One thing I’m realizing about myself, particularly when it comes to goal setting, is that I want to do ALL THING THINGS. If one goal is good, then twenty goals is awesome. Case in point? My 2014 goals. I set approximately 420,613 of them. Even when I’m setting monthly or weekly goals, it’s a whole laundry list of things. What I’m really doing, though, is setting myself up for
failure falling short of my goals. While I fully believe in setting the bar high, there comes a point when the bar becomes a bit more unattainable.
While I don’t believe that there’s a lot of truth in the “21 days to create a habit” idea, I do believe that focused amount of time can really help in establishing good habits. Rather than setting a bunch of goals for a month, I’m taking a new approach:
ONE MONTH. ONE GOAL.
For the month of August, I’m going to pick ONE thing to focus on and really strive for success on that ONE thing. I think that really concentrating on simply one big, important aspect of health and wellness for a month will be huge in habit creating. The thinking and hope is that I can take that one thing after a month, and add another small focus to it for the next month, and so on.
Because August is a busy month with a lot of really fun things going on (more on that for another day!), it will be easy to let fitness and daily movement to get pushed aside. Not to mention, with the IT band issues I’ve had this summer, it’s been easy to let that be an excuse for rest days. With that, my ONE GOAL for August is to get in at least 30 minutes of activity a day. The options for this are endless: running (hopefully!), swimming, cycling, yoga, strength training, SUPing, even something as simple as getting out for a walk. While walking may not be the biggest calorie burner, it’s a heck of a lot better than sitting on the couch, watching television.
I’m excited. I’m ready.
Who wants to join me for the month of August? What is your focus for the month?
I took another break from the summer reading list while I was at the cottage over the weekend and dove into some fiction with Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline. I’ve read a couple of Scottoline’s other titles, so grabbed this one when I saw it at the library.
After picking his teenage son, Ryan, up from the movie theater one night, Jake makes a decision that would forever alter his family’s trajectory. The father and son have had a tenuous relationship, at best, so this was a good opportunity for some bonding time. Although it’s after curfew for when Ryan, just weeks away from getting his driver’s license, is allowed to drive, Jake pulls the “cool dad” card and allows his son to drive part of the way home. When they are involved in a serious accident, Jake is forced to make a quick decision at how to handle it. In an attempt to protect his son, Jake pulls them into a reality full of lies and guilt which eat at the two. It isn’t long before Jake reveals their secret to his mother, Pam, further complicating the situation. I found myself rooting for Jake and Ryan, although Jake’s integrity was a bit on the questionable side. The character development for Pam felt a bit weak; many of her actions seemed to come from out of nowhere, making her feel a bit like a loose cannon.
Keep Quiet is a highly suspenseful novel that had me hooked from the first chapter. It is a story filled with lots of intense twists and turns that keep the reader engaged. While I had a sense the whole time that there was something bigger to the story, the end is one that caught me by surprise, although I felt the last few pages did wrap up a little too neatly given the rest of the story. It’s a book that’s hard to put down and makes for a great beach read; fans of Jodi Picoult will likely enjoy this story.
4 out of 5 stars.
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