Can someone please show me where the brakes are so I can slow this month down a bit? This is our LAST Moving Mountains Update before Fall! Pick your goals carefully, this month. If you’re like me, you’ll want to go out with a bang!
A big thanks to the twelve dedicated people who decided to post their goals here on FGWT for the month of July. You can read their challenges below, and their results in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Remember: if YOU want to work on any kind of improvement for the month of July, just post your goal in the comment section of today’s post, work on your goal, and then come back here on September 7th to give the group your update. Easy Peasy!
My goals for July were to continue doing plank for 3 minutes while incorporating within that time, different intervals such as mountain climbers and plank pushups. I have been holding steady at this goal. I thought about increasing my time, but anything after three minutes turns my arms to jelly, and then I don’t feel like doing anything else; therefore, plank time will stay the same for the month of August.
Adding another challenge for this month: Focusing on yoga. I would like to go to a minimum of 6 yoga classes by September 7th. This truly will be a challenge for me, but I’m laying it out here so I’m reminded that I made a commitment to DO IT!
That’s it for me this month. Now, on to bigger and better things……..
How did YOU do last month? As the Official Goalkeeper, I have all of last month’s participants goals listed below. Hope to hear from each of you (and from anyone just joining in) within the comments section below!
Karen from Waisting Time was still working on doing plank, even though the official challenge for it ended back in June. Last month she was up to doing 3 planks a day for 2 minutes each (a very admirable goal to maintain, btw!) Her goal was to keep doing plank for July.
Sharon returned from vacation last month meeting her goals! For July, she wrote: My birthday is at the end of this month. On my birthday, I’d like to weigh four pounds less than on July 1 and on August 7, I’d like to weigh five pounds less.
Michele is living an incredibly busy life right now and is adjusting her goals accordingly, so that she can keep herself balanced during this stressful time. She wrote: My number one priority is getting enough sleep. Number two is to avoid procrastinating. Number three is to work on limiting snacks — sometimes, my “snacks” are like additional meals – total sabotage.
Sable has been doing beautifully with her goals, despite having a very busy summer. On July 7th, she wrote: On the benching front, Monday I benched 100lbs (my end-of-summer goal) for 3 reps. I’d like to get that up to 6 reps by August 7!!!
Karen from Before and After started a new kind of exercise program in July. She wrote:
I have started walking in the evenings with my husband (and we’re talking power walking, not just a stroll) AND I’ve set a little goal for myself (which I blogged about yesterday): being able to run up Hillside Ave. Hillside is a short (0.2 mile) but steep road that comes at the end of our walk. I used to be able to run it. I want to be able to do that again.
AND!! I’ve added The 100 Workout to my routine (which you can also read about in yesterday’s post). I’d like to make that a regular part of my week, changing it up as necessary to hit different body parts and maybe doing it twice instead of once. My goal is to do that two or three times a week, as well as the kickboxing.
Kristen has had a very successful summer so far. For her July goals, she wrote:
1) July will be learning to love your arms. Dang it, its tank top season and I’m “ARMED” with some good and bad features! I plan to keep building my strengths so I can do those real push -ups without struggling but I am also going to focus on being comfortable with them as they are!
2) I will continue with my weight loss journey
3) I will continue with my 10K training so that I am comfortable with a 6mile run.
4) I hope to report a great run time for this weekend 5K!
5) I would like to be able to run for 25 minutes without a break
Tim, who is still walking strong towards his 15 Million Steps, wrote some additional challenges for July:
This month’s challenge will be to do the following:
1. Go running outside for the first time ever!
2. Go swimming for the first time in years!
3. Improve on how many push ups I can do in one go by practising every day. I’ve just given it a go and I did 11. In 1 month’s time, I will see how much of an improvement I’ve made.
NewMe has back problems like I do. She is smart in gauging what kind of activities will help, not hinder her progress. Stretching was her goal for June. For July, she writes: Goals for July: just keep on keeping on. I hope to hear all is well with the back this month, and that stretching continues to help!
Greg has been moving steadily toward his goal weight. For his July goals, he writes:
My June challenge was the first one I’ve failed since I started challenging myself back in February. I did lose weight, but only 1.2 lbs, not the 4.6 that I was hoping for.
I’ve decided to roll last month’s goal into July, and if need be, into August. It doesn’t really matter how fast I get there, just that I get there.
Hanlie had a definite plan for July’s goals. She writes: My main exercise goals are to do more stretching/Pilates and to do at least 3 deep water workouts per week.
Lynn, who has been doing lots of training these past few months, writes: For July, I am working on lowering my bodyfat. I am in the middle of reading Racing Weight so I don’t know exactly what a good target number will be for one month (I mean, I’d like to drop 10% BF but I don’t know if that’s doable in one month!!). I will update ASAP.
Laura has had a busy summer, and has been doing a lot of reflective thinking. For July’s goals, she writes:
It’s been a tough month – but I think I definitely made progress towards more mindful eating. I’ve learned that I will sometimes overeat when I stressed to create a *new* thing to worry about. It sounds counter-productive – and it is – but I think this is an unconscious way of dealing with worries/stresses that I can’t do anything about. I’m definitely going to work on addressing the cause not the symptom!
Additionally, I’d like to create a realistic budget and begin sticking to it, especially on groceries AND start regular yoga practice at least once a week!
Thanks to everyone who participated. September is just around the corner, so let’s keep focused on our efforts to make 2011 a productive year. Work on those goals and I’ll see you back here to Celebrate Your Strength next month!