August Goals

September Goals

Summer is almost over. It’s hard to believe. Especially since it seemed to take forever for summer to even start here in Oregon.

I love Fall. It’s my favorite time of year. I enjoy wearing sweaters and drinking tea by a roaring fire. October is my favorite month and Halloween is my favorite holiday. With September’s arrival I feel like it’s not quite Fall, instead it’s like the last “hurrah” of summer–last chance hiking in warmer weather, last chance camping before the rain starts.

August was a really busy month for me. We had a lot of out of town guests visiting us. It was a month of training and achieving personal goals. I celebrated my three year anniversary of keeping off 100 pounds. There was some sad news in my world, but all in all, I’d say August was a pretty good month.

Did I achieve my August Goals?

1. Continue the Scale-Free Summer. YES.

2. Go on long bike rides training for the Portland Century. YES. Not as much as I would have liked but we did.

3. Relax more.  NOPE. Not really.

Relaxing is hard for me. If I see an empty day on my Google Calender I am much more apt to fill it with plans with friends or projects (never-ending projects!). I did read a lot of books this summer, though, so that qualifies as relaxing in my book. The best books I read this summer were:

Intriguing and easy to read. Made me homesick for Seattle:

Heartbreaking. Cried the whole time. Was sad when the book was over:

Haunting and disturbing:

What are my plans for September? September is kind of up in the air for me for a lot of reasons. I feel like without a gym membership (possibly) I’ll be living in limbo a bit. But here’s what I can come up with in light of that:

September Goals

1. Commute to work by bike as often as I can.

2. Possibly train for the Harvest Century bike ride.

3. Take advantage of the nice weather and go hiking on the weekends.

4. Possibly find a new gym.

Decent goals, I think. No matter how this gym-thing shakes down, I will stay committed to exercising and living my healthy lifestyle. I don’t need a gym to stay fit. My hobbies have taught me that. Going scale-free has taught me that. It will be okay.

QUESTION: What was your biggest challenge in August? What goals are you setting for September?


August Goals

I can’t believe it’s already August. It seems like summer has just started here in Portland. The weather is finally consistently nice enough to enjoy outdoor activities and I love it!

I set the bar pretty low for July because I knew that I’d be really busy with a few vacations. How did I do for July?

July Goals

1. Commute to work by bike whenever I can. YES!

2. Practice getting in long rides on weekends. Yes, most weekends did include bike rides.

3. Incorporate more free weights in my workouts. Yes, that’s part of my normal routine now.

4. Enjoy the summer! Most definitely.

5. Read more books (I already read like 3 a week but I’m hungry for more!).  I’ve read some really great ones lately.

July was a challenge for a lot of reasons. The biggest challenge was the food. Between birthdays, parties, out of town guests, festivals, camping, road trips and family reunions it was like everything revolved around food. Potlucks. BBQs. Brewfest. I believe I made good choices, splurging on things that I really wanted– but within moderation. I don’t think I really went overboard on any of the food or drink choices I made other than the frequency of the indulgences.

Summer is a challenge time because of all these temptations. The weather is nice. I want to hang out with friends and family and food is always going to be the focus of those events. The biggest gift I can give myself each summer is the permission to enjoy it. That does NOT mean bingeing on everything in sight. That does not mean avoiding all the “fun food” and only eating the “diet” food. Fun food can be healthy too.

So I balance the indulgences with the exercise choices I make. I go for long bike rides and strenuous hikes that challenge my body. I challenge myself by swimming and lifting weights. And after I indulge (like at weekend trips and BBQs) I get right back on track when I get home. Back to “normal” eating. Like grilled chicken thighs and corn on the cob with butter and chili pepper:

Or how about my absolute favorite steak dinner with fresh zucchini from our garden:

All good meals! And they taste good without being high in calories.

August Goals

1. Continue the Scale-Free Summer. There have been a few times where I was tempted to weigh myself. Going scale-free was a struggle at first but sometime in July I seemed to find a comfortable oblivion to the scale. I stopped thinking about it all the time and stopped feeling anxious about whether or not I gained weight.

2. Go on long bike rides training for the Portland Century.

3. Relax more. I tend to go-go-go and never really have any downtime. I want to enjoy my summer!

I think that’s doable.

QUESTION: What is your biggest challenge in the summertime? What are your August Goals?