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October Goals … 6 Days Late

6 Oct

Good morning!  It was 45 degrees when I left the apartment this morning.  Do you know how cold 45 degrees is on a scooter when you get up to 45 mph?  Brr – I love it, but I’m currently warming my hands out over a hot cup of coffee!

Onto my monthly goals!  First of all, what do you think it says about the success of my September goals that I am 6 days late in even posting about them and looking ahead to October?

Yeah … not good.

My goal was to spend 20 minutes a night stretching, which was supposed to help my body recover from the amount of running that I am doing and it was supposed to give me 20 minutes a day of ME time.

So how did I do?  Well … for the first week and a half, I totally rocked it.  And I could feel the difference in my legs when I ran.  And I loved the 20 minutes focused on breathing and Taize music.  Then for a few days I started to use the opportunity to multitask.  I mean, it’s completely harmless to check your e-mail and twitter while stretching, right?  Oy.

And then I traveled for three weeks in a row.  And at that point it was all over.  Don’t get me wrong, I still do stretch after I get back from runs, but not nearly as much as I should and lately it’s been cold and all I want to do is curl up under a blanket on the couch as soon as I get back.

Needless to say … I’m going to revisit this goal during the month of October. 🙂 I am also going to challenge myself to continue to clean out our apartment.  I feel like the STUFF is starting to overtake us.  I need to donate the clothes we don’t wear, get rid of the things that are broken, ripped and don’t work and sell the stuff that is in good condition that we just don’t use anymore.  I’m excited about this goal, because it’s not necessarily an every day thing, so I think I’ll just set aside a day or two a week to work on it.

What are your monthly goals?  Is there a way I can hold myself accountable a little bit better?  Clearly admitting failure on my blog didn’t give me enough incentive. 🙂

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August 2010 Goals
September 2010 Goals

The Statement That Was Not, The Run That Almost Was and The Shopping Trip that Definitely Was

2 Sep

Before I start this post, I have a question …

Is it weird to drink iced coffee out of a beer glass?  I was craving some chilled-java this afternoon and realized I have an entire collection of glasses I’ve bought at breweries over the years, but have never really used.

Totally hit the spot.

I woke up a little late this morning and spent some time reading blogs, getting caught up on e-mails, watching the news, etc.  I didn’t have to work today, so my plan was to spend the day working on my Statement on Ministry – essentially my ‘cover letter’ for my Ministerial Profile (i.e. long and fancy resume that will get sent to churches).

After about an hour of staring at a blinking cursor, I grabbed my sneakers and my car keys (okay, okay and my iPod, camera, two granola bars, gatorade and water – what can I say?  I’m a high maintenance runner) and headed out to Stone Mountain for a run.

Three miles into my run, I started to feel a little light headed.  I wasn’t seeing spots or anything, but I knew I hadn’t eaten enough this morning and know my body well enough to know that finishing out the five miles would have been a bad idea.  I dropped my pace to a walk and made my way around the rest of the mountain a little bit slower.  I didn’t really mind not being able to finish out the five miles running – the goal was to clear my head, so walking actually aided more in that process.  I have a much clearer understanding of what I want to write now!

In the end I covered 5.09 miles in 1:05:16.  Not bad, but I really need to figure out to eat enough healthy and hearty calories now that I’m running more.  My body needs fuel!

Before I left the park, I snapped a few photos of the carving in the mountain …

I appreciate the history behind it and everything …

… but it’s a big rock.  Only in America would a theme park be built around a big rock.

I got home around 2, ate a late lunch and realized that if I didn’t go grocery shopping at some point today, we would be eating dry tuna with a spoon for dinner.  We were out of any and everything that constitutes ‘essential’.

One hour and $80 later, I had a car full of groceries.  Oy.

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Monthly Goals!

On an unrelated note, today is the first day of September, which means it is time for me to look at August’s monthly goals and set one for September.  My August goal was to do a better job of keeping up with the laundry (namely the putting away part of it, ha!), which would – in turn – keep our bedroom cleaner.  On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best), I would give myself about a 3.5.  I definitely did a better job than I have in the past, but when things got busy and I was tired at night, I would slip.  The beauty of these goals, though, is that they don’t end when the month ends – I’m working on creating habits!

This month’s goal has nothing to do with keeping house – it has to do with my 1/2 marathon training.  My knee was all out of sorts yesterday, so I spent about 20 minutes before I went to bed stretching and trying to relieve some of the stress on my joints.  It made a world of difference today – so my goal this month is to stretch 20 minutes a night (in addition to any pre or post-workout stretching that I’m already doing).  I am going to pamper my knee like a newborn baby over the next few months.

I’m off to enjoy mine and Bruce’s third AC-free night in a row!  I love the sound of ‘night through an open window – I’ve missed it!

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All of you runners out there – how do you keep yourself fueled?  I feel like I am always hungry!

Monthly Goals

1 Aug

Happy August!  Is it just me or did the month of July drag on and on and on?  I felt like after my mid-unit evaluation, time just slowed to a crashing halt.  I thought I’d never make it to August!  I was fighting insomnia last night and realized that midnight had FINALLY arrived, so I tweeted the following …

August needs to be a month of productivity for me – my ordination interview is next month!

Speaking of productivity … Last month I decided to assign myself “monthly goals”.  There are several habits that I really want to get into and I’m having a hard time figuring out how to implement them into my everyday life.  I thought that maybe if I started with one goal a month, eventually those goals would become habits.

Last month my goal was to clean out Lilly’s litter box every single day.  I’m really good about changing out the litter once a week, but I wanted to get in the habit of scooping it every day.  I started this goal about 1/3 of the way into the month and I found that it actually made my life much easier.  When I went to change out the litter it took less time.  The best part was that after a little over a week, it actually did become second nature.  I have high hopes for this month (and beyond)!

This month my goal is to keep up with cleaning our bedroom and dealing with our laundry.  I am really good about washing and drying the laundry – it’s the folding and putting away / hanging up that I always seem to let slide.  My bedroom floor is constantly piled high with clean laundry while my dresser drawers and closet racks sit empty.

I’m trying to start off the month strong, so I spent some time after church running some more loads, folding what was already done and putting away.  Hopefully I will have the same zest for this goal in a few weeks (and remember to keep up with July’s)!  Wish me luck!