Friday Feature: Goal Setting!

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah (Celery and Cupcakes) on July 1, 2011

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Hello lovely readers!  Hasn’t June been such a fab month?!?!  I think I’ve loved every single bit of it and you can read why in this post.  I’m also super excited as Munchy Seeds and Lusciously Raw are my new blog sponsors for July.  Pulsin’ continuously sponsoring the blog so make use of that 10% discount!

Since it’s the 1st of July I thought it would be great to make this Friday Feature post all about setting goals and how important this is to me for my own well being.

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For me personally setting goals is important to give me something to aim towards each month.  Obviously, like everyone else I have an overall agenda, that is, main life goals that I want to achieve.  But, tight now they are far in the distance and will only be achieved if I thrive in the present.  By making small and attainable goals each month just makes my overall goals seem more achievable and not so far away in the future. 

Making goals gives me some kind of direction in all areas of my life, personally, in my career and spiritually.  Knowing that I have something to achieve each month gives me a reason to get up early in the morning and aim to have a productive day.  Not only do I feel a sense of achievement when I have reached my goals that I have set for the month, but I also feel that they provide me with determination and motivation to succeed.

Goals are like are almost like a map through life, they help you get to your destination a lot faster rather than traveling through life aimlessly and without purpose…

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…or maybe like stepping stones, baby steps heading towards your over all goal.

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My goals for June:

  • Maintain a running pace of around 9.5 minutes/miles

  • increase my long running mileage to 10 miles

  • try and run 10k in 60 minutes (this one may be a challenge)

  • prepare my poster presentation for the IBRO conference in Florence

  • write one chapter of my thesis

  • continue with my work out plan including my new Spin Core and Body Pump classes

I achieved all of my goals except trying to run 10K in 60 minute, although I have shaved almost 2 minutes off my original 10K time.  I’ve written one chapter of my thesis. OK, it may be only the materials and methods section (the easiest part), but it’s a start! Ha!  My poster for the conference is all done too, except for some minor tweaking.  :)

My new goals for July:

  • Continue to eat a more plant based diet.  I’m feeling great at the moment and I know diet is down to that.  Last month I really paid attention to the kind of produce that I was eating and kept it varied by doing small shops each week making sure to pick up different veg and fruit each time.  Last nights veggie stir fry and this morning green smoothie definitely helped me make head way this this goal.

  • review my workout schedule so that it is less demanding an incorporates my running, cardio, and classes, but I also want to work on my resistance work too- more on that next week!
  • Be positive and see the good in every day- I hate being surrounded by negativity and one way to stop that from happening is to see the positive in every negative, no matter how bad the situation may be.
  • start drawing the figures for the results section of my thesis
  • network like mad at the IBRO conference- potential future employers could be in attendance…eek!
  • eat less dairy- I’ve found that my dairy intake goes in peaks and troughs.  For me eating dairy upsets my hayfever as it helps the formation of mucous (sorry to  be so gross!)   I’m not cutting it out completely, but just want to see how my body reacts with a reduced intake.  I’ve already started experimenting with vegetarian mozzarella, protein ice-cream and soya yoghurt really enjoyed both. 

  • de-clutter- unloading all of the junk that I’ve been hoarding always does me the world of good. I’ve already made a great start on this goal and put a few things on eBay. 
  • Run 11 miles…fingers crossed!

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Do you find it helpful to set goals?

What are you looking forward to in July?  I’m buzzing that July is here, there’s so much to look forward to. I’m off to Florence in a few weeks for a conference, I have my first ever 10K race, another wedding to attend and Alfie’s graduation ceremony…wohooo!

What are you doing this weekend?  Other than working I have my usual long run planned and I’m going to the local Godiva Festival.  It’s a free festival with lots of live music, great food, arts and crafts and a fair ground too. I hope the weather stays nice for it! :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Sweet Potato Sarah July 1, 2011 at 7:36 PM

I set some monthly goals for the first time yesterday and already feel much more focused for the weeks ahead so i think they’re great, and writing them on the blog makes me feel much more accountable which i think is good for me.
Congrats on doing so well on your June goals and tons of luck for the July ones too :)

kabochafashion July 1, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Congrats on the new sponsors!
You did so well on your goals – a huge well done to you! And the 10K in 60mins was a tough one, you’ve done brilliant to PB it so you should be very proud of that!
I set myself goals for the first time last month and it did really help me focus on what I wanted. For this month I’ve decided to continue and improve on those because looking at them, I feel like they can be long term too – at least until I go back to uni.
I don’t have anything really planned for July..that needs to change! I’m finding myself very bored at the moment..
Hope you have a great weekend, I’m not doing anything special other than shopping no doubt! Gah, I need a job!!

Sarah(everydaysapicnic) July 1, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I love what you say about how your goals “will only be achieved if I thrive in the present.” That is the most profund thing I’ve heard all day – and so true.
In July I’m most excited about my second 10k race, although nervous now about whether I’ll be able to make a PB. I do find it helpful to set goals, but I don’t always stick to them and I think that’s OK too. I tend to have one or two bigg-ish goals in mind and dedicate myself to that – like improving my running and trying to do all I can to keep recovering from injury.

Tamizn July 1, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I haven’t had time to even think about goals in the past few months and this month looks the same! I am looking forward to seeing the boy : )

Have a fab weekend x x

Lenna (veganlenna) July 1, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Wow, you did great on your June goals! And you set yourself some pretty ambitious goals for this month, you are a brave girl! :) I hope you´ll achieve all these goals, you deserve it.
I don´t set myself any goals, I just try to do what I need to do and sometimes also what I want to do :)
I hope to visit Paris or Rome (or both) in July, so I am really looking forward to this!
I am spending the whole weekend (and three more day) at an art therapy course, it is a lot of hard work including a lot of introspection, but I like it so far. Enjoy that Godiva festival, it sound good!

~Jessica~ July 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Goal-setting is a difficult process for me. On the one-hand, it’s very motivating and lovely to tick things off when you achieve them, but on the other I can get quite obsessive about them and upset when I don’t meet my targets. I think you have just the right attitude though :)

xxx

LilyLipstick July 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Good luck with your July goals! Running 10k in 60 mins is a goal of mine but I think it’s more of an “eventual goal” rather than one for this month. I’m also doing my first organised race this month too which I’m really excited/nervous about! x

movesnmunchies July 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

great post!!! i tend to set long term goals rather than short ones cuz its too much otherwise~!!! good luck wit ur goals- u will rock them!!!

Jess July 2, 2011 at 12:20 AM

I’m looking forward to hearing a verdict on the casey anthony trial..haha, obsessed with this case!!

your goals look fantastic :)

Ellie@fitforthesoul July 2, 2011 at 12:30 AM

There are very few things that I usually set goals for, but more and more I’m realizing that in order to achieve them, I truly have to be intentional. :) You’ll do great Jemma~you see so disciplined!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 2, 2011 at 5:55 AM

I love setting goals! I make them every month. I’m not always good at sticking to them, but knowing they exist helps me!

emma July 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM

i love this post! you’re doing great! i love making lists and ticking things off one by one!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 2, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Good goals!! I’d definitely love to get back up to running 10 miles but it may take more than a month for that one, especially with it being so hot here that long runs are just plain dangerous.

The thing I;m most lookijng forward to in July…my boyfriend’s moving in!! And he’ll be meeting my parents, then we’ll be going to his family reunion. It’ll be a big month. :)

Maria July 2, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I prefer lists to goals! I like to make a list and tick things off (so I suppose the steps towards a goal- as oppose to saying my goal was to run a marathon, I followed the training plan and ticked each run off as I did it- I find that more satisfying anyway).
I am looking forward to the end of the school year at the end of July! :)

Laura Agar Wilson July 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I’ve been setting myself goals for such a long time now, they really help to motivate me and help me to move forward with my life and achieve the things I’d like to achieve :-) Your goals look great, have a wonderful July!

stuffedsillysarah July 3, 2011 at 7:11 PM

…are you sure you’re not a trained lifestyle coach too? (; x

Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 3, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Hahaha! No I’m afraid not, but sometimes I wish I was. :-) xx

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