December

Just over a month ago I wrote one of my favorite posts ever on the blog, No-Nonsense November.

There was little to no forethought behind the post, just a straightforward declaration that I would Cut the Crap from my life in a variety of areas.

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November has come and gone with several highlights, from the Foodbuzz Festival to Thanksgiving. But there were lows, too. And in some ways I made my vague goals and in other ways I did not.

The biggest accomplishment: I did not eat one bite of junk food from the office the entire month. Not one bite. We always have chocolate, candy, cookies, chips, crackers. I’ve been complaining that they are the bane of my existence and responsible for my weight gain of the last six months. I couldn’t go past 3PM without snacking on something salty and sugary. But I did it. I went an ENTIRE MONTH. And now I want to keep the streak alive.

I also gained two pounds. In a month.

Yes, one of my goals for November was to drop a few that the office job has brought on and I thought that cutting hundreds of calories from my weekly diet in the form of simple sugars at work would be the key to kick that off. Apparently it wasn’t. At all. This disheartens me because it means that getting my body back to where I want it to be will require much more serious work and semi-obsessive attention. But it has to happen. I am sick of looking at myself in the mirror and feeling like a “before” picture. Then again, what are you supposed to do when confronted with these?

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The great part of this is I have a plan of sorts. And I declare here that by December 31st I will see a positive change. I WILL see it because frankly I don’t think I can handle writing one more blog post like this.

Aside from the junk food detox I had some other successes. I swore off workout excuses, and I’m happy to say I did go running in the dark a couple of times. Baby steps.

I’ve also been working on prioritizing relationships. It’s hard, because everything goes two ways. But I recognize that a lot of the stress I feel regarding work/running/body image/state in life comes from feeling unbalanced. I know that’s all of our quest and it comes from within, but surrounding yourself with positive people really helps. I’m working on that.

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I tried to think of a name for December, but after No-Nonsense November proved otherwise in a significant way, I figured calling it “Damn You Fine December” I should just focus on tangible goals for the month:

  • Run the California International Marathon
  • Transition to a lower-carb, higher-protein diet
  • Incorporate shorter, more intense workouts into my schedule instead of steady state cardio that is not doing much for me
  • Enjoy myself at the dozen holiday parties and strive for balance
  • Look inside for inspiration and motivation instead of to everything else but myself
  • Focus more on showing love to everyone in my life instead of receiving it
  • Meditate and pray over what I want my life to look like in 2012 and what I can do to make sure that happens

I can’t believe 2011 is almost over. I have a good feeling about this month. Let’s go out with a bang.

Courtney

What are your December goals?

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    1. December goals: 1.) Run CIM. 2.) Take the rest of the month off. SEE YOU BRIGHT AND EARLY TOMORROW. xoxox
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    2. Love this post! YOU GO COURTNEY! I believe you WILL see a positive change come Dec. 31 :)
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    3. what an awesome post sis. i love you! you’re a rockstar!!!

    4. Great post!! Everyone is focusing on goals and the new year…I posted about this on Thursday!

      I haven’t really set any December goals but I am going to focus on living healthy WHILE enjoying every holiday bite! Christmas only comes once a year!
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    5. Wait… hold up. No office treats for a month? How’d you do it? Share this wisdom! My office is the same way, and I definitely gained a couple pounds working here. Of course, all the pizza and beer on the weekends are my fault, but it’s easier and more fun to blame the office. Much easier.

      You’ll do great with the goals, especially the marathon!
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    6. Oooh, I love this! You are so positive! I feel similar to you in regards to feeling like a before picture. But, I think it is also important to remember that as we get older our bodies change. So, sometimes it just takes some time to adjust to the change and figure out what works for you now. I really feel you on that one!!
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    7. I can definitely relate to this post. Sometimes I get so frustrated that I keep coming back to the same point of “I’ll do better next time.” That’s a huge accomplishment that you didn’t give in to any of the office junk food! I have similar goals for this month, shorter – more intense work-outs and hoping to change it up a little to really put my body to work.
      Also, congrats on the marathon! Can’t wait to hear more about it!
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    8. I am trying to stay accountable with my workouts this month since I can’t run. I’m doing Bobbi’s Holiday Shred which I can already tell is making a difference tone wise and I’m loving it! hopefully it will help me keep off the pounds during the holidays and until I can start running again!
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    9. I’m right there with ya when it comes to needing to change something about the workouts. Not just because I’ve been bored with it recently, but also because everything has been “a steady 3 miles” here and “a solid 25 on the elliptical” there. It’s not doing a thing for me. My goal in the next few weeks is to start rotating new things in!
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    10. Not gain weight (losing would be nice, but let’s be realistic).

      Get my grades in on time, before I leave for winter break.

      Develop an intense training plan for my first marathon in March (I run halves right now).

      Finish UNderworld by Don Delillo, a 800+ page book that’s been haunting me for awhile.
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    11. Good luck with your goals! I think it’s great that you are creatively finding ways to make changes for the better. I think mixing up workouts will definitely help!
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