Update and October Goals

I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since my last post. My apologies. I haven’t quite figured out how to fit blogging into my new routine. I started my new job as a receptionist at a local law firm last Wednesday and had training last week with the receptionist I replaced, but this week I’m all on my own. There’s a lot to learn, but I think it’s going well so far.

The biggest adjustment for me has been working from 8:30-5. I was used to a university teaching schedule, where I had free pockets of time throughout the day and wasn’t glued to a desk. I would teach classes, keep my office hours, then either stay at my office or run errands if I needed to, but those days are gone. However, I realize that most of the world has this schedule, so I need to get over it, right? 🙂 The benefit to working all day is that I am not at home where all the food is, so snacking is limited to the one snack that I bring (either raisins or a FiberPlus bar). However, I am STARVING by the time I get home, so the key will be not to go overboard with dinner. I am going to keep my 8 p.m. food curfew in place in the hopes of curbing any nighttime snacking urges.

I did fairly well with my September goals. I kind of dropped the goal of running 120 minutes a week about halfway through the month and am okay with that. I’m focusing more on intense, shorter runs. Aside from the one ICEE slip-up, I drank nothing but water all month. I did immediately drink some Coca-Cola on October 1 (and also had some on Oct. 2 and 3 and today), however, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. 🙂 I still plan on drinking mostly water, though. I did a great job of tracking my food and not eating after 8 (I think I only ate after 8 twice, and I tracked all of my food every day). I faltered a bit in my Bible reading plan last week, but I am just continuing with it and trying to read as much as I can on my lunch breaks. I only read one book. I lost 3.4 pounds, and though it wasn’t quite 4 pounds, it was close enough. 🙂

Even though I didn’t post about them, I did set goals for October. Here they are:

1. Complete two High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) runs per week, for a minimum of 25 minutes per session. I have been using a modified version of a plan I found in Fitness magazine, and it is TOUGH! It gives me something to work up to, though, which is what I need.

2. Complete one Pilates session and at least one weight session per week. Ideally I’d like to do two weight sessions, but I am going to aim for just one because I want to see how my schedule works for me. I am really enjoying the Pilates workouts.

3. No eating after 8 p.m., except for fruit (but only if REALLY hungry). This worked well for me last month, so I’m going to continue it.

4. Run in at least one 5k race. I have my eyes on a few, so I just need to pick one (or two) to run!

Those are my only goals for the month. I’m trying to keep it simple as I adjust to my new schedule. I really have no idea how much I’ll be blogging, but I am trying to keep up with your blogs, even if I don’t comment!

Do you have any October goals?

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6 thoughts on “Update and October Goals

  1. Congrats on your loss in September, meeting so many of your goals, and starting a new job!! The hardest thing for me to get used to with my desk job after having a college schedule was the monotony of it all. It still kills me–I miss the mental stimulation! Good luck with everything!

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  2. Hi Erin! I'm enjoying reading your blog, and wanted to wish you luck with whole new job and scheduling thing. I guess that's how we stay on our toes….

    Also wanted to mention a wonderful site to help you keep track of calories, nutrition, exercise, etc – my husband has been working on it at UNCC. It's http://www.411fit.com – a free site, and you can “take a tour” up by the logo on the front page before you register. I've been using it for just over a month and have lost 6 lbs so far…. it's a great little tool!

    Best of luck, Erin!

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