What are you up to tonight? Got any festive plans or are you all partied out from the weekend?
Matt and I don’t do Halloween very big. We retired our Halloween party hats after college and now we just look forward to sitting on our front porch, playing some Halloween Spotify playlists, lighting some spooky candles and handing out candy to all the cute kids while we drink Hot Toddys. It’s one of the traditions we look forward to every year and this year we have invited a few people over to join us! I’m hoping there will be Twix left in the bag for the trick-or-treaters… they are my weakness right alongside York Peppermint Patty’s. What’s your Halloween candy weakness?
Here we are, wrapping up another awesome month and rolling right into November. I love looking at the beginning of the month as an opportunity to think about what you want to achieve or focus on. I’ve learned that if I don’t do this.. time waits for no one! All of the sudden it’ll be 2017 and none of the goals I had will be accomplished! You have 2 more months to achieve your goals!
Goals from October:
- Do yoga at least 3 times a week for 10 minutes or more.
I am so incredibly proud to say that I did yoga probably 10 times this month!! I have always struggled with Yoga because I am so finicky. I want a restorative practice focused on stretching and breathing (not fast-paced hot yoga).. but I don’t want it to get too “weird” and spiritual.. but then I also don’t want to get bored. You could say I’m a high-maintenance aspiring yogi. Well, I found the perfect fit for me on YouTube at Yoga with Adriene. I have a girl crush on the instructor, Adriene, as she strikes the perfect balance of yogi talk with REALNESS. The way she describes things just clicks for me. I also love that she has a few 30 day programs as well as various yoga practices for specific purposes like tight back, runners, and anxiety. I couldn’t recommend her Youtube channel more.
- Work on Ring Dips and Handstand Push-Ups
I did work on these at least once a week this month, but didn’t see much improvement over the month; however, I went from being able to do 2.5 ring dips to a solid 3! On the HSPU’s, I really didn’t see any improvement. I worked on HSPU negatives about once a week which I don’t think is enough to have seen many gains. I’ll continue to try working on both of these in November for sure.
- Invest in my Girlfriends
Yet again, this one has been a great goal to have so that I am more intentional about spending time with my girlfriends. I had some great nights with my girlfriends peppered throughout November and even got to see one of my best friends from Texas for a hike up St. Mary’s Glacier. The other thing I’ve really been practicing is being present and thankful when I am spending time with my friends. Making sure to put my phone away and savor the time that I have with them. It’s just a tiny attitude shift that truly allows me to appreciate my relationships.
Goals for November:
What a great month to focus on gratitude. I have dabbled with this in the past and can tell that when you shift your mindset to looking for all the things to be grateful for, it is immensely powerful for your perspective and attitude. I find that when I’m having a tough day, it’s hard to just MAKE yourself be happy… but instead if I choose to focus on all that I’m grateful for in my life, it 100% can shift my attitude. This month, I want to write out 10 things I am grateful for every day.
- Reverse Dieting
I have been counting macros for 10 months now and for the last ~6 months I have basically kept the same macros. I am now interested in practicing Reverse Dieting which is where you slowly build up your caloric intake over time so that you are able to eat more fuel, rev up your metabolism, but maintain overall body composition. I don’t know about you but being able to enjoy more carbs and fat on the regular is an exciting goal for me! I am going to be increasing my carbs/fat over the course of this month using My Macros app.
- Rest Days
I am not good at rest days. I truly love how I feel when I workout and I also love getting to hang out with my Crossfit community; however, I feel like I’ve been plateauing lately in my workouts. I track all of my workouts and I just haven’t seen much improvement in the last couple of months and I think its partially due to not taking enough rest days. I typically Crossfit 5-6 days a week and run 1 day a week which means I am only resting from Crossfit 1-2 days and really not taking any FULL rest days. I am going to strive for 1-2 FULL rest days and only 4 days of Crossfit per week in November. I’ll also continue to pepper in some Yoga with Adriene. 🙂