It’s November, which means we’re in the final stretch of the year. To say that this year has gone by fast would be an understatement. Every month I find myself saying “Where did the month go?” I feel like others can relate to how I feel as well!
October was a busy month, and that’s putting it nicely. I definitely feel like there were things that I could have done better, but that just means that there’s room for improvement, right?
Do you set monthly goals? I love doing these posts every month because it helps to hold me accountable, especially with my yearly goals. Sometimes it’s easy to get a little lazy with all of the day-to-day responsibilities that we have, but I always try to make my health a top priority.
First, let’s take a look at my goals from October:
Complete my StepBet Game
I will be done with my StepBet game on Sunday and I’m in it to win it! I’ve hit all my required steps every day over the past 5 weeks and it’s looking like I’ll make a few bucks profit on the game I’m currently in – hooray!
Do 30 mins of lunchtime activity
While I didn’t do this daily due to a few factors (rain, traveling), I did aim to get this done at least twice a week. This will be a little harder to do as colder weather rolls in, but I’ll continue to try my best to get it done. I can honestly say that it makes a difference in my workday. I always come back from my activity energized!
Continue hip rehab
I was way more diligent with my hip strengthening exercises in the beginning of the month, but definitely fell off with this towards the end of October. But since this is something I KNOW I can’t slack on, I have to get back at it!
Before I state my goals for November, I have a confession to make. For the last 2 weeks I haven’t felt super motivated at all. I’m getting in workouts because I know I have to, not because I want to, so I’m hoping to change this outlook next month.
Here are my goals for November!
Start using my training journal again
I was really good at logging all my workouts in my training/running journal earlier this year when I was training for the Shamrock Marathon. After that race in March, slowly but surely, I’ve been tracking less and less workouts in that journal every month. Mentally I think because I wasn’t training for a marathon, I felt like I didn’t need to track my workouts, but that’s just silly. Even when I’m not training, I should track everything and write down the workout, how I felt during the workout, what went well/didn’t go well, etc. It’s important to have that data, so this month I’m committing to using it daily.
A minimum of 30 mins activity daily
This is the time of year when it’s easy for the wheels to fall off. This is even more true for me as I haven’t been feeling motivated lately. Because of this I’m aiming to get in a minimum of 30 minutes of activity daily. It can be anything – running, spinning, yoga, going for a walk, etc. As long as I’m making time for exercise and my body is moving!
Practice gratitude daily
My friend Michelle (@Runattitude) posted a 30 day gratitude challenge on Instagram yesterday and I really love this idea. The idea is that everyday you post something small (or big) that you are grateful for that day. I love this daily reminder to take joy in the small things in life that make us happy. It’s often easier to complain than be thankful and we should change that!
Get back on track with my diet
I really need to get back on track with this. I’m up a few pounds and I don’t like it. There’s been a lot of work travel and eating out (due to a few farewell parties for work colleagues) but I need to get back to meal prepping and using my WW app to track my meals.
Did you have a good October? If you set monthly goals, what are your goals for October?
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