Monthly Goals: October

Hellooo October! It’s officially a new month which means another round of monthly goals! Let’s get started. 

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goalthere’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned). The more time I spend focusing on myself and checking in with what I need in my life, the more I realize that monthly goals are great! But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

Monthly Goals: October - Original Caroline
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So it looks something like this:

So actually putting effort into my food choices and actually taking the time to make my meals was a bit challenging. But I was also able to save more than usual this past month thanks to not eating out so much! My hope is to continue with making my own meals and make this whole eating healthy thing a new part of my life.

Now, onto October’s goal! I was used to be a cheerleader, cross country and track runner, and I also did yoga on a regular basis. However, over the past few years, I have become disgustingly inactive. To make it worse, I sit at a desk all day, five days out of the week. And on my two days off, I’m sitting on my laptop all day blogging. 

Needless to say, I’ve really become a lazy girl. In the worst way possible. And that’s why this month is all about fitness. It ain’t gonna be easy. But with well thought-out action steps, I’m confident I can make exercise a part of my life!

Monthly Goals Plan Of Attack:

  1. Incorporate fitness into my day job: Like I said, I’m desk-bound at my full-time job. And on my days off, I’m on my laptop blogging most of the day. And according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 3.2 million deaths can be attributed to lack of physical activity (yikes!). As much as I’d like to buy a standing desk, that’s definitely not in my budget right now. So I want to start doing desk exercises. I know I won’t get a six pack, but by keeping active at my desk throughout the day can help eliminate my chronic back pain. 
  2. Do exercises that requires zero equipment: Obviously, workout equipment can get a little pricey. And I really don’t have the money for a gym membership right now. But according to Self, I can still tone up without using any equipment. Like running, squats, push-ups and even yoga.
  3. Get back into running: I used to run track and cross-country and now I feel like I can barely run down the block without feeling out of breath. Runner’s World says, “You’re ready to run if you’ve spent at least two weeks walking or doing some other form of exercise.” And a lot of articles suggest to start with run/walk — “adding short bouts of running to your regular walks and gradually increasing the amount of time you spend running.” That way I’ll ease into the whole running thing without having the “I’m going to die” feeling. 
  4. Make commercial breaks a workout: It’s so easy to veg out while watching TV. And usually my days off consist of blogging and TV. Which usually leads to naps. So to beat couch potato syndrome, I plan to get my ass off the sofa when commercials air and turn that time into a bonus workout. Do some sit-ups during a couple commercials, push-ups for the others. Then hold a plank the next round (during that annoying long Hulu ad. Or break out my dumbbells while watching Netflix. 
  5. Document my achievements: I’m one of those people who loves seeing a to-do list with a check by every task. Something about seeing what I’ve accomplished is super rewarding. So I want to document my progress and achievements to visually celebrate my fitness accomplishments. So hopefully, on the days I feel like doing nothing but vegging out, I can look over my achievements and get an instant motivation boost!

And there you have it! Wish me luck . . . 

+What monthly goals have you set for October? Any tips for getting started with an exercise regimen? Leave your thoughts in the comments!