New Month, New Goals: December

I seriously cannot BELIEVE that today marks the first day of the last month of 2011! It’s true when they say time flies. A new month means it’s time to look back over the goals I set for the last month and how I did. Here goes:

November Goals

1.) Workout 4-5 times a week throughout the month. Half-Check. As you can see from this spreadsheet, I consistently worked out 3-4 times per week for the whole month of November, but not quite 4-5 times. I’m not beating myself up over it though because I consistently worked out every week even though it was a pretty busy month.

2.) Get back into morning workouts. Fail. I didn’t even workout ONCE in the morning for the whole month! The colder weather is making it harder for me to get out of bed in the morning!

3.) Try a Body Pump class. I’m going to give myself a check on this one even though I technically didn’t do Body Pump, because I did Club Strength every Monday for the last three weeks in a row and I think it’s quite similar. The Body Pump classes are at limited times, and they fill up really quickly so I had a hard time making one!

4.) Track my food consistently Monday – Friday. HalfCheck. I’ve been doing a good job tracking my food during the days, but struggling a little bit at night and on the weekends.

5.) Continue to meal plan weekly. Check. The one thing I actually did consistently throughout the month!

6.) Get back to my goal weight. No. I weighed in above my goal weight for my official Weight Watchers employee weigh in, and so I now really really need to focus on this one!

7.) Get more sleep. Check. I have tried to get in bed by 11pm almost every night during the week, which is a lot earlier for me. Last night I was in bed by 10:30!

8.) Have fun! The Foodbuzz Festival and Thanksgiving were both fun and I really enjoyed them both to the max, while still keeping my goals in mind!

I’d say I did OK with my goals for the month of November. I wish I had been a bit more consistent with tracking my food and working out a little bit more, which would help me get back to my goal weight. There’s no sense fretting on the past though, so onwards!

December Goals

1.) Weigh In Weekly. I really, really need to get back to my goal weight, and weighing monthly is not helping me with this goal. I’m not sure whether I’ll post my weigh ins on here or not, but I want to commit to weighing in (officially at a WW scale) every week for the month of December.

2.) Work out 3-4 times a week.  Maybe if I set the goal a little lower, I’ll actually work out more. We’ll see!

3.) Strength train AT LEAST once a week. I am noticing more definition in my arms and legs since I’ve been doing the Club Strength class on Mondays, and I want to keep that up!

4.) Try/Create a new recipe each week. I love trying and posting new recipes on here and haven’t done it in a while. I want to get back into it!

5.) Try one new-to-me class at the gym. Maybe Body Pump, Total Body Conditioning, or a yoga/pilates class. TBD!

6.) No shopping for myself! I went on a pretty big clothing spree last weekend, and am well stocked with everything I need for at least a month, but probably longer. Seeing as there is Christmas later this month (plus my mom and sister’s birthdays!) I need to limit my spending.

I’m hoping all these goals (minus #6) feed into my bigger goal, which is to get back to my goal weight of 164 pounds. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it completely during the month of December, but I really want to make some progress and lose at least a few pounds.

At the beginning of each week for the month of December, I’m going to post weekly goals, my meal plan, and my workout plan, and then check back in on it either at the end of the week or the following week to hold myself accountable.  I really need to focus!

What are you looking forward to most about December, or, what is the biggest thing you want to accomplish during the month?

14 Comments on New Month, New Goals: December

  1. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    December 1, 2011 at 9:13 am (9 years ago)

    Your goal of “no shopping for myself” is one that I should add to my list. Though I LOVE buying gifts for other people, I inevitably come across 1,000 things that I think I must have.
    Yes to Bodypump!! (You’ll probably get sick of me saying that!) I find that at my gym, December is DEAD. So, that might make it easier to get take a Bodypump class, since it won’ t be as full. Once you go, you’ll be hooked- I promise! I think I said this about spinning too, but I wish I taught a little closer to DC because I’d make you come to my Bodypump class!

  2. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    December 1, 2011 at 10:55 am (9 years ago)

    Great goals and I have no doubt you’ll reach them. You’re a focused gal! 😉

    Hmm, I’m looking forward to the chaos but knowing that our routines will ground us. I have commited to doing the treadmill to burn an extra 200-300 calories so that adding some cookies the week of Christmas does very little damage. That and we’re actually celebrating NYE this year weather permitting so I’m excited!

  3. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    December 1, 2011 at 11:35 am (9 years ago)

    My biggest thing I want to accomplish at the gym is to actually get my butt into a class. I’ve been talking about it for months, but really need to. I’m going to try around the holidays when I have time in the middle of the day to go and it hopefully won’t be as crowded… 🙂

  4. Sarah
    December 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm (9 years ago)

    Great goals! I think it is fantastic that you have started weight training. Don’t get discouraged if you gain a little weight as you increase your weight training (I know I did). Remember muscle weighs more than fat (but burns more calories).

  5. Melissa @TryingtoHeal
    December 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm (9 years ago)

    Hahaha…I’m usually the person that never spends any money on myself but I had a fashion epiphany and now can’t stop buying and wanting to try new outfits…not good around Christmas time, and my mom and brother’s birthdays! Yikes!

    This month I am hoping I’ll be able to get through Bobbi’s Holiday Shred Bootcamp! It’s only day 4 and I’m already hurting everywhere! I’m hoping to see more tone by the end of the month!

  6. @h0neyb
    December 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm (9 years ago)

    I really like the “Work out 3-4 times a week. Maybe if I set the goal a little lower, I’ll actually work out more. We’ll see!”<~ This is soooo true for me at least.

    Good Luck with your monthly goals Beth!

  7. Prathiba
    December 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Nice goals! I think I’ll have to adopt the 3-4 workouts a week thing. I always find it hard to stick to a workout routine over the winter break.

  8. Jen@FoodFamilyFitness
    December 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm (9 years ago)

    I can’t believe it’s December! So crazy!
    I want to hit my 5% goal this month and get to 199 by January 1st.

  9. Sarah
    December 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm (9 years ago)

    Congrats on the goals! Don’t feel too bad about the morning workouts. I workout in the mornings only because I don’t start work until 2pm!

    I need to start strength training too. It can really help boost your metabolism!!

  10. Caitlin
    December 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm (9 years ago)

    I too am a little above where i would like to be weight-wise – my December goal is to lose 5 pounds by consistently tracking my food! I’ve really fallen off tracking and I can see that this is where I will see the biggest change as I’m already working out consistently, so I’m looking forward to seeing some positive changes in December! Can’t wait to follow along this month and get motivated from your dedication!

  11. Laura
    December 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm (9 years ago)

    I am hoping to reach my goal weight by Christmas Eve!

    Do you have to stay withing a certain range of your goal weight while working at WW? Just curious how that all works!

  12. Hilary
    December 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Great goals – and way to keep yourself accountable! I too, would like to get back to my goal weight, but the way things are going, and with the holidays coming up, realistically, I don’t think that’s going to happen in December. I am really looking forward to spending time with family I don’t get to see nearly enough though!

  13. Theodora
    December 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm (9 years ago)

    I used to love Total Body Conditioning! Try it!! (It’s pretty similar to Club Strength, if I remember correctly.) Do they have Body Pump at WSC now??


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