December 2017 Goals

To say that November was a difficult and challenging month for me is an understatement.  My lack of consistent blogging should be one of the first giveaways about how hard of a month it was.  Early in the month I battled a migraine that lasted for more than a week.  Not only did I have to deal with being in constant pain, but I was also nauseous on and off during that time.  After a visit with my neurologist and adding in a couple of extra visits to the chiropractor, I finally found some relief.  And then just as I was trying to gain momentum with working out again, I came down with a terrible cold that then turned into a sinus infection.  Needless to say, many of my November goals quickly went out the window given the obstacles that I faced.

1-3.  Log at least 80 miles, run at least two times per week, and strength train at least two times per week.

Grade: C

Given the circumstances that I faced last month, I’m going to be a bit easy on myself and try to not be over critical with my three fitness goals from November.  My final mileage total for the month was 47.5 miles, which has been my lowest monthly mileage for all of 2017.  Its incredible that my September total was 135 miles, and that this past month was nearly 90 miles less than that.  Such is life when you have to battle the conditions that I did.

My November miles brought my 2017 mileage total to 1,032.7 miles.  Although I have reached my original mileage goal of 1,000 miles for the year, I’m still eager to see whether I can reach my revised goal of 1,150 miles, even after last month’s setbacks.  Fingers crossed that everything works out for me in December!

4.  Find a work-life balance.

Grade: B

While I did make significant improvements in better balancing my work demands with the rest of my life, there is still room for improvement.  Everyday I try to work on this for the benefit of both my mental and physical health.

5.  Enjoy the month’s social activities.

Grade: A

At least I accomplished one goal this past month!  The highlight of last month’s social activities was Friendsgiving, which we hosted for the first time and was a huge success.

We managed to squeeze 12 adults, 5 children, and an infant into our kitchen for Friendsgiving

I’m more than ready to put last month behind me and move onto the last month of 2017.  As is the case almost every year, December is going to be a super busy and jam packed month.  But I ready to close out 2017 just as strongly as I started it.

1. Log at least 120 miles.

I know that this seems incredibly ambitious, especially after what happened in November.  However, I am incredibly motivated to reach my revised 2017 mileage goal, which I am currently 117.3 miles away from reaching.  I won’t go down without at least trying this month!

2.  Weight train at least two times per week.

It needs to happen this month, especially with all of the extra parties and social events that are on my December calendar.  Weight training will also help me to prevent injury as I ramp my mileage back up.

3.  Stay healthy and sane.

December is a super busy and super stressful month.  I need to do my best to keep myself healthy and as stress free as possible, especially if I want to enjoy all of the upcoming Christmas activities with my family.

I’m looking forward to enjoying the upcoming Christmas season with my boys!

QOTD: What are your goals for December?

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28 Responses to December 2017 Goals

  1. kookyrunner says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry that you had to deal with all of that this month, but I hope that you are starting to feel better and get some relief.

    Love the holiday photo of your family!

  2. Rachel says:

    Ugh, I’m sorry you had a bad month. The longest migraine I’ve had was three days. It was AWFUL. Thankfully I don’t get the nausea that goes along with it. I can’t imagine a week long migraine with nausea. You’re a trooper!!

  3. You can do it! Keep the running slow though if you think you are battling something!

  4. Lesley says:

    Good luck this month. I’m trying to get a little more active as the holiday season arrives, but I don’t want to force it. I’m doing small things, but I’m enjoying my break.

  5. Great goals for December! Some of my goals are to be active (not specific) but just be active, celebrate our family birthdays and continue to blog. I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon lately!

  6. Those are some big December run goals! Good luck

  7. AJ says:

    My fingers are crossed that December is a better month for you:)

  8. atim effiong says:

    Great goals for December! You got this!

  9. I’m sorry you had such a tough November – that migraine sounds awful! I use to get them and they’d last 4 days or so – just brutal.

    You’ve got some great goals for December – hope it’s a great month for you!

  10. Wendy says:

    That’s rough–that migraine. Could it be stress?
    Here’s hoping for a stress-free December. Can that even happen? I’m going to run, crossfit, yoga, and hope that everything falls into place. For both of us.

  11. I’m sorry you had a bad month. I think the goal of ‘staying healthy and sane’ should be our ONLY goal every month!

  12. Ouch! That migraine sounds so nasty! I hope December goes better 😉 My main focus in December is the daily streaking (with extreme caution), and ab/core work.

  13. Good luck in December, Kathryn! Hope you get to achieve everything you’ve planned and wished for! 😉

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