It’s June 7th, which means it’s time for another Moving Mountains Update! For those of you just coming across this series for the first time, I post on the 7th of every month with a reminder to participating readers of the goals they set for themselves the prior month.
On the 7th of each month, you are welcome to comment on an improvement you’d like to work on. I will be your goalkeeper for the month, and on the 7th day of the following month, I’ll remind you of your goal and you can give an update on your progress. No goal is too big or too small, and it does not have to be weight related. Got it? Good! Now, on to this month’s update!
Last month I decided that I would keep more focused on continuing my running program; more specifically, C25K. I am proud to say that I have seen great improvement in my stamina. I noticed this by accident one day as I was walking the dogs and it suddenly started raining – hard! We turned back around and ran the entire way back to the car and I wasn’t even out of breath. It wasn’t a terribly long distance but to me, that was an amazing feeling.
I have decided to add a couple of other areas that I’d like to see improvements in, thanks to reading recent posts by Lynn at Learning Curves and Karen at Waisting Time. Lynn is making an effort at reducing her carbon footprint and it gave me the idea to spend this month getting into the habit of using canvas bags at the grocery store instead of plastic ones. I’ve got my bags lined up and in the car already, and hopefully by this time next month I’ll be fully into the habit of bringing them with me into the grocery store every single time I shop.
Karen is going to be participating in the Planks Challenge over at Fitblog Chats and I’m going to work on this as well. I firmly believe that strengthening my core has greatly decreased my lower back pain, so adding this challenge was a no-brainer.
How are You Doing?
Karen from Before and After was able to get back to her kickboxing and kettlebell workouts last month after a little time off due to health issues.
Her goal for June 7th? I’m planning on plenty of walks to the beach, kayaking and other fun stuff this summer. I’d like to walk a half-marathon in October but not sure I can do it without formal training…and I don’t like formal training. So not sure yet.
Karen from Waisting Time had a busy month, what with her son’s graduation as well as lots of parties to attend.
Her goal for June 7th? I have a lot of food obstacles this month. Holidays and birthday and tons of graduation parties and tons of baking and son home from college. So I am just trying to keep my head above water and stay on track with my eating.
Hanlie from Ordinary Abundance was doing a lot of hula hooping last month (one of my favorite pastimes!) and she started a new job!
Her goal for June 7th? I will be walking in the month to come, because I am starting my new job on Tuesday and the Promenade is right there, so instead of sitting in rush hour traffic, I will don my walking shoes, grab the iPod and, unless it’s pouring with rain, take a walk after work.
Sable at Squat Like a Lady has been the poster child for Moving Mountains. She’s recently posted some before and after pics that show how hard she’s been working.
Her goal for June 7th? This month I want to press 80lbs for 8 reps!
Marsial from Eyes of the Sun was dreaming of her upcoming mini vacation last month.
Her June 7th goal? I would dearly love to break my old, low weight record of 183 pounds before I go. My eating is very much on track, so I am hoping that the 3 pounds I need to lose (I was 185-1/2 this AM) should be achievable — it would be a bonus if I could get there by your next update.
Tim from Fat.Boy.Thin has been achieving goals left and right and I am a big fan of his.
For his June 7th goal, he writes: My next challenge is going to be to continue C25K because I am only half way through it at the moment. I am also aiming to hit 2 million steps with my walking.
Kristen from Hot Mama in Hiding had been working on pushups last month and was kind enough to give me some pointers that her trainer shared with her (and it’s working, Kristen – thank you!!)
Her goal for June 7th: Going forward I am staying focused on push ups! Also, training more for my 5K. I would like to improve my March 5K time of 33:19 when I run on May 21st!
CD from Walk to Sing submitted a comment for her first challenge last month. She wrote: I start a new job on Monday ~ my challenge (first time participant) will be to walk between 10 and 13 miles this week… minimum 2 miles a day, at least 5 days each week. Yes, 10 – 13 miles per week – this month… working up to a 15-17 minute walking mile is my goal… to walk 3 miles in 45 minutes. Would love an update, CD, and hope the job is going well!!
Greg from Transformed and Scaled completed his last challenge with flying colors: no meat for a month! Not an easy task but he pulled it off rather well, I think!
His goal for June 7th: This month my goal is to get back to my gym routine, since I kind of slacked off a bit in April. My goal is 18 gym workouts, 5 floor hockey games and 5 other physical activities in the month.
Laura from LauraJayne has had one BUSY month. She has been a powerhouse of achievements.
For her June 7th goal, she writes: My goal for June 7 is to have made progress in my goal to stop counting calories (without gaining a ton of weight)!
Michele from Healthy Cultivations has had a difficult month and I hope her main goal ended up being to lovingly care for herself. Here’s what she wrote last month for her June 7th goals:
1. return to a vegetarian eating plan and severely limit processed foods;
2. continue walking as planned since I registered for the Air Force Half Marathon in September in Dayton, Ohio (HOORAY!) — planning to get back into serious weight loss mode because getting smaller is the only way to get faster in my walking — I have goals for the future and can’t achieve them at my current weight;
3. jump on that strength training wagon;
4. fully commit myself to my life — sometimes, I kind of hang out on the outskirts of it without participating fully — each day requires attention to every area of my life; and
5. return to blogging without an overly ambitious schedule — I need room for inspiration rather than a schedule to keep me going — I have several ideas floating around.
New Me from NewMe: A Fresh Start brought out her walking sticks last month and broke them in – yay!!
Her goal for this month: I suppose this month I should aim for at least four walking-pole days. The back is touch and go, but I think the urban walking doesn’t make it any worse, so I’ll keep going.
Ellie from Ellie Unzipped has been continuing her goals of increased speed in soccer, and writes: I think this month I will try some timed sprints and see if I am actually making any progress on my speed. Also, I’m going to be working hard this month on making sure I don’t gain.
And Lynn, from Learning Curves is improving many areas of her life, and many of them are not weight related; it was her post that lit a fire under my behind to make a goad of being more accountable for our environment. Her focus for June: Anyway, my goal for next month is of course to complete my marathon on Jun 5. Also, to maintain my 8 pull-ups from another challenge.
Thanks to every single one of you who participated by allowing me to hold onto your goals this month. Now, let’s see how you did!