Monday, October 1, 2018

October: Month @ a Glance


Happy October 1st everyone! I am so excited the October is finally here.  It is so hard to believe that we are hitting the last three months of the year and are quickly approaching the "holiday season".  I love this time of year because it is filled with fun and exciting events and plenty of time with friends and family.  I'm also excited because this year I have a plan to end the year strong versus waiting until the New Year.  If you haven't had a chance to check it out, check out my #Last90Days Update that I posted yesterday!

October is always a fun and exciting month for us because we have our anniversary and my niece's birthday.  Not to mention all of the fun we have with Halloween and passing out candy.  

So here's what's on our agenda this month! 

On the Agenda this Month:

1. Ladies retreat with my mom
2. Dinner date with my friend
3. My niece's 6th birthday
4. Halloween Party at our house
5. Football and Cheer for my niece and nephew
6. Our 7th anniversary


Goals for October

1. Read Two Books:  This goal is perpetually on my list, but I am excited to start tackling it.  Reading is part of my daily goals for the #Last90Days challenge.  Ideally, I'd like to get more than 2 books done, but I also have other things I need to get done every day, so we will see.

2. Exercise daily: Another focus of the #Last90Days challenge is to do 30 minutes of exercise daily.  So the plan is to get 30 minutes of exercise every day either by using the #tiu31 daily moves combined with another workout.  I'm leaning toward doing stretching or yoga because my back has been bothering me lately and I think it would help with the pain.  


Normally I do three goals for the month, but I think I'm going to just focus on two this month.  These seem like good areas for me to focus on this month.  

Question of the Day: What costume are you wearing for Halloween this year?

Share your responses below in the comments! 

I'd love to hear from you!

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

#Last90Days Update


Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to some fun this coming weekend.  In my post earlier this week I talked about the #Last90Days challenge that I am participating in with Rachel Hollis

Before I get too deep into the #Last90Days goals I have set for myself, I just wanted to mention that if you have not had a chance to read Girl, Wash Your Face, I think you should definitely consider picking it up the next time you're at Target or while you're putting in your next Amazon Prime order.  I have been making a deliberate effort to read at least three chapters a night of the book and it has been difficult for me to put it down just after my three chapters. 

The purpose of today's post is to talk about the goals I am setting for myself over the next 90 days.  I wanted to make sure that I really took the time to sit and reflect on what I was planning for myself and what I would like to see myself get out of this challenge.  So often I start a challenge then give up because there really was not true motivation for me to finish, but this time I have set myself up in a way that will help me be successful.

One part of the challenge is the 5 to Thrive.  The idea is to do these 5 things every day to help you stay on track with your goals.  Ironically, three of these five things are things I really wanted to get better about doing, so it was an easy decision to go with the whole list. 


To start the challenge, I believe that these 5 things are great areas to focus on.  They are all not too time consuming and should be relatively easy for me to incorporate into my daily routine.  So let's talk through each one,

1. Wake up 1 hour early.  I am going to be honest, this one might be difficult for me to do.  Y'all I am NOT a morning person.  Getting out of bed in the morning is probably my least favorite thing to do.  But I know that if I get up earlier and take that time for myself, I will be thankful I got up earlier.  On an average day I am getting up between 7:30 and 7:45 and starting work at my home office around 8:00 a.m. so that means I need to consider getting out of bed around 6:30 a.m.  The biggest thing for me is knowing what I am waking up for.  The plan right now is to use some of my early time to get a workout in (if I don't already have one planned for the evening) and use the other time to do my morning routine + anything else I want to get done.  If I find something that I am excited to do every day, I will be more likely to get out of bed.

2. Workout at least 30 minutes.  I am excited to share that I found a workout that I can do for the month of October that provides me with at least 30 minutes of exercise.  I know I've talked previously about the Tone It Up program - well they're doing a 31 day challenge in the month of October! The plan is to do their daily workouts plus whatever other little exercise they have on the agenda.  Once October comes to an end, I will continue doing the workouts they provide.

3. Drink 1/2 weight in water.  I love drinking water, but I honestly forget to drink water every day.  I think on average I get between 20-30 ounces of water a day? I know how badly my body needs water and I know it will improve my overall health but let me tell you, drinking 100+ ounces of water a day is going to be a chore for me.  

4. Give up one food category.  I put a lot of thought into this one and decided that for the last 90 days of the year I would give up pop (or soda if you're not from the mid-west).  Lately I have been finding that I have been going for a Pepsi versus water and it is not helping my dehydration at all.  Another area I might give up is caffeine, but I haven't decided if I'm quite there yet.  I have been really digging tea lately and that might be a healthier option over my pop.  If I do decide to give up caffeine altogether, I will be sure to let everyone know.

5. Gratitude journal.  Every year I try to keep a gratitude journal at least for the month of November, and every year I get a week or so in and stop.  But not this year.  I bought this notebook to use for tracking my goals, taking notes and writing down my 10 things I am grateful for every day.  I was a bit wary ordering a notebook I haven't seen in person, but this one is so cute.  The gold on the spirals is just so fun.  

Bonus #6. Read a book daily.  One of my favorite past times is reading and I have not (until this week) spent any time reading books.  In fact, I had a goal to ready 40 books and at this point I have read 4.  I am at 10% of my goal and the year is 75% done.  My goal for the last 90 days is to read a book a week by dedicating time every evening to reading before bed.  

I am excited for next Monday to come and to get started on this challenge! Along with these 6 tasks, I am also going to be spending the next 90 days really sitting down and focusing on my goals for myself.  In Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel talks about how it's not just about setting the goal for yourself, but also visualizing in thorough detail what your end result would like like, then writing that goal down.  The last year I have felt very confused about where I should be in my life and now is the time for me to get it all figured out. 

I plan to provide three updates throughout this journey - once every 30 days.  I was thinking about doing a check in weekly, but it almost felt like overkill.  I will, however, be posting updates on my Fitness Instagram if you'd like to follow along on my journey.  

Would you participate in a challenge like this?   

Share your responses below in the comments! 

I'd love to hear from you!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

#Last90Days with Rachel Hollis

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and you are ready to tackle your week.  Just popping in for a quick post to talk about the #Last90Days challenge I am joining in with the awesome Rachel Hollis.  

If you are an avid reader (or shop regularly at Target), then you have likely heard of Rachel Hollis because she is the author of Girl, Wash Your Face.  I have not read the book, but it should be arriving in the mail today and I am super excited to read it because several of my friends and family members have said how great the book is.  

I came across the #Last90Days challenge when I was reading up on her book and decided that it would be a good idea to sign up.  So often we hit the holiday season (between Halloween and Christmas) and we resign ourselves to the fact that next year can just start over.  The problem for me is I never actually start over when the New Year gets going.  So instead of ending their year in a state of chaos, I'm going to end 2018 strong.  

Once I signed up for the challenge, I got an email with a few videos that I could watch from the 2017 #Last90Days challenge, as well as the "5 to Thrive" list of 5 things to do every day to help you succeed on whatever goal you would like to focus on for the remainder of 2018.  Yesterday I spent some time watching a few of Rachel's videos, listening to her podcast she recommended, joined a Facebook Group for the challenge, and spending time jotting down a few ideas I had for the challenge.


Even adding the 5 to Thrive to my daily life should help me as I close out 2018 and leap into 2019.

Over the next 7 days, I am going to be sitting down and determining the goals that I want to focus on for the remainder of the year.  I already have a few that keep floating to the front of my mind, so my brain is clearly telling me what I should focus on to better round out my life.  

I also bought this notebook to use for tracking my goals, taking notes and writing down my 10 things I am grateful for every day.  I also plan to check in every week with you all (after I have watched my weekly videos from Rachel) to help keep myself accountable as I go throughout this challenge.  My ultimate goal is to not enter 2019 exhausted, but thriving.

Well, I think that is everything I have for now! I am looking forward to October 1st and working toward ending the year strong.

Would you participate in a challenge like this?   

Share your responses below in the comments! 

I'd love to hear from you!

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