Welcome to September! As far as I’m concerned, summer is officially over!
I am so looking forward to fall, and as usual, I look forward to a new opportunity reset and reflect on my health and wellness goals. It’s been a while, but I’m happy to share my latest goals with you!
Since it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I wanted to share a recap of how things went these past couple of months!
July Wellness Goals
Workout in the office gym once a week.Grade: B+. I had a couple of weeks where I wasn’t able to make it happen, and since the gym isn’t the most up-to-date, it’s easy to make excuses not to go. But I did make the effort!
Focus on overall self-care while balancing work and home life.Grade: C. I think I forgot that this was one of my goals. I didn’t treat myself as much as I could have, and with E’s sleep being so rough in most of July, this was a really ambitious goal.
Avoid late-night snacking. Grade: C. Some days were better than others, and I let everything go by the wayside when on vacation (which I do NOT regret). I wasn’t really ready to let this one go yet.
Complete 28 day Ab Accelerator challenge. Grade: B+. I started the challenge on July 31 but it took a little longer than 28 days to complete since I did break the streak a couple of times. But I’m proud that I was able to commit to this challenge. This was 28 days of 30 minutes fully dedicated to different core exercises, including Russian twists, different types of crunches, planks, and a whole lot more. It started to drag on in the last couple of weeks but I made it! And I do feel much stronger in my core.
Avoid late-night snacking.Grade: A-. With doing the Ab challenge in the evenings before bed (while watching Frasier), this helped me to stop with the late night sweets. If I did snack, I did a much better job of knowing when I had enough, rather than just mindlessly noshing.
Enjoy birthday festivities.Grade: A+. My sister and I have birthdays in August and my sister had a big milestone year so we had an amazing time! For the first time in years, I went out several nights on my birthday week. It was actually a bit much HAHA, but I had a great time going to the Harry Potter Exhibit, going out to dinner several nights, and even having a mini birthday party on the block with my neighbors. My sister’s birthday bash was full of so many laughs, amazing food, and great memories.
Follow a dedicated fitness calendar. I have come to the conclusion that the only way for me to be consistent about my fitness is to write it all down and spell it all out. When I’m training for a race, I’m very disciplined because I have a training plan developed by my coach. When I’m not training, I tend to lose my internal drive to work out consistently. So I’ve put together a little something so that I know what activities I’m going to do each day. Right now I’m not running because I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, but I’m still dedicating time to walking, strength training, yoga, and a couple of other workouts. I decided to complete it for the month of September and as I do the workouts, I’ll cross them off. Fingers crossed that this method will work!
Stop social media usage after dinner. I have been wasting a LOT of time in the evenings on social media. Twitter has been my biggest weakness, though I often go between Twitter and Instagram. It’s mostly a bunch of celebrity nonsense that I fall down the rabbit hole, and it’s just not the healthiest way to end the day,
Read 4 books in September. I haven’t been really actively tracking my reading like I have the past couple of years, but I know that I haven’t been reading as often as I usually do, and I don’t like it! I will take advantage of my work commute and social media-free evenings to enjoy some good books. Lately, I’m all about keeping things light, so let me know if there are any fun books you’ve read recently!
What are your wellness and fitness goals for September?