Motivation Monday | May Goals
Hi everyone! Today is super exciting because I am starting a new series on my blog called Monday Motivation. I have a great line-ups of topics, from which you can expect Morning & Evening Routines, fitness and health motivation and more!
I am so excited to start this new series because I used to post 3 times per week on my blog, but I have been slacking recently and have only been posting twice weekly!
The weather is officially warming up and I think it is a perfect time to share some motivation with you!
Come back every Monday for Motivation on a different topic!
Like always, if you have an idea of something you would like to hear about, please leave a suggestion in the comments below and I will try and incorporate it into the series!!
The first Monday Motivation topic is May Goals. What topic is better motivation than talking about the goals that we have for ourselves?
I recently have been opening up more about my goals, and you guys have been loving it!
This post is going to broken down into two sections. In the first, I will talk about the goals I have for myself for the month of May and the reasons behind those goals, and in the second, I will talk about tips for making your own goals and following through on them!
Let’s do this!
May 2019 Goals:
1. 📖 Read at least 8 books on my May TBR
Back at the beginning of the year, I counted up how many books I physically own and haven’t read yet and I was blown away with how many there are. I decided to go on a book buying ban (to save money, but also to read the books I already own). I’ve acquired more books since then, as publishers and authors send me ARCs to read and review, so I haven’t made much progress, but I am determined to cut down my TBR.
2. 💻 blog 3 times per week
Like I said above with this new series, my goal is to post a new blog 3 times per week. I’m quite busy as it is, so we will see how this goes! A new blog will be posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 AM EST.
3. 🏃♀️ Run 60k ~ 37.28 miles
I have been using the Nike+ running app to track my runs, and every month they challenge you to run more. My challenge for this month is to run 60k! I am excited to crush this goal! Running has become more and more enjoyable and I am determined to be able to run farther and faster than ever before.
4. 💪💦 workout 3 to 5 times per week
Strength training is super important when trying to build muscle, so I have been complementing my cardio with strength training. We have a pretty good ‘at home gym’ which I will definitely miss having access to after I move out. My goal is to do strength training somewhere between 3 and 5 times per week. I have been loving my fitness journey through the start of 2019 and I am excited to see where it goes!
5. ☀️wake up earlier, 🌚 go to bed earlier
Recently I have been intentional about setting my alarm, a few minutes earlier every morning, and shutting off my lights and my phone at the same time every night. My biggest problem is scrolling through my phone, so I have made it a goal to put down my phone and not touch it after a certain point every night.
6. 💦 drink 90 oz. of water everyday
With the healthy lifestyle I am trying to implement water is SO important for your body. It becomes easier and easier to drink more water, the more often you do it. Drinking water also helps not drinking sugary drinks that are full of useless calories.
7. 🚫 no sweets 🍭🍬🍫
This goal has been a roller coaster. I love a good dessert, but I am trying to be intentional about not eating sweets. I will still treat myself occasionally in moderation, but sweets don’t have to be an everyday occurrence. My goal for this month is to control my cravings, by listening to my body and not giving in when sugar calls my name.
Tips on making your own goals and following through with them:
It is one thing to make goals and to be excited about the change you are hoping to implement in your life, but it is another thing entirely to stick to those goals as time progresses. For most of us, we make goals, and then quickly return to our old patterns of life, but let’s strive to make real change in our lives!
When making goals, be realistic with yourself. So often we are super hard on ourselves when we fail OR we want to the best at whatever we are doing with hardly any effort.
Give yourself a break, if you don’t meet one of your goals. Stop and re-evaluate the goal and then try again harder the next time. We all fail. It happens on a daily basis. But once we fail, that doesn’t mean that we give up and never try again.
When I first started my fitness journey this year, I made excuses for why I couldn’t work-out, when in reality I didn’t want to work-out. I made excuses why it was okay for me to eat another cookie. But listen, there will be days when we don’t want to work towards our goals. We will lie to ourselves and say, “You know I’m actually happy where I am with life” OR “I’m happy with what my body looks like”. Which is good, but I want you to look deep inside and ask yourself, are you TRULY happy? Or are you making excuses for why you shouldn’t be trying to improve yourself?
Consistency really is key. I didn’t become better at running, because I ran once and gave up. I am far from being a great runner or even a good runner. There are still days when I don’t feel like running, but those are the days that I force myself to get out there and do it, and they end up being my best runs. If you work towards something everyday, you WILL improve. Don’t give up!
Tell me in the comments what is ONE goal that you are hoping to accomplish this month? What will it take for you to get there?
Over the next few weeks of Motivation Mondays I will be diving deeper into my fitness routine as well as other healthy motivators. Stay tuned for some awesomeness!
Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me for this Motivation Monday and I hope to see you next week!
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