July Goals

Emily over at What Emily Did Next writes monthly posts about goals she’s met and new goals she’s setting, and since I’m a total thief– but mostly because I have no outfit for you today, the reason for which I’ll tell you…eventually– I’m going to sort of steal her idea and write out my own monthly goals.

1. Lose 5 pounds. I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned on the blog, although I definitely have on Facebook, that Mr. Owl and I weigh the same, give or take a pound.  And it’s been this way since we started dating. But seeing as how he and I have both gained about ten pounds since then (which is good for him, and not so good for me), I decided in the last week of June that starting July 1st, I’d begin to journey to a healthier lifestyle, and to reach my ultimate goal of 140-145 pounds. I think it’s a healthy weight for me, and I really want to build better eating and exercise habits to carry with me for the rest of my life.

2. With the first goal in mind, take a long brisk walk on a weekday basis. I am the worst person ever at exercise. Eventually, I’d like to work into doing the couch to 5k program, but for some reason, it’s incredibly difficult for me to jog outdoors. I don’t know if that has to do with the non-flat surface of the roads (ups and downs KILL me) or my being allergic to everything everywhere, but I’ve tried the easiest phase of the 5k program and I just can’t do it outdoors. I have no gym to go to here, so instead, I’ll be walking around my neighborhood, which should be quite nice as there are several different roads I can take, and I’ll have a nice varied walking schedule.

3. Again, with the first goal in mind: eat breakfast, and generally always take more fruits and veggies than other courses in my meals. I am a firm believer that eating breakfast has a huge impact on how you eat the rest of the day, and also a big helper in losing weight. I know that whenever I actually eat a filling breakfast, I tend to lose weight as I don’t get super hungry for the other two main meals of my day, and then I don’t overeat or snack too much.

4. Post better blog content.  There are still days for me when I just post because I feel like I need to post something, but when I’m not that happy with the pictures. So my blogging schedule might become a little more lax, but I’m hoping to start finding more creative locations, styling myself better (aka that retro styling I was talking about), and making the blog a lot prettier. 😉

Side note: I remade the header, sidebar greeting, and sidebar follow buttons a little while ago. I personally love it all as it is more simple and cohesive in color– or lack of color. (I’ve noticed I’m very drawn to black and white blog layouts). What do you think?

5. Reorganize and seasonalize my closet. I’d been talking about seasonalizing my closet for a while, but I haven’t gone through it yet to separate my warm-weather clothes from my cold weather clothes. And I still haven’t decided on what colors I’d like to base each season around in order to make my purchase choices and entire closet more cohesive each season. So I’d like to get that done this month.

That’s all I can think of right now. I think five goals– even if the first three are sort of the same– is a good and doable amount.

What are your goals for this month?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and happy Fourth of July to my American readers!


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I would like to note, for those of you who are ready to jump in and tell me I don’t need to lose weight: I know that the size I am right now is not a terrible one. I’m not very self-conscious about my weight. I don’t think I’m fat, or unattractive, or anything like that. But I am very stubborn, and I am also of the opinion that losing weight isn’t a bad thing. My body is nice the way it is now, but it could be better. I could be healthier. 

Mostly, I’d like to be very fit now, so that in the future when I have kids, there’s room to gain weight and still be healthy. Also, I’d like to be able to go on mountain hikes with my friends and not have to stop every ten minutes because I’m gasping for breath.

Besides, the doctor ordered me a while ago to exercise for the benefit of strengthening my heart, so I figure it’s about time I followed his orders. 



  • Georgia Matthews

     Hope you manage to reach all your goals! I find smoothies/juices for breakfast very helpful as they’re both filling and healthy and very low on fats and unnatural sugars. I’ve been having them almost ever day and it’s been helping me feel healthier and lose weight. If you can, invest in a stick blender (I got one really cheap for like, fifty dollars I think? And it came with all theses accessories like a whisk and a blender attachment) because with one of those it takes 5 minutes max to make one.
    Also, natural smoothie cubes. I don’t know if they sell them in America, but we have these things called smoothe cubes and they’re all natural cubes of like strawberry, or berries, but you just add milk or juice and blend them up. I know you have trouble with breakfasts and if you’re anything like me having to rush last minute to get ready for work, so something like this is probably ideal!
    Wow, this turned into a very long message haha, but hope you, your family and Mr Owl are all well and enjoying the summer and good luck with your goals! xx

  • mariecarolk

    I have been meaning to do a repost of Emily’s for monthly goals! Thanks for reminding me 😛

    These are all good goals, I definitely agree with you on your side note about the weight loss. (Not that I think you need to I mean…uh,awkward haha.)

    Picco and I have been trying to do jumping jacks challenges with each other lol. Today was kind of a failure for both of us, but we’re gonna try again tomorrow. Pretty much we see who can do the most jumping jacks before noon. It’s a good way to keep moving and keep your good mood up 🙂

    I think things like that are the best way to lose weight, because you can do them with a friend! Good luck with your goals!


  • Trish

    Oh boy……. don’t we all need to lose 5lbs.  Congrats on not trying to kill yourself over it though. 🙂  I’ve been trying to walk my dog at least a half an hour a day and it has done WONDERS!  I definitely notice that I sleep better at night.  Good Luck!

  • Salazar

    Oh man, I wish I could do something similar, but my life is too unsettled right now for me to have any kind of monthly goal… even though I think the goal of getting healthier is definitely a good one. I haven’t exercised or taken a real walk since I got home. Maybe seeing your progress will inspire me to do the same.