December Goals

I almost wrote Friday fun day. Whoops, it’s only Thursday! And hello December. Can someone please slow life down?  I swapped my gym days this week because of scheduling.  I may keep a T/Th/Sat lifting schedule now anyway.

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Barbell Squats 1 set of 10 with 65# bar1 set of 8 70#

1 set of 6 at 75#

1 set of 4 at 80#

1 set of 4 at 85#

Lower Body
Dumbbell Pullover 3 sets of 10 with 25# DB Back
Barbell Chest Press 3 sets of 8 with 55# bar Chest
Dumbbell Stiff-legged deadlifts 3 sets of 10 with 25# DBs (50# total) Hammies, low back
 Trunk Twists 3 sets of 30 Core
Lying Triceps Press 3 sets of 10 with 10# DBs  (20# total) Triceps
Bent lateral Raise 3 sets of 10 with 10# DBs (20# total) Shoulders
Lower Back Extension 3 sets of 10 at 80# Low back

I did the last 6 exercise as supersets where I would do 2 sets  in a row without a rest.   Shweaty! Then it was treadmill walking.

It was cold and I decided on a warm bowl of banana oats this morning.

Topped with some coconut butter and a bit of cinnamon.  Yummy!  I could never really give up grains completely forever.  I love my oats.

It was a busy work day today.  And a good day to get it all done.  This week I have had a lot of schedule interruptors.  We had a girl’s night out on Tuesday with my mom and sister. We got all dressed up and fancy, too!  Then I met with my literacy learner for the first time this week.  That was exhausting, I have to say.  It is going to take time to get used to doing that. Then I got called to make another last minute soap order this week.

Phew.  Not to mention the nagging headache that I have had for the last 3 days.  Just won’t go away even with pain reliever.  I used to get those headaches years ago and now they have returned.

Lunch today was not turkey for a change!

Shrimps!  And yes, eating at the computer here.  The table is full of soap as you see above.

So anyway, it is December and time for some new goals for the month.  Other than just getting through this week, here is what is planned:

1. No weight gain over the holidays.  I am not going to gain any weight! That means being extra diligent on most days.  I will probably lower my calories a few days a week to get some wiggle room.

2. Do some no added sugar days.  This will help with #1. I have been snacking on chocolate chips a lot lately and I need to get out of that habit.

3.  Make a video of me playing guitar to post on the blog.  Eeep!  That original New Year’s Resolution made in January has come to fruition! A year of practice and now you will all get to hear it.  Actually, I might do a couple videos since I have been working on a lot of short pieces.

4. Relax more.  I am really a bad girl when it comes to relaxing. I was getting some tough love from John this week about that, so I am going to do it.

In the vein of relaxing, I think that is enough for goals this month  😉

I took a break today to make the lattes with the new uber machine.  I am almost ready to kiss our new machine.  I love the lattes that we are making!

One more thing going on this week is a garden club meeting tomorrow for lunch.  I just found out my town had a little garden club that meets once a month by accident.  A woman that I met very briefly a couple months ago called me the other day and invited me to their year end party to get to know everyone.

I have to say that while I am looking forward to meeting other gardeners,  I am really shy in person and am quite nervous about this.  It’s one thing to have a group of strangers meet, but a totally different thing to be the only one who doesn’t know anybody at a party.  Awkward. Now that is social anxiety in a nutshell.  I decided against taking pictures of my food at the lunch because I certainly don’t want anyone to know how weird I am! :mrgreen:

John called dinner tonight to grab a slice of pizza.  I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture!

I had a slice and half.  No weight gain this month, remember! LOL.  At least we got in a nice mile walk round trip.

I do get a little relaxing tonight.  John and I are booking our Disney accommodations tonight for the end of January!  I cannot wait for vacation!

Question:  How is your December looking?

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19 thoughts on “December Goals

  1. Fran

    I learned to relax, I used to keep running and running around. Yesterday I had a long day including a meeting from 10 am till 6 pm. When I got home at 7.15 pm I did nothing except sitting on the couch and read a book. I need to do that otherwise I get burned out at some point.

    December is busy work wise but it always is. Besides that I have two dinner dates, a Christmas lunch but as of the afternoon of December 22 I have a vacation till January 3.

    Hope the bookings went okay, great vacation to look forward to.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Wednesday November 30 – 2011, The workout edition

    1. Lori Post author

      Oh no! Can you reschedule for the end of January? That is when we are going, but we will be back just in time for the Super Bowl!

  2. Helen

    “I could never really give up grains completely forever. I love my oats.” Me too! 😀

    I need to join you on the no weight gain (fingers crossed for weight loss!) and the relaxing. Especially the relaxing…
    Helen´s last blog post ..Friday Randomness

  3. Marisa @ Loser for Life

    I am so excited to hear your guitar playing, Lori!! One of my goals for the new year is to start up on the piano again. I haven’t taken lessons in a million years, but I still remember quite a bit and looking forward to teaching myself more.

  4. Amy

    I am just catching up on your posts and want to tell you I really can relate to your mirror post…I have a very similar build to you (the opposite of tall and willowy!) and it is sometimes a big struggle to be accepting of it. What I have found is that becoming physically stronger and doing more types of exercise that I really enjoy have given me a deeper appreciation for my body, which is, in the long run, way more valuable than getting to that “dream” number on the scale that is most likely very very difficult to maintain for any length of time. But I would be lying if I said I never think about that magic number anymore! I still do, but it has become less important to me than it was in the past.

    Looks like you have some good goals for the holidays! Looking forward to hearing you play guitar!
    Amy´s last blog post ..Tired but Balanced!

  5. Biz

    Your soap is so pretty! I think your December goals are great. I again slept in this morning so I have to suck it up and run outside at lunch in 35 degree weather – I brought a scarf today which should help!
    Biz´s last blog post ..Best Pork Chops Ever!

  6. Kimby

    I hope you post that oatmeal photo with coconut butter and cinnmon — yum! Way to go on your goal setting (and achieving!) — awesome that you’re going to serenade us on your guitar, too. 🙂
    Kimby´s last blog post ..Treat Yourself

  7. Lisa

    Mine is looking pretty busy, but what else is new?

    I stopped making the goal of “lose weight” during the holidays a long time ago because I was just setting myself up for failure and stress. So now I just say “don’t gain.”
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Power From The Hips

  8. Jody - Fit at 53

    Lori – maybe the stress & all the busyness is bringing the headaches back… 🙁 RELAX MORE – YES! I like your goals & they should be doable!

    I am like you – shy when I head to things with people I don’t know. People are surprised by that but like you, I get all freaked about what I am going to talk about with strangers beyond my obsession with fitness! 😉

    Looking forward to the guitar video!!!!
    Jody – Fit at 53´s last blog post ..I am Closer than Yesterday!

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