Finishing Strong

Oh hey December, where did you come from? Seriously, this year FLEW by!


With the end of 2011 looming on the horizon, I need to set some goals to finish out the year on a high note.

1. MOVE 5x per week. Run 3x, Spin/Elliptical 2x – NO EXCUSES!


2. Attend Thursday night yoga. I used to take this class every week. It was the perfect way to unwind from the work week. Savasana clears my mind and relaxes me.


3. Drink more H2O. In the summer I have no problem drinking 72 ounces of water per day. Once the temperature dips in the fall/winter, I struggle to stay hydrated. I’d much rather drink a hot cup of {dehydrating caffeine} coffee.


4. Limit caffeine consumption. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to quit coffee but I certainly would like to decrease the amount I drink. I’m going to start swapping out my weekday morning cup of joe for a chamomile or green tea. Coffee will be reserved for a weekend treat.


5. Get adequate sleep This goes hand in hand with number 3. The more coffee I consume, the worse off I am when it comes time to hit the hay. Tossing and turning for over an hour before falling asleep just isn’t working for me. Less caffeine = better sleep quality.

6. Eat breakfast regularly I easily lose track of time in the morning at work and before I know it lunch is rolling around. I need to make a habit of walking into work and eating right away. I’m going to set a recurring appointment in Outlook as a reminder.


7. Take my vitamins. Need I say more?

8. Set aside more time for writing. I’ve been working on my novel quite a bit lately and would like to keep that up. In the month of November I hit publish on fifteen blog posts, and would like to hit at least that many in December as well.


9. Surround myself with POSITIVE people.


10. Enjoy the holiday season. This will be the first Christmas Brad and I actually spend together. Crazy, right? Unfortunately neither of us will be able to see our families this year, but at least we will have each other 🙂


All photos via Pinterest

Have you set any goals for the month of December?

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  1. A lot of your goals are the same as mine…Sleep, water, being more active, breakfast etc. If you don’t have one already I suggest you try the camelbak water bottle! I drink so much more water with that and I have the Groove which has a filter inside…
    I am tempted to try the same with the coffee but I just dont know if I can do it..Ok, I know I CAN do it, it’s just convincing myself bc I am such a coffee addict..

  2. Great list! I would also like to up my water intake and limit the caffeine intake. Another goal for Dec. is to start ramping up my running mileage as I start training for my Spring marathon.

  3. Reading this as I decide I should probably have water, vs the second cup of joe…. 🙂

    I’m with you on the yoga, too. I’m making a point to go much more frequently this month! Temperatures dropping (in theory..not proven by the 60* days we’ve had in DC as of late) = tighter muscles & more motivation to workout inside!

  4. These mini goals are great. Awesome motivation. I think you can certainly do the vitamin thing, even if you just start out with a multi.

    I am a HUGE coffee drinker and I cut back to a large cup a day and I honestly feel better in the afternoon. Go figure. But I could never break up with coffee for good:)

    Can’t believe it’s the holidays again!

  5. how are you two?!! MIss you guys. Love the goals and of course COFFEE, but down here i”ve been drinking more tea. a good switch up.

    • Just the usual here, getting chilly in Austin! Reports of snowflurries in the RR/Hutto area this morning so I guess winter is finally here. Miss you too, hope all is well in NZ 🙂

  6. i could stand to do EACH one of these things!

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