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So much like everyone else, I can’t believe July is already over! This past month, I signed up for a 30 day squat challenge with some FB friends, where I start of with 50 squats a day and work my way up to 250 squats a day. I’ve fully embraced that I’m at times awful with follow through, but I actually completed this one (and a day ahead)! It affected my running since the tuckus was so sore once I started getting into the 200 range, but I loved it so much that I’m also joining their next August challenge – the 30 Day Plank Challenge, where on the last day I hold on for five minutes. Wowser!
Speaking of challenge and goals, I need to get back on track with some goals for August. In July, I managed to get my debt down by $1k so I have $5k left to go, but the kicker is that I had an extra pay period so I should have reduced it down even further. I confess, I went a little cray-cray on wedding stuff, my mom’s birthday gift, and B’s birthday gift, as well as had a lot of friends over which meant going out a lot. For my mom’s gift especially, I bought her something a bit over the budget I had set since it’s a milestone birthday for her, and when she reached her last milestone I was struggling too much financially and personally to give her something really special. I wanted to make sure that I got her an extra special gift, not only as an expression of thanks for being a single mom throughout most of my growing up years, but also because she’s worth it and so much more. Her reaction to the gift and my card was utterly priceless and, to be honest, setting my debt freedom back by a month or so by doing this for her now was well worth it. (let the throwing of PF-rocks commence! j/k)
However, for August I don’t want to lose traction with my debt payoff, and have set these goals for the month:
1) Complete 60 miles of running
2) Complete the 30 day Squat Challenge again, this time while using a 10-25 pound plate (reduce weight as I increase the number of squats), as well as the 30 Day Plank Challenge
3) Pay off $800 of my debt
4) Pay for the invites (materials) and second Pre-Cana class, start looking for a dress and photographer (tons of references, just need to buckle down and see which ones I like the most)
5) Spend 15 hours on Spanish
6) Write 5 “love letters” to loved ones – I’ve found myself unhappy lately at times, and to regroup I used to write “love letters” of gratitude and appreciation to loved ones that have impacted my life and/or made it more meaningful. Though I know they probably know how much they mean to me, sometimes it’s just nice to convey and express it since it helps puts life in perspective, so I plan on writing at least 5 during the month.
I hope everyone has a strong July finish for any goals you may have set for yourself, and a kick-bum start to August!