Monthly Goal Check-In!

Bonjour! Or, bonsoir ;) Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I’m suuuper excited the weekend is over actually, I’ve got a fun week ahead! Work Mon/Tue, but then Wednesday is a holiday and Chris and I’s four year anniversary. Then I also have Thu/Fri off. Wooooot.

I woke up exactly one minute before my alarm went off this morning. Love it when that happens. Alarms clocks are so jarring. Went for a s’muffernutter breakfast cookie.

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp marshmallow fluff
  • mini chocolate chips
  • splash almond milk

Fluff makes everything taste better, no?

Lunch was the usual fare, but with some delicious additions. Pita with tofu spread, red pepper, tomatoes and romaine. Bah! Tofu spread is so good!

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And super juicy honeycrisp.

Then after work it was the special Sunday spin class!! It was a-to-the-awesome. As I mentioned yesterday, spin classes are only 60 minutes long throughout the week. Today’s class was a special 75-minute weekend one. We had three instructors, and my favourite tunes. My legs were kinda dragging, but I still pushed it, burning 600 calories in the process ;) They hinted at a possible 90-minute class in the future. I’m so there.

My day had been low in protein, so I took care of that after spin with a delicious snack.

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1/2 cup plain yogurt mixed with one scoop chocolate whey powder. Topped with some chocolate & yogurt chips and coconut.
 
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May-jah yums!!! I don’t know why I don’t have the protein powder/yogurt combo more often. It was perfection.

Come dinner time, I was feeling really indecisive. Mostly because all I wanted was breakfast food! So that’s what I went with :)

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I like to think this is the Sunday morning meal I missed while at work ;)

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground flax

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I dipped it in 1/4 cup fake syrup whisked with 2 tsp almond butter. Totally hit the spot!

 

November Goals

It’s Sunday! Time to check in on those monthly goals ;)

Spend less on groceries.
Thanks to my mom treating me to Costco and leftovers this week! I think all I bought were cottage cheese and laughing cow (essentials!)

Have fun workouts.
Definitely had a blast working out this week!

Monday – Quite possibly the most fun exercise class there is – step!!

Tuesday - A weight lifting and HIIT extravaganza. It hurt so good.

Wednesday – A fun and sweaty treadmill speed session and abs with my mom.

Thursday -  Rest day :)

Friday – Early morning spin class. Only morning I look forward to my alarm going off.

Saturday - 4-mile trail run on a gorgeous crisp and sunny afternoon.

Sunday - Special afternoon 75-minute spin class at my gym!!!

Be less complacent with food.
I actually surprised myself with this one. As soon as I made the decision to eat with a purpose, my munching dropped drastically. Especially during my visit home this past week, which usually consists of many handfuls of Honey Nut Cheerios. Still working on the serving size complacency, which I’ll probably end up discussing in a future post this week.

Get more sleep.
I set a record this week by getting 8 hours of sleep three nights in a row!! Amazing! Part of it was that I made sure I was in bed really early on those nights (can’t say the same for the other four nights this week).

However, I think it’s also because I’ve been eating a snack immediately before bedtime. It’s no secret I’m a voracious hunger beast when I wake up in the mornings, and I think my morning hunger may be contributing to my early rising. With the night-time snack, I’m sleeping deeper, and longer into the morning. The "not eating two hours before bedtime" thing used to work for me. But let’s face it, my tummy has never slept while the rest of me has my entire life. Even as a child, I would jump out of bed and immediately stuff four toaster waffles down my throat. I think that’s only increased now that I’m more active and have purposely set my metabolism into overdrive.

Make it through the last month of work with a positive attitude.
Damn. I’m sucking at this one. Ever since I gave notice, I’ve been looking forward to it less and less.

Try my best to not let anything hold me back.
Nothing holding me back yet!

Figure out a way to get into the holiday season.
I’ve so far been able to successfully avoid all things Christmas. I suspect this will get harder as the month goes on…

Spend more time with my grandparents.
Check!! Got to see my Nana this week! :D I would like to see my other two grandparents soon though. They’re an hour drive away.

Be more honest with people.
I’m not doing very well with this. Mostly in that people at work keep telling me about these other news and radio jobs I should look into, and I don’t have the heart to tell them that’s not what I want to do. I don’t want them thinking I don’t value my time spent there, because I do.

Look for a job.
Still looking! I’ve been relying on job postings too much though, I have to start sending resumes to places that aren’t advertised as hiring. That’s how I got many of my jobs in the past…

Start playing music again.
I played my guitar for 10 minutes this week. Mostly because after that, my fingers started to hurt and I started losing my voice. I’m out of practice. H-core.

 

Question of the day: How are you doing with your goals?

Oh, and thanks for the feedback on the comment replies. I think I’ll just start replying to the blog from the e-mail notifications and paste your e-mail address in there too so you know I’ve replied :)

Have a great start to you week!

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Posted on November 8, 2009, in Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I love spin class! My Sayurday instructor usually does a 90 minute class once a month, but he hasn’t done one in w while. It’s the best!!

    Have you tried fluff in hot chcolate yet?! It will blow your mind.

    My goals are going well. I am eating more mindfully and taking it slow, but I have had sugar slip ups involving froyo and cookies. But I haven’t over-done it. I’ll have one small cookie and that’s it, or a tiny ramekin of froyo and that’s it. I’m listening to my hunger and fulness cues too. Congrats on the goals you’ve met!!

  2. I *really* need to get the courage to try a breakfast cookie!

  3. Yay – breakfast for dinner, my favorite :D

    I think you are doing well on your goals. Can’t be perfect every week and it gives you something to strive for.

    I’ve never tried protein powder in yogurt. I should do that.

  4. Protein powder and yogurt is THE BEST! Some brands make it extra thick and delicious too!

    That spin class sounds so fun! But so long! haha. I don’t know if I could do it that long!

  5. Marshmallow fluff in the brek cookie? I love you!
    Not at all healthy, but hey, it’s vegan :) Seriously…I love it and someday if I am feeling really adventurous I will try that.

  6. Big props on goal accomplishment for the week–all you can do is go day to day, week to week, and it sounds like you had a great week! I love breakfast for dinner and have to get the guts to make something like those pancakes at some point in my life…lookin’ good.

    Fun week ahead! I love short work weeks and unfortunately, this is not one of them :( Grrrr

  7. you are doing great with your goals!! i think my goal should be to make some monthly goals :) then maybe i could accomplish them!!!

  8. I love chocolate yogurt with protein powder! So, so good. And the pancakes for dinner look amazing. Good choice ;) It sounds like your generally doing really well with your goals!

  9. I forgot what my goals were. Oops.

    It’s been a productive month, though–I figured out my lung issue, did a bunch of wedding stuff, and ran my 8K. So, that’s something!

    And holy cow, four years???? Congrats!

    • I know, eh? Where does the time go!! It helps that we live in different cities, so it probably reeeally only adds up to 2 years actually spent hanging out :P

  10. Well, one of my goals was to get to do well (whatever that may mean for me) on my 10k and I’d say I did that at my race yesterday. My other goal was to be kinder to myself with my eating and workout schedule in my post-bootcamp living…and I haven’t been doing so well at that. I need to work on some things out from here on out but I’m learning that it really is a journey not a destination…and realizing that, at least, is something :-)

  11. is it bad i can’t remember my goals? :)

    ummm the one thing i can say…is where is that yoga girl?!?!

    glad your goals are doing well…i think i really need to sit down and hammer some out, but things are crazy and sometimes putting undue pressure on myself only drives me nuts. so i will probably go for the cliche new years resolutions come january!

    love youuuu

    • Fret not Holly, I’ve already got my three yoga classes penciled in for this week – including tonight, yayyy! :D (my legs definitely need it after that spin class :P )

  12. Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask you about your job! I really hope you find the PERFECT one, soon! But in the meantime, just relax and enjoy yourself…being anxious ain’t gonna find you a job!

    Ah, what am I saying, you’re already doing so well! I’m glad you’re still making goals for yourself, and challenging yourself!

  13. I love your goals–especially having fun with workouts and getting more sleep! I need work on both of those!

    Your pancakes always look so perfect. Whenever I make protein pancakes they never turn out :(

  14. I am all about breakfast foods for dinner these days…and seem to be having my “main” meal at lunch. Awesome job with your goals! I did about 10 minutes or my harp too…though I spent 2 hours stringing it. Was it the skin hurting from plucking the strings? Soaking your fingertips in a little surgical spirit can help with that. I need to do that whenever I go back to playing after a while.

    • Yay for playing your harp! My aunt is a harpist and it takes her an hour just to tune the darn thing :P Yeah, my fingertips got pretty raw from pressing down the strings on the neck of the guitar (I use a guitar pick). I need to build my callouses back up, but I’ll try soaking them, thanks! :)

  15. I must try the yogurt with protein powder. That sounds yummy.

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