Finish Chapter 3 and write half (or more) of chapter 4 for thesis. <—A thesis goal that I actually COMPLETED! Guys, this is HUGE! I already tackled part of my August goal (I created my August goals mid-July, weird I know).
2. Continue routine with the gym despite RWRunStreak being complete. <—I struggled, I fluttered, I ran/biked/ellipticalled/stair climber/rowed just at 100 miles this month in comparison to nearly triple that last month. Eh, we learn. At least I didn’t disappear completely.
Work on getting off this stinking plateau (i.e. eat different foods with different nutrients, do different workouts, etc.). <—Scale shows me down 4-5 pounds on any given day from the start of June, it’s a win. Yes, it is small, but my body is just not budging despite the changes in diet and exercise.
Continue with an art project of some sort (new crotchet/knit project, painting, etc.). <—Knitting was a dud, quite literally. I undid and redid the same 2 inch patch like 10 times before throwing in the needles (look out guys—it might make a comeback in the future!). I managed to do most of my artsy stuff by working on photographing things this month. It’s something more than I usually do.
Start sticking to a regular daily routine of waking up, getting things done, working out, food prep, sleep, etc. <—The routine was: stay up late, get up late, do thesis/contract work, go to gym, eat dinner, watch Netflix. It was not what I want in a routine, but it was a routine that got things done. Now if only I could get my internal clock back to normal hours…
August aka “The Suitcase Month”:
1. Enjoy vacation and my birthday — I only turn 25 once!
2. Finish Chapter 4 of thesis and start on Chapter 5.
3. Discover a new running route in town (and enjoy running routes while on vacation!).
4. Finish out SOA strong — get all of those goals accomplished
July turned out alright, despite me worrying at the beginning of the month as I struggled from running 1 mile a day for RWRunStreak to, well, nothing. But we live and learn. I pulled through and managed to get a lot accomplished at the gym in the past 2.5 weeks. Plus the Cross-Country 5K! I almost forgot about that neat race. And eating has been pretty dead on (even refusing weekly meals out with the parents to stay home and choose healthier meal options). I’d say that I’m finally getting right in the food department, but the workout department leaves a bit more to be desired.
Also, I’m re-titling August to “Month I live out of my suitcase”. Seriously, my things will be packed for half the month as I do traveling. But this traveling has NOTHING TO DO WITH MY THESIS and is a complete VACATION! Well, 4 days aren’t (work/seeing friends), but the rest is. And to that I am happy. I have a semi-good feeling that alcohol will be consumed as I have yet to legally celebrate a birthday with my brother since turning 21. Plus fish. Tons and tons of fish. The Pacific Northwest is known for that, right? ;-)
Alright August, bring on your awesomeness!