October By The Numbers


It’s the start of a new month, which means it’s also time to look back on the last one. There are lots of different ways to review, summarize, and evaluate a month, but I like taking a snapshot of some of the numbers.

Times I exercised (30+ minutes): 8

I started out the month strong, but with my busier than usual work schedule, birthday parties, family visits, and other commitments, I just didn’t exercise as much as I should have. Since many of my clothes mysteriously shrank over the summer, this is an area where I really need to improve.

Days worked: 12

I worked three days per week in October, rather than my typical two. It made the weeks a bit more hectic, but it was also very nice to earn some additional cash!

Books read: 1 (and a half)

I read – and loved! – The Bucolic Plague, after setting aside I Know How She Does It. (Read why I gave up on it here.) I also started reading (just barely) The Power of Habit.

Blog posts published: 10

I crave consistency, so I’d really like to publish three posts per week. I missed that mark twice in October.

Pumpkin spice anything consumed: 1

I find that a lot of pumpkin spice-flavored things taste kind of artificial, so I steer clear of most of them. The one thing that I consumed throughout the month was Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice tea. I love that stuff!

Pieces of Halloween candy consumed: 2

I certainly had my share of treats in October, but only two of them qualified as Halloween candy.

Times meditated (5+ minutes): 1

This is something I really want to make a habit of, but it’s a struggle for me. I have a hard time quieting my mind, which makes me resist even attempting to meditate. However, the physical and mental benefits are countless, so I’m going to keep plugging away at it.

Birthday parties attended: 2

My daughter turned seven in October, and we had two parties for her. One was a family party at my parents’ house, and the other was a pedicure party with a few of her friends. She had a great time at both of them.

Illnesses in our house: 1

I fully expect one or more of us to be blowing our nose constantly from now until some time in April. Our daughter came down with a cold on 10/23, and her nose is still running! Fortunately, neither my husband nor I caught this one.

Times it snowed: 1

ACK- it actually snowed in October!! This never happens, but Mother Nature lost her mind, and we got a couple of inches of wet snow on October 27th.

How was October for you??

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Author: My Upstate Life

Wife, mom, and lover of books, podcasts, and blogs. Not a fan of cooking, winter, and snakes.

5 thoughts on “October By The Numbers”

  1. Well you showed more discipline with the Halloween candy than I did. 🙂 I think I consumed two just yesterday. No snow for us on Long Island, but see it’s been all around us. I have a feeling we might be in for a long winter.

  2. I ate way more Halloween candy than you did. I believe my clothes are in for some shrinking too : )
    I made your lentil recipe – the one with the curry and coconut milk. It’s a big hit! I brought it to work yesterday, and someone asked for the recipe just from how wonderful it smelled. I hope you read all of The Power of Habit. I found it really clarified things for me. (I’ll need to apply what I learned to Halloween candy though . . . )

  3. The Power of Habit is actually good! I can imagine why you abandoned I know how she does it- sounds a bit preachy to me!

    I wish I had some points next to ‘exercise’…sigh..it’s summer now and I don’t even have an excuse!


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