July Recap + August Goals

 
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It's the first of the month, so it's time to reflect on last month and look forward to the next. This is my second month of setting personal goals publically and sharing my journey on insta-stories. I'm overwhelmed by the number of you that send me messages or emails cheering me on and saying how much you like seeing it.

Honestly, I started sharing my goals publically more as an accountability measure (and taking photos everyday is really fun for me, so it gave me an excuse to take photos all the time ;) ). So at the end of June, I decided to keep sharing and to challenge you to do the same. 

So... what did I intend to do in July?

JULY GOALS

  • Walk an average of 3 miles per day, measured weekly.
  • Read 4 books.
  • Drink 80 oz of water per day.

Let's break each of those down and see where I had success and where I need to keep working. Also, before we dive in, I want to share with you a new mindset strategy for setting goals. I've practiced setting SMART goals for years and I still love SMART goals, but this new method was really helpful to me when I wasn't meeting my lofty goals (like that 4 book one...). 

One of Tonya Dalton's podcast episodes (sorry, I can't remember which one... but they are ALL really good) talks about different ways of setting goals. One method is to set your target goal, but then to also set a lower # you'd still be happy if you reached and a higher # that you'd be ecstatic if you reached. I'm really in love with the grace this method of goal setting gives. I'll share more about it below when I chat about my book goal. 


WALKING CHALLENGE

Goal: Walk an average of 3 miles per day, measured weekly
Achieved?: No - but almost!

Here's a breakdown of each day:

 
July 2017 Walking Challenge | July Goals Recap & August Goals | PeonyPrintshop.com
 

I was so close to achieving this! And I'm actually really happy with the progress I made. I ended up waking an average of around 2.8 miles/day each week. Most days I walked 4 miles, but I took days off (usually Saturday & Sunday, but also a few week days when I had early morning meetings) and tried really hard not to feel guilty about it. Near the end of the month, my feet started really hurting, which emphasized my need to actually get my reward for meeting June's challenge! New shoes are a must. 

One thing I am really proud of is the consistency I had throughout the month and how comfortable my 4 mile walk has become to me. Even on days when I wake up and I'm tired, or my tummy is rumbling, or I'm cranky, or just flat don't want to do anything, I put on my shoes and got out there. Usually by the time I reached 2 miles, I had completely forgotten what my mood was before my walk and was in a much happier, calmer, and just generally better mood and mindset. 

I think a huge part of that is the podcasts I'm listening to. Last month I shared the 4 I started with and I've gotten caught up with 3 of the 4 podcasts I shared, so I branched out and added a couple to my weekly rotation. My favorites right now are:

  • Office Talk with Annette Stepanian
  • She Creates Business with Kinsey Roberts
  • Productivity Paradox with Tonya Dalton
  • Bosses & Booze with Meghan Maydel
  • Boss Up! with Lindsay Teague Moreno
  • The Lucky Bitch Podcast with Denise DT
  • The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher

I'm listening to a few others here and there, but not on a consistent basis. If you have others you'd recommend, send 'em my way! I'm really getting into podcasts and loving how much I learn about myself with each one I listen to. 


READING CHALLENGE

Goal: Read 4 books
Achieved?: Kinda... I revised my goal mid-month

Earlier I mentioned the new goal-setting method I learned from Tonya Dalton's podcast - to set a range that I'd be happy with. As I was listening to Tonya describe this method, I literally stopped walking and started re-thinking the goals I had set for this month. 

So... mid-month, I revised my reading goal to be a range -- Read 2-4 books this month. At 2 books, I'd feel good about my accomplishment. At 4 books, I'd feel like a reading rockstar. 

For where I am in my biz (and for the speed that I usually read - I'm a savor-er of books, not a speed-reader), it really isn't realistic to expect myself to be finishing a ton of client work, launch several new projects behind the scenes, participate in a mastermind, take a course, walk every day, spend quality time with all of my family and friends, sleep a little bit, AND read a bunch of books. That's just too much to expect of myself and in doing so, I was setting myself up for failure.

In fact, when I hadn't finished my first book by the 7th of the month, I felt really bad about myself. Not about my goal - about myself. I'm not sure why I internalized this particular goal (that's another story and post for another time), but I did. And when I decided to revise my goal to a range, I instantly felt happier, lighter, and like a rockstar again. And - wouldn't you know it... After I changed my mindset, I was more excited to pick up my books and I actually ended up reading 2.5 books (I say 2.5 because I started and got about half-way through the 3rd book). 

July 2017 Reading Challenge | July Goals Recap & August Goals | PeonyPrintshop.com

Here are the books I read this month (links to amazon - no affiliate tags on them): 

  • Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
  • The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

I love each of these books for different reasons. The first two are full of fun and are quick reads. I actually read The House at the End of Hope Street in 2 evenings. I reach chapters 1 & 2 on the 16th, then the rest of the book on the 24th and 25th. It was such a fun book about a mystical house that helps women that have lost hope find their path. It's fun, light hearted, and mostly realistic with a little bit of magic thrown in. 

What did you read in July?


WATER CHALLENGE

Goal: Drink 80 oz of water each day
Achieved?: No - epic fail here!

Not only did I not meet this goal, but I also just quit tracking it altogether. {palm face} One thing I know about myself is that I really don't like the taste of water. And before we go down the road of whether water has a taste or not, just know that the absence of flavor is really what I'm talking about. I like my drinks to be fun and refreshing. Water isn't fun and only occasionally refreshing to me. I know I'm probably in the minority with this view, but it's the one I have...

I set this goal because I know I'm terrible about actually drinking water. Don't get me wrong, I drink plenty of liquids throughout the day! They just aren't usually water. :) My favorite drinks are coffee, tea, and flavored waters. And I like to keep my giant blue mason jar sitting on my desk and full of whatever drink I'm drinking that day. I drink 3-4 jarfuls while I'm working each day and another 1-2 with and after dinner. So I'm getting enough liquids - just not the type my body really needs.

So... this will be an ongoing goal. One that will likely appear each month. However I'm working on a better system for tracking it. Does anyone have a cup that will sync with my phone? Kinda like a pedometer but for your water intake. That would be an amazing invention! No more remember if this is my 3rd or 4th cup today... I'm calling dibs on the IP, but I'll gladly sell it to you in exchange for a lifetime supply of these devices and any improvements as they come out. ;) 

Seriously though, I failed so hard on this goal in July it's comical. I'm going to share my spreadsheet below just so you can see how ridiculous my water intake was while I was tracking it. Note, I stopped even tracking on the 17th. 

July Water Challenge | July Goals Recap & August Goals | PeonyPrintshop.com

Overall, I feel good about my progress in July. Did I rock my goals? No. But did I learn and grow? Sure did! And really that's the whole point of setting goals. 


AUGUST GOALS

Alright... so here's what I've got planned for August:

  • Continue walking every weekday, but drop down to 3 miles (plus get new shoes!)
  • In place of my 4th mile, add on a 15-minute plank workout, yoga workout, or meditation time. Do at least two of each each week. 
  • No Starbucks or pastries (this will be hard, since I walk by Starbucks on my walk each day...)
  • Drink at least 2 of my big blue mason jars of WATER each day. Bonus points for extras. :)

Your turn! I'd love to hear your goals for August so I can cheer ya on! Let me know in the comments or send me an email. 

 

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WOMEN'S WELLNESS PLANNER = TRACKING + ACCOUNTABILITY

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