Ramadan Review 2013-1434

[This is a series of posts to chart how well I do with my Ramadan goals. Last week’s review is here.]

OMG – Ramadan is half way over!! How did this happen so fast?! Ugh, it’ll be gone before we know it! 😦 And worse, I’m not happy with the way that this week has gone. I’ve been on my praycation for most of it, and so I was hoping to really get ahead on a lot of things. Well, I haven’t. The only things I’ve done this week that I’m really proud of are to keep up with the exercise and the blogging. We went out for Iftar at my grandma’s on Sunday and went to Bab Ezzouar shopping centre yesterday, so I basically have no routine whatsoever at this point. I need routine. Routine is how I meet my goals. No routine = lazy Sarah. It’s not good. This is what my week has looked like with regards to my Ramadan goals:

Things I will do:

  1. Pray Taraweeh: 2/2 I’m now on my praycation, so this is as much as I could do.
  2. Read the whole Qur’an: 19/30 I am so not happy with this. I have basically read just one juz’ since Sunday. I’m glad that I was ahead on this, and I know that the last 4 Juz’ will be easy for me to read because I either know them, or am very familiar with them, so I would really like to finish the last 11 Juz’ this week. It’s definitely possible, I just have to get on with it.
  3. Pray 2 rakat before/after every prayer: 5/5 Alhamdulillah, for the few days I was praying this week, I had no problem doing this at all.
  4. Blog a minimum of 3 times a week: 3/3 YAY! I actually managed this one! Alhamdulillah, Inshallah I’ll keep it up.

Things I’d like to do:

  1. Revise at least 4 hizbs of Qur’an: 0/0 I did start on this one, but then I stopped. So I haven’t done anything on it.
  2. Exercise 3-4 times a week: 3/3  Alhamdulillah, this one’s going strong! 😀
  3. Say extra duas / adhkar along with my daily dhikr: 1/2 Unfortunately, I haven’t been all that great with this one. I’ve said my extra dua & adhkar about half the time, but I’ve also started to slip on my regular ones in the morning. I feel like I really need to clean up my act on this one. 😦
  4. Listen to Qur’an: 0/0 You know how I said I’d download some Qur’an last week? Yeah, still hasn’t happened.

Things I won’t do:

  1. Watch crappy TV (except The Biggest Loser): 7/7 Like last week, I’ve had no time to even consider doing this.
  2. Spend hours in the kitchen: 7/7 This one’s also going really well. Alhamdulillah our menu planning thing has really worked. 🙂
  3. Overeat: I’m a little unsure about this one as I haven’t been logging my food diary since I stopped fasting. Worse, I’m  eating quite a bit at night, but eating a meal in the day too.  :/

So for this week I need to focus on:

  • Reading the Qur’an. Inshallah I’d like to finish this week.
  • Revise one hizb. I’m really shooting for two, but I’m trying to be moderate.
  • Sort out my morning adhkar because it’s ridiculous that I’ve done so well for so long, and now it’s Ramadan I’m not saying them. Grrr.
  • Resume food diary, because stuffing myself is not Islamic.

I would still like to download the Qur’an to listen to it, but it’s not as much of a priority as the other things. What about you – how’s you’re week gone?