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:
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?