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Goals August 2 2012

Here’s what I wanted to do in July:

Take it easy. I definitely think I did better at this the last few weeks. It took changing my mindset, which was harder than I thought it was going to be. It’s still definitely going to take some more work to get better at letting go and allowing myself to relax more.

Eat better. I wasn’t quite as good with this one though. It’s not like I have a lot of excuses. It’s the middle of summer, so there’s lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies everywhere. I work at a farmer’s market twice a week, so it’s not like I don’t have the opportunity to get good things for myself.

Cause I still need to work on both these goals, I think I’ll keep them for August too. Hopefully by the time September rolls around I’ll be pretty good at both of them.

Can you believe that it’s July already? We’re already in the second half of 2012 – crazy!

Goals July 7 2012

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My goals for last month were to go to bed earlier and spend more time outside. As for going to bed earlier I think I did a pretty good job. While I wasn’t always able to go to sleep right away, I definitely made the effort to set up the situation for myself to fall asleep early. It’s amazing how fast 5:30 comes when my alarm goes off in the morning.

I’ve definitely been spending more time outside this month. A couple weeks ago I spent an afternoon in Bowmont with a friend. We walked for two and a half hours. It was so relaxing and great to be able to spend time talking with her. We need to do that more often, it was so much fun. It’s not just walks in Bowmont either that I’ve been doing. It’s eating lunch outside at work to soak up the sun or reading in the backyard.

Here’s what I want to do this month:

Take it easy. My feet have really been suffering lately. I haven’t been doing the stretches consistently that my physio guy wanted me to keep doing. The last week or two has been really bad. Because of that my one foot has been hurting. Add to that a blister on the bottom of my other foot, and being active isn’t much fun at the moment. I need to get back on track with my stretches and make the decision every day to not do too much and let my feet heal. I think it’ll be hard, but it definitely needs to happen.

Eat better. My eating hasn’t been great lately. I’ve been eating too much stuff that I know I shouldn’t be eating, and not enough of the good stuff. To be honest, sometimes it just comes down to laziness. I’m not willing to put in the effort when it comes to making a healthy lunch to take to work or cook something when I get home for dinner. I have lots of excuses, but in the end I know I just need to suck it up and do it.

Now that you know what I’m working on, what are you trying to do?

Here are a couple pins from my Goals board on Pinterest.

Goals June 7 2012

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June Goals

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It’s June already! How did this happen? I’m always surprised how fast time seems to go.

Here’s what I wanted to do in May:

Work out regularly. I’ve been getting in about four workouts a week. Soccer twice a week, one run, and one walk. I’m feeling pretty comfortable with it, so I think I’m going to try adding in another run or two every week.

Post consistently. I started out the month pretty good, but the last couple weeks the blog has been lacking. I have a couple posts scheduled though, so hopefully I’ll be back on track sooner rather than later.

Journal five times a week. I tried something new a couple weeks ago. I started journaling before going to work in the mornings. I found that was the best time for me to do it, before the day started and I got distracted. I think if I want to keep journaling consistently, I’ll have to continue doing it in the mornings.

Here’s what I want to accomplish in June.

Go to bed earlier. I know I’ve had this as my goal before, but I haven’t been doing it lately. It’s hard sometimes to go to bed with the sun staying out later, but it’s so much harder to get up in het mornings if I’m still awake at 10.

Spend more time outside. Whether that means going for more walks or even just sitting outside while reading, I want to be outside more. We have such cold, snowy weather for 6 months of the year here, now that it’s nice out I want to make sure that I’m enjoying it.

What are your goals for June?

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Here’s what I wanted to do in April:

Walk at least twice a week in Bowmont. This totally didn’t happen. The month started off kind of crazy crazy because of some family stuff, and it never quite got back on track. I definitely made it to Bowmont quite a few times, but not as much as I wanted to.

Go to bed early. This also didn’t happen. I definitely felt better the nights I did go to bed earlier, but it was hard to pull off consistently.

Journal five times a week. This goal was exceptionally bad. I think I journalled once or twice a week, at most. I really need to get back to doing this. I used to be so good at it, it felt weird not doing it everyday. The thing with journalling is that I need to make time during the day to do it. If I leave it til right before I go to bed, I’m too tired and it doesn’t happen.

Here’s what I want to do in May:

Workout Regularly. I’ve been slacking off majorly when it come to getting my workouts in lately. The lack of motivation is a whole other post, but in terms of goals for the month, I’d like to get back to getting five workouts in every week.

Post consistently. The blog has been suffering lately. Usually I like to have things ready to go about a week ahead of time. At the very least I like to know what I’m going to write about. But I haven’t been so great at that for the last little bit. My goal is five posts a week.

Journal five times a week. Same goal as in April. It needs to happen – I feel so much better when I do it consistently. I workout more and I eat better. Enough said.

Now that you know what I’m trying to work on, what are you trying to improve on in May?

I can’t believe it’s April already. That means spring is almost here! I can’t wait for warmer weather, flowers starting to bloom, and longer days. I’m so ready for winter to be over.

Last month here’s what I wanted to work on:

Go to bed early. For the most part I’ve done really good at this one. 9:30 is my target bed time, and for the most part I was in bed with the light out. Even if I was out at night, I made the conscious decision to leave early, even if I wasn’t going to make my 9:30 bed time.

Workout consistently. I rocked this one this month. I managed five times a week. That’s awesome for me. I don’t think I’ve ever worked out that much before. Sure, it’s definitely hard some mornings when I just want to turn off the alarm and go back to bed, but I knew I wanted to reach my goal this month, and I pushed through it. Another thing that was motivating me when it came to working out? The online boot camp that I’m participating in right now.

De-stress. This one has been really tough. I went through some hard stuff this month. Really tough stuff. It would have been really easy for me to do the self-destructive stuff that I would usually do when I’m stressed out. But I didn’t. Instead I did good stuff for myself. I hung out with friends who were understanding and supportive.  I worked out. I ate well. I took it easy on myself. So while I ended up with more stress in the last month, I think I dealt with it amazingly. I’ve never done this well with stress before.

Blog regularly. So I wanted to get at least three posts done every month. I did better than that. Some weeks I even got 4 posts published. It was lots of hard work, but I made sure to get things done.

Here’s what I want to do in April:

Walk at least twice a week in Bowmont. Bowmont is such an amazing place for me. It’s such a beautiful place – the river, the plants, and the open spaces. It’s amazing how spending as little as a half hour walking there can make me so relaxed. Bowmont gives me the space and time to think and de-stress. Now that it’s warmer out it should definitely be easier for me to get out there more regularly. Read about my previous adventures in Bowmont here, here, and here.

Go to bed early. Since I felt so good last month with going to bed at a decent time, I thought I’d try to do it again this month. I feel more rested in general, and it makes getting up at 5:30 am to workout so much easier, which means I’m more consistent with my workouts.

Journal five times a week. I’ve definitely gotten better lately about making sure that I take some time most days to journal, but it’s still not where I want to to be. For a long time (a year or two) I was journalling every day. I want to get back to that point. Journalling helps me figure things out – somehow writing it down makes me think about it differently. It’s always interesting for me to go back and read what I’ve written two years ago, and see how things have changed (or haven’t changed), or what I thought was a big deal turned out to be nothing. It puts things in perspective.

Now that you know what I’m working on this month, what are you hoping to accomplish in April?

I admit, it’s easy for me to get distracted on Pinterest. I thought I’d put some of my distraction to good use and share some of my favorites that have to do with reaching your goals. Enjoy!

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I can’t believe it’s March already! It seems like Christmas was just a couple weeks ago. Anyways, I thought I’d share my March goals.

Go to bed early. I’ve realized that my body needs more sleep than I’ve been giving it. Maybe it’s cause I’ve been sick lately, but I’ve been feeling really tired. Hopefully getting more sleep will fix that. I want to be in bed, with the light out at 9:30.

Workout consistently. I haven’t been great at working out regularly lately. It seems like one day I have tons of motivation, and the next there’s none. If I want to get into shape and do all the things I want to (hiking this summer, 10k in September), that requires work right now. I have to keep that in mind. I’m aiming for 5 workouts a week for the month. I’ve done it before, and I know I can do it again.

De-stress. I know this one is going to be hard. Really hard. But I know I need to do it. Taking the yoga class made me realize how much worrying affects my body (hello stiff shoulders). I don’t want that to continue. Stress is also probably why I’ve been sick lately (two colds in under a month). I think the hardest part for me will be figuring out things to do to deal with the stress. Once a week I’m going to take some time to do something relaxing, whether that’s going for a walk in Bowmont, going to Starbucks with a friend, or reading a good book.

Blog Regularly. I’ve been slacking in the blogging department lately. I’m sorry. I want to post three times each week. Totally doable, especially since I used to blog daily.

So that’s what I want to accomplish this month. What are some of your goals for March?

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It’s official. Last week I signed up for Melissa’s. I’ll be running the 10k.

I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve never run a race before. It seems scary and overwhelming, but I have lots of time to prepare still. No matter how hard it is, I’m going to do it.

Have any training tips for me?

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My birthday was back in November. It was the big 29. Less than one year left in my twenties. That’s absolutely terrifying. Seriously.

So I thought I wanted to do something special. So I made a list of things that I want to do before I turn 30. There’s lots of different stuff on there, everything from hiking to the top of a mountain to visiting Vancouver again.

Some things will definitely be hard to do. I was telling a friend about my list and she really encouraged me to do every single thing on it. She said “Heather, imagine what it’ll feel like to look back on your 30th birthday and see all the things you’ve accomplished.” She was absolutely right. It’ll feel amazing to know that I’ve done a lot of hard things.

I have 19 things on my list. Right now I’ve done 3 of them. There’s a few of them that can’t happen til later (there’s a race I want to do in September), but so far I feel like I’m on track.

If you had a list, what’s one thing that would be on it?