And, just like that, it's November! With all the excitement leading up to and around Halloween, October seems to have come and gone in a flash. Before diving into November, let's first take a quick look back at my October goals and how things went.

October Goals:
Restart a gratitude journal
Sign up and begin training for a half marathon
Utilize the downtime and minimizing screen time features on my iPhone

Overall, I did pretty well against these goals. I restarted my gratitude journal, and while I didn't make it all 31 days (I'm only human!), I did the majority of the month completing at least 80% of my daily gratitudes. In addition, I actually upped this goal from 3 things daily to 10 to align with the #last90days program by Rachel Hollis. I officially signed up and as of this week have begun my half marathon training! I'll be running in late January in Celebration, Florida. Definitely looking forward to a trip south in the middle of winter. And, lastly, and probably the one with the most room to improve was minimizing screen time of my iPhone. I did set up the minimize screen time from 9pm to 7am and for the most part did stick to this, however I want to put a few more limitations for downtime the remainder of the day and weekends as we head into November.

November Goals:
Continue my gratitude journal
Eliminate alcohol and added sugars for 21 days
Institute iPhone timeouts during the evening hours and weekend
5 minutes #mindright meditation three days a week post-workout

Continue my gratitude journal
I feel really good momentum for continuing this into November as part of the #last90days challenge so I'm going to keep this as one of my three goals for the month. The goal will be to write down ten things that I am grateful for daily.

Eliminate alcohol and added sugars for 21 days
After three rounds of Whole30 I've recognized that alcohol and added sugar are most often my triggers for stress and anxiety. I've gotten pretty good over the last year figuring out my food freedom, knowing my limits, when I've had too much, and when it's time to scale back. However, in the spirit of being proactive and wanting to head into the holidays feeling my best and not tempting my anxieties I'm going to eliminate alcohol and added sugars for the first 21 days of the month. I feel I'm at this point where I can sense anxiety creeping and with the overabundance of Halloween candy looming and tempting my sugar dragon I need to reel it in. I know that when I'm not drinking or over-consuming sweets that my head-space is so much clearer and that's where I prefer to be.

Why 21 days and not the entire month? Well, balance, Thanksgiving and travel. I don't want to feel restricted or unnecessaryn guilt over the holiday. Plus, I'm a rule follower. If I make this goal or 'rule' for myself I'm much more likely to stick to this versus just telling myself I'll set limits within the week or month. When I have alcohol, I'm much more likely to wake up my sugar dragon munching on things treats, candy, baked goods, etc. Just best to remove both for a few days and let my mind and body remember how good it feels when they are removed and very limited in my diet.

Institute iPhone timeouts during the evening hours and weekend
I'm going to keep up with the minimized screen downtime from 9pm to 7am and add in mini timeouts where my phone is out of sight, out of mind. I bought a cute little box at a local antique store to serve this very purpose so time to put it to a more regular use. During the evenings I'm going to make more of an effort to put my phone away in that box and make Sunday's a more screen-free day. I'll make time to post on my social accounts if I have something I want to share but then limit additional mindless scrolling and spend more time being intentional with my family.

5 minutes #mindright meditation three days a week post-workout
I've been meditating on and off for a couple of years but more recently been incorporating it into my gym time for the day. I took a cue from Melissa Hartwig and Todd McCullough at TMAC Fitness. I'm utilizing Todd's concept of #mindright and am spending just five minutes at the end of my strength training days to meditate. Simply sit still for a few moments, breathe and put myself in the best frame of mind to start the day. My goal for November is to do this at a minimum of three times during the week and at least one #mindright session during the weekend.

There is a lot to be thankful for this November and I'm excited for the new month to begin. Between family and friends birthday parties, travel, races and Thanksgiving, it's going to be a fun month!

Do you set monthly goals for yourself? How did you do on your October goals? What is on your list for November? Let's hold each other accountable and work together to make them happen!