I can't believe November is halfway done! I figure now might be a good time to review how my November goals are going.
Goal #1: Stick to my workout routine for the entire month. Here's the very detailed calendar with what I planned to do:
Thoughts on my progress so far:
-All the work outs have been done, I have just had to shift them slightly some days (e.g. my long run happening on Sunday instead of Saturday).
-My Tuesday morning run is "3-5 miles" and every week I've done the same 3.4 mile loop (or rather, 2x of a loop). I'd love to increase the distance on this run, but it's hard because I have a 9am meeting!
-When M can't do our normal morning workouts, my whole day gets delayed. Example: Monday, we normally get to the gym at 7:30. M wasn't feeling well, and I stayed up kind of late, so instead of going at 7:30 by myself I slept in for an embarrassingly long time and then did my workout at home before heading to lab WAY later than I should have. I still got the workout done, but I wasted a lot of time (via laying in bed). I need to find a way to be motivated to wake up / get out of bed on time, even without my gym buddy!
-I am not loving my strength training program. I am getting stronger - I've moved from 8 lb to 10 lb weights for several exercises! However, I don't really look forward to strength training or feel excited about it. I need some way to get more motivated - a new routine for December? Perhaps tracking my exact reps/weights so I can really see myself getting stronger? Any suggestions would be welcome :-)
Goal #2: Cook at least four new recipes and blog about them. On Sunday I shared Lasagna Soup with you, and on Monday I shared Indian Cauliflower Curry Stew. Two down, two to go! I definitely find that my interest/desire to cook comes in waves. For instance, although I blogged about both of them this week, I made the soup, the stew, and one other recipe (chili) within the span of 2 days over a week ago... and then didn't feel like cooking much for the last week ish! I get to the point where the idea of picking a meal, getting the ingredients, chopping up veggies, etc. all sounds overwhelming. So then we eat frozen pizza, quesadillas, and sandwiches, or eat out. I think I just need more quick and easy meals!
Goal #3: Work on my research project. Shockingly, without concrete goals, this hasn't progressed as nicely as my work out & food goals. It is getting somewhat better, and I think I need to be much stricter about setting aside time JUST to do research and not allowing ANY distractions - whether they be classes, papers, clients, lab-related work, exercise, cooking, TV, or anything else. Starting... as soon as my two final papers for my two classes are written? Haha.