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November Recap and December Goals

November Recap and December Goals

Here we are, at the end of 2016! I can’t believe this year is almost over already. It’s been full of plenty of ups and downs, but overall 2016 has been a pretty good one so far. I sure hope it stays that way for December.

If you remember from the end of October, I did somewhat of a status report on all of my goals. I also set a new benchmark for November and even added in a new goal. Here’s where I am right now:

Blog consistently three times per week and increase page views to over 1,000. Well this started out going well, and then sort of fell off track somewhere after the first week. Baby Aren wants to nurse constantly some days, and I just struggle to manage everything with her attached to me. My son also got sick, family came to visit for Thanksgiving…and blogging got pushed aside. I’ve managed to pick back up this week, so I hope the momentum continues. My page views are well over 1,000 now! I’m excited to see that number grow.

December’s goal: Continue blogging consistently and increase my monthly page views to over 2,000. Also increase unique visitors to over 1,200 (currently 933).

Earn money from my blog and add one new monetization tool. I did earn a small commission from a sponsored post last month, and I did look into new ways to monetize my blog. I actually participated in a small group to learn more about being a better blogger, and I got some great information on increasing my income.

December’s goal: Continue working with brands on sponsored content. Actually implement a new monetization tool.

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Run a race every month. My specific goal for November was to run at least a 5k before Thanksgiving, without walking, in less than 40 minutes. I actually ran a virtual 5k on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and finished in less than 40 minutes. I didn’t run nonstop though. But I know I decreased the amount of time I needed to walk, so I still consider that an improvement.

December’s goal: Run a 5k (at least) of some sort before NYE. Do it without walking, and finish in less than 38 minutes.

Run a half-marathon in less than 2 hours 30 minutes. November’s specific goal was to write out a running schedule, including my strength and stretching workouts. Don’t miss more than 4 planned runs/workouts in the month. Yeah….that didn’t happen at all. I really didn’t run much (as I’m sure you could’ve guessed since I have a stage 5 clinger on my hands). And I definitely didn’t even write out a running schedule. What I DID do was increase the number of home workouts I’ve done this month. I can’t say I missed less than 4 workouts, but I have been on track 100% this week! And that feels amazing.

December’s goal: Write out that darn running schedule, including my strength and stretching workouts. Don’t miss more than 4 planned runs/workouts in the month.

Run 1000 miles in 1 year. Specifically, I had planned to run 50 miles in November. Nope, that didn’t happen either. Not even close. And I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to run in December because the temperatures are DROPPING drastically. Next week, our low temps are in the single digits. This Georgia girl absolutely does not run in temps that cold. Maybe, MAYBE I could get to the gym to hit the treadmill on the weekend while hubby is home and baby girl is napping. That would be great to shoot for.

December’s goal: I’m going to tweak this quite a bit and take it in a different direction. Using my Fitbit, I will hit 10,000 steps every single day in December. I also have a goal to walk at least 10 flights of stairs per day. This takes some planning and effort, but it is a goal I can absolutely reach. I walk down to my basement and walk/jog laps around the room. Each lap is around 40 steps, and I am for about 20 laps per hour. It’s not the same as running 50 miles in a month, or running 3 miles nonstop, but it does get me up and moving all day long!

Oh yeah, this is coming back next year...
Oh yeah, this is coming back next year…

Whole 30. Unfortunately, I had to abandon this goal for health reasons. I think I’ve mentioned that Aren has shown a sensitivity to dairy, and I’ve had to cut it out of my diet completely. After starting the Whole 30, I noticed that her tummy was showing sensitivity to something else…only this time I don’t know what it is. I had increased consumption of both eggs and beef, which could’ve been causing her issues. Because they are common triggers, I cut them both out. I’ve also cut wheat/gluten, soy, and peanut butter. This makes eating food a little more difficult for me, but I’m determined to do what I can to keep her healthy while we are still breastfeeding.

December’s goal: Continue eliminating potential triggers while our guts heal. Track foods using My Fitness Pal and ensure a healthy balance of carbs/protein/fats and a variety of veggies for optimal nutrition.

I really feel like these goals are ones that I can achieve in December. I like to set goals that will challenge me without leaving me frustrated or feeling like I’ve failed.

What are your goals for December?

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