Five (5) October Goals

I really liked my five September goals & decided that rather than making a bunch of resolutions, I would do some smaller goals each month. It’s easy, it’s measurable, and it helps me break it down from something overwhelming (lose weight! become a better person! get rid of all annoying habits!) into something doable (get at least 30 minutes of cardio 6x/week! stop and think of one thing I’m grateful for at 3 PM every day! I have no annoying habits, so no examples there.)

So – to recap on my September goals:

  1. Track food for 30 days – done!
  2. Initiate passport renewal process – I have an appointment for the photo next week & will get it sent off then!
  3. Do 15 minutes of cardio a day, following physical therapist’s plan to the letter! – pretty good. I missed a few days of cardio, but mostly because the PT suggested I do so. I’ve been doing most of my stretching & other exercises. I have not run more than she wants me to (even when I want me to) and with the exception of not yet having a stupid foam roller thingie, I’m doing pretty well.
  4. Get garden prepped (almost there – the final touches will happen Saturday).
  5. Attend pirate festival (FAIL!  It rained, and we are wusses. We did not see the pirates, although I did drink rum & say “avast” a lot. And the architect wore his pirate shirt.)

Once again, I am doing my goals on the 2nd of the month. Last month it was because it just didn’t occur to me until the 2nd, but this month is deliberate. I didn’t want to interrupt your regularly scheduled Wednesday shoe porn. I am such a giver.

So – my October goals:

  1. Run 5K (woo! Run Like Hell on 10/19)
  2. Not puss out & go to bed super early in Vegas.
  3. Not stress/worry/freak about the state of clean of my house in advance of the in-laws visit.
  4. Come up with an affordable, yet meaningful 2nd anniversary present for the architect (suggestions welcome).
  5. Knit one complete project (instead of 3 half projects – half of a hat doesn’t do anyone any good).

What are your goals for the month?

Recent Comments

  • Kristen
    October 2, 2008 - 9:19 am ·

    Love the idea of the little goals and glad they were easy for you to achieve. I am SO there with you with my knitting project! My friend bought me all this stuff and I have yet to finish anything – I think my scarf might be long enough for my dog.

    • gazelle
      October 2, 2008 - 3:46 pm ·

      I have a few scarves under my belt (although not literally – that would be weird) and a LOT of hats. This year, I’d like to branch out & make a baby blanket & maybe some socks. Something crazy.

  • Alisa
    October 2, 2008 - 2:42 pm ·

    Haha too funny about knitting half a hat! I tried knitting…I’m not patient enough.

    Meaningful gifts for hubby’s…that’s a hard one though sometime I need to tell you about the MWAH box (that one got tears).

    • gazelle
      October 2, 2008 - 3:47 pm ·

      I do like to knit – perfect social activity for fall/winter. I get together with some girlfriends & we knit & drink. Good times!

      I will definitely have to ask you about the MWAH box.

  • michelle
    October 2, 2008 - 2:43 pm ·

    My goals?? Well, my #1 goal is to not have any goals!!! Is that bad?? Because, if i set goals and i don’t meet them, i get all upset and depressed!!!

    Well, i guess my goal would be to not get upset and depressed if i don’t meet my goals!!! I’m soooo confused!!!!

    • gazelle
      October 2, 2008 - 3:48 pm ·


      Nothing wrong with not having goals! I am just such a list maker, that I make them anyway – just trying now to make real, achievable goals, so I don’t have to get all upset & depressed by NOT meeting them.

  • Girl on Top
    October 2, 2008 - 3:33 pm ·

    Oh, great idea on monthly goals. I like that! I can’t think of any right now, but I will be sure to post mine up tomorrow!

    Good luck on your goals!

  • Running Knitter
    October 2, 2008 - 8:28 pm ·

    I love the idea of monthly goals – especially with knitting! I’m hoping to start my holiday knitting this month, so that’s going to be one of my goals.

  • WeightingGame
    October 3, 2008 - 9:03 am ·

    my main, #1 goal is to keep working on getting my neck better. Sounds boring, but I’m quite pleased with myself to have that as a goal, whereas in the past, it would be “lose 5 pounds before vaycay!” or “stop eating peanut butter.” I used to be a bit of a freak, you see. (Years ago..not, like, in May.)
    Have a fab weekend!
    Re anniversary present: what about a side-by-side couples massage? Romantic! Also, the traditional anniversary gift for Year two is… Cotton. Interpret that as you wish.

    • gazelle
      October 3, 2008 - 11:41 am ·

      I think that’s a fantastic goal! (Of course, I have a goal to lose 20 pounds by my February vacation, but ‘stop eating peanut butter’ is crazy-talk! peanut butter is delicious!)