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   Sep 07

Moving Mountains Update: September 7th



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 :)





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  1. Depending on your definition of meeting goals, one could say I failed miserably. One could also say I did okay considering the circumstances and continuing bizarre events of the month.

    Same goals for September. I have a new plan of action for what I’m eating during the day, which could be helpful. I’ll let you know how that goes. I’m also going to start attending some Zumba classes this month — a little hesitant, but it could be fun.

  2. Jules says:

    Hi Ellen August turned out great for me! I stuck to my food plan throughout the whole month and dropped pounds so am totally delighted. The challenge was in my mind and helped me stay on track. I think making the decision to do something specific (stay on plan) rather a vague hoping I don’t stress eat and put on weight. For September my focus is on exercise – sticking to my plan of cardio six days a week and two strength focussed classes a week.

    • Ellen says:

      Wow! Congratulations, Jules!! What an impressive goal to meet. We had company earlier this year and I failed miserably. Something about my routine being off and I lose it. So proud of you :)
      Thank you for posting goals for September – good luck and I’ll see you at the next update!

  3. Well, still haven’t reached my goal weight. Over the last month I never really got to the gym, so it’s amazing that I didn’t gain weight. I’m going to ditch the weight goal in the near term in favour of something else. My goal for this month is to get back to the gym on a regular basis. I’m not going to set a specific number of times I have to go, but my aim is to hit the gym 3-4 times a week. We have a lot going on right now, so hopefully I can meet this challenge.

    • Ellen says:

      I think that’s a great idea, Greg. Maybe something else to focus on is exactly what you need. Plus, with that cold, I’m sure it was hard to get motivated to do anything other than think about getting well again. Good luck this month and thanks for your update.

  4. Sharon says:

    I did not entirely meet my goal, but I did make some needed progress both mentally and at the scale. My September goal is going to move from numbers to exercise. The cooler days are already making me itch to hike and because of our horrid summer temps, I’m neither in the hiking nor biking shape that I want to be entering into prime season. So my goal is to work diligently, deliberately and decisively toward that end so that by October 7 I’m ready. The added benefit is that diligence will pay off at the scale.

    • Ellen says:

      With the cooler weather, I think this is a great goal for September, Sharon. You ought to be coming up on some gorgeous leaf season before too long, also! Thank you for your update and I’m glad that you made progress last month :)

  5. teresa says:

    I was okay with exercise consistency, but not great. I’ve been great this past week and feel I will continue with no problem. My new goal is to track calories all month. I have NEVER committed to this before and only feel confident to do it now because I’ve already started. It’s sort of like a running start at the month. It’s super important for me this month.
    And Hurray for you and yoga!!!!!

    • Ellen says:

      Thank you for participating, Teresa. I’m so glad that you’ve had a good week, exercise-wise. Sometimes just getting the momentum started is enough to keep the motivation high. Looking forward to your report next month on calorie-counting. Hang in there – That first week is the hardest!

  6. Roz says:

    Yay for all who put their goals out there. You are all successes for that! Happy Wed Ellen!

  7. munchberry says:

    Man that is a lot of work hosting moving mountains!

    Congrats to those who did so well,

  8. LauraJayne says:

    While I’m definitely not a Gluten-free pro, I definitely feel more comfortable with it. More importantly, I am feeling so much better, especially mentally! I found myself singing as I left class yesterday (yes, I’ve become that crazy person), and I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I sang (outside of church). I’m loving it!

    As for yoga, I completed the 21-day challenge, and kept going! It’s been over a month, and I’ve only missed one day of yoga practice – and that was intentional, because I felt like my body needed a break!

    My goal for September is much more abstract. I want to achieve a realistic level of fitness (gym + yoga) while still controlling/staying on top of the new work and school opportunities (including my first-ever college teaching position) that have presented myself! Maintaining means so much more for me this month than weight – it means maintaining my positive attitude, managing my stress, achieving what I’ve CHOSEN to take on AND keeping a healthy lifestyle!

    • Ellen says:

      I’m so glad that you’re getting more comfortable with these new eating habits. I’ve been doing some reading on GF and it is quite an adjustment. You’re really taking things in stride and that’s very admirable.
      What wonderful goals you’ve set for September (and congrats on the teaching job!). Looking forward to hearing about this update on October 7th. Thanks as always Laura, for participating :)

  9. My goal for September is to try 4 new classes at my gym! It’s definitely do-able, it’s just a matter of getting up the courage!

    • Ellen says:

      Ali!! What a fantastic surprise :) I didn’t know you were back, and when I linked back to your new blog I find that you’ve been back for a while, so I have some backreading to do! lol
      Thank you for stopping by and for participating in this month’s challenge. Take care in going to that gym. I always love your comfort zone challenges and know you’ll do great!

  10. Marsial2010 says:

    Ellen, I’m rejoining. My goal this month will be modest — just return to blogging on a regular basis. I find that when I am blogging, I am much more aware of what I’m eating and I work harder at trying to do some exercise each day. Additionally, I not only learn from other bloggers, I’m often entertained by them — it justmakes my day more cheerful.

    • Ellen says:

      I think that is a perfect goal to set for this month, Marsial, and I can say that your goal will benefit a lot of other people as well (like those of us who read your blog!!) Great challenge. Looking forward to your update next month, and thank you for participating :)

  11. Hanlie says:

    I have to admit that I dropped the ball on this one! September will be better – as soon as I feel better of course!

    So, my goals are to at least exercise a few times per week.

  12. Connie G. says:

    My goal in September is to stick with the half marathon training that I’m doing. I’m walking 2 half marathons in October and the training times are getting longer and harder (due to knee problems). On the 17th I have to do 9 miles and on the 24th I have to do 10. The first half is on 10/2 and the second on 10/23.

    • Ellen says:

      Connie, I am SO happy to have you joining us this month! Walking two half marathons is quite a goal! Circle October 7th on your calendar because that’s when we’ll all meet back here to discuss how we’ve done for the month. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

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