December 2016 Monthly Goals

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?

I’m linking up with Ange and Carmy for the Monthly Goals linkup.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

monthly goals linkup

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25 Responses to December 2016 Monthly Goals

  1. Kelly says:

    Your goals sound great. I bet Christmas will be so much fun this year with your little man being able to enjoy it more than last year, but what a memorable Christmas it must have been last year for you guys!

  2. December will be all about recovery for me. I have a half this weekend, and after that, I want to just preserve fitness. I think Becky has me starting a strength cycle too. The timing is perfect. I also want to enjoy the holidays!

  3. Lesley says:

    Mainly try to stay active as much as I can. My move is on the 17th, so I’m not looking forward to being in a car for 2 days.

  4. Chaitali says:

    Focusing on family time is a great goal for December! My race is this weekend so once that’s done, I’m looking forward to focusing on friends and family as well, and getting in more varied workouts. Strength training has slipped to the wayside.

  5. Lea says:

    great goals! I love that you include family time! most important of all!

  6. I hope your little guy feels better so he can enjoy all the festivities coming up!
    I m also enjoying not being in “training mode” but like you would like to at least stay active so I can pick up with racing in 2017!

    Enjoy your holidays and birthdays!

  7. My big goal for December is continued recovery from Route 66. I do have a plan, though, that I need to put the finishing touches on…just some simple but consistent workouts to keep me active and get me through the first part of winter.

  8. Love your goals. My December goals are about increasing my mileage and spending time with my family. Christmas with little ones is SO magical!

  9. Great goals for December! Keeping up with a blog can be hard sometimes, I had many goals for December but they just seemed to get away from me.

  10. This is always a challenging time of year so having a really doable plan is key!

  11. Fantastic goals!

    I am just going to try to keep my head above water. I have A LOT scheduled over the next two weeks, and I hope to get back to the blog shortly.

  12. Karen :0) says:

    Sorry your little guys been so sick! I Hopis feeling better! Sounds like you have some great goals for December! I love that you guys are doing Christmas up big this year!!

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