I did pretty well on my challenges this month, which is why celebrating by tipping back a brewski at a neighborhood bar like the one above sounds tempting. But I won’t. I’ve got too much to do.
Last month, I had a few challenges I wanted to accomplish over thirty days. If you are new to my blog, lately I’ve been attempting to do a challenge every day for thirty days. I pick a couple two or three things that I want to do and then…do them. Well, I try to, anyway. I can’t say that I’ve ever succeeded in any of my challenges in doing them EVERY day, but I’ve come pretty close a couple of times.
For October, the challenges I chose were to:
1) Get up at no later than 8 am every day. I did much better with this challenge this month. I’ve had this as a challenge for a couple of months now. This month, I think I managed to accomplish this approximately 85-90% of the time. I feel like I got a lot more done as a result, too. So yay for that!
2) Walk at minimum two hours a day every day. This one was a mixed bag. Again. The first two weeks of the month I did a bang up job and walked over 100 miles! That’s a lot of mileage and a lot of time spent walking. Then things slowed down a little bit, not too bad–I still did over 35 miles the next week–but then I found out about Micah’s pending heart surgery and I got soooo stressed out. I buried my nose in books and checked out movies from the library so I wouldn’t have to think about anything. I just vegged, for the most part. Not a healthy way to cope, I should think. So I didn’t do too well the last part of the month at all. Overall, I still walked over a 158 miles, which is an average of over 5 miles walked each day (which is the equivalent to a slower two hour walk every day, even though I didn’t actually do that). So this goal fell short of what I really wanted to do.
3) Learn how to identify one new plant each day. This I didn’t do every day, but I did learn to identify approximately 40 new plants (and some fungi), which more than averages it out, so…even though it wasn’t every day I learned one, I’ll still call it a success.
Some of the plants I learned about:
Edible list-staghorn sumac, thimbleberry, salal, pokeweed, pigweed, sheep’s sorrel, birch-bark cherry, chokecherry, stinging nettles, puffball mushrooms, chicken in the wood, and several more.
Non-Edible list-snowberry, poison ivy (I thought that was an eastern plant, not northwestern, but the guidebooks say we’ve got poison ivy AND poison oak), and others.
This exercise was actually a lot of fun! I did several “naturalist walks” where I took my guidebooks and looked things up.
4) Monitor my calorie intake each day and do not exceed my daily limits. This goal I completely failed at. Why? I forgot it was a goal, LOL. Only just now when I went back to review what I wrote for October did I see it. Whoops.
So what’s the plan for November? Well, I think I would like to keep my walking goal alive. It helps keep me motivated. And I liked my reading goal I had a couple of months ago, so I think I’ll keep up on that one, too, especially since I’ve re-discovered just how cool our county library system is. So my goals for November:
1) Walk a minimum of 2 hours a day.
2) Read at least a half an hour every day.
3) Keep my husband healthy and clean so he doesn’t get an infection from his surgery (a major worry of mine).