Well, here we are in December and we’re entering the final month of this year-long challenge. Can you believe it? I just want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for trusting me enough to share your goals on this blog and to allow me the privilege of being your Goalkeeper. Since this is our last month together before retiring the Moving Mountains Challenge, I’d like to invite you to make this month count, whatever your goal is! Just post it in the comments section and then come back on December 31st for one last update.
I have but one goal this month: to keep up with my evening yoga schedule even though it’s getting darker and colder outside. It is so hard for me to motivate myself into going back outside for any activity once I’m home from work, which is why I need this goal more than ever, otherwise I’ll just end up hibernating all winter. It’s not a big, end-the-year-with-a-bang type of goal, but one that I really need to keep me motivated this time of year. Check back at the end of the month and I’ll let you know how I did.
How did you do?
Karen from Before and After decided to get back into the challenge after a brief hiatus. She had very specific goals in mind. Here is what she wrote:
Back in 2005 when I started out to get myself healthier and slimmer, I did all my workouts on my own and now I have weights, kettlebells, videos, a beautiful area in which to walk/run…I have everything I need! And so I want to get back to basics…I want to trust myself and listen to my body and guide it using my own internal/intuitive wisdom. My goal isn’t to have a certain type of body or to lose a certain amount of body fat, it’s to be as fit AND in as little pain as possible.
So that end, I will pay to practice gentle yoga twice a week (in a class), get a massage and/or reiki once a month, see my chiropractor once a month, but I will stop paying for fitness classes/trainers and rely on myself to get my body moving four or five days a week.
I am very anxious to hear how things are going with these goals. I could relate to Karen’s decision to get back to basics. Looking forward to reading an update!
Michele at Within Reach is a great role model when it comes to setting goals; she has participated every month, and always with very focused goals in mind. Here are hers for November:
During November, I plan to: 1. work on not overreacting to anything; 2. getting to the gym three times per week; and 3. only overindulging ON Thanksgiving and not on several days of the month.
I think a lot of people can relate to these goals, Michele. I hope you found success and I’m looking forward to your update!
Greg over at Transformed and Scaled changed up his goal for the month of November. I think this is was a great idea. Here’s a reminder of what Greg posted last month:
My goal for this month is more modest, but still seems to be challenging me. I’m trying to drink 2L of water every day (so far with limited success) in an effort to be better hydrated.
This is a fantastic goal and one that I need to focus more on, myself. Hoping that you were successful, Greg. If you found any tips to be particularly useful, please share!
Cindy had tremendous success last month by moving directly into ONEderland. SO proud of her :) In keeping with her momentum, she decided to add some new goals for November. Here’s what she wrote:
Here are my goals for November:
1) Lose 4 lbs. to get me to my goal for the year of 80 lbs. total.
2) Do orthopedist sanctioned, knee safe exercise at the gym 4x per week.
Thank you Ellen! Accountability really makes a difference.
Can’t wait to hear your report this month Cindy, and hoping that your knee is getting close to being at 100% again.
The very dear Hanlie at Ordinary Abundance stopped by to leave a new goal for November. She wrote:
I’ve been missing in action (or inaction, more accurately!) for a while, but am also jumping back in. I started today by taking the stairs at work instead of the lift.
And I will walk at least 4 times per week in the next month.
I always look forward to hearing from you, Hanlie. Here’s to hoping that you found November to be a successful month!
Jill over at Just Jill left the most heartfelt, beautiful comment last month on how this monthly challenge has helped her to achieve some of her goals (and conquer some fears as well). For November she set some outstanding goals for herself. Here is what she wrote:
I will continue to track and work on the last 5 pounds. My new goal will be small this month. As we approach the holidays- things get crazy- but I would like to commit to trying and cooking 3 new recipes a week. I am not a comfortable cook. (again with the fear of failure) I would like to prepare more interesting, healthy meals for my family. This goal should gently push me in the right direction! I can’t wait to see what we are eating, and if I feel more confident in the kitchen by December 7th!!!
Jill, I can’t wait to read your update for the month. I hope you feel more comfortable in the kitchen – I need some pointers on how to accomplish that for myself. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Munchberry at I’m Just Puffy decided to participate with a very appropriate November challenge last month. Here’s what she wrote:
I want to go into my Thanksgiving trip with happiness and joy and stop negativity at the doorstep – “like offer no admittance to the vampire” stop. Because those negative thoughts are happiness suckers that bring on happiness anemia.
So: No prethinking about what bad things MIGHT happen and how I will not like that. That goes for people or food. I have tools to be graceful under both circumstances come what may! Time to lock and load.
I decided to take on this challenge for myself as well, and I hope that your Thanksgiving was a calm, relaxing and satisfying one, Munchberry. Really looking forward to hearing from you!
Laura over at LauraJayne had a great non-health related goal last month. I was glad to see this as a reminder to anyone who’s thinking of joining for our last month that your goals are unique to you alone and can be anything that you want to work towards! Here’s what she wrote:
My non-health related goal for November is to apply to three different schools complete with letters of recommendation, a completed GRE, and personal statement!
The ever wonderful Teresa from Good Day to Diet decided to join in last month with a great goal in mind; she wrote:
My goal for this month, which I came to after rambling for a while on my post… is to re-kindle my fire to do this, to finish this journey to health and to enjoy it! It’s fun to get thinner. It’s hard too, but damn, it’s fun. I forgot that for a while.
Teresa, I hope you found November a huge success. Looking forward to reading your update!
Val, from Incurable has a terrific blog and leads a very interesting life as a veterinarian. She lost one of her precious dogs a while back and reported last month that she was beginning to feel better (so glad to hear that, Val.) She also shared another goal which had to do with her love of horses:
This month we’ve got one more ride to complete, & that should put Z in 2nd place Junior riders while probably leaving me in 5th place in my division…
Val, I hope you’re continuing to feel less heartbreak these days. I hope you stop by with an update on how your ride went.
Tim from Fat.Boy.Thin was on holiday during our update in October but has always brought a challenge to my blog every month. He was back last month though, and with a new goal:
My challenge this month is to run at least 3 times a week outside.
So Tim, how did you do? Hope you had a successful month and that the weather didn’t keep you inside too much. Looking forward to your update!
Beth left a goal last month, which I was VERY excited to see. This was her first time participating in these monthly challenges and she chose a fantastic goal for herself. Here’s what she had to say:
I have had some stress and frustration at work and feel like all I have been doing is complaining to anyone that will listen (well, we’ve been complaining together, it’s not just me). With the holidays coming up, I KNOW it’s just going to get more stressful at work….so I would like to try to be pleasant at work for the next month. I want to try NOT to complain about anything and just keep my negativity to myself! Maybe if I keep smiling and being pleasant it will rub off on others!
Now, I have known Beth since we were around 11 years old and cannot imagine that she’s been complaining about anything, but since we don’t live near each other I’m going to have to take her word for it. Beth, I hope you post your update for the month and let us all know whether or not you’ve been keeping this ‘attitude’ of yours in check! lol
Kimi was also new to our Moving Mountains Challenge last month – thanks for joining, Kimi! Here’s what she wrote:
I am excited to start this challenge! My goals for this month are to…
-Stick with weight watchers and continue going to meetings each week no matter what.
-Limit daily TV time
-Get back into exercising regularly.
These are great goals to focus on and I hope you had a successful month, Kimi. Please give us an update and let us know how you’re doing!
Lynn from Learning Curves is one of my great motivators. She strives to live a a better life every single day. She’s been great in leaving her goals with me every month, and here was hers for November:
I’ve been ‘secretly’ doing a 90 Day Clean Eating Challenge so for November sticking to that plan will be my # 1 goal. #2: Restart Insanity (which I had to stop during marathon training, too much cardio was destroying my legs) starting Wed. Nov 9th. and #3 Continue practicing Hot Yoga 2 times a week.
How are things going, Lynn? I’m especially interested on how Hot Yoga has been for you. You don’t get the luxury of stepping into a hot room from 20 degree weather outside, unfortunately. I hope all of your goals are coming along well.
Connie has done a fantastic job in achieving her goals over the past couple of months. Her challenge for November happens to be a great one:
In November I want to get to the gym at least 4 times a week and that includes taking Yoga at least once a week and Zumba once a week. I really enjoy both of those classes so I want to make time to do that. I wouldn’t mind taking a Spinning class once a week as well. I just have to make myself go. As it gets colder outside I find that it’s harder for me to make myself leave the warmth of the house!!
Connie, how did you do last month? Maybe you can give me some pointers on how to get myself out of the house during these colder months (so hard to do, sometimes!) Looking forward to your update!
Well, that’s everyone, but before closing for the day I wanted to share a comment that I received late last month from Sable over at Squat Like a Lady:
I wanted to pop by and thank you for the moving mountains challenges that you let me participate in! You may recall my goals were to progressively increase my bench press — I don’t know if you missed it, but about two weeks ago I posted a video of myself benching *135lbs* for 2 reps (and now I can do it for 4)! I think the moving mountains goals really helped me “make it” to that point!!!
Sable, thank you for such a wonderful comment. I’m so proud to have had you as a participant in this challenge this year and am thrilled over your success
OK then…..let’s get to it! Who’s ready to post their progress or share their goal for one last round?