Plans & Goals 2020: Week 33 Review

This is totally random, inconsequential information that affects absolutely none of you, but every week when I write this post I copy-and-paste the previous week’s post and delete the paragraphs rather than re-type all the goal headings and subheadings…and every time I do this, any emojis I happened to have in the post blow up to the size of the entire page. Thus I keep finding myself being attacked by smiley faces the size of my entire Chromebook screen. I don’t know why this amuses me, but it does, and so now you know about it. You’re welcome, I suppose.

Unfortunately I have to report this week that Covid has weaselled its way back into Nova Scotia. There are three new cases in the Northern zone that are apparently all travel-related, and there could be more because there was an Air Canada flight involved. This gives me pause for a few reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the majority of my family and in-law family live in the Northern zone, within a half-hour drive of the airport in question, so I really, really hope that they are all being safe and smart. Another related thought, however, is that airlines such as Air Canada should not have been allowed to return to full-capacity flights. I understand that massive amounts of money are lost when a flight is allowed to take off half-empty, but we all know that airplane seating is disgustingly cramped at the best of times, and a flimsy face mask isn’t going to do much when you’re pressed shoulder-to-knee to the person next to you (and lord help you if you’re in a center seat). Just my two cents there.

And speaking of the frustration of the pandemic as a whole; it’s looking more and more likely that I’m going to be out of work until 2021. There is a local job that I held previously that I am fairly confident I could get back into, but to be terribly blunt I would actually be making less money than I’ve been getting from unemployment, even if I worked more than a 40-hour week, so financially that still leaves me in an uncomfortable position. So, with that said, please consider checking out my books, possibly joining my Patreon, and if you’re in the market for some toys and collectibles, check out what we have up on Ebay right now.

And now that I’ve thoroughly plugged my various nonsense, let’s get through this week’s post together.

Goal #1: Be Healthier

You know, if you look at individual moments you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’d completely fallen off the wagon. But if you look at the week as a whole, you realize that it’s actually much better than you had imagined. So don’t worry, I’ll forgive you.

  • Eat better (and less) – There were some definite bad moments throughout last week, including but not limited to the two days in a row during which we, as a family, had a dessert bonanza of nearly 700 calories each after supper. But believe it or not, those calories were all but negligible when taking into account the sheer amount of walking we’ve all been doing recently (more on that later).

    In general, the week was a decent one. We’ve been eating more vegetables than we’ve ever eaten, have been having small quantities of things like rice instead of higher-calorie food bombs like buttered potatoes, and Jason and I in particular have drastically reduced the hours during which we allow ourselves to eat. Intermittent fasting works, my friends. Look it up.
  • Drink more water – After the ridiculous amount of alcohol that I mentioned in last week’s post I started to refocus my efforts on drinking lots and lots of water. It’s been going well. I’m back to just water, black coffee, and sometimes black tea, with the occasional calorie-free soda water when I want something fizzy, and the overall amount of liquid I’ve been putting in myself is definitely enough to keep myself hydrated and mostly avoiding phantom hunger.
  • Get more exercise – Now, here I have to admit that I only did a proper exercise, like…once last week. Perhaps twice, I can’t quite recall. That said, I have definitely been burning calories. I mentioned last week that Jason, Adrianna, and I had begun playing Pokemon Go again. Well, that has turned into something of a temporary insanity, particularly once we learned that this coming Tuesday will have a double-XP hour.

    We instantly began planning an “evolution day”, the intention being to gather as much as we can that is capable of evolving, so that we can each drop a “lucky egg” and thus get quadruple XP for each of those evolutions. What does any of that have to do with burning calories? Well, my friend, we’ve been doing a lot – a lot – of walking to gather all those Pokemon and their associated evolution candy.

    Long story short, we walked more than 50 km last week, just while playing Pokemon Go. For you yanks, that’s roughly 31 miles. And a lot of that was done during rather disgustingly hot weather too, which meant more sweating, more heart-beating, and more calories burned overall. Burning calories while playing a game. You can’t beat that.

    On a related note, I’ve found, over the course of all this Pokemon hunting, that my breathing has been getting better, my legs have been taking longer to start getting sore, and all-in-all it’s taking more to tire me out. That’s called progress, my friends, and it’s really quite exciting to poor, old, tired, sore me. 😛
  • Lose 2 lbs per month – I really should adjust the wording of this one since I spent the first half of the year completely failing to do anything of the sort, but let’s just set that aside for now.

    Last week I reported that I’d gone up as a result of all that drinking and eating and whatnot. I had to report that I was once more up to 175.6 lbs. This week I get to report that I am once again moving in the proper direction! Thanks, likely, to the positively ridiculous amount of walking (in conjunction with counting my calories each day), I’ve gone down to 172.4 lbs, which is the lowest I’ve been since I started reporting actual numbers here. That’s a 3.2 lb loss over a week, which I would normally label as being an unhealthy loss, but a good bit of that was likely water weight caused by the aforementioned drinking and whatnot, so I’m going to let myself have it. 😛

Goal #2: Be an Author

Oooh, okay, I’m not going to lie…things went a little sideways on me this past week, but it’s not as bad as I’m currently making it sound. Just a few little bumps in the road, I promise.

  • Write 500,000 words throughout the year – The main bump is that I didn’t hit my weekly goal last week, and I’m not going to mince words: the main reason for that is likely all the Pokemon Go playing. I mean…come on…do you realize how much time we spent outside, wandering around town, in order to hit over 50 km worth of walking? But also there was some focus required in other areas of life, not the least of which is dealing with the absolute nuclear bomb of stuff that we’re selling (and the related giant piles of shipping boxes) that are currently devouring the main floor of our house.

    But enough with the excuses; here are the numbers. Last week my account wanted me to write 8915 words, which should have been easily doable, but I only managed to get up to 7846 words. That is still totally respectable, but I’m dedicating myself to finding the time, one way or the other, to do better this week. I have lots going on, including trying desperately to finish a beta-reader copy of “The Other World: Book Three”. I should honestly have no excuse not to be able to write a couple thousand words per day. So lets fucking DO THIS THING.
  • Promote published books – I’m struggling to recall, but I don’t think I really promoted my books last week, which is entirely idiotic of me at this point in my life, given all the financial crap I mentioned earlier. So, yeah, I’m dedicating myself to doing better this coming week, one way or the other.
  • Promote Patreon & exclusive content – Within the words that I did write last week, I managed to rip out another chapter of “Revenge Omens“, which I then immediately put up as a Patreon Early-Access post. So if you’re interested in reading Chapter Eight more than a week before it goes live on AO3, consider joining my Patrons!
  • Work on Author social media – As far as productivity, last week was definitely my best one in a while for social media. That’s not to say that I’m a social maven or anything; I just managed to actually post something each day throughout the week. And I was rewarded with an all-positive week! Concerning the author accounts specifically, the Twitter only gained one follower, but the Instagram gained six.

Goal #3: Be a YouTuber

YouTube has gone a wee bit sideways, partly because of all the time we’ve been spending out of the house, but also partly because of the recent dedication to focusing on getting things up on Ebay. Keep that in mind…

  • Film/edit/upload – So, we didn’t film anything again this past week, but we did finally manage to finish editing and upload the huge viewer mail vid, which I shared on here a few days ago. It was a pretty massive video, and we did our best to make it entertaining with lots of fun little random jokes and whatnot, so I’m sure you’ll forgive us for how long it took. 😛
  • Promote and Interact (Social Media) – I shared some rather fun pictures on the Instagram this week! Some of the stuff we opened in the aforementioned mail video was extremely photogenic so I caught some really cute shots that people seem to be enjoying.

    As with the author accounts, the YouTube accounts both went up this week, almost evenly. The Twitter gained four new followers, and the Instagram gained five. I must say, it’s nice to see the Instagram going back up a bit again. I’ll have to keep finding fun toy shots because I am so very done with seeing that account hover uselessly in the same 20-ish-range.
  • Expand website content – *takes a deep breath* Okay, okay…no more incoherent screaming, I promise.

    I did not, in fact, do anything with the website last week, which brings us up to the thirty-third consecutive week of doing fuck all with it. However, Jason is encouraging me to start writing article-style posts for the site, such as “Top X” lists, as a way of promoting our brand while also building my word count (and hopefully having a bit of fun, obviously), so I’m motivated. No really. I swear.

    Why are you looking at me like that?

Goal #4: Be Fun!

I mean….Pokemon Go is fun, so that should pretty much cover this one, right? No? Okay, fiiiiiine…

  • Read 50 books throughout the year – Unfortunately, your girl did not manage to find any time last week to sit herself down in a quiet environment and get further into “Godsgrave”. I did a tiny bit of fanfic reading during moments like waiting in line at the grocery store and whatnot, but that’s about all the reading I did the entire week. I expect Pokemon Go to slow down a bit this week, however, once we’ve gotten through this double XP insanity, so I’m sure I’ll manage to find a few minutes here and there soon…*cough cough*
  • Play video games – Does Pokemon Go count? I mean, it totally should, right? Even though it’s a mobile game? Right?

    Are you guys sick of me bringing up Pokemon Go yet? Okay, okay, I’m sorry.

    As far as “proper” video games go, the only one I really played this week was “Fall Guys”, which was a free download on the PS4 recently. Adrianna and I both gave it a try, and while it can be extraordinarily frustrating sometimes – due to the ragdoll physics and the sheer quantity of things trying to smack you down – it’s also extremely fun and pants-wettingly funny to watch. If I’d paid for it I might be a little annoyed with the limited number of events, but since it was free I’m totally on board. It’s highly amusing watching up to 60 little characters all scrambling to try to be one of the ones to make it through the Wipeout-style events at once.
  • Watch shows/movies – For the most part indulging in shows and movies has been shunted aside somewhat in favor of the exercise-mobile-game-that-shall-no-longer-be-named. That said, we, as a family, indulged in all three live action Ninja Turtles movies this past week (yes, even the third), and we also watched the second season of “Scissor Seven”, which is a really odd and unique kinda-anime series that’s on Netflix. Jason and I also watched a horror called “We Summon the Darkness”, which had some amusing points and an interesting take on religious fanatics, but is also something that I’d probably never be bothered to watch again.

So here we are at the end, and looking back it really wasn’t a terrible week, all things considered. I mean, there definitely could have been more productivity in all avenues if a certain no-longer-nameable game hadn’t devoured our souls, but still, not too shabby all over. I’m more or less pleased. Or maybe I’m just in a particular good mood. That’s okay too!

How was your week? Any accomplishments you want to share? Goals you worked hard on? Feel free to share in the comments! 

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