Before I get into my rant, I’ll cover my morning workout and breakfast. After snoozing a few times (of course), I managed to squeeze in 30 minutes on the elliptical and a quick leg workout. This is great if you only have about 20 minutes.
- Walking lunges: 5 sets, 15 steps each way, two 10 lb. dumbbells
- Dead lifts: 4 sets, 20 reps, two 15 lb. dumbbells
- Calve raises: body weight, 3 sets of the below
- toes pointed out: to failure
- toes pointed forward: to failure
- toes pointed in: to failure
- Bridges: 4 sets, 25 reps
I’ve been wanting to try the mango chobani for a while and it was calling my name this morning.
I scooped it into my cute little flower bowl and topped it with raspberries, uncle sam cereal, and chia seeds.
Mmmm! It hit the spot. Now, for the important stuff. Not to say that the above wasn’t important.
I really need to kick my butt in gear. I’ve definitely allowed myself to slack a bit during the summer, which I don’t regret at all. That’s what summer is for and why I work extra hard during the long and boring winter months.
However, as fall is fast approaching, I need to start getting up earlier for my workouts. Once schools are back in session and vacations are over, there will be much more traffic. Which for me, means that my morning commute is only going to get worse.
Yesterday, I signed up for a 5:00 AM complimentary demo bootcamp class on Tuesday morning. Yes, the day after Labor day weekend. I am
going to kick start September off right. I haven’t been to the gym that early in months, so we’ll see how that goes.
This got me thinking about setting goals. I see everyone’s posts in the beginning of the month about what they want to accomplish, or a recap of what they accomplished last month.
I have never exactly been a “goal” person per se, but I do keep an on-going list of things I want to do or need to get done. This is mainly on the notes section of my iPhone or on a notepad that I keep. I am the type of person that wants everything done at once. I usually get frustrated or overwhelmed with copious amounts of to-do’s which is why I am a professional list maker.
I think it is important to set goals and give yourself a time restraint. Otherwise, you will just continue to put things off. Rather than continuing this pattern, I am going to start small and make a list of things that I can realistically finish in the time I have, based on importance first.
Things I’d really like to accomplish in September
- Get a notebook for my posts/blog improvement thoughts/ideas
- Finish and send off the article I am writing
- Learn to use my Canon EOS Rebel
- Setup my Facebook account
- Get up earlier for workouts
- Focus on cross training (as per my post yesterday)
- Put together strength training workouts that focus more on each individual muscle and split up strength training between more days
- Get a daily planner and keep up with it
- Try to plan dinners ahead of time for the week so I don’t eat so many smoothie bowls for dinner
- Stop getting out of hand with buying new products before finishing up what’s already on hand
- Organize my coupons and use them
- Redeem my credit card points for cash
- Buy practical things for fall (ie. boots, a new outerwear peice)
- Utilize off-price deals and other stores (ie. Rue La La, Gilt, Zara, Urban Outfitters) instead of using my discount (luxury goods are still expensive, even when they are marked down!)
Note: I know goals are best set with measurable terms, but as a start, this works best for me.
There are also some events coming up in September that I am looking forward to:
- Possibly taking a 3 day personal training course
- Fitness Mind Body + Spirit Race
- NYC Blogger Playdate
How important are goals to you? Do you feel that they need to be measurable?
What exciting things do you have coming up this month?