New Month, New Goals

Somehow today is August 1 already… insane. That’s all I’ll say to keep from sounding like a broken record yet again!

July was a BUSY month for me. I felt like I had commitments almost every night of the week, plus plans every single weekend, including a bachelorette party in Boston that I just got back from last night! Despite that, I did manage to do alright with the goals I set for July. Here they are listed below, along with a status update about how I did with each of them.

July Goals

1.) Stick with my training plan for my marathon, especially focusing on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday runs – easy, speed, and long. I did pretty good with this one for most of the month, as you can see by looking at the second page of that spread sheet (the ACTUAL things I did rather than the plan). I did end up missing my long run this past weekend due to traveling to Boston, but I plan to make up for it this month and not let one missed run bring me down.

2.) Get to free outdoor yoga AT LEAST one Monday morning this month! Check! I ended up going only once which I’m sad about, but even getting out one morning and doing yoga with the fresh air was worth it.

3.) Really do a giveaway on the blog this month. Check! I did the Larabar Giveaway, and it was such a hit that the people over at Larabar let me pick not one, but TWO winners!

4.) Maintain my weight throughout the month. Check! I weighed in at exactly 164 (my goal weight) last week. Having to submit my weight monthly since I work for Weight Watchers really helps keep me on track.

5.) Read at least one book. Yup! I read Julie and Julia in its entirety, and just started The Hunger Games on the plane home yesterday which is SO good I can tell it’s going to go by quick!

So all-in-all, despite the one missed long run, this month went pretty well. Outside of the goals I set, I also went through a blog redesign, and two photoshoots for two different magazines coming out this year – all big things to have under my belt!

August Plans

Now that July’s out of the way, I’m pretty excited to not have TOO many plans for August. The only weekend I’ll be traveling (for now) is the third weekend to Philly for the Healthy Living Summit where I’ll be speaking! That said, I still have quite a busy month because I’m moving the first weekend of September into DC proper (I live in Arlington right now which is just outside of the District). More details to come on that, but it is going to be a big change for me! So with all that said, here’s what I’d like to do:

1.) REALLY focus on the long runs for marathon training, working my way up towards 14 (!!!) miles (which will be my longest run ever).

2.) Try to go to outdoor yoga at least twice this month, while I’m still living in Crystal City and can take advantage of it!

3.) Continue to work my way through anything open in the pantry in preparation for the move. Stick to $35 weekly budget for groceries throughout the month!

4.) Pack slowly but efficiently throughout the month, so that it’s not a big PITA come September 2 (September 3 is move day).

5.) Enjoy time relaxing at the pool and reading while I still can (no pool at the new place!).

6.) Do a kick ass job on the presentation at the Healthy Living Summit!

I think that’s it! I tend to do well when I focus on a few attainable goals rather than have a long list of them, so let’s keep it to six!

What would you say your biggest accomplishment in July was?



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28 Comments on New Month, New Goals

    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 10:52 am (3 years ago)

      YES THAT COUNTS!!!! Congratulations!

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 10:53 am (3 years ago)

      I am LOVING it. I haven’t read a book like this where I can’t put it down in a while!

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  1. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    August 1, 2011 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

    Great job in July Beth! And I think you have good goals for Aug — and I know you will fly through The Hunger Games — I just loved those books!

    Biggest accomplishment — nothing I plan on talking about in my blog, but I have had great days at work — good meetings, talks of promotions and avenues for advancement that are really exciting!

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 10:53 am (3 years ago)

      That’s awesome about work! I don’t talk about it on my blog either but it definitely makes a big difference in your life since we spend so much time working every day!

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  2. heidi
    August 1, 2011 at 9:28 am (3 years ago)

    biggest accomplishment: getting an award at work for a tradition i started when we started our new 1-10p shift (that i was stuck on for a month) I started a pot luck for the late crew that couldn’t be a part of other company wide events and was recognized for it in front of all 3000 employees last week :) :) I felt kind of baller.

    I read julie and julia a couple years back – wasn’t a HUGE fan and loathed Amy Adams as Julie in the movie (though meryl streep was AMAZING) though I’m kind of curious about her second book Cleaved (even though her writing annoys me the story it self was pretty amazing). I keep hearing amazing things about Hunger Games – can’t wait to hear what you think :)

    Happy monday!

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 10:56 am (3 years ago)

      You know my new thing has been to go see movies before I read the books, and it makes a BIG difference since you don’t have the same expectations if you’ve read the book beforehand!

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  3. Kathi
    August 1, 2011 at 9:49 am (3 years ago)

    biigest accomplishment in July was sticking with my running schedule of three days a week. i am now running 25 mimutes straight and my goals is to run in a 5K on August 13th.

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 10:56 am (3 years ago)

      Awesome!!!

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  4. Liz
    August 1, 2011 at 11:00 am (3 years ago)

    Great job hitting all your goals girl! And yes, Hunger Games is awesome.
    Where are you moving??

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 10:56 am (3 years ago)

      To Dupont!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!

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  5. Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    August 1, 2011 at 11:17 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds like some great goals you have set for yourself! One of my greatest accomplishments of July was sucessfully unplugging for a week. No computer and no TV. It felt so good to reconnect with the non-electronic things in my life like my family, friends, books, and nature! :-D

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 11:04 am (3 years ago)

      Wow. I can’t even imagine unplugging for a whole week – it must have been amazing!

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  6. Evi
    August 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Yay to moving into DC proper! You’ll love it! =)

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 11:05 am (3 years ago)

      I’m so excited! It’ll be so nice to be able to walk/bike everywhere. Can’t wait!

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  7. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl
    August 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Great goals! And yay for starting the Hunger Games! They are GREAT books!

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 11:06 am (3 years ago)

      I seriously can’t put it down!

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  8. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    August 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Great job on your goals! Hunger games is crazy good btw! I read them all within a week…which is just ridiculous.

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 11:06 am (3 years ago)

      I wish I didn’t have to work so I could just read the whole thing instead. ;)

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  9. Lauren
    August 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I have movers that I recommend if you are planning to hire people! I just moved this weekend, and they were done in 2 hours! Congrats on all of your July goals!!!

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 11:08 am (3 years ago)

      Ohhhhh!! Would you email them to me!? I do think I’m going to hire someone.. moving sucks enough without the actual heavy lifting!

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  10. Katie
    August 2, 2011 at 2:46 am (3 years ago)

    $ 35 weekly budget sounds… hard to do! Where do you shop? Do you buy additional food (i.e. lunch at work etc.) on top of this grocery budget? I can’t imagine getting ALL my food for one person for $ 35 per week…

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 11:11 am (3 years ago)

      I’m on a mission to make some headway on the things in my pantry/fridge before I move, so I’m just buying fruits and veggies basically. I have tofu, tempeh, beans, cheese, eggs, etc. already in my fridge, so it shouldn’t be too hard! I do end up posting my groceries almost every week, and normally my food budget is $75/week.

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  11. Mindy
    August 2, 2011 at 10:27 am (3 years ago)

    I’d say my biggest accomplishment in July was running 7 miles for the first time ever in my life! I’m training for my first 1/2 marathon… This week 8 miles YIKES! Maybe 13.1 is do-able for me LOL??

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    • Beth
      August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am (3 years ago)

      7 miles is no joke – congratulations!! I have to do 10 this weekend…….. yikes!

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  12. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    August 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm (3 years ago)

    You did great this past month! Way to meet your goals! Don’t you find that the minute you say “oh, this month won’t be that crazy” that everything just fills right up?!

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  13. grass fed beef manitoba
    May 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Once you get into a routine your set. Don’t fall of your routine because it’s hard to get back on. Like that your goals are realistic. Most people make goals that are way to hard to accomplish.

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