Prepper Goals! Check in!

A goal without planning is just a wish.  -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We’re more than half way through the year folks! How are your prepper goals shaping up? Are you making progress or do you find yourself defeated? Do you need some advice or workarounds for a road block?

If your exercise routine has tapered off to nothing, try jump starting things with a new exercise. Go hike some place new, or try a new class at the Y.

If you are trying to learn a new skill, but have reached a tricky part, now could be a good time to try and locate a local expert.

Here’s a recap of my own goals.

Knitting – I wanted to learn a few more new stitches, finish project #3 and start a project to learn shaping.  (Socks maybe? Or is that too ambitious?)  I’ve learned 2 new stitches this year, Yarn Over and Knit Together. Project 3 is almost through ball number 2 of 3.  I’ve downloaded some free sock patterns from Interweave. I may have to find an experienced knitter to help me start at least. I’ll be seeing my mother-in-law on Labor Day weekend, I wonder if I can finish project #3 and be ready to start a pair of socks by  then. Timelines, even arbitrary ones, really help motivate for year long goals.

Regain muscles lost to babies – This was a two pronged approach. I had a winter wedding invite that helped motivate me to shed the last of the pregnancy weight. Then I wanted to rebuild some of my muscle mass. I started with yoga, very low impact, very self directed. Then slowly mixed in longer walks. Then the 5k training. I successfully ran my 20 minutes non stop on Saturday.  I’m feeling like I’m on track with this one.

Increase food production – This summer I know I’ll harvest more food than I ever have before.  I know I’m going to lose my two plots at the church though, so I’ll have to step lively to find more land so I don’t have smaller harvest next year. Preferably I’ll find something this fall so I can start smothering weeds/grass.

Sew more clothing – This one has gone so-so.  I’ve done some shorts for the boys, but they both grew out of them within 2 months. *sigh* And I’m dragging ass on finishing the 3 items of clothing I’ve started for me.  Although I did complete one skirt, that I really liked, but then I started the 5K training, and I’m too skinny for it now. I need to take it in. I did a repair job on a pair of hubbys shorts, and one on his favorite pants, but both times he had them ripped out again within days of the patch job. *grrr* Yea… gonna have to work harder on this one.

Anyway! How are your goals going for the year? What are you finding yourself procrastinating on? Sound off in the comments!

- Calamity Jane

  • JAS July 16, 2013, 8:18 am

    We have been steadily adding to our food supplies, as well as equipment. Once we had what we thought we needed for hurricane season, then we went back to storing food and water. Ammo has been difficult, as with everyone else, but we have been able to gather about 5000 rounds more of 22 LR by watching Cabela’s and grabbing a brick every time they get some in at a reasonable price. Our biggest setback has been in food production. We moved south 2 years ago due to my wife’s health and have been really having a tough time learning how and what grows best. Our tomatoes are doing great, but its just too hot for other things. We keep planting things in different locations around the yard varying the amount of direct sun to find the best spots, but it is a slow process. As we learn, we document what grows best where. All in all we feel pretty good about where we are, but keep reassessing what we need and changing our lists to improve our situation.

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    • babycatcher July 16, 2013, 5:34 pm

      Shade cloth can become your best friend. If you can find it on sale at the end of the season, you might be able to save quite a bit of money. We did 10×3 foot raised beds, and my hubby made some PVC supports with 1 inch conduit and Connectors to make a tent like structure. Its about 24 inches high, but I can keep lettuce cool and growing thru July…I will be starting my colecrops for the fall in those tents, so they don’t get baked..hope that helps…

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      • JAS July 16, 2013, 8:45 pm

        Thanks, we will try anything and everything at this point.

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  • irishdutchuncle July 16, 2013, 2:17 pm

    the one major preparedness goal that has eluded me, all my adult life:

    the retreat property.

    (still hasn’t happened yet)

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  • Jamie July 16, 2013, 3:28 pm

    I am on schedule or slightly ahead on most of my goals for the year. I’m getting 7 cords of wood delivered for a wood stove I want to install this year. The parts for making my own solar generator but With today’s gas prices I don’t think I’ll get 100 gallons of gas stored!

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  • babycatcher July 16, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Still need to gather firewood, but we do have a dead oak to take down. Carport to protect from hail is in progress, and gardening is coming along. Because mine was so late getting in,I fully expect to be the last one emptied…

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  • grandmamom July 16, 2013, 11:36 pm

    Our major goal for the year is… you guessed it, a retreat property. After finding what was the “right place for us” we now realize it just isn’t going to happen. I am a if it doesn’t work out, it wasn’t meant to be person. Unfortunately, my oldest is not. We will get there.

    On the other hand we have made real progress in other areas. A little ammo before it went crazy, canning any meat I find on sale, research, research, and more research. Tried gardening for the first time with LIMITED success. South Louisiana heat is killing everything except a few cherry tomatoes, lemon balm, mint, basil, parsley, and rosemary.

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  • Alexia July 17, 2013, 6:26 am

    I never realized that trying to get fit could be considered prepping! YAY!

    That’s what I’m focusing on this year… Last year, and the beginning of this year was spent on loosing some weight. (dropped from tipping the scales at 300 to 227, when I checked two days ago!!) Since the weight loss tapered off, I decided to start exercising… OMGOSH. lol That is so not something I ever thought I would do. BUT I’m loving it. Hoping to be able to foot it out of town if I ever need to bug out (and you know, IF we need to leave, and IF we can’t drive, and IF, IF, If… it’s going to be nice to have this option!) :)

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  • Harriet July 17, 2013, 7:53 pm

    My prepping is mostly about improving my health, learning first aid and gaining karate skills. I became well enough to come off my medication so I no longer have to buy it, take it, or stock it in my preps. The Paleo diet is the basis for my improved health (no longer have thyroid problems, high blood pressure or pre-diabetic and my auto-immune disease is in remission) supported by the info from Julia Ross’s “The diet cure”. I’m improving my mobility and flexibility through physiotherapy as my auto-immune disease has left me with disabilities in those areas and I’m OK enough now to be graded green belt in karate at the age of 63. I attend first aid sessions weekly, am about to do an advanced ambulance course for volunteers, starting Sunday. As I volunteer as a first aider in the community I get all this training for free. Plus I’ve put together some water and food storage. I do a bit more each month.

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    • babycatcher July 18, 2013, 11:40 am

      Kudos! That’s pretty impressive, both you and Alexia! Keep up the good work!

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