 (obese category II)


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2) Get a job in my Profession
  • Get a job as a dietitian (preferably a clinical dietitian)
    • Overall: 
      • Applied to 14 dietetic positions since January
      • Rejected by 5
      • No response from 9
    • March
      • Applied to two more dietetic positions on March 25th. This time in West Texas. 
      • One hospital decided to close the dietitian position due to coronavirus. The other has not responded.
    • February
      • Applied to three PRN clinical dietitian positions (February 3rd and 4th)
      • Applied to 5 full time, 1 part time and 2 on call dietitian positions on February 25th Rejected by 2 thus far and no reply from the rest as of yet.
    • January
      • Finished new licensure requirements such as payment and continuing education planning
      • Applied to one full time clinical dietitian position


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3) Complete a Triathlon

  • Complete an Olympic distance triathlon
    • Overall: 
      • HA! 😥
      • My first outdoor triathlon was canceled due to the coronavirus. My entry will be transferred to a triathlon in the summer. 
    • March
      • Almost no training. I did a good week and a half of training about 5 to 6 days a week for the first two weeks of the month then the virus began to make the news and people were told to stay at home. Gyms closed the third week. It was my spring break from college. I stayed home. Fourth week official stay at home orders were given. I may have to change this goal to a sprint distance triathlon. Depending on how this situation goes… races are currently cancelled until further notice…
    • February
      • Nothing, very sporadic training. :< 
    • January
      • Completed an indoor triathlon
      • Signed up for a super sprint triathlon in March
      • Bought bike accessories (bike computer, trainer, and aero bars)


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4) Improve 5k time
  • Complete a 5k in less than 35 minutes (~11 minute mile or 5.5mph pace)
    • Overall: 
      • Everything is a bit crazy at the moment. With the world… But as of writing this, I’ve been home for two weeks. I want to be active still, but honestly, I don’t know if that will be outside or not. Maybe it’s finally time to focus on strength training… 
    • March
      • Not much. :/ I ran about twice a week at first half of the month, but as explained above, I haven’t really been outside since the virus reached the United States. I don’t like running outside (it’s a body insecurity thing), but I may have to get over it because gyms are closed and it’s outside or nothing as far as running goes.
      • My April 5k has been changed to a virtual race. Looks like I’ll have to go outside to run at least one day… 
    • February
      • Feb. 4th signed up for a 5k later in February
      • Completed 5k in 44 minutes and 18 seconds according to the chip. 14:12 minute mile or so
      • Signed up for a 5k in April
    • January
      • Nothing…


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5) Learn to play instruments
  • Re-learn how to play This is Gospel by Panic! at the Disco on the piano and get to level 9 on the Yousician Piano app*
    • Overall: 
      • It’s a little strange…. I stopped playing piano since my piano classes ended. Actually, I didn’t play much piano while I was going to classes either…
    • March
      • But, ever since I’ve been holed up at home I’ve gotten very interested in the guitar. And I’ve actually been advancing. 😀 I mean, it still is a huge pain on my fingers, but I understand the instrument?? I know what it feels like and where the strings are. It’s natural. I already got to this point with the piano, so this is exciting. 🙂
      • Also, after playing Wii Music my mom got out a box of old instruments from when I was a kid. I was never interested in them. My brother, however, picked them up very quickly as a kid. After a day, I can play some simple songs on the harmonica. The accordion was pretty fun too. 🙂 …how the turntables…. 😅
    • February
      • Got to Level 7 on Classical and Pop lessons on Yousician.
      • Finished beginning piano class
    • January
      • Started this goal at level 6 on Yousician
      • Started a beginning piano class


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6) Graduate School Decisions
  • Decide when and where and for what to go to graduate school for
    • Overall: 
      • There are bigger concerns at the moment. Mainly housing decisions and job hunting. Same as last month, but this time with the added weight of the economy due to this coronavirus thing. :/
    • March
      • I have no plans to begin graduate school this fall. I hoped I’d have a job by now, but all I have are student loan debts. Also, I want to move out of my parent’s house, so that is a higher priority at the moment.  
    • February
      • Nothing :/
    • January
      • Nothing…


7) Repay Student Loans
  • Pay off at least 1/3 of my undergraduate student loans
    • Overall: 
      • Applied to 11 hourly positions since January
      • Rejected by 2
      • No response from 8
      • Offered (technically not hired yet) before the place got shut down due to the virus: 1
    • March
      • Still unemployed
      • March 26th, applied to 4 hourly positions
    • February
      • Feb. 3rd, applied for an hourly position
      • Feb. 19, applied for 5 hourly positions
      • Feb. 23rd got an email with additional questions to answer before deciding if they want me to come in for an interview. They did not. Rejected from a cashiering job (I have 3 years of cashiering experience).
      • March 7th got a call to go for an interview on March 16th
    • January
      • Nothing… still unemployed


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8) Volunteer
  • Volunteer at least once a month
    • Overall: 
      • Volunteering is on hold due to the coronavirus. 
    • March
      • March 6th volunteered at the food bank receiving donations
      • I scheduled a month of volunteer experiences in advance, but they all got canceled due to the virus. Volunteering is on hold for now. I’m taking this thing seriously, so I don’t plan to go outside unless I have a job or am going for a run or need to grocery shop. The three people I live with have complicating factors if they were to get sick, so I can’t afford to brush this situation off. 
    • February
      • Feb. 3rd signed up to volunteer with a food bank
      • Feb. 6th, volunteered at the food bank sorting cans
      • Feb. 26th volunteered with the food bank distributing food at a community center
    • January
      • Nothing…


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9) Have Fun!
  • Go on a fun outing at least once a month (with others or alone)
    • Overall: 
      • I made a point of going out more in March. Which I did…until the virus.
    • March
      • I had to add a section for March already, since I’ve been making an effort to enjoy myself more. It’s amazing what putting yourself first will do! Awwww…. that’s what I’d written for the overview section last month. ❤ So sweet and if I only knew… I’m glad I enjoyed it while going outside was still safe.
      • March 1st Went to the movie theater by myself and saw Jojo Rabbit
      • March 3rd Got breakfast with my brother, then went to the movies with him and saw Parasite
      • March 6th Went to visit my cousin Yvette and got to meet her two year old daughter and see her son
      • March 6th Had a painting and wine/ read with my honorary niece (Allie) night with Lyza and Sophia
      • March 13th Had a second painting and wine night with my best friend Lyza, and her sister Sophia, and Sophia’s daughter Allie. I held Sophia’s baby (Ameilia) for the first time. This is the last time I’ve seen them. 😦 I left my paints at Sophia’s place because I had no idea what was going to happen the following week. 
    • February
      • Feb. 1st- Cousin’s birthday bowling 🙂
      • Feb. 14 to 16th, trip to visit Mariah for her bridal shower
      • Feb. 21 Ice cream with Lyza, Sophia, and Alli
      • Feb. 14-16th Trip to celebrate Mariah’s bachelorette party got to meet most of her family and some of Richard’s family
      • Feb. 28 to March 1st, Trip to celebrate Mariah and Richard’s wedding, got to hang out with Sherry and Dellewood 🙂
    • January
      • Until the 2nd- trip to West Texas with Mariah to visit Sherri and Richard
      • 18th- Coffee with Sydney


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10) Blog!
  • Write at least four posts a month on this blog
    • Overall: 
      • At the moment I’ve been quite distracted. I’ve been more focused on Instagram, but I still care about this blog. More posts coming soon..
    • March
      • About one post per week. I certainly have the time now that I’m not going outside unless absolutely necessary. Let’s see what happens…
      • …Man, that’s pitiful… I’ve been avoiding my problems for a while now and it shows. 😬
      • March 2020 blog posts
    • February
      • Five posts, rather sporadic… I started well :/
      • February 2020 posts
    • January
      • About 2 posts per week. Nice! 😀
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11) Read!
  • Read at least one new book per month
    • Overall: 
      • I promise you I would not have started reading either of those books had it not been for this resolution. I started each of them at the beginning of the month so that I could finish them before the end of it. X) It’s just not a craving like it used to be. :< Yeah, don’t have to update this bullet point either, ha…
    • March
      •  It started out well. I was advancing through Beautiful Boy by David Sheff, but then I just sort of stopped… It’s a fascinating book. I’ve just been preoccupied about other things at the moment.
    • February
      • I’m Fine and Other Lies… by Whitney Cummings
    • January
      • None… (I’m re-reading Matched by Ally Condie with my mom 😬)


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Talking to Myself
  • Comments:
    • February
      • I just hope I’m happier next month. 😦
    • March
      • February me, you make me sad. :< It gets better. The world is kind of screwed up right now, but you are happier. I’m very confused right now. About society and what that means for humanity and also what it means for me personally. Will I even be able to move out this summer? Should I? Will it even matter by then? We’ll see…
      • My hope this month is that my family and friends and fellow humans are and remain healthy.




Photo Credit:

  • All pictures are from Pexel’s free photo library. The following are the names of photographers according to the goal photo.
  • 1st, 6th, 7th, & 8th Pixabay
  • 2nd Sharon McCutcheon
  • 3rd Kaitlyn Jade
  • 4th & 11th Andrea Piacquadio
  • 5th Wendy Wei 
  • 9th cottonbro
  • 10th Andrew Neel 
  • Comment photo Christina Morillo

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