August Goals

Since it’s already the third day of August, I guess it’s about time I posted some goals, eh? I have been thinking about them all weekend and trying to decide what my goals should be, and I came to the conclusion that I don’t think I want to have 8 goals like last month. That might have been a little too ambitious, and by focusing on so many things, I ended up doing very few of them very well, so I’m cutting back a bit. With that said, some of these are definitely repeat goals with perhaps a slight twist, but there are some new ones as well.

1. Exercise 250 minutes a week, with at least 100 of those minutes consisting of running. I am going to focus on just running and running often and not worry about distance necessarily (which was advice I got from the running book I read). It’s a lot easier to just run a certain amount of time instead of tracing distance, and I might even find that easier to wrap my mind around, so I’m going to see how it goes! Speaking of running, I ran 4 miles on Saturday! It took me 50 minutes, but I did it, and I didn’t feel like dying halfway through it! Woohoo!

2. Eliminate nighttime snacking. I have fallen prey to this practice recently, and I need to nip it in the bud. Part of the problem is that I’ve been staying up later because I am a night owl at heart but only when I don’t have to get up in the morning, and when I’m up later I tend to get hungry. The problem with eating at night is that more often than not I’ve already met my calorie limit for the day and so eating at night encourages me to eat more than I need, and I also am often not hungry as much as I am just wanting something to do, which is silly. So no more eating after 8 p.m.

3. Stay within my calorie range 6 out of 7 days. I keep setting this as a goal, and I keep failing to meet it. I was tempted to just leave it off and consider it an impossible endeavor, but once upon a time it wasn’t impossible for me. I used to be very good about staying in my range for most of the week, but somehow over time I started giving myself a little more leeway, which led to increased calorie intake. I think that’s largely why my weight loss has stalled, so if I really want to lose this weight, I need to reign in the eating. No more excuses!

4. Compile and organize recipes. I currently have a file on my computer devoted to recipes I find on blogs and other places on the web, but I also have printed recipes that I have gotten from my fabulous mother-in-law, who makes all sorts of yummy deliciousness, and I need one central location for all of these things. I’m thinking a binder and some sheet protectors should do the trick.

5. Read 3 books. I have no idea what I will read except that I MUST read that book about worry! It’s ridiculous that I’m still talking about reading the book but haven’t actually gotten past page 120.

That’s it! Only 5 goals for the month, and I think they are challenging but also manageable. Time will tell! I did not set a weight loss goal, as I want to focus on living healthily instead of worrying about the scale. I will weigh in on the 15th and at the end of the month, but that is all.

What are your goals for the month?

11 thoughts on “August Goals

  1. I think it's wonderful that your goals are well thought out! When I was losing weight I didn't set monthly goals, but I think it's really smart to do so.

    This month, my goal is to get myself organized so I can keep up with blogworld, and at the same time focus on my homeschool world!

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  2. You have inspired me to start having monthly goals as well. When I read your July recap of how your goals went I started thinking that I really need to come up with some goals myself each month. This way at least I'm striving for something each month. For my first month I'm planning to have a quiet time every day. Even if it short. And I plan to make sure I work out 5 out of 7 days. I was going to make my goal every day but I realized early on that's going to be difficult because of how my schedule is. Sooo, I'm shooting for intense exercise 5 out of 7 days a week! {Hopefully I'll be able to incorporate the C25K plan in that :)}

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. i'm working on organizing my recipes too–for me that means creating a recipe index as i'm going through magazines and cookbooks so i don't have to pull 100,000 magazines to search for one recipe! good luck w/the goals!

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  4. Great goals… midnight snacking is always tought for me. I always save a little bit of my calories to have something small just in case I get hungry during those late nights

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  5. Hey you! Can I ask you about your running? When did you start? HOW did you start? etc.
    Feel free to direct me to post(s) where you talk about it if you want instead of having to “re-say” everything.
    I really want to be a runner. A 5k in the next year is my goal, which right now might as well be running to the moon.
    thanks for inspiring me, so glad i found you again. πŸ™‚
    -grace

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  6. DAMN you have some great and S.M.A.R.T. goals.

    me? my august is all about decision making.
    prioritizing.
    so that come fall/september I can make more focused targeted life goals.

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  7. An idea for your recipes… I use a photo album. I put all of the recipes on 4×6 cards (you can set the computer to do it, too) and keep them in the photo album. I love it. They are all easily contained, protected, but easily accessible.

    My goals are to go to the gym 3 days a week – so far I am failing miserably this week. I need to go this afternoon!

    Cook dinner at least 3 nights a week. My eating has gotten terrible because I havent been cooking. That needs to change.

    Finish the painting by next Wednesday. Today I will be washing down the walls so I can jump right in tomorrow.

    I also want to buy a scale. I havent weighed myself in over 2 weeks, and I am dying to know. I dont really want a scale in the house, but now I dont have other options!

    I think it is fantastic that you are focusing on less goals. I think it will really help. Good luck!

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  8. I have a 2 inch binder (i need to move up to a 3 inch) that I have for my recipes I find on the internet. I had dividers that are labeled and I just 3 hole punch the recipe. It's my favorite recipe book out of the 12+ I own b/c I made it and it has all the recipes that I want. And start menu planning too. It really helps us save time and money. And if you're ever craving something else for dinner pitch what you have planned and fix what you want (if you have all the ingredients). We do this from time to time, actually I did it tonight. πŸ™‚

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