Was this the longest challenge in the history of challenges? Too funny, because I have never even been a challenge-girl in general. They’ve always felt too restrictive and since I’m so free-spirited (ha) I never imagined I’d join a challenge, much less host one for an entire year.
But Moving Mountains was different. Heck, all of my challenges are kind of different. You rarely see them with rules that are set in stone. I happen to like some wiggle room to move around in. This challenge was originally intended to allow participants the opportunity to work on one specific thing over a long period of time, or change things up and try something new and different once a month, while coming back to my blog on the 7th to post a progress report of how their goal was coming along. Since New Year’s Resolutions tend to fade after the first few weeks of a new year I figured, ‘Why not make this available all year long?’ So, that’s what I did.
Actually, I was honored to host this challenge. There were faithful readers who contributed a goal almost every single month and it was always exciting to connect with them as they worked through struggles, plateaus, and ultimately for many – successes! It was just as exciting building relationships with newcomers throughout the year as they dedicated a month or two to working on a specific goal.
Whether you visited one time or left your goal every month of the year – thank you; while I hope it allowed you to get one step closer to realizing what you can accomplish in a month, six months, or all twelve, what this challenge was really about was allowing yourself to begin. So often we have goals in mind that we don’t even bother attempting because something always seems to get in the way. If nothing else, this challenge has taught us that It’s never too late to start a new habit. Each one of you reinforced that this year.
My final goal for this last month of the year was to continue going to my yoga class despite the fact that I have a very difficult time getting my rear in gear when it gets dark outside. I wanted to keep my commitments to attending yoga at least twice a week. I was very mindful of this goal, especially since I’d posted it for everyone to see (and knew that I’d have to write about it here, today). While I did not make every single class that I wanted to, it wasn’t because of the weather or because of laziness; I had a couple of days when I just didn’t feel well. Technically, I didn’t fully succeed, however I only missed two days. I’m pretty happy with that.
…and now, one last time: How Did You Do?
Tim, who has left a goal here almost every month this year, didn’t let December dwindle by without pushing towards another goal to round off his rock-star year:
My goal for next month is to focus on weights and upper body strength. I rarely include them into my routine but now I’m so close to my weight loss goal, I need to focus on toning more.
Tim has worked so hard this year and I’m looking forward to reading his final update.
Laura has been very diligent in leaving her goals with me every month and is always very focused on what she wants to work on. Here’s what she left for December:
My goal is to maintain healthy eating habits but, more importantly, maintain a realistic and healthy attitude no matter HOW I eat!
What a great goal for a maintainer. This is one that I should always concentrate on, myself. I hope you had a successful month, Laura!
Teresa decided to contribute a very precise goal for the month – one that I greatly admire, considering that December can be filled with many temptations, as we all know. Here is what she wrote:
For December, I have an actual diet goal. I want to diet!!! I know I can lose 5-10 pounds before 2012. So, that’s my goal.
I hope you had a great month, Teresa. Looking forward to reading your update!
Karen worked hard on her goals during the month of November. The only one she wasn’t able to achieve was her desire to attend yoga, but that was by circumstance. Even though she didn’t officially leave a goal for December, I know that she wanted to try and find a new place to practice; here’s to hoping she found one that she enjoys!
Michele has been so faithful in leaving both physically and emotionally healthy goals this whole year. Here is what she decided to work on during December:
1. Continue getting to the gym three times per week.
2. Focus on staying on schedule — I have a major event coming up in February that requires major preparation. It’s crunch time.
3. Take some time each day to reflect on my personal development progress and on the progress of those around me. Those two things bring me great joy!
I hope December brought you much success and joy, Michele. Looking forward to reading your last update!
Cindy was one of those readers who popped in like a breath of fresh air. She had specific goals in mind, and despite some obstacles along the way she persevered. She also left some quality goals for December:
I am determined to reach my goal of 80lbs lost for the year, so my goal in December, again, is to now lose 3 and 7/10ths of a lb. by 1/1/12.
Okay, Cindy. Don’t keep us waiting any longer – How did you do??
Lynn has been a warrior all year long. She is very dedicated to the goals she decides to share here every month, and if you’ve been reading them then you know how hard she can push that tiny yet strong body of hers! I was glad to see that for the month of December, she had some exciting, less structured goals to focus on:
Dec…well, this month I get married and will be spending 2+ weeks at Lake Tahoe. So, I know that I will have less opportunity to stick with a strict schedule. We have people dropping by our cabin so I can’t guarantee much. But, I’m going to do the best I can and take this time to learn to let things happen without freaking out. (Is that a goal?) I’ll be taking Insanity with me, skiing and hiking…enjoying nature and the company of friends and family.
Congratulations to Lynn and her new husband. I can’t wait to read about this final goal for the year. I hope everything went beautifully!
Jill was another one of those readers who flew into this challenge, grabbed it and showed it who was boss! She had successes that were amazing to read. The most admirable thing though, was her attitude. If something didn’t go according to plan she didn’t let it get her down, but instead kept right on trying. Here was her goal for December:
For December I am going to maintain my tracking ( and try and stay within my WW points) I am also going to look for a cooking class for January or February. I wish I had a better report- but it is what it is!
I LOVED reading everyone’s updates!!!!!
Thank you Jill, for your participation this year and for being a wonderful addition to this Challenge. Can’t wait to read your update!
Hanlie is always very mindful about the things that she wants to do. She is a great participant! Here’s her goal for December:
I did visit the pool quite a few times. For now that is where my best exercise is done and I will continue through December.
I hope you enjoyed your pool time this month, Hanlie. Looking forward to reading your final update!
Connie always has fantastic goals in mind whenever she comes to this challenge. She left this one for December:
My goal for December is to not gain any weight!! So often I get off course during this time of the year and I hope I can do better at controlling it this year. So far so good. I sometimes find it overwhelming to think about it so much but if I don’t then I tend to go crazy with food. Wish me luck.
I’ve been thinking about you this month, Connie. I hope you felt at peace this month and am looking forward to your final update!
Thanks again to everyone who trusted me as their Goalkeeper and congratulations to all of you for a great year!