July Recap – the Sweet Smell of Goal Success (Kinda)

Another month over and done! Now that July is in the past (*sob*) I want to reflect on the goals I set out for last month.

I used to do this all the time, to identify a handful of monthly goals that can be carried out through a month. I might pick a big goal that needs to span several months, like a race, but for right now I just want to focus on some “small win” stuff to get me back into the goal-setting mindset.

Here are the little goals I had this July:

  1. Work out 5 days a week
  2. Drink 4 water bottles of water a day
  3. Get in to work by 8:00 am
  4. Start a Whole30

How did I do?

Work out 5 Days a Week

With the exception of being in SoCal last week, I made it to the gym at least 4 days a week, which is still better than the 0-1 day a week I was averaging. I think if I post weekly workout recaps, I might be better able to track what I did and when I did it.

Drink 4 Water Bottles a Day

I almost made away with 100% on this one. I didn’t write it down every day, but I do notice that my hydration has improved. My skin feels better, and I don’t get as crampy as I did before. This is sort of an “always” goal, but I needed to make consistent water drinking more of a habit.

Get in to Work by 8:00 am

For the most part I made this goal, but there was one week where I wasn’t sleeping well, and would get in a little later than intended. However I did notice my productivity perk up when I made it in by my goal, so I need to start doing a better job of getting things ready the night before so I have fewer excuses to take the later train in.

Start a Whole30

Well, I started one. Actually, I tried to start a couple of times. But I couldn’t stick with it. I need a little more support and motivation on the home front, but between all of the other commitments I’m trying to work on the extra time and expense for food purchase and prep was a lot more to handle than I thought it would be. Plus, I’m in this weird, funky social place right now with being pregnant; I can’t go out late, I can’t drink, none of my friends have ever been pregnant, so putting one more “look at me, I’m weird” variable to the mix was bumming me out. If I eat clean 80% of the time, then I can go out to pizza and beer with friends and not feel like a total drag, only a partial drag because I can’t drink beer and I just want to go home and nap.

Overall, I didn’t do a totally stellar job of tracking my goal progress. I would make a note in my calendar if I either succeeded or failed that day, but I wasn’t very consistent, and I didn’t have a lot of “hard numbers” to go from. My progress was sort of subjective. Next month, I think I’ll stick with 2-3 goals and put some better thought and effort into tracking them, so I’ll stick with it.

How did you do on your goals this month? Or is goal setting sort of lame and it’s more fun to throw the planner in the ocean and roll with life? I like that, too.

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July Goals! Let’s Get Started

Now that July is half over, I might as well start talking about the goals I set up for the month. Better late than never, right?

I used to do this all the time. At the beginning of the month, I would make up 3-4 goals to work towards for that month. I haven’t been doing that, and it would be fun to start again.  And I use the word “fun” like having a baby is fun or running a marathon is fun. As in, it sounds like a good idea until you’re committed and now you just try to get it over and done with while keeping your sanity.

Anyway, here is what I’ve been working on this month:

  1. Work out 5 days a week
  2. Drink 4 water bottles of water a day
  3. Get in to work by 8:00 am
  4. Start a Whole30

Work out 5 days a Week

Five seems to be the magic number for me, where I start seeing/feeling results but don’t get too burned out. The trick is to not plan rest days; they will happen to me when I travel or get too busy and the day slips away. So in my head I plan on working out every day, but if it doesn’t happen I just make darn sure to get to the gym tomorrow.

Drink 4 bottles of Water Daily

This is pretty much always a goal, but I’m never sure how good I am at achieving it. And you can’t improve what you don’t measure, so I’m (trying to) keep track this month how many times I refill my water bottle. Usually it’s a 20 oz bike bottle, but I also have a nice, large cup with a straw I use at home. As long as I drink 4 full drinking vessels in a day, I call it good.

Get to Work by 8:00 am

This one is hard for me for some reason. My work is pretty lax about working hours; you just show up and get your work done. Some come early, some stay late. But I know I’m at my best in the morning, so the earlier I get in the more I get done. But the snooze button is appealing, breakfast always takes longer to cook than I think it should, and more often than not I’m running late and miss my train. So I need to commit to getting to my train on time so I’m at work at a decent hour. The bonus is when I travel, I’m always at the office early for meetings, so it’s only a struggle when I’m at home.

Start a Whole30

Note that I didn’t say “do a Whole30” or “finish a Whole30.” But I wanted to start one this month. I did on Monday July 7, but that was a travel week followed by a weekend in Tahoe, so it was really hard to be complaint and I just sort of gave up. Plus, Hulk was going to do it with me, but then I found out he was still drinking his protein shakes and going to happy hour, so he wasn’t really committed. So I dropped the ball a few days, and am getting ready again for next week, so I have time to meal plan and prep over the weekend. If you don’t plan, it’s a million times harder to do it from my experience.

I’m tracking my goals in my notebook, giving myself green checks for days I did what I said I would do, and red checks for days that don’t count toward my goals. I’m by no means perfect, but at least it gets my head in the game.

How about you? Do you set monthly goals? Or do you think it’s stupid? What are your goals this July?