Monthly Check-In: Goodbye October, Hello November

Each month, Jessica Lawlor shares three things she accomplished in the previous month and previews three things she’s excited about or hoping to accomplish in the month ahead.

Jessica is a PR professional by day, freelance writer, runner, yogi and blogger by nights and weekends. She encourages everyone to “get gutsy” by stepping outside of their comfort zone to reach their goals. I follow her blog and have even contributed my story to her Get Gutsy eBook. I definitely recommend checking out Jessica’s website if you need motivation to accomplish your goals!

I’m stealing her monthly check-in idea and adapting the format for my blog … well, I guess it’s not really stealing since she encourages it (thanks, Jessica!). The purpose is to look backwards and forwards, and to maintain accountability for my goals.

In October, I …

1. Attended two weddings! Yes, I am officially at the age where all my friends are getting married. One of the weddings was out of town and my parents went as well, *selfishly* leaving me with no dogsitter. This marked the first time I left Hadley with someone other than my parents, which was a pretty big deal. It was only for one night but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious about it. As soon as I dropped her off at my co-workers house, she immediately ran off into the backyard with their labra-doodle puppy without so much as a goodbye. My worries immediately changed to wondering if she’d ever want to come home!

2. Racked up some impressive running stats. During October I participated in two races. At the beginning of October, I ran the CIBC Run for the Cure 5k for the second year in a row and raised $300 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. At the end of October I ran the inaugural Vancouver Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which came with some awesome bling! I did my second and third ever trail runs where I made new running friends. To top it all off, I hit a milestone of 2000 km logged on Nike+! I’m pretty sure this means I can justify buying a new pair of runners …

3. Didn’t dress up or go out for Halloween. I managed to get a debilitating cold two days after my half marathon which I am only JUST getting over now. I took sick days on Tuesday and Wednesday, went to work Thursday (I think to everyone’s dismay), and then stayed home again on Friday. I proceeded to not leave my apartment the entire weekend and resigned myself to bed/couch rest. I definitely got my money’s worth on my $7.99 Netflix subscription. Instead of going to a Halloween party, since that clearly wasn’t an option, Jesse and I stayed in and watched horror movies and ate candy.


In November, I will …

1. Make my own lunches. I am in a constant battle with myself to spend less money on eating out and instead put the time and effort into make my lunches at home. There are a few delicious, healthy, and reasonably-priced food joints near my work that are oh-so tempting and convenient. I go through phases of being lazy and eating out, especially when I am focused on running or yoga goals. I’m resolving to get back in the good habit of planning and making my own food … and more importantly, saving money!

2. Celebrate 2 and 1/2 years since Jesse and I went on our first date. It sounds like we haven’t been together all that long but it feels like it’s been forever … in a good way! We’ve been living together for over 1 and 1/2 years and despite me annoying the crap out of him when all he wants to do is relax and read a book, he seems to want to keep me around (as evidenced by my engagement ring). Last year we went ice skating for our 1 and 1/2 year date and this year we plan to go to an amazing restaurant that we have a gift certificate for and do what we do best – eat to our heart’s content!

3. Register for a 50 km trail race! All the cools kids are doing it … and it sounds like fun (in a weird, painful kind of way)! I’ve already signed up for next year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon in May so I figure I might as well register for the Squamish 50k race in August. This will help me to keep up my mileage after the marathon and also keep me in shape for my wedding next year (or at least give me massive thighs). Plus, I can always drop down to the 23k distance if I decide I’m not ready for the full 50k.

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What did you accomplish in October and what are you looking forward to accomplishing in November? Feel free to share your three things in the comments below!


1 comment

  1. Woo! Thanks for joining in with the monthly check-in! So fun!

    You had an awesome month- congrats on the amazing running milestones!

    I hear you on wanting to pack lunches more. There are so many good/quick spots near my work and it is VERY tempting. I am working on eating healthier and know I’ll have more control if I pack my own.

    Good luck this month!

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