It’s crazy to me that we’re already in September. Now it’s starting to feel like 2018 is coming to an end!
I’m a goal-oriented person and I have enjoyed sharing my health and fitness goals on the blog each month. Since August is over, I thought I’d reflect on how well I did on my goals and set some new ones for September!
August was an extremely busy month. I did about 11.5 miles of running and thankfully had no pain while running, though my plantar fasciitis still seems to continue to fight to live another day. Physical therapy took up a lot of my time and work was busy so I didn’t get to work out as much as I hoped, but here’s how I did with my fitness goals for August:
Lose 2-3 pounds.Grade: C. It looks like in the past 30 days, I’ve had a net weight loss of 1 pound. It’s a little disappointing, but I’d rather be stable than to still be gaining weight. MyFitnessPal has been an amazing resource (and I feel silly for not using it sooner)! Tracking my meals has made a huge difference and I’m much less tempted to eat junk food, though I did just eat a piece of cake at work yesterday… On the fitness end, I’ve been doing weekly FitBit challenges that helped motivate me to take more steps each day. I know that I just need to watch the calories and keep active.
Commit to physical therapy 100%.Grade: A. I have worked so hard to be committed to my physical therapy. I had 10 sessions in the month of August and did a lot of work in between, though I have to admit that I’ve been slacking a bit on my off days the last couple of weeks. Most nights, I’ve been wearing my uncomfortable splints. My weeknights have been exhausting, and I have some good days and bad days…I just really want this plantar fasciitis to go away. So frustrating.
Make it to the start line of the Philly 10K. Grade: A. I made it to the start and ran through the finish! While the Philly 10K isn’t my favorite race of all time, I’m glad I was able to take part and see so many friends in the Philly running community. Fortunately, I didn’t have pain during the race, but my left foot has been back to being grumpy ever since…one step forward, two steps back.
Lose 2-3 pounds. I would still like to work on losing some weight. I had a successful dress fitting (LOL) but I don’t want the dress to get any tighter than it already is! I think I started up some really good habits in August and I want to keep it up. I’ve also been drinking a lot less alcohol and more water, which definitely makes a difference!
Focus on yoga and spin as non-running workouts. I really miss being active and getting in a good sweat. Fortunately, the fall fitness classes are starting up again next week and I’ll be able to take yoga twice a week and spinning once a week. I look forward to getting back in that groove. I do have a couple of short races happening this month (including a 5K this weekend), but I’m going to focus more on strength/core work.
Make time for self-care/downtime. I’ve been running myself ragged and it’s definitely not good for my health. I’ve been stressed out and drained at the same time. Meanwhile, finalizing wedding plans is coming to a head. I need to make sure I’m taking time to unwind – maybe it’s time to schedule a trip to the spa?
How did you do in the month of August? What are your health and fitness goals for September?