Since I literally sound like a broken record every single time when it’s a new month, I’ll spare you and just remind you that today marks day one of September. Wow. Time really flies.
When I signed the lease for my new place, it felt so.far.away. And now, all of a sudden it’s here. I get my keys tonight at 7pm, after I work my regular job and then a Weight Watchers meeting, and then the place is mine. My car is already loaded up with the things I wanted to move myself – pantry items, my workout stuff (weights, foam roller, yoga mat, etc), a magazine rack, and a random lamp so that there’s light in the new place no matter what happens. I’ll move all that stuff in myself tonight after I get the keys, and then tomorrow at 9am, the movers will be at my old apartment carrying all the heavy stuff into their moving truck. God bless movers. A reader actually recommended the company I’m using and I’ll do a full review once the move is over – don’t want to jinx it!
So, being that it’s the first of the month, I want to look back at the things I set out to do in August and see how they went, before setting some new goals for this month.
1.) REALLY focus on the long runs for marathon training. Check! I did 10 (on the treadmill), 12, and 14 miles in August, the last of which was my farthest run ever. I am really proud of myself for reaching this one!
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! Check! I went twice to ourdoor yoga, though I tried to go three times and failed. Doing yoga outside is unreal, and that’s one thing I will REALLY miss about my current apartment. Free outdoor yoga every Monday at 7am. Hopefully I can find something similar near the new apartment!
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! I did VERY well on this goal, spending well under the $35 limit each week. I stuck to buying mostly fresh produce and some protein, and worked my way through may open items in the pantry. That said, with all the swag from HLS as well as prepping for Irene, my pantry is now full again… Oh well.
4.) Pack slowly but efficiently throughout the month, so that it’s not a big PITA come September 2. I actually did really well with this one too. I wanted to get started a little sooner than I actually did, but once I got my boxes I did a good job tackling different rooms each night. Not once did it feel terribly overwhelming since I spread it out, but check with me on that again tomorrow when the move itself is actually taking place.
5.) Enjoy time relaxing at the pool and reading while I still can (no pool at the new place!). Total fail. I literally didn’t go to the pool even once during the entire month! A few weekends it was rainy, one weekend I was in Philly, and I’m not sure about the others, but this is the goal I’m most OK with failing at.
6.) Do a kick ass job on the presentation at the Healthy Living Summit! I think I’ll give myself a check on that one too!! Despite being super nervous right before the presentation started, I felt really confident being up on stage and LOVED speaking in front of a crowd.
Whew – not too shabby for one month!
September is going to be an insanely busy month for me. Check out my schedule:
- September 2 – Move into a new apartment/parents visiting until September 4
- September 14-21 – Charlotte, NC for work (8 days!!)
- September 22 – back in the office for ONE DAY
- September 23-26 – New Orleans for Work
On top of moving and settling into a new apartment, I’m going to be traveling twice during the month! It’s also going to be a big month for me marathon training wise, because I’m working up to EIGHTEEN MILES. 18! In one go! I can’t even fathom it. I’m going to be adjusting my running schedule a bit and trying to do some of the long runs during the week since I’ll be away for several weekends during the month, but it’s going to be tough to fit in all in. Here’s what I want to do:
1.) Focus on my long runs, working up from my current longest run ever of 14 miles all the way to 18. This is going to take some major juggling on my part since I’ll be away for at least two weekends during the month, plus moving for one of them. Yikes.
2.) Focus on cross training 1-2 times a week. I have been really, really, really negligent about cross training. I did yoga twice during August, but that was literally my only workouts besides running for the entire month. I know especially now while I work up to the long runs and ask my body to push farther than it ever has, cross training is even more important than before.
3.) Start scoping out gyms to join. My current apartment building has a really nice gym, but I don’t have the same luxury at the new place. I don’t want to join a gym until the end of the month since I’m away for so much of September and it’ll be waste of money, but I want to have it on my radar.
4.) Unpack ALL of the boxes within one week of moving in, if not sooner. I really want to get settled into my new apartment as quickly as feasible, and seeing moving boxes everywhere will not help with that process. One week sounds reasonable to me, especially since my parents will be there to help this weekend!
5.) Maintain my weight throughout the month, despite traveling and the stress of moving. Enough said.
6.) Embrace my downtime. Spend more time reading, less time watching TV – which should be easy consider I have some amazing books in my queue to read, and won’t be getting cable at the new apartment!
That seems like enough for one month! Wish me luck with moving!!!!!!!!