Wow, where has 2016 gone?!? Its hard to believe that we’re getting ready to start the last month of the year, which is going to be an extremely busy one.
Since we were at Disney World for Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend at the beginning of the month, I didn’t write my usual monthly goals post, but I did have two goals for the month of November. Despite the craziness that November was (little man was sick for the majority of the month, in addition to being away for Thanksgiving), I was able to successfully meet both goals. I ran at least once per week this past month, and I did not gain any weight, despite the decreased amount of time that I had available to devote to exercise. For those two reasons, I’m considering November a success, especially since so much of my time outside of work was devoted to taking care of a very sick child.
Since little man was born, November was the quietest month here on the blog. Although I was frustrated at first by my inability to keep up, I’ve also realized that blogging is far from my top priority. Its not my job, and its not my family, its a hobby. And while I’ve missed being able to interact with all of you, my readers, on a regular basis, know that you haven’t been far from my mind. I have every intent to finish fully recapping our Wine and Dine racecation (you can check out my first two recaps from the trip here), though it’ll take a lot more time than I had anticipated, especially since I’ve had a sick child at home.
With the last month of the year upon us, I want to try my best to finish out 2016 as strongly as I can. I was very motivated at the beginning of the year to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape, and though I’ll recap my yearly goals separately from my monthly goals, I want to continue that focus into this last, very busy, month of the year.
1. Run at least once per week.
I don’t know exactly when I’ll start training for the Chicago Marathon, nor do I know when or what my first race of 2017 will be. However, I don’t want to start from scratch with my training, and want to make sure that I maintain my running base.
2. Work out at least three times per week.
I’ve been enjoying the mental and physical break from being “in training” from a race, which has allowed me to focus more of my time on strength training and cross training. With the stress of having a sick child, as well as with how busy our month is going to be, I need to make working out a priority as a form of stress relief and self care.
3. Focus on quality family time.
We have a lot of exciting things on our calendar for the month, including little man’s first birthday party, my parents visiting, and visiting my in-laws for Christmas. We’re also doing Christmas up big this year. With the unknown arrival date of little man last December, Christmas wasn’t the priority. Little man wound up being born two days before Christmas, and we were discharged from the hospital Christmas afternoon. Although last year was technically his first Christmas, he wasn’t an active participant, so we want to make Christmas a big deal for him this year. Focusing on quality family time will also great for me in terms of self care during this extremely busy time of the year.
QOTD: What are your goals for December?