First things first: did you all have a great Halloween?! Ours panned out perfectly. I came home and rocked a little over 4.5 miles of speedwork on the treadmill, showered, and then grabbed a glass of wine and Sean and I sat outside passing out candy to the kids until it got a little too chilly out and we had to move inside. Then we started in on the American Horror Story marathon that was playing because Sean had never seen it before.
I do have one complaint though: We had multiple kids and teenagers *ahem, you are too old!* come trick-or-treating to our door with no costume on. I’m sorry but I don’t think you deserve my candy if you can’t even dress up. Am I alone in this thought?!
In an effort to stay focused on the things in life that I am truly thankful for and to stay organized and on track, I’ve decided that each month I need to identify and focus on some goals. This month I am really focusing on getting healthy in every aspect of my life. In November I am really narrowing in on:
1. Improving my overall strength: I mentioned it last week, but Britt and I decided to make a valiant return to strength training by doing at least 2 sessions a week. What I didn’t mention was that we are aiming for a total of 40 minutes twice a week of overall strength training, with a focus on core strength. The thought behind this is twofold: (one) to get stronger and leaner and (two) to become better runners.
2. Becoming a faster, smarter runner: That’s pretty self explanatory. I want to be faster, who doesn’t? But I also want to be smart about approaching my running. I want to focus on really listening to what my body tells me… Specifically I want to enter into December feeling strong and confident when Britt and I tackle our 30k (which we both signed up for last night!!) I think I’m pretty smart about running right now, but there is always room for improvement.
3. Managing money better: After I quit my last job and started my new one I realized that I drastically cut down on my during the week spending. I can only assume it’s because I eat lunch at the office now vs. at my old job I would leave during lunch and shop. However, I was really good at keeping our weekly grocery budget hovering around $75 and in the past few weeks I’ve let that slip. I want to find a good budget for us and really work towards sticking to it.
4. Improving the quality of the blog: I love this little blog here a ridiculous amount so I’m constantly trying to tweak it so that it embodies me better while still catering to you. So, if there’s anything you are interested in seeing on here, please tell me!
5. Stress less: I am a control freak, no lie. My brain moves 100 miles a minute every second of every day and I am constantly worrying about getting things done. I spend Monday mornings updating my planner with things I have going on all week and then I go crazy every day adding more things to it. I want to focus on spending time with those that I care about more (myself included, I’m pretty important to myself… just sayin’) and worrying less about if the laundry is done rightthisverysecond or if the dishes are put up. They will be there tomorrow, the time I have with friends and family will not. I need to learn to prioritize what is truly important and what can wait.
I have a few other things that I am shooting for this month, but they don’t make the cut on the blog
And now I’ll take credit for all the pretty fall pictures (nope, Morgue File gets the credit).
Oh and Melissa, I’m listening to Defying Gravity right now
What are you doing to make November a better month?