Moving Mountains, September
The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are beginning to paint the ground – a gentle reminder that Fall is settling in with only three months left in the year. We are in to our 9th month of the Moving Mountains challenge updates, here on FGWT. Before getting on with the challenge updates, I want to repost a comment that a participant had during her last progress report. She wrote:
I have to say, when I read my goals from July I was thinking, dang I don’t think I lost anything – maybe 1 pound. Then I looked back at my weigh-in sheet and realized that even with vacation, b-day parties, and camping I lost 5 pounds. You lose track of your success when you analyze your work weekly vs. monthly!
Thank you Kristen, for summing up one of the main reasons for hosting these monthly challenges. Sometimes it’s hard to see progress when we’re analyzing it day to day, or even week to week. Many times viewing goals month to month is a better way to notice the bigger picture and see how far we’ve come!
First, my goal for August: I wanted to keep up with my plank poses and attend 6 yoga classes, which I am happy to report I did! In fact, I’ve gone to yoga 7 times and my plan is to make yoga a priority two to three times per week. Working on plank really helped when I started yoga because even though I’m still in the beginning class I can hold plank for a long period of time. This is an area I’d never been able to do if I hadn’t worked on it through this challenge.
For September my goal is to move on to the Yoga 1.5 Class where I’ll learn to hold poses for longer periods of time and work on the benefits of meditation. I’m contemplating whether to try Hot Yoga for the first time.
How Did You Do In August?
Sharon’s reason for not meeting her goals during the month of July was a very good one: the heat proved to be too oppressive to battle without becoming ill. For August’s goals, she wrote:
I did not meet my goals for July and I’m not sure why. Actually, I think the oppressive heat we’ve suffered in the south just turned July into a blah month in which I accomplished practically nothing. So we’ll turn the same goals over into August and go for losing the same five pounds between now and September 7.
Sharon, I hope you had a period of cooler weather these past few weeks. Looking forward to your update.
Kristen has been transforming herself all summer. Her recent before/after photos show just how hard she’s been working. She’s even working those tank tops she’s been wearing (yay!) Here’s what she wrote last month:
My August goals are:
1)To survive my 10K and keep up my regular 5mile runs.
2)Continue my weight loss journey of the upcoming big camping trips.
3)Climb a mountain in the ADK that I haven’t before
4)Start lifting weights at night with hubby in our basement gym.
Can’t wait to hear about your 10K, Kristen!
The lovely Sable is still working hard in her area of expertise: weightlifting. Here’s what she wrote last month:
My goal is to bench press my bodyweight (135) cleanly once by Sept. 7. I’d also like to get up to 4 wide grip pull-ups from a dead hang (I’m at 3 now!)
How was your August, Sable? Were you able to master your pull-ups?
Tim achieved a goal in August that he didn’t even list during last month’s update so I’m going to share it with you on his behalf: He entered into ONEderland! Way to go, Tim!! Here’s where Tim’s focus was for the month of August:
By 7th September I will only work on my push ups (so I don’t forget). I will practice every day and try and get as close to 50 as I can.
Give us an update on your push ups, Tim (and whether or not you’ve been able to keep up your efforts while in Scotland!)
Greg didn’t officially list a goal for August, but he always checks in during our Moving Mountains updates so I’m posting for him here just to let him know that we’re still rooting for him to complete his challenge, which is to get to his goal weight – as of this writing he’s only three pounds away. Just remember Greg, the last 5 – 10 are the hardest to get off, so don’t be discouraged. You’ll get there.
Michele has had one heck of a busy summer. She’s taking it in stride though, and taking good care of herself. Here’s what she had to say last month:
This month I hope to just kind of stick to my eating plan and time schedule as best I can. I’m striving for balance here — I know I won’t eat perfectly all the time, and I know I won’t stick to the schedule all the time. The most important thing is to keep in mind that it’s okay to deviate a bit. It’s what we do routinely that matters most of all — not what we do on occasion.
I hope you’ve been able to maintain a healthy schedule this past month, Michele. Give us an update on how you’ve been doing
Laura, my virtual yoga buddy decided to make it her priority during the month of August, too. She’s been dealing with some challenging new eating habits, also. Here’s what she wrote last month:
For August, I’d like to complete the yoga challenge, and start to figure out my new “diet” and how it affects how, what, when and where I eat!
How have you been doing with your gluten-free diet, Laura? Would love to hear an update on that as well as how yoga has been going.
Teresa joined our Moving Mountains update challenge for the first time last month. Here’s what she wrote for her goal:
For the rest of August, I am working on consistency with my exercise. I need to keep it kind of light right now, but that doesn’t mean doing nothing. So, I’m doing 5 days a week of walking (or equivalent level on elliptical) for 30-60 minutes.
Can’t wait to read about how the month of August went for you, Teresa!
Jules was also a first timer in leaving a goal last month. She had a huge challenge before her, too. Here’s what she wrote:
This is my first time goal setting with you – my goal is to stick to my food plan this month. We have family staying with us all month so just doing that will be challenging enough.
Jules, I am hoping that you were able to maintain a solid eating pattern while company was at your home. I know how difficult a challenge that can be. Looking forward to reading all about it!
Hanlie is in the middle of wintertime where she lives, so she doesn’t have the luxury of the warmer climate for outdoor motivation just yet. This is what she wrote last month.
My goals for August: Exercise every day – be it dancing, stretching, walking or water aerobics.
Hanlie, whether you’ve been working on an exercise goal or a healthy living goal, here’s to hoping that you feel like you’ve made great strides since last month!
Lynn had been working on the Insanity program when her scale decided to break, last month. After a few revisions, she decided this about August’s goals:
Aug goals: Begin a food log and follow my eating plan (adapted from the Insanity program).
Stay on track with combined Insanity workouts and runs (working out 6 times per week).
Get a new scale so I can track my progress!!
Always look forward to your monthly goal updates, Lynn. I hope you had a fantastic August
Would you like to participate in next month’s Moving Mountains Update Challenge? It’s easy to do: just post a comment below with a goal you’d like to begin working on or a goal you’d like to improve on, and then mark your calendar for October 7th, where we will all meet back here and share our updates with each other. Remember, it does NOT have to be an exercise goal. It can be ANY goal upon which you’d like to see improvement.
Thanks to everyone who participated. Now, get busy and fill us in on what you’ve been up to since last month