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Thursday, November 1, 2012

The One With Goals For November


I don’t usually do monthly goals, actually scratch that, sometimes I do monthly goals but I never write them down or publish them. And most of the time I have weekly goals; the first of the month usually creeps up on me and before I know it we are onto another month before I realize we left the last one in the dust. But this month I actually do have a couple of specific goals that I would like to make public for accountability’s sake and I plan to update those throughout the month (maybe once a week? One can only hope…)

I love November, really love it! October is great and it seems to be everyone’s favorite month and while it is high on my list I really like November a lot. And I don’t necessarily like it for the obvious, “it’s the month of Thanksgiving” reasons. Those are included in my reasons but there is just something so warm and inviting about the cold month of November. It means sweater weather, it means my favorite race all year long happens, it means football is on, family is around and Christmas is right around the corner.

November always seems to fly by for me, I mean really fly by! I blink and it’s gone, just like that. And this particular November will be no exception to that seeing as my weekends are already booked with races, engagement pictures and parties and lots of family time. So with all that whirling around in my life I decided that I wanted to focus in on a few goals I have for myself this month.

The first goal is to try and be present in each day and take each moment as it comes. I have a tendency to always be looking ahead and planning and preparing for the next thing and sometimes I miss what is important right in front of me. This is something I struggle with daily but I especially want to try and rein this in over the next few months. I’m becoming aware of the fact that in a few short months I will be a married woman and I am ecstatic about that, thrilled, excited and waiting for that day. But I also don’t want to miss out on the joy that this time of our engagement can bring us. I want to truly cherish these moments and days; days that I will look back on as fun, happy memories that I can share with my kids someday. I want Alex and I to not be so wrapped up in the wedding and what comes afterwards that we miss these fun happy times as an engaged and deeply in love couple. So that’s goal number one, enjoy the moments we have in this particular season in our life.

Secondly, I have decided that with my marathon 39 days away (excuse me while I take a moment to freak out!!) I am going to really kick up the clean eating. I know that Thanksgiving is this month, as well as our engagement party but I also know that I want to be awesome for my marathon, or as I told my mom the other night, “I want to be a lean, mean running machine!" (true story folks, those words were spoken) So that means for the next 39 days I will be cutting out:
DAIRY
SUGAR
ALCOHOL
As well as keeping breads and starches and all meats and fish to a minimum.

I will be allowing myself some fun and good eats for our engagement party as well as Thanksgiving but other than that I am going to be strict! This is the one I need the most help with as far as accountability so I’m thinking that I will probably include my dietary updates each week with my weekly workouts so that I can make sure I’m staying on track.

My last goal is to keep my finances really tight, really, really tight! Alex and I are paying for a wedding as well as eyeing a house that we love. That along with Christmas coming up I need to keep my wallet closed! I know I will be signing up for 2 races but that’s already accounted for. Other than that my budget will be to the necessities this month!


What are some of your goals this month?
Happy November everyone!


16 comments:

Mrs. Kee said...

Sounds like some very good goals!! It's definitely important to enjoy your engagement, it goes by so quickly and it's a very special time. I'm glad you're remembering that!

P.S. I gave you a blog award on my post today!

armyamy said...

Great goals! I like that they are in all different aspects of your life, not just physical or emotional goals - but a good mix.

I'm always trying to be strict with my budget. Sometimes I have more willpower than others. Haha! Good luck with all your goals!*

The Unlikely Runner said...
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The Unlikely Runner said...

I didn't even realize that they were in different areas of my life until you mentioned that! Thanks for pointing it out to me!

TorontoRunner said...

Good luck with these goals - your first 2 are EXACTLY what I'm working on as well. Especially number 1 - with me being a professional worrier and all. :)

Rebecca Amble said...

Great goals. For me writing down goals and telling others makes me more accountable, especially when it comes a healthier lifestyle.

Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

Hi there! I love your goals! I agree with Rebecca - writing them down and telling others sure helps me stick with mine. You can do it :)

Asha said...

Love your goals! I've been trying to eat clean more than ever too...after the first few weeks it's actually not bad at all :) I love your blog and seeing all your runs is SO inspiring! I'm your newest follower from the blog hop and hope you'll follow back :)

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Mosby Hardin said...

Goals are always great to set! I need to get working on that clean eating too!

Stopping by from the blog hop:)

Kathryn said...

OH wow, found you on the blog hop and so glad I did. One of my goals this month is to run more oddly enough! Now following you, hope you pop on over and check out my blog too!

http://cumminslife.blogspot.com/

Meghan said...

Thanks for linking up with us! :) I love your goal of being more present and in the moment. I am totally a planner, too, and I definitely need to do the same!

meghan said...

Great goals. And that eating one is difficult!! What in the world do you eat when you don't eat all those thing? Help me out. I need to change eating. Today was the worst eating day I've had in at least a year.

Beka said...

Great goals! I am right along with you in them. I could work on the being present in the moment as I'm a semi control freak! Everything must be known ahead of time or I get a little cray cray. Found you through the link up ;)
www.rebeccaroams.com

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Kim said...

Good luck with the goals for the month!!

lori said...

these are all great goals! november always flys by for me, too... so i especially really like your first goal.

thanks for linking up with us, i am so sorry i am WAY behind on blogs and just reading this now!

good luck!!