October Goals, and September Goals in Review

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I kept my goals last month really basic – walk or run for 30 minutes every day, and do Mutu (ab rehab) exercises every day.  I even made a nifty little chart I could use to track my progress.  Here’s how it went:

  • Running/walking.  B+.  I didn’t do it every single day but I definitely made getting out for walks a priority when I needed to take breaks at work or in the evenings at home.  I also walked a TON when I was in Baltimore.  I’d really like to start running in the mornings but until my kids sleep through the night, I just can’t do it.
  • Mutu.  C-.  I did these less than a third the days last month.  Workout videos are a pain.  I like having a written out workout plan much better than following along with a video.
  • Lessons learned.  I suck a keeping track of things on paper.  I am a digital girl!  For next month, I’m switching to the Lift app to track my progress.  (It gives me reminders, too!)

Since I’m keeping things simple around here, I’m going to just set one goal for October, following along with Steph’s Choose Your Own Adventure Goal Setting challenge.  The theme for October is FOOD.  My goal for the month is to blog more about food!  Once upon a time, I had a blog series that I loved working on called Cooking School.  I want to try to write at least two new posts for it, as well as sharing a recipe or two.

Okay, I lied.  I’ve got one more tiny goal related to healthier eating — no eating after 8pm.

If you have any ideas of what you’d like me to write about (anything from meal planning or grocery shopping to cooking techniques or what to make when you were too lazy to go grocery shopping) please tell me in the comments!

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25 thoughts on “October Goals, and September Goals in Review

  1. Great idea to track those workouts on an app. I used to use the My Fitness Pal app and it really helped to see my workouts visually and also keep track of what I ate. I was more conscious when I ate out, to choose less caloric options. Can’t wait to hear more about your cooking. I just love to hear how other moms “do it all”, in case I can learn some tips or change-up my routine to help mine go better.
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    • I can say with confidence that I’m not doing it all, but I think I’m doing okay in the cooking department. I’m going to see if I can turn that idea into a post — thanks, Lisa!

    • Yes on the walking! I get so hung on up thinking if I haven’t done a really intense workout, it doesn’t “count,” but of course that’s not really true, and taking a more moderate approach is more sustainable over the long run anyway.

  2. That’s one habit I’ve been able to form. I typically don’t eat after 7. It takes getting used to but it’s not as hard as you’d think. I found that if I “close down” the kitchen, it makes it less tempting to go in there later on.

    I’d love to know your favorite crockpot recipes.
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    • Heh – sneaking late-night snacks is usually what my evening snacking looks like. (Now where did I put that bag of chocolate chips…?) If you have any requests on topics for me to cover with the Cooking School post, I would love to hear them! What is your biggest challenge in the kitchen?

  3. i love the concept of having one goal. so manageable yet you can still feel accomplished. Even if you had three actions for the “theme” of food, it would probably be easier to manage than three goals spread across more “themes”. and looking forward to your posts!

    • I get hungry at night sometimes too, and I’m discovering that’s my clue that I’ve stayed up too late! (I have to go to bed pretty early these days to get up for my early commute.)

  4. I didn’t eat after dinner (which is usually around 5:30/6) for years, but recently I’ve started having a snack after my kids are asleep…just so I can eat one thing in peace 🙂 It may be silly, but one of the hard things about being a stay-at-home mom is never eating without being interrupted SO many times! I think one main goal a month is plenty! Hope your kiddos start sleeping through the night soon….that’s tough.
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    • I don’t think that’s silly at all! I work outside of the home and I still feel like I need some time to myself after an evening with the kids.
      Sam is finally getting over his ear infection and his sleep seems to be so much better. He still doesn’t consistently sleep all night, but at least it’s better.

    • I agree – so far it’s going pretty well. I have to admit that even just a few months ago when I was listing out 5-10 goals for myself, I would have forgotten about them by the end of the month when it was time to post how I had done!

    • 6pm would be hard for me too, even though I guess if the 12 hours rule is correct, that should be my dinner time also. My main reason for the 8pm rule is that by that time, I’ve finished dinner and I’m just mindlessly snacking or stress-eating, neither one of which is good for me!

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