First, a check-in on November’s goals:

#1 – Settle into my new role at work. I’m feeling good about this. Things are going well. I’m making suggestions that people like, I’m presenting reports that are well-received. I still have a lot to learn, but I feel great about the direction things are going. (I moved from web/app content publishing to web/app analytics & testing.)

#2 – Start a half marathon training plan. I RAN 32 MILES LAST MONTH! The last time I ran more than 30 miles in a month was October 2014. Holy cow. AND … no pain. I’m not yet ready to commit to any races at this point, but I’m feeling good about how things are going.

#3 – Keep building strength. I haven’t been doing as much as I did in October – I only went to 4 classes in November that incorporated strength building. I don’t want to lose strength, because I worry about my knee – I’d rather skip a run in favor of getting in enough strength.

#4 – Yoga 8x. I made it to 7 classes … and maybe once for free yoga at the office. So I’ll consider this a success.

#5 – Keep bringing my lunch. I actually did really good at this! Looks like I only caved and ordered lunch twice during the month.

What else did I do in November?


Supported Open Books with friends at Make the Case


Spent time with my family (and my husband’s family). These are my brother’s kids and they are adorable and sweet and I love them so much. 


Helped launch Grateful 4 Her


Witnessed a Cubs World Series WIN. Let’s just pretend history stopped on 11/3. 

More run selfies

I also performed my Lullaby solo again (and had a minor costume snafu), taught a workshop at my sis-in-law’s studio, went to LUNAFEST, and started rehearsals for our Christmas show.

So, what do I want to accomplish in December?

#1 – Keep up with the run/yoga/strength. My goal each week is yoga 2x, strength 2x, run 3x. That’s a lot. But I can do 2 workouts in one day – yoga/run or yoga/strength. And I want to set my goal high, so if I skip a workout or two, I’m still getting in enough.

#2 – Keep up with bringing lunch. I’m worried I’m going to start getting sick of the same thing. Gotta keep my salads interesting. I need to do a better job of making bigger dinners (or … asking the Mr to make bigger dinners) so we can take leftovers for lunch.

#3 – Count calories again. I got out of this habit and as a result stopped making as many healthy choices. I at least want to continue to count calories during the weekdays.

#4 – Do fun Christmas stuff. Christkindlmarket. Zoo Lights. Ice skating. Look at Christmas trees. Perform in a holiday burlesque show.

#5 – Read a book. I started The Stargazers Sister in November, but I found it kind of boring so I stopped reading it when I realized I wouldn’t finish it by the book club meeting. I’d like to finish one more book before the end of the year. I only finished 6 books this year.

What do you want to accomplish in December? What do you make/bring to work for lunch? What’s your favorite Christmas movie? I love Christmas Vacation, Elf, The Holiday. My husband likes to agrue that Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies.