September: New Month, New Goals

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!

August Goals

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. Smile with tongue out

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 Goals

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!!!!!!!!

What was the highlight of your August? Biggest goal for September?

35 Comments on September: New Month, New Goals

  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    September 1, 2011 at 10:18 am (9 years ago)

    I have done 3 long runs (8 miles, 9 miles, 12 miles) while out of town for work; it’s not so bad. Just scope out a good route in advance and be mindful of just how early you might have to start. Bonus: new scenery!

    • Beth
      September 1, 2011 at 11:35 am (9 years ago)

      Wow you impress me. I have to do 10-12 while I’m in Charlotte for my long run, and then 16 while I’m in Nola. Yikes.

      • Victoria (District Chocoholic)
        September 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm (9 years ago)

        It’s not all that impressive – just mark out a time in your schedule when you can do it, find a route, and run! Oh, and get extra ice bags from the front desk in advance for post-run icing.

  2. Haley
    September 1, 2011 at 10:19 am (9 years ago)

    That’s a lot of traveling in a short time! Best wishes this month with your goals. I’m a WW lifetimer too and I lost all of the weight I needed to (to the tune of 60+ lbs)while living in New Orleans, which I swear is the food capital of the world! So, be prepared for heat, rain, but the BEST food! If you like seafood, you’ll love NOLA. Maybe you’ve been there before and know all of this! I moved from there three weeks before Katrina, & have been back a few times since then, but if you want some recommendations for good eats before you go, I’ll be happy to oblige!

    • Beth
      September 1, 2011 at 10:45 am (9 years ago)

      I went to NOLA last December for the first time ever and am OBSESSED. I love, love, LOVE the town and cannot believe you managed to lose 60+ lbs while living there! I gained about 5 in 4 days… =)

      I’m pretty familiar with a lot of the restaurants there but if you have any places you think are a must, I’m all ears!

  3. Annon
    September 1, 2011 at 10:41 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, you do have a busy month coming up! Best of luck with your move and goals.

    So, forgive me for being uber-nosey. But a certain someone (or someone and 2 mini-someones) seem to be missing lately. Did you update about this and I missed it or, are they just being photo-shy?

    • Beth
      September 1, 2011 at 10:44 am (9 years ago)

      Good eye… I haven’t posted about it yet but will be soon, once I’m moved. =)

  4. Lauren
    September 1, 2011 at 11:11 am (9 years ago)

    Since you are looking for gyms in the Dupont area – I recommend the YMCA on 17th. I belonged there for a year, and I loved it. Sadly, I live in Van Ness and it was just too inconvenient for me to trek down there when there is a Golds right in my back yard! Good luck with the move!!! 😀

    • Beth
      September 1, 2011 at 11:36 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks for the recommendation! Do you remember what the monthly dues were/are?

      • Lauren
        September 1, 2011 at 11:51 am (9 years ago)

        The Y has 7 floors, a pool, and tons of classes. I paid $60/mo with no enrollment or other weird fees. They have discounts for a TON of employers in the area, and I feel if you can pull off a student discount that is the best deal. (Actually, for any gym around here, student discount is the best.) Don’t be afraid to hagle with them!

        • Beth
          September 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm (9 years ago)

          Man! $60 a month makes me CRINGE.. I can’t believe how expensive gyms are. Especially the Y! I thought that was supposed to be cheaper. Gahh I hate paying money, for anything. The two I’ve found so far are Fitness First (19th/L) for $29 a month and they are running a special now for $50 one time enrollment fee.
          Crunch Fitness (12th and F – metro center) also does a $29 a month with a $200 enrollment fee or $49 a month with no enrollment fee.

          • Yum Yucky
            September 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm (9 years ago)

            Sheesh, I pay $81/mo for family Y gym membership, and none of us has been there in over 4 months. Whoops! I love my home workouts too much, but husband insists we keep this membership anyways. I could be using that $81 for cute outfits.

          • Lauren
            September 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm (9 years ago)

            Wow – those both sound like good deals!

          • Victoria (District Chocoholic)
            September 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm (9 years ago)

            I actually dislike that YMCA very much and had a serious fallout with some of the staff there after years of volunteering with them (I coached for free, they wanted me to pay a membership fee for the privilege…no thanks). I believe for anybody over 25, the dues push $80-100/month.

            I belong to Gold’s in Van Ness and I know there is one at 20th and L that is supposed to be almost as good…check it out. Looks like they are running a $5/week special based on a sign I saw outside.

  5. Mary
    September 1, 2011 at 11:32 am (9 years ago)

    There are lots of great running routes in Charlotte. If you’d like to e-mail me the part of town you’re staying in, I ‘d be happy to share a few. There are lots of groups that meet for long runs on the weekends if that helps your marathon training while you’re in town for work.

    • Beth
      September 1, 2011 at 11:37 am (9 years ago)

      I will take you up on that! I have to do 10-12 and I think I’m going to try to do it very early Saturday morning. I’ll email you in a minute!

  6. Liz
    September 1, 2011 at 11:39 am (9 years ago)

    Cross-training is really hard to keep up with all the time running takes up with marathon training. If you ever want to meet up for a walk or a bike ride, let me know! (although with your schedule it looks like that will have to wait until October!)

    • Beth
      September 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm (9 years ago)

      Yes it’ll have to be October – I’m always down for a walk and/or a bike ride, WHEN I’m in town! =)

  7. Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!
    September 1, 2011 at 11:43 am (9 years ago)

    Busy, busy, busy! I’m so excited for your move though. Moving is tough, but it really feels like a FRESH START (and I would know, having moved every 3 years for my entire life — across countries and continents, even!) You’re going to rock your runs, of course. Onward to September!

    • Beth
      September 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm (9 years ago)

      I never want to move again, that is for sure! =)

  8. Lisa
    September 1, 2011 at 11:57 am (9 years ago)

    Good luck in your new place!

    • Beth
      September 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Lisa!

  9. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    September 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Great job with everything Beth! And you will get to 18 miles and you will feel so good afterward!!!

  10. Danielle
    September 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm (9 years ago)

    If you can somehow convince Washington Sports Club that you are a student of any sort, they have $20/month memberships and their gyms are pretty nice!

  11. Sarah
    September 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm (9 years ago)

    Good luck with all your goals especially moving!! Dupont will be a great area to live. I personally love the local Gold’s gyms. There are 14 in the DC area that you can use. Congrats on accomplishing most of your goals 🙂

  12. Kris
    September 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm (9 years ago)

    I would recommend Results on Connecticut and L – Great equipment, good gender balance, and it’s also right off the metro!

  13. Allison
    September 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm (9 years ago)

    I def gotta start making a list of monthly goals- thanks for sharing! Great job following through with August’s goals 🙂

  14. Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    September 6, 2011 at 7:53 am (9 years ago)

    I need to take your advice on that slow and thoughtful packing thing for my move at the end of October. There are few things more stressful than moving! Getting long runs in while on the road is actually pretty fun because you get to run a new route, but the annoying part is fitting it in if you are traveling with other people. I’m sure you’ll do great!

  15. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    September 7, 2011 at 11:51 am (9 years ago)

    Here’s a great way to get a free gym membership- work there! I teach spinning at Fitness First and get a free membership AND get paid to teach of course (I call it getting paid to work out). The certification took one day (which was actually a lot of fun!) and was about $300 total, but you make that back in no time!
    I know that other group ex. certs are more involved, depending on what (and if) you would be interested in any of it.
    And, congrats and everything so far- you’re awesome!

  16. Sarah
    September 7, 2011 at 5:57 pm (9 years ago)

    I just came here via and WOW, you and I are in the same boat!! I’m also training for a marathon (doing my 18 mi longest run ever on Saturday), I also just moved apartments (and unpacking within the first week? Definitely a tough thing to do!) AND I just finished the Hunger Games and started Catching Fire last night and it is So. Good. Good luck on all your goals in the upcoming month!


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