Rebecca over at Weight Wars (who I find very inspirational, BTW – I have no idea how she manages to organize these fabulous challenges and projects!) has launched a year long project called Happiness Online, based on Gretchen Ruben’s book The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. (In the interest of full disclosure, this is an Amazon affiliate link).
The whole purpose of this project is to focus on improving our own happiness with our lives. I read the book, and although I found some of the ideas a little too zen for me, the fact is, I have found that my own happiness directly relates to staying on track with my weight loss/maintenance, my fitness… everything! Every month we will set resolutions around a theme (hey, monthly goals – no wonder I want to do this!) and work towards those goals.
September was about pursuing a passion, and I really felt this one was about having fun! I choose two passions – reading/writing, and triathlon. I set four goals, then got swamped with my new job. Keeping up with life was a challenge, never mind Happiness Project goals! That said, how did I do?
1. Read More Fiction
I did it – I managed to read the six books I wanted to. I didn’t manage to read any extras, but I did get in my six. Funny, I thought I’d read more, but when I went back over my reading list for September, not so much.
2. Write Fiction
This one wasn’t as successful. I did purchase one book on writing, and have started skimming it, but I haven’t made much progress. I’m still working on it, though. I did learn some important things while reading fiction this month – there are some plot lines and character types I just have no real desire to write. I’ve been reading a collection of books by one author – I really like her, she’s funny, but a lot of her female leads are complete flakes. And I’m not loving that aspect of her writing. Another book had a mad scientist type villain who had done some awful experiments on human using animal DNA – nasty stuff, and again, not anything I want to write about. So I guess that’s good – I know what I don’t like! As for character outlines, etc. I did not make any progress there.
3. Plan Triathlon Race Season for Next Year
Success! We’re not quite finished planning, but we’ve signed up for our key race (hello, Mont Tremblant Ironman!), and we know we’re going to run the Fargo Marathon in May as a warmup race. We’re now just trying to figure out which half Iron distance race we want to do as a training race in June or July leading up to IMMT in August.
4. Research Training Programs, Equipment and Coaches for Triathlon
Partial success. I finally picked my bike, now I just have to get fitted and order it. Coaching? Didn’t do that research yet. As for training plans, I’ve looked at a few but I’m not loving any of them yet. So more work to do there.
Really considering how crazy my new job made my life this month, I’m really happy with the progress I made. I enjoyed making time to read – I need to do that more. It took me hours and hours of research, and talking to my bike guy, but I finally picked the bike I want. We signed up for our big race for next year – we made a lot of progress this month, and I indulged my passions completely. It was fun. 🙂
Goals update: I rocked my swim workout, did a short bike workout, and a really short P90X stretching workout. I also finished one blog post. A solid day!
1. Finish 1 blog post
2. Run workout
3. Swim workout ?