Right Start December!

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It’s friday again! And December?  NO idea when that happened – it seemed like yesterday that I was typing up my November goals & reflections.  Now it’s time for another one?

I really like doing these monthly recap/planning posts, and I’m happy to report that in general, November was a really good month.  Thanksgiving ‘break’ definitely helped ease the stress a little, which was seriously needed.

Last month’s goal was purpose – not giving up, believing in myself and getting things done, pushing past food guilt and enjoying, and of course upping my workouts with functional training.

As I’m writing this, I’d say I did pretty well.  Of course there were slip ups on the believing and enjoying front, but less than the previous month.  Let’s keep it that way!

I can definitely say I’ve taken my workouts to a new level, and now have pretty much quit gym machines – other than the treadmill/stair climber/etc.  I ran my first race, and way surpassed my own expectations.  Only a month ago, I could barely run 5 miles without walking breaks.  Now it’s *almost* easy.  Although I do wish I started running sooner, than I could enjoy more of this:

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I ran to the East River instead of the Hudson today, and I have no idea why I didn’t do it any sooner! I got to the river path and saw this, a gorgeous view of the Williamsburg bridge.  It was less windy than going west, and there were fewer industrial areas and trucks – easier to breathe!  That is one thing I don’t particularly like about running this city, the pollution can’t be good for running.

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Under the Williamsburg bridge! I made today’s run an easy 5(ish) miler, so I was totally okay with stopping for a photo.

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I’m not sure how accurate this is, I think the distance and time are both off.  I don’t think I ran nearly that fast, my phone’s gps seems to get worse and worse.  Note: Holiday wish list item – gps sport watch! <– hint hint…

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Still, I don’t really care how long or fast the run was, it was a fantastic stress reliever with a gorgeous view.  A perfect start to December.

I’ve also seriously kicked up the intensity of my strength training – with some amazing results! I added in at least one HIIT bodyweight workout (usually from bodyrock.tv),  and a couple heavy lifting workouts (one upper body, one lower, maybe one total) each week.  I feel strong, and can definitely see more muscle definition.  The only downside is that my appetite goes crazy, and I have to watch out for binges.

So, what’s the plan for December? Exactly that – plan.

Of course I am going to continue with workouts and positive thinking, etc.  But I only have three weeks left of the semester before I leave New York City for at least 6 months!

I have loads of things to get done this month – homework, exams, term paper, packing, supplies (food) to use up, storage, holiday events, and more.  So my plan is to plan, and not let things get ahead of myself.  I’m a big fan of lists, so I’m going to make sure to make and stick to a daily and weekly to-do list.  As much as I love to procrastinate, I really cannot afford to let anything get away from me.

So there it is: December, plan it, stick to it, check it off.  And enjoy the extreme satisfaction that goes along with crossing things off a to-do list.

Speaking of lists, since it is friday, I’m going to throw in a few discoveries from this week!

1. Go-to cereal

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I generally don’t like dried fruits in my cereal, but this was the only Nature’s Path Optimum flavor that I could find at TJs.  And I love it!  All organic, no gmos, crunchy, tasty, and filling.

2. More chocolate obsessions.

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Remind me never to buy the caramel & sea salt bar again.  I went through it way too quickly, but holy crap it’s delicious.  The dark chocolate bar is my go-to for chocolate cravings, it only takes a few squares of this stuff!

3. Hot and sweet pepper jelly.

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I mentioned this stuff in my WIAW post this week, but didn’t really give you the whole story.  I’m not a huge fan of fruit jellies, as they’re usually too sugary for me. I’d rather eat the real fruit.  But this stuff? Perfect mix of spicy and sweet.  I’m loving it with my eggs.

4. Holiday-inspired breakfast.

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I saw this soy nog on sale at a local market (I actually paid $1.99, steal!), so I went for it.  I saw Julie’s post the other day featuring her eggnog overnight oats, and thought I’d give it a try!  I cooked up a big batch of oat groats the other day, so my mix included: 1 cup cooked oat groats, 1 T chia seeds, 3/4 c soy nog, topped with a spoonful of AB, and extra cinnamon and nutmeg. Refrigerated for an hour before eating. Major yum!

I think that’s all for this week, but don’t forget to enter my Nasoya giveaway! Winner will be announced on Tuesday.

How was your November? What is your plan for December?

Are you a planner/list-maker?

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14 thoughts on “Right Start December!

  1. Pure2raw twins

    My November went by too fast! And I have a feeling December is going to do the same. haha But I love this time of year :)
    hey-wanted to let you know that your post are coming through google reader again, do you know what happened? we are still unsure of why our post are no longer showing up in google reader, we have one idea of what may of happened but unsure how to fix it at the moment. oh the joys of technology.
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    1. Rachel Post author

      I do love this time of year, holiday season is always my favorite :-) Thanks for letting me know posts are showing up. I’m not really sure what the problem was, but I re-synced and pinged my feedburner, maybe that helped? still not really sure.

  2. Rachel (tea and chocolate)

    November went by way too fast for me too. But that just means we’re closer to Christmas!
    Great job on your November goals, and I like your new one. Making lists and checking them twice (okay, my brain is in Christmas mood now) is the only way I remember all the stuff I need to do.
    Love that dark chocolate bar! The sea salt one sounds divine. Can’t wait until I’m back in a city with Trader Joe’s!
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    1. Rachel Post author

      Thanks, Rachel! List-making = my savior.
      I love the holiday season, even though I don’t celebrate christmas – must be all the delicious food! haha 😛

  3. Eleanor@Eatinglikeahorse

    Wow, what stunning views! Really gorgeous, the sort of place I’d just stop and not be able to tear my eyes away :-)
    I hear you on the caramel dark chocolate – mine weirdly vanished quite quickly too…! Sounds like great progress to me and hope December is just as good!
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