So…who has a goal to eat pumpkin-flavoured everything for the next few months?
While not a specific goal of mine, I’m sure I’ll find myself picking up my first can of pumpkin within the week – I’m surprised I didn’t run out and buy one yesterday!
Ok, but how about my actual goals for September?
First, a quick look back at my August goals:
1. Focus on my job hunt.
Sooooo job hunting is difficult. And frustrating. But I’m still working away on it! I don’t have anything solidified yet, but I’m optimistic that a great opportunity will come along as long as I keep putting in the effort.
2. Complete two unbroken chin ups.
Done! Although instead of in the gym, I tested it out on a weird pull-up contraption they had set up in Dick’s Sporting Goods. Random, but I managed to pull it off! I had been doing assisted chin-ups twice a week in the gym, which seemed to pay off.
3. Successfully defend my thesis.
Done and done!
You could say that I took this goal a little bit literally.
I’ll have to get an updated picture of the tattoo posted – it healed up nicely!
This goal was about keeping calm and not let myself get overwhelmed with graduating, job hunting, and all of the personal changes I’ve gone through over the last month. And I would say that I’ve been successful! I’m feeling like I’m in a great place these days, which is awesome.
Overall, a fairly successful month in regards to goals!
1. Pull a 220 lb deadlift.
I’ve been slowly reintroducing strength training over the last few months, and working my way back up to my old numbers in terms of how much weight I can lift. My old deadlift PR was 210 pounds, and I’m feeling ready to try and beat that – I’m aiming for 220 pounds. So, I’m going to start deadlifting twice a week and go for the PR at the end of September.
Yes, I do find deadlifting that exciting. (img source)
2. Sloooowly reintroduce cardio into my workout routine.
My body has been giving me signs that it’s ready to handle some cardio again – which is something that I’ve been craving lately. Just like when I started again with weights, I want to reintroduce is slowly and carefully, making sure that I’m aware of how my body is handling it. Right now, I’m just planning on Zumba, some easier sprints (HIIT is never easy, per say, but I don’t want to go completely balls to the walls straight out) or a slow run once a week or so. And of course, if I start seeing negative symptoms, I’ll back off right away.
3. Keep 2 rest days a week.
I’m one of those people that really loves exercise – I love feeling fast when I run, powerful when I lift, flexible when I do yoga…and all the sweating and endorphins that come with that. So, it’s easy for me to shove rest aside while I chase the next workout high. I think this habit of mine contributed to my hormone issues last fall/winter – it’s easy for me to do intense exercise 6 or 7 days a week if I’m not mindful about it. I know my body still needs at least two full days of rest (and yoga doesn’t count as rest!) per week, so I need to make sure I’m giving my body those off days.
4. Get all my ducks in a row and get ready to move.
I keep hinting at big life changes – and they’re coming. I’m moving next month! I’m keeping the details quiet for now while I hash them out, but right now I’m planning to move pretty far away from my family and most of my friends. It’s a big, terrifying life change, but my gut instinct tells me that this is what I need to do. Rather than letting myself be scared off by change (which is what usually happens), I’m embracing it and following my heart.
So basically, I need to spend the next few weeks job hunting specifically in my soon-to-be city, selling my furniture, figuring out what all goes into moving to a new province, and saying my goodbyes to my family and friends that I won’t get to see nearly as often.
Basically, life will be insane for a while, but I’m so, so excited for this next step.
That’s all for me today – have a good one!
<— What are your goals in September?
<— Do you have a fitness PR that you’re currently trying to beat?
<— Any moving advice for me (specifically, advice for moving reaaaally far away)?
<— How many rest days do you normally take per week?