The year 2018 is almost over! It’s hard to believe that we’re finally into December…believe me when I say that I’m absolutely relieved that this year is coming to an end!
At any rate, the start of the month is a great time to reflect on the previous month and the goals you plan to accomplish in the current month. I’ve been doing these monthly recap posts for a while and they are one of my favorites. It is a huge help with accountability! How did you do in November?
November was such a busy month! I was returning to the full swing of things after my honeymoon, and trust me, the work didn’t stop because I was out for a few days! Fortunately, I was able to dive into working out. Not a ton of running, but enough to give me hope that I’ll make a full recovery sometime in the near future! Here’s a look at my goals for November and how I actually did:
Work out 3 days a week: Grade: A. I worked out a lot in November! I did lots of yoga, I finally had some consistent spinning classes, and I’m still going to barre and running a few miles at a time. I’m so glad I was able to meet and usually exceed this weekly goal!
Cook meals from scratch 2 days a week:Grade: F. Who was I kidding? I made some side dishes for Thanksgiving, but for the majority of November, I barely cooked. When work is stressful, the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I did have one week of Hello Fresh meals, which were actually pretty good. I just can’t quit them, so I’m being very mindful of my selections and choosing more veggie-heavy dishes.
Say goodbye to plantar fasciitis:Grade: C+. Nope, not gone yet. I actually felt some familiar, unpleasant heel pain in my left foot after doing a 3 mile run last Sunday. Thank goodness for frozen water bottles! I am still VERY BAD about doing my calf stretches. I just refuse to make it a habit…I don’t know why I do this to myself! Despite all of that, I’ve been making great progress and am in much better condition than I was a couple of months ago. I just know that I’m not out of the woods yet.
Work out 4 days a week: Since I knocked out 3 days a week so easily, I’m ready to step it up. I’m looking at a good mix of yoga, spin, barre, and running through the end of the year. Wish me luck!
Foam roll and use lacrosse ball after each run: No.More.Excuses. I have the tools, I just need to use them! I’m open to suggestions on how to force myself to do my stretches LOL. Should I set an alarm? I just don’t know what to do!
Transition to running with custom orthotics: I’ve been breaking in my custom orthotics the past couple of weeks and I’m excited to have the clearance to start running in them! I really hope that it helps with not just my foot pain but my knees as well. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Limit portions at holiday gatherings: The elephant in the room. We often use the holidays as an excuse to overindulge. Okay, I’ll speak for myself! I’m already tipping the scale, so I have extra incentive to limit my portions this season. I’m already invited to so many holiday parties that I can barely keep track! Resist the temptation to eat all the cookies!
How did you do with your health and fitness goals in November? What will you be working on in December?