Five Goals for June

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It’s time once again to talk about the goals I made for last month and the goals I’m making for June. As I mentioned yesterday, May was a rough month for me. Normally when I say I’m going to do something I make sure I do it. But this past month I wasn’t feeling particularly appreciated in a lot of areas of my life and I think it made me a bit depressed. And, as you probably know, when you’re depressed it can be tough to find the motivation to do stuff.

So, in the interest of honesty and disclosure, here’s are my goals from May and how I did with them.

  1. Complete at least two more chapters in my NSCA book.  – Ha. Ha ha ha. This did NOT happen. Honestly, I’m just not feeling it. The more I learn the less I want to learn. I LOVE working out but I also like having someone else tell me what to do. Trying to learn the science behind it actually takes some of the fun out of it for me. So, uh, anyone want a $400 book? Plus, the trainer I’d been working with at the gym who was my main cheerleader left for an office gig so that didn’t really help my motivation there, either.
  2. Play one of the new board games I just bought – This actually happened! Jason and I played a few games of Castle Panic and started a game of Red November. So far I would say Castle Panic is easier to learn and play.
  3. Go to dinner at a new-to-me restaurant in my neighborhood. – YES! And I made it to MAD Social. We didn’t get to sit outside (May was a special month, weather-wise) but I was happy to get out and try a new place.
  4. Run a mile in under 7 minutes. – Nope. This didn’t  happen either. I did manage .6 of a mile with the treadmill set to 9.0 MPH. I’m pretty sure I can do this and the Chicago Area Runners Association is doing free timed mile events throughout the summer so I’m not giving up on this goal yet!
  5. Read another book. –  I started Pretty Girls and so far I’m really enjoying it! Actually, I’m enjoying it so much that I don’t want it to end! So, I’m dragging it out a bit.

And, you know what, looking at that list I actually completed more than I thought! I’m still torn about what to do with the whole NSCA certification, though. Any thoughts?

Anyway, moving on to my June goals!

  1. Run a mile in under 7 minutes. (yes, this one is staying on the list)
  2. Have weekly date nights with my husband.
  3. Go to Mario’s Italian Lemonade.
  4. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.
  5. Go on either one bike ride or one swim with Live Grit.

How about you? Do you have goals for June that you want to share?


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8 replies on “Five Goals for June

  1. Mike

    I know what you mean, Erin. Lately, I’ve been feeling rather “blah” myself; not really feeling appreciated, having my feelings hurt at least once, etc. It can really put a damper on one’s motivation. Not trying to be a baby or anything, but stuff like that kind of hurts, you know?

    So it’s good that you set goals for yourself to try and accomplish them on a monthly basis. Even if you don’t get to complete all of them, it still gives you something to work towards, to motivate yourself to do even better than before. Heck, I feel totally stoked if I even complete one goal that I set for myself. And with any luck, I’ll try for two the next time!
    So don’t be too hard on yourself. You run a great blog here, you’re ambitious, motivating and cheerful; you rock! 🙂

    Okay, I totally motivated myself now, so I think I’m ready to say my goals.

    Actually, I don’t have a set list of goals this time (mostly because I didn’t do most of what I wrote the last time!). But I did get my one book read and posted my review of it on Salazar’s blog for our book discussion, so I was happy about that.
    And really, I just have one goal that I want to focus on this month: read 3 books before our next discussion posting. I feel totally excited about this because I just started a great one last week, I found a great book just yesterday that I really want to read (but don’t want to wait until I finish the other one) and this other book I’ve seen before and listened to it on audio, but I think I’d like to try and read it this time.

    So that’s my huge, audacious goal for June. I think maybe 5 goals is too much for me to start with so I’m going to try for this one, and if I accomplish it, I may try for two next time!

    Good luck with your goals Erin!

  2. Anne

    Did you find a new trainer that you love? I know you were meeting with one recently. If not, I would love to recommend my old trainer. She works out of my old gym in Ravenswood, but she travels to clients for personal training too. She made me totally fall in love with fitness and a healthy lifestyle and was definitely good at the whole cheerleader thing. No pressure, but happy to pass along her info if you want.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I just started with her last week and I’ve only had one meeting so far. She’s really qualified (and STRONG) so we’ll see how I feel after a few more sessions.

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I think with the NCSA stuff, it really comes down to what you ultimately hope to get out of (potentially) having your personal trainer certification. Do you genuinely want to train people, teach classes, or do anything else a personal training certification would qualify you to do? Would doing that bring more joy to your life? Would it give you a sense of accomplishment to have a side business doing that kind of work? Is this something you really think will enhance your mental, emotional, psychological, and/or financial well-being? If the answer to most or all of those questions is yes, then I think the end result would make the current requirements worth it. I’m guessing most people don’t go into psychology because they are just absolutely fascinated with how statistics work, but I’m also guessing you’d be EXTREMELY hard pressed to find a psychology program that lets its students get away with not taking at least one stats class while they pursue their degree. But if their end goal is practicing psychology, and that’s something they very much want to do with their life, they’ll suffer through stats because it’s required to get to their end goal. However, if someone picked psychology just because it sounded easier than, I don’t know, biochemistry, and not because of a genuine interest in pursuing psychology seriously, suffering through stats might not be worth it. If I had to make a guess based on what you’ve written here, I’d say that it sounds like the nitty gritty work required to obtain your certification may not be worth it to you–which is completely fine! You still have the books and could always go back to them later if something changes for you. You already have a day job, so it’s not like you need to do this in order to survive. But unless you absolutely, desperately want to be a personal trainer, I’d say that right now for you at least, it doesn’t sound like a worthwhile venture, especially if you could be using that time to do things you DO enjoy instead.

  4. Emily @ Out and About

    I have no doubt in my mind that you can run a sub-7 mile! I’ve never heard of either of those board games or the Pretty Girls book, so note to self on some new items to check out in the future. I understand the feeling of underappreciation, too, and how it impacts motivation (especially when it comes to things like reading through dry textbooks, which is hard enough even when life is good). I’m really sorry that you’ve been going through that. I hope everything will get better for you quickly!

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