Monday, July 2, 2012

Enjoy July

After posting final grades on my June Goals, it's time to set NEW goals for July.  My July will be a little bit less hectic than May and June, so I'm hoping I can enjoy a bit more this month.  The overall aim is less planning, less stressing, less working, and more "just because" and "I feel like it." Maybe I'll be wild and pretend it's actually summer.  What a novel thought!

Speaking of novel, let's start with...

1. READ.  This isn't new for me.  I read a lot.  I fit it in before bed and on trains.  However, now, I have a long book list and a short time to get em done before double-time work kicks in and pleasure reading will likely take a back seat, even more than it already has.  So this month, I will read for 30 to 60 minutes daily, either before bed, on the beach (HA wishful thinking), on the train, or sitting on the couch.

Game Change

What's on my reading list, you ask?  Too many titles, that's for sure.  But here are the four I'd really like to have finished before August:
- Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by  John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (almost done; just about a hundred pages left)
- This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
- The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How irrational beliefs keep us happy, healthy, and sane by Matthew Hutson
- It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
...If these get covered, then I can start on my novels (both pleasure and work-related) for August. See my other book lists here.

2.  Try some RECIPES!  Too long, I've been bookmarking, photocopying, and pinning recipes that look good. Time to get messy in the kitchen and see if they TASTE good.  Instead of relying on old standbys and living off of this stuff, this month, I want to try at least 2 new recipes each week.  No rules about what kind of recipe. If it's a big fancy complicated meal, fine.  If it's as simple as a new homemade salad dressing, that counts too.  The point (as always) is to ENJOY and try new things.


via Greatist


If you're looking for some new recipes, Greatist recently shared a collection of Quick and Healthy Low-Calorie Lunches, and they do look good!  As a regular brown-bagger without much time for prep, these definitely appeal. 

I'll be scouring some of my favorite food blogs, and will of course let you in on any great successes.  I'll share failures, too. They happen.

3. Continue with regular yoga, including HOT!  Last month, I increased my weekly yoga sessions from 1-2 to 3-5 and enjoyed it.  I'm starting off this week right with yoga this evening at my gym, but I'll also continue using my morning DVD for when I'm short on time.

This month, I got a discounted month-long pass at a hot yoga studio, so I'm really excited try this new experience and see how it affects my flexibility and other workouts.  It will keep my practice regular, because I'm aiming to take advantage of the month's membership and do hot yoga at least twice per week, thrice if I have time and don't get too dehydrated!  


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Update: My second hot yoga session yesterday was very different from my first.  
There was a different (end of training) instructor, and the vinyasas came one after the other.  I enjoyed my time there less than my first day, sweat even more buckets and became beyond uncomfortable, and sort of understood why some people say they'll never go back after one try.  I think like all group fitness classes, the experience depends greatly on the instructor, because each one is different.  (Also learned that I definitely prefer wearing pants to shorts. Otherwise my arms slip right off my legs!)  I'll continue going, and see what other sessions have to offer.  Will definitely keep reporting. 

4. Run outside.  Sorry, guys; I've been saying this too long, but I mean it this time. I want to take my run back into the great outdoors.  In March, I thought warm weather would make it easier.  Way back before I became a runner, summer was the ONLY time I would ever lace up and hit the road.  In the fall and early winter, I ran outdoors multiple times a week while training for my first and second 5ks.  However, now, the heat is killer and I've been avoiding it, even though, once I lace up and get out, I always do enjoy my outdoor runs.  Time to take my own advice and heed the heat, while still enjoying some outdoor runs.  My legs need to get used to running on their own again, rather than following the treadmill's lead.  I'm going to make this one measurable by saying I will run at least one mile outdoors at least once each week.  That's low, I know, but it's better than what I'm currently doing, and sometimes the treadmill is simply the better option in conjunction with my other workout schedules.  However, at least once a week, I will run outside and I will enjoy it.


      [...caveat: My ankle may or may not be injured.  
It gets a sharp pain every time it's flexed, every step, even walking.  
If this doesn't go away soon, then goal #4 for running will be scrapped. 
Boooooooo.]

What are your goals for July?  What are your plans for accomplishing them? 


Have any recipes that I absolutely MUST make?  

19 comments:

  1. I love your goals :D I made my goals too :D But posted them yesterday :) I have reading on my list too ;) I do it before bed as well :)

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  2. I love the title of this post and I think that alone can be a great challenge to make sure I take each and everyday to "Enjoy" the moments of July! Wishing you the best!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Hope you ENJOY July, too :)

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  3. My goal is to get my gym moved to the garage (home office trumps gym when you have a 18mon old who grabs at everything! Right now my 'office' is 1/2 the Carolina Room which is shared as a play room - see my issue?) - once that is set, install a pull up bar and get some serious Spartan Beast training underway. Hills, weights, maybe if I'm lucky find an old tractor tire to flip around the yard... Don't push the ankle to fast, if it hurts without running, you may consider swimming instead, I love the pool and it works so much better when it's hot out!

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    1. WOW sounds intense!! Good luck.

      Thanks for the ankle advice. It's feeling much better after a week or so off :)

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  4. These are great goals for the month! I too have been in a rut of cooking and you're right - it's time to start cooking all those delicious things that I've been pinning away. Would love to hear about the great recipes you try! I should also add reading to my list. The tower of books is growing on our bookshelf and piling up on our Kindle. I need to make time to read, even if just for 10-15 minutes a day. Good luck with your goals!!

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    1. Definitely make time to read! It's so great to just take some time for you, to get lost in a book. Let me know how it goes! And I will definitely be sharing whatever recipes I end up trying

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  5. I love goal setting!!! I need to make some for July. Last month my goal was to cut down on my grocery budget and I literally cut it in HALF. Now maybe I should consider doing that on my clothing budget... ;) haha

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  6. Love the goals! Always an inspiration :) I am going to run farther, drink more water, and focus more on strength training for my back!

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  7. Love your goals!! I love running outdoors, and you should totally do it. (Of course, July is a tough month to start, though. So hot!)

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  8. Great goals! Good luck.

    So sorry your ankle hurts. Is it on the inside of the ankle bone? It sounds like the problem I was having. I thought is was one thing, but an MRI confirmed that it's actually a cyst and I can run. (I'll have to have it drained/removed at some point, but I'm ignoring that). I hope it's nothing serious. I'm a huge fan of KT Tape for injuries.

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    1. Thanks for the advice! It was kind of the front of the ankle... I wrapped it for a day and stayed off it for a few, and it's feeling much better now.

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  9. Love your goals this month!! Enjoyment is soo so important!! I really need to read more. I used to read a book a week, the past few months I've let life interfere. Enough of that nonsense! ;)

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  10. Motivating schedule, that's for sure! I have been meaning to try Hot Yoga for quite a while and I think I need to stop putting it off and just go ahead and do it :)

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    1. Yep! Then if you love it, you can keep going! And if not, at least you'll know you're not missing out :)

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  11. Great goals - and they seem to be actually achievable too, which is important! I made a summer "want-to-do" list, which I'm going to re-visit tonight or tomorrow on my blog as well. Included in my list are to sign up for a half-marathon (check!), go to a cottage (check!), attend an outdoor concert (not yet), make homemade popsicles (gonna get to that..) and a few others!

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  12. Yay reading! Game Change is on my to-read list too. I'm reading a great quirky book right now called Family Fang. If it were a movie, it'd definitely be an indie. It's one of those, but it's not pretentious.

    It's so hard to dress for hot yoga because shorts keep you cooler but the slip-age makes it harder to hold poses, but pants make you so hot! Last time I went to Bikram I wore shorts and was sliding alllll over.

    This Sunday night my mom is going to make me and her the sweet potato and black bean quesadillas that Tina of Carrots N Cake recently posted. I can't WAIT. You should try those!

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    1. Finished Game Change - gave it 5 stars. Amazing inside scoop on just about every possible detail, and so well written.

      Just saw your instagram of Tina's quesedillas. Look goooood! I might have to overcome my fear of cooking beans and give it a try. Yes, yes, it's on my dare list. I'll get to it...

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