Goals for September

After taking August off from monthly goal-setting, I’m feeling more motivated to get back into it for the month of September. I took most of last week off from working out and it seems to have helped a lot – this week, I’m back to being able to wake up and get up for my workouts without feeling super sluggish. Yesterday I had great energy all day. Today I hit that 2pm slump for sure and was slightly wishing for a nap, but I was able to push through it and get through my afternoon meetings.

Bill and I are supposed to leave for a vacation in Hermosa Beach in October, and I really want to look and feel my best for that trip. My goals for September are designed to help with that.

Average 10,000 steps per day. I haven’t hit this step goal in a few months now but I really want to get back into the habit of walking more. I love being outside even in gloomy weather and I feel better when I’m getting my walks in regularly.

Eat my pre-planned snacks every weekday. My usual snack fare for workdays is an apple in the mornings and a Greek yogurt in the afternoons. This goal isn’t about limiting my snacking, but normally if I reach for my planned snacks first I find that they satisfy my hunger and I don’t need to eat anything else. If I forgo them and nosh on chips or popcorn instead, I eat more calories and usually still don’t feel as satisfied as I would if I’d just eaten my apple and my yogurt.

If I feel like snacking, have a cup of tea first and see if the craving goes away. There will be days when I am legitimately hungrier than normal and that’s okay, but I want to get out of the habit of just automatically reaching for an additional snack. I’ve been drinking decaf tea when I want something warm but don’t need the extra caffeine, and I’ve noticed that I don’t feel like snacking as much when I do. If I have the tea and still feel hungry afterwards, then I can have another snack – and I keep Boom Chicka Pop sea salt popcorn and Clif nut butter bars in the pantry for days when I want something extra.

Strength-train at least four days a week. I just started a new workout program called MBF (Muscle Burns Fat) this week, and although it’s a seven-day-a-week program I don’t like working out that much. My plan is to do four or five of the workouts each week and see how that feels.

Be at least 80% consistent in my calorie cycling. I was only 68% consistent in August and down about a pound, but ultimately I want to be at 80% consistency every month without giving it a second thought.

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