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Shaping Up In December {goals}

by Megan

Here we are, counting down the days left in 2013! The kids and I made a very simple advent calendar this year- just red and green links made out of construction paper. Carter wrote the numbers 1 through 24 on them, and we tear one off each night, so we know how many days are left until Christmas.


I’m not looking forward to reviewing my goals from November, but I guess I have to!

1. Finish the 12 in 12 Challenge strong and lose 5 more pounds

I did not lose any weight in November, but I’m very happy to say that I have maintained within 5 pounds the weight that I have lost since having the baby. I’m essentially back to the size and weight that I’ve been since I started having babies, which means I still have 30 or so pounds that I’d like to lose, but being back in my non-maternity clothes has caused my motivation to waver a little. I’m kind of feeling like I just want to maintain for a little while and then hit it hard in the new year.

2. Sleep through the night

Yes! Way to go, Harrison! I didn’t think we were going to do it, but about 2/3rds of the way through the month he no longer woke up to nurse during the night, and in the last week, I even stopped having to get up to give him his binky. We still might have the odd night where he nurses in the middle, or occasionally I’ll feed him at 10 or 11pm before I go to bed, but for the most part he is sleeping a good 10-12 hours, straight through.

3. Finish the Couch to 5K program

I was hoping to stick with this through our Thanksgiving vacation trip, but I only made it out for one run. I have 6 left to go on this program, and then I’m going to move on to their other app, which is supposed to improve your 5k time, which is what I really need! This goal will carry over into December.

4. Work on #5 on my 30 Before 30 list

Yes! I made up a calendar for our December meals, and I taped it to our fridge, along with an envelope that has each week’s grocery lists. It’s so nice to have everything planned out in advance. I’m sure we’ll do some switching around of meals when our schedules change and events get added, but having a basic outline is super helpful. We’ve stuck to it this first week, I’m cooking more, and I’m loving this once-a-month system of planning!

meal calendar

5. Work on #26, #27, and #29 on my 30 Before 30 list

This is also going to be continued into December, since I didn’t do much for any of those three things!

Time to put November behind and look forward to December!

carter concert

This is Carter at his Kindergarten Christmas Concert. He looks happy but the poor little guy was sick and barely made it through!


1. Finish the Couch to 5K program and start the 5k Forever program

2. Work on #26, #27, and #29 on my 30 Before 30 list- watch 3 movies on the list, find 5 geocaches, finish my book and buy a lighted pen and start keeping a dream journal, boom, specifics!

3. Create January’s meal plan- to keep going strong with that system

4. Go on some dates– We have a bunch of gift cards, but we are kind of in that stage where it’s hard to go anywhere without the baby. Whether we go out or stay in, I want to have some dates with my husband!

5. Send Christmas cards– We have the gorgeous family photos that I wanted, now I just need to create a card and mail it to our family and friends!

That should be enough to keep December interesting and productive. I have some big dreams and goals for 2014, so I’m excited to share those with you next month!

How are you “shaping up” in December?

Monthly Goals

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