Is it just me or was October the longest month ever? It seemed as if it was never going to end. Maybe I just wanted it to be Halloween already, or maybe it is because my November vacation can’t come fast enough.
Another factor that might have an effect on the extra length of October is that I was extremely busy with personal stuff and with work. The only thing that kept me sane was knowing that vacation was coming soon. Did I mention vacation soon?
As many of you know, I set a few goals for myself this month. The first one was a fitness challenge where I had to work out at least three times a week. The second goal was a writing challenge in which I had to write at least 500 words a day, every day.
Now, let me start by saying that I accomplished half of my goals. That is, I was able to complete one of them, but failed miserably on the other.
I mentioned that I wanted to work out at least three times a week because my cholesterol and triglyceride levels were abnormal.
I started this goal with a bang. I worked out at least three times for the first two weeks and I did it without Kate having to remind me. Not only did she not have to remind me, but I was the one who sometimes made HER work out. And that’s a big thing because she’s the one who likes working out.
And then life happened.
I’m trying to make some changes in my life and something good happened at the end of week two that has the potential of making those changes happen. I can’t really discuss the details at the moment, but I promise I will when everything is said and done.
Anyways, that particular life event has kept me extremely busy and it happened to occur at a time where I’m extremely busy at work. I usually have some time during work when I can do some personal stuff, shhhh, but lately I’ve had to do all my personal stuff during my personal time… what a drag!
This means that I didn’t workout at all during the third week. And I mean not a single workout. I didn’t even go rock climbing that week, and that, my friends, is a big deal.
I went ahead and worked out three times the last week, but my goal wasn’t to workout three out of four weeks in October so that was a big FAIL.
Oktoberfest Writing Challenge
For those of you who don’t know, Brian from Luke1428.com initiated the Oktoberfest Writing Challenge, and I must say that it was one of the best things I’ve done.
Even though I was super busy, I made sure to set aside some time to write my daily 500 words – I guess I could’ve set time aside to work out, but priorities, people.
This challenge was a lot of fun and it made me realize a few things. It made me realize that 500 words could be accomplished in under 30 minutes when you are prepared, and that I could generate a lot of content by writing every day. The latter is especially good because as I mentioned before, I’m going on vacation.
Now, instead of worrying about writing posts while I’m on vacation, I can relax because all my posts are ready to go.
Not only did I complete the challenge for October, but I’m going to try to keep on writing daily for as long as I can – except when I’m on vacation… I have never wrote the word vacation so many times in my life.
50% of Goals Accomplished
Even though I didn’t complete all my goals for the month, I still feel a sense of accomplishment because at least I had a good reason to not work out for a week – or so I keep telling myself.
Setting goals for myself was good, but I don’t think I’m going to set goals this month because I’m going to be out of commission for ten days… a.k.a. vacation! Okay I’ll stop.
I take that back, my goal for November is to eat a lot during Thanksgiving. I can already see myself undoing the button on my jeans so I can breathe.