Monday, December 1, 2014

December Goals

I can't believe it's December 1st. This year flew by! We are only 24 days away from Christmas and I'm only 17 days away from my vacation!!

I absolutely love the Christmas season. For me, it's about spending time with those you love. I have lots of exciting things planned for the month (including lots of traveling) so I want to make sure I set up some goals to help keep me on track over the holidays.

First though, let's take a look at how I did with my November goals:

1. PR the Clause Cause.  I DID IT!! Despite freezing temperatures (-21) I still managed to get my PR. You can check out the race recap here.

2. Log 60 miles of running. I came so close! I hit 58.8 miles. I honestly planned to do a quick run last night to hit 60 but ended up falling asleep (at 8:30) while putting London to bed! I guess my body needed sleep more than a run!

3.  More strength training. YES! I've been lifting weights twice a week. I had hoped to take advantage of some of the Beach Body Boxing Day sales (I've been eyeing up Les Mills Pump) but just can't afford it right now. I've been focusing on about half an hour of weights after I run.

4. Cut back on lunches out. FAIL. I still ate out 2-4 times a week. I did cut back on snacking at night, though, which is another area I want to focus on down the road.

5. Finish Christmas Shopping. DONE! I picked up my last few gifts yesterday. Now, I just have to wrap them and figure out how to fit them all in my suitcase.

And, now for this month.....

1.  Run Streak:  Yes, I'm going to attempt the run streak again. In March 2013, I decided to start streaking (running a minimum of one mile every day.) I made it 397 days before I had to stop. You can read about that here. My local run club is having a run streak kick off party tonight and so I'm going to join. I'm only focusing on the month (for now) as I know that'll be a really tough challenge. 

2. Donate to Charity: The holidays are also about giving back to others. I've already committed to sponsor a boy and a girl this year. I'm collecting money from everyone in my office and we're going shopping for their Christmas gifts this week! I've also been saying yes to every cashier's "would you like to donate ___ dollars to this charity" at the checkout. It all adds up!

3. Unplug Over The Holidays: I'm spending 6 days with my family, over the holidays, and I'm hoping to unplug and just enjoy their company. London will be spending 10 days with his dad, after Christmas, so I can catch up on social media/blogs etc then. 

What are your goals for December?
Do you donate to charity this time of year?
Have you ever participated in a run streak?


  1. I think unplugging over the holidays is a great goal. I like to unplug as much as possible when I'm spending time with family. Good luck on your runstreak, this time of year is definitely a challenge.

    1. Thanks! I don't know how I did it for over a year last time! I'm already thinking it would be nice to just sit down and relax tonight hahahaha!

  2. You had a great running month! I love donating to charity and need to more. I am trying to figure out what to do this holiday season, I usually wait to hear of a charity in need and pick it for my holiday donation :)
    Lunches out are hard! I try and do one a week but this week I have 2 and 2 work luncheons.

  3. Congratulations on a great November Kaella! I've really struggled with lunches out too. I've found that prepping some roast vegetables on the weekend helps as I can use them in a variety of ways during the week. I've also discovered that lunches don't have to be complicated. Keeping canned beans, tuna and a variety of veggies on hand has really helped!

    Have a great December!

    1. Thank you! I loved your post today!! I agree that leftovers are the best way to keep me on track!

  4. Nicely done on accomplishing your November goals! Kids are definitely more fun to shop for then seniors (we adopt seniors in our office for a Christmas charity), but both are worthy causes!

    1. That's awesome! Kids are fun to shop for but I think what you're doing is awesome!!! xx