When I looked at my blogging calendar and realized that I had a monthly goal check-in to write, I nearly fell off my chair because as usual, August seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. It was totally packed with hard work, epic celebrations, some of my favourite people and some amazing summer memories. Alas, it’s now September and that means it’s time to look back at the progress made on the 3 goals I’ve been working on. Here’s how they went down…

1. Have the best Seawheeze/birthday weekend EVER – A

To sum it all up, this was SO SO SO great. If you missed the full recap (including the race, a surprise plane ride, lunch with Vega friends and everything in between), you can check it all out here. Every Seawheeze weekend has been a ton of fun, but I think the thing that made this year so magical was having so many friends from so many different social circles all in the same place. I know #blessed has turned into a joke as a hashtag, but that’s truly how I felt!

 Quarry Rock

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

It’s not like me to do this, but I left this goal right down to the last day of August. As I mentioned at the beginning of last month, I’ve enrolled in Meghan Telpner’s Academy of Culinary Nutrition, a program that will make me a Certified Culinary Nutritionist by the time I’m done. The term kicks off on September 15th, and there was a summer assignment that involved reading 3 books, watching 3 documentaries and writing summaries for each of those 6 resources.

ingredients for Summer Bliss Salad - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Among my selections, two choices included re-reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. I’ve read both in the past, but their messages hit me far harder this time than before. Although I’m not sure how closely Canada’s food system and farming practices mirror those of the US, both books were huge eye openers to the big forces that control the food we find our supermarkets and how it got there.

At a very high level, The Omnivore’s Dilemma is Michael’s first-hand account of tracking food from its various sources to his plate, and the things he learned from the farmers he met, lived with and worked alongside in the process. In Defense of Food is all about how the endless health claims from the food industry have created more confusion for society than clarity. Pollan suggests the answer to the question ‘what should I do to eat healthy?’ has been unnecessarily over-complicated, and that perhaps the best answer is “eat real food, not too much, mostly plants”. Amen to that. I’d highly recommend both books to anyone who wants to be a bit more informed about the foods we eat. They’re easy reads and will make you think twice when making your own food decisions.


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

This is a train in motion, friends, and it’s moving quick! Like my ACN assignment, it’s another goal I neglected for almost the entire month, and therefore it’s not as far along as I hoped it would be at this point. The project finally picked up steam last week and I have a pretty clear plan of what the finished site will look like. There’s still a lot of work to get through (which is inevitable when you’ve got about 6 1/2 years worth of content) but I’m determined to get ‘er done.

And now…

3 goals for September 2016

1. Learn as much as I possibly can at a digital marketing conference in Dallas 

Yes that’s right – this girl is going to Dallas at the end of this month! I’ll be geeking out hard about all things digital with thousands of other marketers from leading global retail companies, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. It’s not every day that you get to spend time in the presence of such talented, forward-thinking leaders in your industry, and the thought of it already has me vibrating with excitement… and thinking about what I should pack. And where we’ll go out to dinner. And what sort of running routes might be near our hotel. If any of you are from that area or have been before, I’d love to hear your best recommendations!

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

2. Launch the new eat-spin-run-repeat.com by the end of September

If I don’t set a deadline I’ll just tinker with it forever, so there, I set one. My goal with the new site re-design was to visually clean things up a bit, adding more space and simplifying the way you see content laid out on the blog. My hope is that you’ll find it easier and faster to navigate, and that those of you who read posts and search for recipes on your phones have just as good an experience as those who read mostly on laptops and bigger screens.

In the meantime, if you’ve got something you’d really like to see or suggestions about what would make your Eat Spin Run Repeat reader life easier, you can tell me about them through this survey.

fruits and veggies faor smoothies

3. Do 90 assisted pull-ups each week

I’m sure this sounds like an extremely random goal, but here’s the deal: As I mentioned on Friday, my totally random treadmill injury last week currently has me out of commission as far as running and cycling go – at least for another week. Rather than wallowing in self pity (which I’ve already done plenty of), I’m distracting myself by focusing on the completely different fitness goal of being able to do pull-ups.

This was something I set out to achieve a couple of years ago and got good for a while, but lost interest. This time around, the plan is to do a minimum of 90 assisted pull-ups of any kind (on the machine, with a band, negatives, varied grips etc), in hopes of getting close to being able to do full, unassisted ones in October. So far it’s only Monday and I’ve done 60!

Now it’s over to you. I’d love to know…

  • What was the highlight of August for you?
  • What are you most looking for this month?