Hello! I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was filled with plenty of leftovers from Thanksgiving. I loved all of the recipes I made so I really enjoyed having the extras on hand. It was also nice to get a little break after all of the cooking and baking on Thursday!
Scott and I decided to make a date to go pick out a Christmas tree at a local tree stand on Saturday.
Growing up it was always my family tradition to set up our Christmas tree and decorate for the holidays the weekend following Thanksgiving. We never went shopping on Black Friday so it provided extra time to get down the tree and decorate.
It was one of our goals as a couple to try and keep a weekly date on scheduled on the calendar. We both do a lot of work from home and also work out together, but I consider that quality time and not necessarily a date. We did pretty well with our goal, and I think we only missed one weekend all month.
I have not had a real Christmas tree in years, and it was a lot of fun to go pick one out.
It really put me in the holiday spirit.
Speaking of goals, I sat down a little bit last night and took out my November goals to review and sum up how I did overall. As I detailed in last month’s post, it is really important to begin with small changes and build on them once they become part of your daily routine. You cannot do everything at once. No one can. Rather than set yourself up for failure it is good to work towards what you can achieve and measure. For example, you should not say you are going to “read every day” or “lose weight.” However, reading two books a month or dropping a dress size by a certain date are goals where you can truly determine success.
Eat 6 Serving of Veggies Daily: I do not really measure out my vegetables and will eat what I want at any given meal. I was totally gung ho at first and was eating celery and red peppers as snacks for a few days. It did not last long, and I probably only ate veggies at lunch and/or dinner most days. If I was to go out on a limb I maybe had 3-4 servings. Not awesome, not terrible, but not quite the goal I had in mind.
Build My Glute Strength: I can say I am definitely headed in that direction. I am lifting more weight when I work out and my overall movement is much improved. I was even able to do my first full squat the other night when Scott was training me. I am really happy with my progress.
Daily Prayer: My goal was to say a short prayer every night before bed. I do on some nights, but not every night. Sometimes I wait until I am way too tired to go to bed and then I am just going through the motions so I can go to sleep as soon as possible. I want to try and be more mindful of my routine next month so that I can make this a natural habit daily.
Read One Business/Motivation Book: I wanted to read Lean In and I only got 10% through it. I have a kindle so I only know percentages and not pages. I found the beginning to be rather dry and I felt like it was enough already – I get that women “are not leaning in” and we are our own worst enemy. There were too many statistics and I should have bailed sooner. I would like to go back and try it again, but I just could not get into it this time around. I decided to bail a few days ago and began to read “The Secret” instead.
I have been breaking down my goals down into different categories: business, relationship, health (eating, training, and spiritual) which I find helpful.
Since my habit goals are still a work in progress from last month I am going to stay with the same ones. Except the vegetables – I think 4 or 5 servings a day is a little more reasonable.
Timelines/Expectations: One of my worst habits in general is estimating time. I tell Scott I need 5 minutes to get ready, and in reality it is more like 20. I tell my mother I will call her back soon, and it is more like 2 or 3 hours. I want to provide realistic time estimates and stick to them.
Call my Sister Weekly: We were regularly scheduling a phone call for awhile and it has sort of fallen off the map a bit. I want to get back to making it a weekly date. We text and use g-chat, but I think talking on the phone is a completely different type of communication.
Walking Dates with Myself: I always went for a short walk every day over the summer and lately it it has only been once of twice a week. Walking is a little bit like my meditation and makes me feel more centered. I want to go for a short walk daily for 20 minutes.
Goals are always a work in progress and you have to often adjust them as you go along. It is how you learn and grow. Sometimes you may think you want to make room for a habit in your life, and that desire can change. For awhile it was my goal to go to yoga twice a week, but I want to make room for some other fitness goals right now so one class is more realistic right now. Your list will rarely be static from month to month.
Question of the Day: What are your goals for December?
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