November Goals

November seems to be a month for goal setting and official Challenges, which seems a little crazy, considering the Thanksgiving holiday creating havoc at the end of the month. One of the popular Challenges that I have joined in past years is NaNo, National Novel Writing Month. While I enjoyed participating, I hadn’t even given it any thought this year and only just last night remembered it. I don’t have any pressing fiction ideas and even less time for writing, so NaNo for me this year.

What I have joined is a couple of exercise challenges on Facebook. One is a 30 day walking challenge, where you set a monthly goal and log your daily progress. I’ve joined a couple of these already this fall and have found them to be fun. The other challenge is to complete 30 minutes of exercising every day in November. I figured the two of those would complement each other. My walking goal is 60 miles over the course of the month and, in order to complete that, I’ll need to walk 2 miles a day, which at my present rate of walking, would be about 36 minutes of exercise.

I’m hopeful that these exercise challenges will keep me on track with my weight loss goals. I did very well losing weight in August/September, when I walked daily. In October, my walking was hit or miss and I didn’t lose any weight. I didn’t gain, but I didn’t lose either. So I’m stepping it up!

My other two goals in November is get 1) get my Quicken accounts caught back up again (I’m behind by 2 months, I believe) and 2) work 1 hour per week day on my website. I’m hopeful that this will be the first year ever that I don’t have to input a whole year’s worth of receipts into Quicken in order to do taxes. And I absolutely have to do some major work on my website or it’s in danger of becoming sadly unhelpful, uninformative, and unproductive.

Are you setting any goals for November?


  1. Roberta

    I have to admit I always feel a little tug when November starts, because of NaNoWriMo. Participating in such a wild and wacky event is an exciting prospect. Unfortunately I have learned the hard way that arthritic thumbs can not withstand the challenge of typing 50,000 words in a month. Maybe my goal should be to find a good dictation program 🙂

    Good luck with your exercise challenge!

    • Karen

      NaNo is great fun, until it’s not. 🙂 A dictation program would be great! Although I think it would take me a bit to overcome the sound of my own voice. LOL

      So far, the exercise challenge is going well. I’ve logged a bit over 12 miles in 5 days, so I’m keeping a good pace. Thanks!

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