Goals for July
1. Log 100 miles
2. Lose 10 lbs
Take and record my measurements
Develop 3 new recipes
Start spending more time with my friends
6. Strength train 3 days per week
7. Complete 15 2-a-days
Go to happy hour and enjoy responsibly
9. Log my food and exercise every day
Take my first yoga class
We’re halfway through July now, friends, and I’m halfway through my goals. It’s shaping up to be a great (hot!) summer! The past few weeks have been filled with their share of challenges, and also quite a few triumphs. Here’s how the month has been shaking out:
#3: With some help from both of my parents, I took my measurements this past weekend. And I measured everything. I’m excited to start seeing concrete results beyond the scale! Oh, and I haven’t yet decided how often I’ll remeasure, so if you have any suggestions for this, do let me know!
#4: So, even though I’ve yet to share them with you, I do have three delicious new recipes waiting in the wings. Actually, I have at least ten that I’ve stockpiled over the past few months–I’ve been slacking in that department! Coming at you soon: Kohlrabi Potato Gratin, Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Loaf, Shrimp Scampi, Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread, and Ricotta Pizza, among others.
#5: I haven’t done quite as well on this as I would like, but I have made it more of a priority. I think balance is something I’m going to struggle with for awhile on this journey, but as long as I recognize that and take proactive steps to address and resolve it, I’ll consider myself successful.
#8: I went to happy hour this month and nursed one vodka soda for over three hours. And guess what? I still had a great time. Same goes for the wedding I went to this past weekend. One drink. Normally, in any type of social situation, I would need a few cocktails to make it through and overcome my anxiety of being seen in public. But I think I’m slowly getting over that. Progress, my friends!
#10: I took my first yoga class earlier this month. I went into it very anxious and nervous but also excited. I’ve wanted to try yoga for years, but always thought I was too big and too out of shape to attend a class where I’d be twisting and bending my large body–wouldn’t all my fat get in the way? Long story short, yes. Yoga was definitely a challenge as a large person. I was uncomfortable as hell in that class, and sore as hell after. I didn’t really see the appeal, but I do think I’ll go back. Maybe it’ll click after repeated exposure. And if not, it is definitely great to expose my body to a different type of active movement.
There you have it: my progress for the first half of this month! How are you doing on your goals? What have you accomplished this month? What are you struggling with? Let me know!