“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.”
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Oh, September. Not a good month.
I really struggled with a lot of different aspects in my life that I thought I had a pretty decent reign on. Even though my confidence was still soaring (thanks to a fresh new dye-job because I wanted to have a blonde moment), I felt myself becoming lax with my workout splits and my eating habits.
I never technically put on extra weight, but I felt myself losing all the drive and motivation I once had. I was still meal-prepping weekly, but I would blow my caloric intake on two servings of dinner or Oreo Overload sundaes from my local ice cream shop…
Workouts were getting harder because I was skipping days and I was cheating myself at the gym, trying to rush them to get out quicker. I’d tell myself to only do a few reps instead of all of them because I had somewhere to be as my work schedule started to pick up.
Or, I’d skip it all together because I would rather come home and nap because I was dog tired the entire month. Seasonal changes can be a real b!tch when it comes to your motivation…
I fell back into my routine of making excuses. I already know that October is going to be a busy month, but I cannot fall back into my bag of tricks of pulling excuses left and right. I didn’t come this far to only come this far.
Recently on the ‘Gram, I posted a side-by-side photo of when I weighed my lightest four years ago to current day. I felt a little disappointed when I noticed that I didn’t look “thinner”, but I immediately felt so proud when I saw how much more muscular and how much stronger my body looked.
Knowing where I was four years ago, all I’d overcome to get to where I am today was truly a humbling experience.
Here are my goals I want to crush this October:
- Continue weight loss journey: This shouldn’t be any surprise, especially after the hell-month I had. As I said, I never put on the weight, but I need to nip it in the butt before it gets out of hand. Spotebi has been my saving grace this year and this month will be no different as they will start to offer new workout videos on YouTube ever Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The plan is to complete those workouts with using Wednesdays as a Yoga/recovery day. (In fact, I might start taking classes again, like how I wanted to in June but never got around to doing…) I’ll continue to plug along with the new program and aim to lose another 5-7 pounds.
- Create more content: I love seeing all the costume makeup looks people create on Facebook or Instagram. For the past few years, I have been dying to take a crack at recreating some looks, but just didn’t have the time or really the confidence to do so. This year has been all about breaking internal boundaries I’ve set up in my mind, so I want to try to recreate at least one look. Since I’ll probably have to work on Halloween, that means I won’t have plans, but that won’t stop me for having in on some of the fun.
- Become more at peace with myself: It’s no surprise that I am a very Type A person. (You can see just how organized I keep my life here.) I have to be in total control of situations to feel comfortable and I am hardly the kind of person to fly by the seat of my pants. Even though I will never give up my organizational skills, there are a lot of things that I cannot control that I feel very responsible for, including things from my past. This month, I want to come to peace with the things that have affected my life, accept them for what they are (learning experiences) and move on from them with gratitude. Since developing the mindfulness practice, completing sessions daily will hopefully help with this journey.
- Continue saving money: I mentioned last month that I wanted to continue budgeting and saving money. I opened my budget daily, kept it up-to-date as possible, but couldn’t save any money. (It’s hard when you dish out so much in credit card bills!) I might not have saved the money I wanted to, I still feel so much more confident in my financial situation. My goal is to start putting money aside for Christmas gifts, so I won’t have to rely heavily on credit cards and be left with the IOU cop-out gifts like I did last year.
- Take time to enjoy the season: October is my favorite month of the year. I love every single aspect about it: apple picking, pumpkin carving, scary movies, the crispness in the air, football season, fall fashion, the whole lot. Every year, I complain about how I never get a chance to really enjoy it because of my work schedule, but I’m not going to let that be the case this year. The past two years, I’ve had to work on Halloween and I’ve let it ruin my favorite holiday, but even if it means just staying home with a scary movie marathon, I’m going to relish the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season.
What are your goals this month? Leave them in a comment!