Something about October always puts a little pep in my step and this season is no different. Although summer is my favorite season, October is my favorite month. Am I allowed to have a favorite month outside of my favorite season? I love everything about October from the brilliant reds of the trees, to the crisp sunny days perfect for trail runs, to pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and Halloween parties…it’s all so exciting it gives me butterflies.
While most people tend to up their workout game in May or June to look super hot for bikini season, I tend to really “go hard” come October. I tend to enjoy running around half naked in the spirit of all Hallows’ Eve and look for as many opportunities as possible to celebrate it. Since my sophomore year of college (when I dressed as Victoria’s Secret Angel for Halloween) I’ve found myself channeling my inner Gisele as workout inspiration each October 1st.
My obsession with the Victoria’s secret angels is no secret. I would be lying if I denied my desire to look like one. I’m not insecure with how I look, but I’m also not going to pretend I wouldn’t love perfect tousled beach waves and a fit runway ready bod at all times. What is all of this leading up to? I’m putting my unrealistic body expectations to good use and once again playing Victoria’s Secret Angel for the month of October. I won’t be giving up my daily dose of Starbs, or the occasional (daily) bowl of ice cream, I will however be challenging myself when it comes to fitness. I may not be spending October 31st at a frat party in my underwear and an oversized pair of wings, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look like I’m suited to. I have a masquerade ball to look red carpet ready for after all.
My fitness commitment for October is to sweat once a day (thanks for that one Lululemon). Realistically there is no reason I can’t work out five days a week. I have an at home gym where I am living, I have a membership to the gym across the parking lot from my office and a class pass at a local yoga studio, not to mention a plethora of free time since I have no interest in making friends outside of my cousin and her already established friends (I’m such a charming social butterfly, no?) I know I can’t commit to an hour every day at the gym, however a thirty minute morning run or a quick jot on the stair stepper over my lunch break does a world of good for my mental sanity (and undeniably for my booty).
A Basic Breakdown of my October Health/Fitness goals:
1) Run at least 3 times a week.
2) Workout some other way (yoga/gym/hiking/etc) 2 times per week.
3) Complete a 30 day squat challenge (sent to me by my darling friend Claire).
4) Drink water all day every day! I need to balance out my caffeine intake, eek!
What is your favorite way to work up a sweat? Do you secretly do squats in your cubicle in a desperate attempt to look like a Victoria’s Secret Angel (or is that just me)?
P.S. I just want to throw a disclaimer out there right away: I am in no way actually expecting to look like a Victoria’s Secret Angel. I am well aware that these women work with personal trainers, dieticians, etc, etc. I embrace a plethora of body types as beautiful, my body type just happens to naturally be pretty straight up & down/athletic so I tend to look towards toned girls with tight curves for inspiration. I would never claim that the angel body type is the only definition of beauty (but one of many).