November Goals Wrap Up

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I don’t even want to acknowledge that December is just around the corner. Really?! This month definitely got away from me!

Since we’re nearing the end of November, it’s time for me to wrap up the goals I set at the beginning of the month.

1. Download the trial of You Need a Budget (YNAB) and use it for November

Done and done!

And?

I loved it. I really did.

I tried a few other programs before this one, and I definitely like this one the best. I’ll be paying the $60 to purchase the software once my trial period expires (in a few days) and continue using it.

For the first time I really felt empowered by tracking my budget and spending, so I know that’ll help me moving forward.

Let me tell you, early Black Friday sales are not helping with my budget. Express has 50% off everything from now until Friday at noon. I have items in my shopping cart; I may or may not pull the trigger. I’ve also seen some Starbucks ads for Verissimo system on sale for $99 on Saturday only. Gah! Starbucks coffee at home!!

2. Set a budget for Christmas shopping AND complete by November 30

Budget has been set!

As for gifts, I’m about 80% completed. With my trip to Ohio at the beginning of December, I plan on picking up a few goodies from the States to throw in and complete my gifts.

Hooray!! No need to brave the crowds at the mall in December.

3. Suck it up and run outside

Another goal met!

Aside from being sick for a few days in November, I’ve been running outside as much as possible, and I don’t hate it as much as I thought I would. My awesome new shoes and warm gear totally help.

4. Cross train!

I think this is going to be a goal for a while. I did okay, not great, but okay, so I hope to continue focusing on the Greatist WOD’s 3-4 days a week. Since they only take about 20 minutes there really isn’t much room for excuses!

5. Drink more water

I’d say I did okay on this goal. Again, not great, but not terrible either. I filled up my work water bottle (750ml) 2-3 times per day on average, and I probably drink another 1L-2L at home, so I’m definitely getting in my water.

All-in-all, not too shabby for November!

Tell me: How did you do with your November goals?

October Goals Wrap Up

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Forgive me for saying this, but where did October go?!

I’m certain I posted my original October goals post just a couple of days ago!

So, how the heck did my October go? Did I meet my goals? (And what the heck were my goals, anyway?!)

1. Embrace the taper

I’m happy to say this was a success. I did embrace my taper! It wasn’t easy, but I did it 🙂

2. Enjoy my marathon

With the exception of a few really difficult miles,  Ireally really enjoyed my marathon. So much so that I’m even tentatively planning my second marathon for Spring 2014! (Man, runners are crazy!).

3. Cross train

I sort of did this? I think?

I really took the six days off immediately after the marathon and have run 3 times, gotten all caught up on my ab work and have managed to fit in a few sessions of Nike + Training Club for cross training. Holy moly lunges make my quads scream!

4. Rest!

And rest I did! It wasn’t easy taking six whole days off, but I know my body really needed it and I’m feeling awesome now and ready to tackle my training for my February Half Marathon!

5. Stay in the green zone for my budget

I did relatively okay this month. It was better than September, and I figure so long as each month is better than the previous month then I’m moving in the right direction.

(As an aside, as I was reviewing my budget last night, I realized I made a pretty big error in my pay off debt calculation and I’m kinda peeved about it. With correcting the error (and, assuming things go well between now and then – no more impulse buys!) I will be debt free by May 30, 2014 instead of April 30, 2014, but this leaves me a lot less breathing room than before. I’m trying to roll with it, but it’s hard to not kick myself for making such a dumb Excel error.)

Tell me: did you make any goals this month?