New Month, New Goals: November

Somehow, it’s that time again… Here we go!

October Goal Review

1.) Get back to my goal weight. Not so much. I have been having a really hard time with maintaining my weight lately, and am still up a few pounds from where I need/want to be.

2.) Join a gym. Check! I joined Washington Sports Club and am VERY happy with my decision to do so! I found a great discounted rate for GWU alumni, and I am able to go to any gym in the area. So far I’ve already used 3 different locations!


3.) With that, take at least one spin class. Check! I took not one, but TWO spin classes this month! I also tried Total Body Conditioning for the first time ever, and am looking forward to trying a few more this month. I looooved spinning and found it to be such a great, intense workout!

4.) Organize a reader/blogger get together. Check! This month was at Sweet Green, and it was so much fun! You can read all about it here in case you missed it.


5.) Make the most out of Weight Watchers Leader Training. Check! I absolutely loved going to BLS and am so excited about becoming a Leader for WW. I’m in the final stages of making that happen… I still need to conduct a meeting in front of my Leader Coach, and then another one in front of my Coach and Territory Manager. Once those are done, I should be good to go!

November Goals

So with that, it is clear that getting my weight in check needs to be the focus of next month’s goals. My pants are feeling a little tight, I can notice the gain in photos, and we are just about to approach the holiday season which is normally a time for gaining for me anyways. I know what I need to do to get there, and it’s really just getting back to the basics. I need to get this in check before it gets out of hand!

1.) Workout 4-5 times a week throughout the month. I am going to continue using this spreadsheet to keep track of my workouts, and know this is an essential part of weight loss/maintenance for me. I’ve been slipping a little bit on this lately and tend to have a hard time when I’m not training for anything, so I need to make this a priority.

2.) Get back into morning workouts. I have been doing REALLY bad at working out in the mornings lately. It starts my day off on the right foot and helps me to make sure I get my workouts in even if I have a busy day/night ahead.

3.) Try a Body Pump class. I’ve always wanted to try one but never have!

4.) Track my food consistently Monday – Friday. This can be tough with traveling (seeing as I leave for almost a week tomorrow), but I need to try my best even when I’m away.

5.) Continue to meal plan weekly. I am much better about being on track when I have a plan in place for meals. It also helps me save a lot of money, and since I’ve been so busy lately this has gone to the back burner. I have to get back into it!

6.) Get back to my goal weight. All the mini goals above will feed into this one. I can do this!

7.) Get more sleep. I’ve been staying up wayyy too late watching Lost and putzing around on the computer. My goal is to try to be in bed before 11pm whenever possible!

8.) Have fun! The Foodbuzz Festival and Thanksgiving are two big things coming up later this month and I don’t want to let my weight goals get in the way of enjoying myself a bit. I know that I can still have a good time and balance that with healthy living – I just have to be mindful of it!

What was the highlight of your October?

This past weekend was definitely a highlight for me, as well as going to BLS to train to be a Leader for Weight Watchers!

23 Comments on New Month, New Goals: November

  1. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    November 1, 2011 at 9:13 am (9 years ago)

    Good luck with the new round of goals!

    I’m a little up from my ideal range as well. You’re right- it HAS been difficult. Is it because we’re so ridiculously popular and social? 😉 Let’s pretend that’s it… or at least I’m going to… ha

  2. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    November 1, 2011 at 10:08 am (9 years ago)

    I’m working on my goals today, too. 🙂 All of your goals sound great- and I’m always trying to put “get more sleep” at the top of my list.
    YES! to trying Bodypump- you will love it. Well, you’ll probably be very frustrated the first time you take it (I was!) just trying to get the moves down, and you’ll be very sore the next day, but stick with it. I promise you will love it – and even more, love the results!

  3. Jessica D
    November 1, 2011 at 10:12 am (9 years ago)

    October is the greatest month ever. hands down.
    Body Pump? I’m in!

  4. Linz
    November 1, 2011 at 10:30 am (9 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see what you think of body pump. I love it!

  5. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    November 1, 2011 at 10:45 am (9 years ago)

    I’m sure you’ll reach your goals! You’re determined and that’s a good thing!

    My favorite part of October was finally breaking into new numbers! Woot!

  6. Happy Healthy Girl
    November 1, 2011 at 11:17 am (9 years ago)

    Hi, I just found your blog, and started one of my own. Love the idea of monthly goals — I might steal it!

  7. Hilary
    November 1, 2011 at 11:21 am (9 years ago)

    I hear you about getting back to goal…I find maintenance way trickier than losing! Highlight of my October was probably the amazing gourmet harvest dinner I got to attend….oh and zip lining with my family!

  8. Stacy Marie
    November 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm (9 years ago)

    Love this monthly challenge! I may have to try and keep up with you for the month. 🙂 I always work on long term goals, but this short term idea is much more feasible and motivating!

  9. Jessica
    November 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm (9 years ago)

    You are going to ADORE BodyPump! I’m going tonight. Prepare to be sore!

    November focuses (focusii?)
    *Cut the negative head talk. I may have a long way to go, but I’ve come a long way too!

    *I have one final payment on my Visa and I will be completely debt-free.

    *Paint the newly installed trim in my master bedroom.

    *Sit down with my grandmother to finish our Hallmark recordable books for my (future) children.

  10. Lisa
    November 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm (9 years ago)

    You’ve had a busy month!!!

  11. ds
    November 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Thank you for posting this, having monthly goals is a great idea and it’s inspiring to read!

  12. Lorri
    November 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm (9 years ago)

    I am loving your blog! Thanks for all the inspiration, it’s amazing to see how far you have come!

    I started using a personal trainer in October and he is really pushing me to get in shape! It’s great! My goal for November is to do a food diary every day this month. And not to let Thanksgiving get in the way of my weight loss plans!

  13. Gillian
    November 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm (9 years ago)

    My October highlight was running my first ever half-marathon! I’m not sure I can top that in November but, like you, I need to start dropping some extra weight I put on. But, a new month always gives me hope and the feeling of a clean slate. We’ll meet our goals!

  14. Caitlin
    November 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm (9 years ago)

    Yup I am on board with you for November goals – definitely need to refocus on my food! Can’t wait to check in and see how you are doing with it 🙂

  15. Sarah with an H
    November 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Beth – those goals sound good. I was just talking with a work colleague today, and she was talking about all the things she had going on in her new job, etc. and it really hit me – I’m feeling stagnant! I mean, I’m doing well with the Weight Watchers, and that part of things, but my money situation, social life, and so on need work! I was at the gym just a while ago, and it also struck me how lax I’ve become with my spirtual life. That needs to change, pronto. I need goals!! I am going to take paper and pen with me to the laudromat now and begin the goal-setting process.
    Thanks again for writing such an uplifting blog!

  16. Autumn@Good Eats Girl
    November 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm (9 years ago)

    You did great with your October goals! And your November goals look great! I need to start setting monthly goals!

  17. AliCat @ 13by30
    November 2, 2011 at 6:48 am (9 years ago)

    I may have stolen your monthly goals idea – for me for November it’s about letting some injuries recover properly and just generally getting my weight loss mojo back after struggling for the past few weeks. Having fun isn’t officially on my list but I think that should be a goal every month. Cheers to that!

  18. Lauren
    November 2, 2011 at 7:01 am (9 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing your monthly goals! I fell off of the WW bandwagon hard over the past week – and my pants feel tight (eeks!)…so I am going to follow your lead and make some of my own goals. 😀

  19. Heather @ Dietitian on the Run
    November 2, 2011 at 8:20 am (9 years ago)

    You had a really busy October! Getting off “the plan” a little bit isn’t always so bad – it’s part of the balance 🙂

    Here’s to a new month, new focuses & the holiday season!

  20. Amanda @ Running On Waffles
    November 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm (9 years ago)

    Highlight of my month definitely had to be running my first marathon!!! Now it’s time to get back on track after all of my celebration meals (seriously ate like 5 times the number of calories I burned!!!) before holiday parties start!

  21. Mindy
    November 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm (9 years ago)

    Sorry I’m late to add to this… Highlight of my October was completing my first Half Marathon! I’ve posted that to you before, but it is worth repeating (at least to me!)

    I actually read this entry a few days ago… but pulled it back up today. November was off to a bad start (especially today!) so I pulled out your goals and was inspired to make my own for November. After losing 90 lbs. I’ve been stalled at the same weight for a year (give or take 2 to 3 pounds)… and have now gained those 3 pounds 🙁 So I’m going to re-focus, re-dedicate and find my reasons again.

    Thanks for your blog!


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