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Posted on Nov 4, 2011 in Fail | 24 comments

New Month, Same Goals

It’s Friday! We made it! It’s time to do a little happy dance, get a hot cup of coffee, and watch this amazing video from Jimmy Kimmel Live re: kids, parents, and halloween candy.

Oh, the lies parents tell their children for the sake of amusement. (The two little boys at the end are the BEST. “She ate it! What the heck!”)

Now I hope you have your happiness force-fields up nice and strong after that, ’cause you’re going to need ’em in order to survive the continued doldrum-dwelling that’s about to follow. That’s right, it’s time to revisit the October goals that I belatedly established halfway through last month. Spoiler alert: There is a lot of failure involved.

Flashback time:

1. Hit 184-point-something pounds.

This did not happen. I gained 2.5 lbs two weeks ago, and I haven’t weighed myself since. Them’s the facts.

2. Complete a long run every weekend.

Now, I will concede to myself that this wasn’t a TOTAL failure, since I did go out and run twice over the weekends, as well as completed smaller runs during the week with uncharacteristic regularity (this week excluded, haha.) But, I didn’t do it every weekend, so technically, this is a wash too.

3. Go shopping.

I didn’t buy any new clothes, so really this was a full fail. But from a debt perspective, not buying clothes is kind of a win. Plus, I did technically shop, just mainly for food. Also, toothpaste.

4. Bring lunch to work everyday.

I have no excuses. Sad trombone.

5. Step up my photography.

My real goal here was to take a class or read up on photography technique, neither of which I did. In fact, most of the latter half of the month was spent with me in Photoshop writing words on pictures of my dogs. So while I do feel that I got some great shots at the various weddings I attended and whatnot, I don’t think that really counts.

So there you have it folks. Not exactly a stellar report card. But since I’m still hell-bent on trying to make this goal thing work, we’re just going to reset for this month instead.

1 – 5: The exact same as October’s goals. Only, y’know, without as much fail. I was going to amend my weight loss goal to make it lower, but then I remembered that Thanksgiving is happening at the end of the month. And since I haven’t gone completely crazy (yet), I do know better than to be that ambitious. I’m also adding an unofficial sixth goal to keep busy, have fun, and stop being sad/angry/lame. Eventually, at least.

What’s one of your November goals?


  1. I love the kid at the end of the video – good for you, now you’ll have a belly ache.

    I was thinking – 5 goals is really ambitious, and puts a lot of pressure on you. What if you just had two goals? If you brought your lunch to work everyday and did you long runs on the weekends, I bet your 184 goal would happen without you thinking about it. Then you’d want to go shopping because you’d be feeling awesome and want to show off your bod. Having success with two goals would also make you feel awesome about meeting your goals, instead of the doldrums you are going through right now.

    Just a thought…

    PS I loved your doggie greeting video. When I come home my dog flips out, and it makes me SO happy.

    • You make a good point. I guess I picked 5 rather arbitrarily, now that I think about it, hahaha. Maybe I won’t say I’m doing away with the other goals entirely, but I agree with you that focusing on two (and specifically the two you mentioned) will probably be much more manageable and give me a greater feeling of accomplishment. 🙂

  2. I agree with Julia’s previous comment. Five things is a lot to accomplish during such a crazy holiday month. Picking two things is plenty. I like the two she picked. With less stuff to focus on you can make those two a priority.

  3. My husband posted that video on facebook last night. I like the kid that says, “You sneaky mommy!”

    My November goal is to find a job! And I would like to lose 3 lbs. I know that’s a pretty small amount, but I’d like to lose about 15 in total, so 3 seems achievable.

    • Hahaha, that’s one of my favorite lines!

      • agreed–the whole video made me sad, until those last 2 kids. That, and the kid right before that totally knew his mom was full of it. 🙂

  4. YOU STOLE THAT CLIP FROM ME. Or, you found it elsewhere… but I’m going to take credit for this one. 😛 I do love it though; after all those bratty little crybabies, the two shockingly intelligent ones where a sight to see! I don’t watch Kimmel really anymore (I don’t have TV either!), but I do appreciate much of his sense of humor. (Examples: His girlfriend Sarah Silverman made this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSfoF6MhgLA and then his retort: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwIyLHsk2h4)

    Also, <3 and [hugs]

    • Pshhh, I stole that video from elsewhere! But yes, I will admit that it was stolen. Also, YES the Matt Damon & Ben Affleck videos will NEVER get old.

  5. Ouch. Prickly. Please be a little less harsh on Gretchen… she will do so much better with her goals this month if she gets a little positive reassurance that she rocks! : )
    My goals for this month include getting out of the 150s, and having a kickass time at my half marathon and improving one way or another over my last half marathon. Alright, let’s do it!

    • I know, I have been being a little harsh on myself lately. I guess I’m just hoping that it’ll motivate me more than when I’m all sunshine and sparkles to myself, hahaha. I’m sure I’ll be back to my deliriously chipper self in no time. Your goals are awesome — you’re going to kick boo-tay!

  6. haha that is mean of those parents! lol- but those kids are pretty ridiculous, i guess i just don’t remember how valuable halloween candy was when i was 8 years old 🙂
    Good luck with your goals, I agree with what people are saying about picking 2 and focusing on those instead to make it more manageable!

  7. Oh my gosh that video just about killed me. Love it. “Dad you’re ugly!” “Two plus two equals five.” “Actually it’s 4 but you were really close.”

    What if you set more “quantifiable” goals – like there are 30 days in November, only some of them are work days so if you say, “bring lunch 10/10 days in November and decide you get a pass if you hit 7 out of those 10? Then you can kind of see how you’re doing as the month goes on and maybe it will motivate you if you’re at day 9 and you think “I’m not quitting now!”

    • I REALLY like that idea. Just thinking “10” days makes it seem so much more feasible than “the entire month.” Even if it were 15 or 20! But I think I’ll stick with 10 and then see where I’m at then. Thank you! Okay, consider that goal revised.

      And oh my gosh yes, I DIED at the part where the older brother tells the little brother he was really close. Sooooo cute.

  8. Another thing that might help you is to break your goals down even more, so that you’re focused at the beginning of the week and know how you’re going to meet your goals this week (i.e. scheduling your workouts in advance, planning your lunch menus at the beginning of the week …) – more like having weekly mini-goals. I think that can help with motivation, as well. Good luck!

  9. I love that video. It’s so mean how you can hear the parents laughing as they tell their kids that they ate all their candy.

    I agree with the others who have said you’re being a little hard on yourself. It might be more helpful to thing of your “semi-failures” as “partial successes.” I am guilty of putting myself down when I don’t live up to whatever arbitrary goal I set for myself, but I’ve found that negative thinking ends up hindering my progress and sets off a cycle of negativity. In terms of setting goals for myself, I’ve found reading the blog Zen Habits helpful. A lot of his advice is about decluttering your life and changing one thing at a time over the course of a year or two to get big results.

    Keep up the good work! And remember, you’re good enough, smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like you:)

  10. I think it is easy to get stuck in the mode of “we failed” because we didn’t meet our goals but look how far you’ve come.

    One of my goals for November is activity in the form of weights, walking, and yoga three to four times a week. I need to set a weight goal but I’m not there yet.

  11. I want to go out for a quick run at least 3 times a week, and one long run once a weekend. This is the last month where I’ll be able to go enjoy the outdoors before it gets too cold for running… but never too cold for toboganning and ice skating!

    I also want to find another apartment… but this is a little out of my control.

  12. Ahaha I’m glad I’m not the only one that sometimes fails at not one, but all my monthly goals. I think you’ll do awesome in November 🙂

    Myyyyy November goal is to start exercising regularly again.

    • Those are my goals too. I want to start over again with my goals from a few months ago. Im not working full-time right now so I thought it would be easy to finally get fit and healthy after 4 years of being a workaholic. But clearly time isnt the only issue to work through.
      YAY November – get back on track month before the holiday blitz!

  13. I love the idea of monthly goal setting. I always have kind of a running list in my head, but I like blogging about it and being accountable–I think I might steal that! Mine for November needs to be cook more, eat out less. And procrastinate work stuff less–oyyyy I REALLY suck at that one!

  14. Why 5 goals? I believe you can achieve them, but that’s a lot of pressure! Girl, take it easy on yourself. You’re beautiful no matter what size.


  15. I completely agree with everyone’s comments about picking a couple of goals, rather than trying to take on 5 different things (even if they are all for the same end goal) If you focus on one or two then I think you’ll be much more likely to be successful. You are so ambitious and you’ve had so much success that I can see why you’d want to tackle so much!
    One of my goals for November is to only buy what I need (not things that are just “wants”) This is going to be super-tough seeing as Black Friday is this month and it is one of the only days of the year that I do some serious shopping. Agh! But simplicity is a life goal I am working on, so I’m going to take it week by week this month!
    Keep up the good work, girl! Your blog is super-fun and encouraging to read, and I think you’re doing great!

  16. hang in there. i will be rooting for you!

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