At the beginning of this year, I declared my goals for 2016 with 2 major focuses: connection and  doing work that matters. We’re 8 months in, and at this point I can confidently say that I’m very much where I want to be with these two areas. It’s an awesome, wonderful feeling.

yellow lilies

One of the reasons I’m so excited about August is that the opportunities for even more connection with absolutely remarkable individuals seem to be popping up everywhere. But before I talk about what’s coming up this month, let’s have a quick July goal check-in. It’s a week late, but better late than never, right?

1. Go on 2 weekend adventures – A+

There were mini adventures, and one big adventure to Salt Spring Island last week which you can read about here. They were all so much fun, and this is going to sound totally obvious and almost silly, but it’s amazing what spending time outside, unplugged, and immersed in something new – even if it’s just a short distance away from home – can do for overall wellbeing.

Garibaldi Lake

2. Walk to work at least once per week – F

Want to know how many times this happened?

morning commute scenery

Exactly zero. Oopsies.

But to be honest, this was a bit of a silly goal for me to set given that I didn’t feel 100% committed at the outset. It ended up that I’d need to either run errands on my way home, meet friends somewhere that was completely out of the way, do a fitness class at a studio before work, or simply just need to get there earlier than usual. I have no doubt that the 40 minute walk would have been beneficial mentally, but when it came to reality and getting things done, unfortunately the walking didn’t happen.

Having said that, I’m not too worried about this because I stand at my desk for the majority of the day, ran outside and hiked a lot, and have made a habit of walking to Whole Foods for groceries on the weekends. The time saved doing all the things above with my car rather than walking meant I could stay on top of things with the blog, say yes to spontaneous invitations, and get to bed on time.

3. Try a new fitness class every week – A

This has been a ton of fun, just as I expected. I yoga’d, I swung kettlebells, I did TRX, HIIT, plyo and functional movement classes, and I went stand-up paddle boarding. It always amazes me that I can be very humbled walking into a class for the first time (especially one that has nothing to do with running, which has been my focus for so long), but even after going for just 1 or 2 sessions, the improvements are already so noticeable. My favourite studio out of all the places I tried was Tight Club,  which I highly recommend going for a good sweat if you’re in Vancouver. Not only are the workouts tough, but the community vibe is so strong and super supportive. My explosive power and flexibility improved a lot in July, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this translates into a great half marathon this weekend.

running up a huge hill

And now…

3 goals for August 2016

1. Have the best Seawheeze/birthday weekend EVER

Ok, so there have definitely been  bigger, hairier, more audacious goals set in the past and I doubt this one will be a huge challenge, but because this coming weekend is one of my favourite (possibly THE favourite) of the entire year, I’m 100% committed to making it the absolute best. I’m talking about everything from the half marathon itself, the nerves on the start line and the celebrations at the finish, to the post-race party, the food, the friends who are coming from all over, and the conversations we’ll be having at way-too-early-even-by-my-standards-o’clock while waiting in line for the Seawheeze Runner’s Shop on Friday morning. GAHHHH it’s going to be awesome.

Photo credit: @pointonemiles

Photo credit: @pointonemiles at approximately 3am, Vancouver Convention Center.

2. Finish my first assignment for the Academy of Culinary Nutrition

I realized while setting this goal that I haven’t actually announced this on the blog yet. Earlier this year I registered in Meghan Telpner’s Academy of Culinary Nutrition, and if all goes according to plan, I’ll be a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert by the end of 2016. I’ve been wanting to crank my nutrition expertise up a notch for a while now, and after having considered Meghan’s program for the past couple of years, I finally decided it was the one for me. There’s cooking homework (which I’m sure you’ll see the results of here on the blog), written assignments, as well as reading/video watching assignments – the first of which is due when the program starts mid-September. I’ve made a light start on this, but plan to complete it by the end of August.

Strawberry Kiwi Chickpea Salad - Eat Spin Run Repeat

3. Finish the mock-ups of my site re-design 

I made a few little noises about a site re-design in the works a couple of months ago, but it sort of got put on hold in favour of summer fun (and I have no regrets about that!) It’s time to push it back up on the priorities list though, so this is me declaring that I’ll have my designs done and over to my developer before August 31st. It’ll be a while before the new Eat Spin Run Repeat is ready for its reveal, but I promise when it is, it’ll be beeeeautiful!

watermelon pizza - eat spin run repeat

That’s a wrap, but now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear…

  • What are you working on this month?
  • Right now in this very second, what are you most excited about?