Checking in on July’s goals:

Finish at least three books. Success!

  • All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg – I liked the premise – unwed, childfree, flawed woman trying to figure out her life. The description was a little misleading, in my opinion, of what the bulk of the story was about, and I felt like the main character didn’t evolve as much as I hoped she would.
  • Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart – I didn’t realize this was based on a real person. I liked it, but wanted a little more drama. Although what can you do, if it’s based on a true story.
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.  I’m still not really sure what I read, but the writing was great. Maybe I’ll read the other books in this trilogy. They are turning it into a movie, I’ll likely see it … maybe it’ll explain some things?

Increase my mileage. I actually ran more miles in July than June! 51 compared to 43. However, I cycled more in June (46 miles compared to 26).

Do fun summer things. I went on vacation with my family and ate almost every meal outdoors, went pontooning (and pon-tubing), kayaking, jet skiing, swimming, horseback riding. I even did some outdoor things in Chicago.

Bring lunch. I didn’t count, but I think I did OK on this. I brought lunch more than I bought it.

Use my garden. I’ve been eating lots of yummy arugula and have used my herbs in some tasty salads (tomato/cucumber/mint and bell peppers + various herbs) as well as some banana peppers. Hopefully, my tomatoes and poblano peppers will start to ripen soon, and eventually, I might have a squash.

July Highlights – Family Vacation and CLLAW

Goals for August:

Celebrate Halfway to 70. So. My birthday is coming up.

Transparency. This is a very personal goal, but also very important to me.

Workout 5x per week. I reduced my ClassPass membership to 3 classes per month (although I can add on classes).  I made the change partly for financial reasons and partly to encourage myself to run 4x per week and take advantage of free yoga.

Fast Women / Strong Women. I’ve been sharing my ideas about what to do with “I Run With Fast Women” and it seems to be resonating with other women. So now I need to do something. Like figure out a name.

Finish paying off loan. And maybe take out another one. A few years ago, I took out a loan to consolidate credit card debt. I’ll pay it off this month, 8 months early! However, once that’s paid off, we plan to look into taking out another loan to consolidate more debt (assuming we can find one that has a lower interest rate and the minimum payment is equal to or less than what we were paying for the same debt + the loan that’s almost gone).

I’m going to be honest … that is a lot for one month. It’s all stuff I’m planning on doing anyway, but when I write it all out … it feels like a lot. So. Let’s see how it goes!