December 2015 Monthly Goals

Today marks the beginning of December which means it also marks the beginning of the month in which my little boy will be born!  Preston and I are both extremely excited and anxious to meet our little guy, and can’t wait for him to make his grand entrance into the world!  Though I’ve reached the point of pregnancy of being ready to not be pregnant anymore, there’s several things we’d still like to take care of around the house before he arrives.

November just wasn’t my month.  Not only did I fall extremely short in meeting most of my fitness goals, but some pregnancy complications arose this month that led to a couple of emergency OB appointments as well as an ER visit.  Without going into detail about all that happened, I’m just thankful that both the baby and I seem to be doing better now.  I wound up being sent home from an emergency OB visit for one day of bed rest at the beginning of the month, and also had to take a day off from work two weeks ago after suffering from a migraine that just wouldn’t go away.

I know that I can’t be too hard on myself, and I’m certainly not disappointed that I didn’t meet my November goals.  I’m now just weeks away from giving birth, and know that any working out that I can do is a success, despite the fact that reaching most of my November goals just wasn’t possible this past month.

nov 2015 goals

1.  Log at least 30 miles.

Grade: D

I walked and ellipticaled a total of only 17.7 miles.  Between multiple doctor’s appointments each week, including some unplanned visits to the OB, and some long days of work, there were just too many days each week when working out had to take a back seat to everything else going on.  I know that having a busy schedule might sound like an excuse, but pushing my tired pregnant body after being out of the house for sometimes upwards of 11-12 hours just wasn’t the right decision for me.  I’m also not sleeping on a regular basis (just last night I only got four hours of sleep due to lots of trips to the bathroom as well as tossing and turning), and many days my body needs rest more than it needs to be active after a long day at work, especially if my day has also included a post work doctor’s appointment.

2.  Work out at least three times per week.

Grade: D

Most weeks last month I was lucky if I managed to get two quality work outs in each week.  I won’t repeat what I’ve already said, but rather I’ll emphasize that at this point my body needs more rest than it needs to be pushed.  I also know that I’ll be very eager to return to a regular work out routine once my OB clears me after delivery.

3.  Continue to listen to my body.

Grade: A

This is the one goal that I was successful in accomplishing last month.  And now that I’m only weeks from delivering my baby boy, listening to my body is becoming increasingly important.  (Okay, now I’m starting to sound like a broken record!)

With so many unknowns about the month ahead, the biggest of which is the burning question of when the little guy will make his big debut, I’ll be using my monthly goals as very loose guidelines.  If I’m able to reach any of my goals, great.  If not, then that’s okay too.  But I’d much rather have goals to focus on trying to achieve as opposed to not setting any goals for myself and feeling lost when it comes to trying to continue my fit pregnancy regime.

dec 2015 goals

1.  Log at least 20 miles.

Based on last month’s mileage, 20 miles seems much more manageable right now than any higher amount.  I’d rather focus on being realistic as opposed to completely dreaming.

2.  Continue to listen to my body.

As I get closer and closer to giving birth, listening to my tired body is becoming more and more important each day.  Some days knowing that I need to just relax on the couch in the evening is more important than trying to drag myself to the gym.

3.  Give birth to a healthy baby.

My big focus and goal this month is to not only finish out my pregnancy as healthy and as strong as I can, but to also give birth to a healthy baby.  While Preston and I have desires for how we’d like our birthing experience to go, we also know that we can plan all that we want and things likely will happen far from how we’d like them to.  The top priority is making sure that we are able to hold a healthy baby by the end of the month.

QOTD: What are your goals for December?

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42 Responses to December 2015 Monthly Goals

  1. Pam says:

    I think you are being wise to listen to your body and not concern yourself with fitness goals. At the end of the day, your health and that of your child are far more important than a few more miles or minutes in the gym. This is such an exciting time for you and Preston so enjoy those last few weeks before your life changes forever.

  2. I went early with my first born (36 weeks) so when I went to 38 weeks with our second, I was so exhausted and ready to have baby out! Pregnancy is no joke! Listening to your body is key. All the best this December and with your birth.

  3. haleyduke17 says:

    Great goals. You’ve got the most important one up there – listen to your body. Enjoy your last month of pregnancy. It’s a great month to do so.

  4. I think you deserve a perfect report card. You listened to your body, and that is the most important goal of all!

  5. Lesley says:

    Good luck this month! You’re in the final stretch.

  6. Can’t wait to see photos of your wonderful new addition when he arrives!

  7. yeah, forget grading yourself on those fitness goals. You’ve done amazing throughout your pregnancy and now it’s time to continue listening to your body and bringing a healthy baby into the world. All the best to you in December!!

  8. I agree with everyone else – you deserve a perfect report card for listening to your body and doing what’s right for you! I can’t wait to meet your little one!! 🙂

  9. Listening to your body is the most important! Good job.

  10. I know it had to be disappointing to not reach your goals last month, but you’ve done an amazing job with what you’ve been able to do, and now you’re ever so closer to the birth of your baby boy! I wish you and your family the best!

  11. I am so sorry to hear that you have had some stressful pregnancy complications but am so glad to hear that you are doing better now. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Enjoy the last month with little guy in your belly and get ready for so many sweet baby snuggles!

  12. Your goals are right on point. Right now, the best thing you can do is listen to your body, and you’ve been great at doing that.

    So excited for you! What a great month it will be!

  13. Oh my goodness, can’t believe you’re so close! Sorry to hear you had some trouble, but glad you and the little guy are OK! I think the most important thing to do now is listen to your body, and sounds like you’re doing everything right! Soooo excited for you!

  14. And what a fulfilling goal it will be! No amount of steps will matter when you see his little face 🙂 Best wishes on the rest of your pregnancy!

  15. kristenk says:

    I love goal #3! It’s so exciting that he’s coming this month! Ps you ran more miles last month than I did so I think that is a win for you 🙂

  16. Great goals for Dec especially #3. I’m so excited for you and your family Kathryn. You should be so proud that you have rocked a healthy and fit pregnancy.

  17. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Yay for healthy baby boys!! You are in the home stretch. You have done an amazing job of staying healthy and fit during your pregnancy!

  18. You’re so close!! Best of luck with everything in this last month!

  19. You’re doing great! Baby is coming so soon – how exciting 🙂

  20. Karen :0) says:

    YAY! Baby boy will be here before you know it!! Here’s to a happy and healthy month! 🙂

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