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August Recap + September Goals

It is the end of August and this month has been such a whirlwind! I recapped part of it in my vacation blog, but so much has happened and I wanted to cover the rest!

I’ve decided I want to do a monthly recap as a part of this blog. I love the idea of weekly recaps, but, to be honest, some weeks are duds around here. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a full time job at a university and spend a lot of my free time working out, making videos for YouTube, and wrangling my almost-two-year old. Some weeks, those things are the only things I do. Monthly recaps, on the other hand, would be much more interesting! I’ll also wrap my goals for the next month into these posts!

So, back to August.

July was a crazy month. Mike and I were in the same city for less than two weeks of the month due to business travels, so August was a nice cool off. We started the month off in Jamaica and Grand Cayman (click here for details on that!). It was a great vacation! When we got back, it was back to work.

Back to School

The beginning of August at a university is the last chance to really get things ready for the fall semester. Around mid-August, all of the back to school hullabaloo begins and it’s all hands on deck! Orientations, early move in, presentations, and new student activities take over campus until beginning of September and it gets really busy, so that’s how I spent the last couple of weeks.

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Or the sun. On the 21st, I was able to see a total solar eclipse! Nashville was in the path of totality and it was incredible! The whole hour before and after the eclipse was really bizarre, but the 15 minutes before and after totality was probably one of the weirdest times I’ve experienced in my life. It got dark, but not in the normal way it does when the sun sets. Instead, it was just like there was this darker haze that covered everything. It viewed almost as if you were wearing sunglasses or some sort of solar lens on your eyes, even though that wasn’t the case. Because my sight was dampened, I felt as thought I couldn’t hear well either- like my ears were stopped up by sinus pressure or something. I was sick at the time, but my friend said she felt the same way so I know it wasn’t just me. After the eclipse, my equilibrium felt off until I took a nap. I woke up feeling normal again. It was so bizarre! Now, about the eclipse itself- it was awesome! It was crazy to hear the crickets start chirping as soon as it got dark. My job had a big viewing party so we had an astronomy professional telling us when it was safe to remove our glasses and when to put them back on. Overall, it was an awesome experience!

Get Down with the Sickness

One not-so-great part about this month was my annual summer to fall sickness. Every year, I get a terrible, flu-like cold when the weather is about to change. Once it’s gone, the temperature starts to shift and it gets much cooler. It’s kind of weird, actually. Anyways, around the 20th I started feeling under the weather and by the next day I was full blown sick. I don’t like to take many types of cold medications because they don’t do much for me as far as symptoms go and they make me really bloated. I stuck to night time meds to help me sleep but, other than that, I stuck out the symptoms. I also made sure to load up on good, whole foods and lots of rest to help my body heal faster. I even took a day off work (which is basically unheard of for me, unless I’m going out of town).


This month, we decided to go ahead and start looking at homes to buy. The market in Middle Tennessee is absolutely insane and it didn’t take long for us to find that out. We looked at a lot of houses, but had a hard time finding one that we really LOVED. We ended up finding one we were pretty sure we would have put an offer on only to find out that they put the house on the market, showed the house the same day it went on the market, then took offers and refused other showings. The house went under contract in less than 48 hours! We put an offer in on a house we loved and found out that we lost it to another family because they included a family picture with their offer. We put an offer on a second house that we found and we lost it as well. I’m telling you, this market is insane! It’s kind of discouraging, but we’re still looking and we’re confident that we’ll end up in a home that’s right for us. I don’t know when, but I’m sure it will happen.


We also celebrated my husband’s birthday this month! He’s the big 2-9 and we celebrated on his birthday by going to his favorite barbecue place for lunch and a Nashville Sounds (minor league baseball) game that night.

The day after his birthday, we went to a pre-season Titans game!

I really only have two goals for September: stay consistent and stay positive. August was tough for me because my weight and general physique fluctuated after vacation. Top that off with the fact that I couldn’t work out for over a week due to being sick, August wasn’t the best month for me, fitness-wise. In September, I want to be consistent with my nutrition and my workouts. I also want to make it a point to stay in a positive mindset. I mentioned this in my How to Fall in Love with Fitness post, but it’s SO important to want to be healthy for the right reasons. It’s easy to fall into a trap of self-loathing so my goal is to NOT fall into that trap.

August was definitely eventful and I’m ready to start these last few months of the year! Fall is so close and Christmas is less than 4 months away (!!!!). September to December is my favorite time of the year, so I’m excited to see what these next few months bring us!

Questions for you:

  • How was August?!
  • Did you see the eclipse?
  • What do you like to do to celebrate your birthday?
  • What are your goals for September?

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