October 2013 Goals

I love October.  I love October for MANY reasons.  The first of which is this is the month where I celebrate my anniversary.  My husband and I were married on October 9 and I love to start the month celebrating another year of having a successful marriage.  With the divorce rates what they are, that is something that NEEDS to be celebrated!

Another reason I love October is because it was October 31 of 2011 when I hit the HUGE milestone of losing 100 pounds.  I always remember that Halloween of being so amazing!

I also love October because of fall.  Cooler weather, pumpkin carving, leaves changing, bonfires, apple picking, and fall recipes like this Skinny Pumpkin Pie Latte:

Skinny Pumpkin Pie Latte

Yes, you really should try that now that fall is here.

So, I just updated my September goals.  As usual, there were a few fails and a few goals that I did OK on.  But, at least I am making goals.  Don’t forget, a goal not written down with a date is just a wish.

Goals that are not written down are just wishes

You MUST set goals and give yourself a deadline.  That is why I like monthly goals.  There is always a deadline!

Here are the goals I have decided on for October.

  • Weigh In every week – There will always be an excuse NOT to weigh in.  Take tomorrow for example.  It is Monday and I would normally go weigh in at Weight Watchers on Monday.  Tomorrow, I don’t have to go to work.  Do I want to spend the gas to go all the way to my meeting (20 minutes south of where I live)?  Maybe, maybe not.  However, if I wasn’t doing so well, I would totally use this as an excuse NOT to go weigh in.  Let’s not discuss the fact that there is a WW center 5 minutes from my house that I could go weigh in at any day of the week.  So, this month, I am going to go every week.  If for some reason I can’t go on Monday, I will go to the other center and weigh in.  I don’t want this month’s tracker to look like this:

Weight Watchers weekly weight record in table view

I don’t want it to look like this for many reasons (all those +’s) but I also don’t like all those “No weight entered.”  Speaking of weight tracker…moving on to the next goal…

  • Lose 5 pounds this month – After my crazy almost 8 pound loss last week, I know my body is going to adjust and I might have a little up/down happenin’.  BUT…I should be able to crank out a five pound loss over the course of this month.  That would make my total 177.8.  I want to end this month back in the 170’s.  My last weigh in will be on October 28.  Five pounds in three weeks seems do-able as long as I do the next one…
  • TRACK – I have done so well tracking the past 10 days and NOT eating any sweets/desserts.  I want to continue this for the next four weeks.  I want to track at least 6 days a week.  6 COMPLETE days.  My tracker seems to stop mid-afternoon so I want to keep it going!   6 days a week…I can do it!
  • Blog at least three times a week – I am finally getting into a school routine where I know what my weeks are going to be like.  I should be able to check in with you at least three times a week.  For the month of October, I will commit to giving you SOMETHING at least three days a week.  You deserve it and I need to blog.  It is a huge stress reliever for me.  I love “talking” to you and sharing my thoughts, triumphs, and struggles.  The posts might not be super long but they will be there.
  • Start training for the Gobble Jog – My husband and I always do a 10k on Thanksgiving Day and if I don’t start at least jogging again, I won’t make it.  We need to take some time at night to walk/jog together so we can get ready for this race.  If I come up with a training plan, I will share it with you all.  I am still doing Crossfit but not as much due to time limitations and when the gym is open.  I do plan to go when I can.  However, I can always get my butt out into the street so that is more do-able right now with my schedule!

There ya go!  Small, attainable goals.  I want to hear what your goals are for the month of October.  Share them in the comments below.  Ready, set, go!


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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.