Goals and Stuff

 Posted by at 6:00 am  fitness, Weight Loss
Jul 052012
 

Let’s talk goals and stuff, eh?

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This past weekend, I wrote a list of five tangible, weekly goals to work towards for the next 6 weeks.  All of them will keep me moving forward towards my mid term [in between short and long, of course!]  goals. Somehow, three of the five are fitness focused. [Didn’t see that coming.] All of them have me pumped up for success. Let us review!

1. Continue on my current eating plan. What eating plan you ask?  Well, for the past few weeks I’ve been following an (unintentional at first!) pattern in my meals.  I’ve been eating meat free Monday through Friday, and then eating meat in 2-3 of my meals during the weekend.  I’ve also been making sure my meals are full of nutritious ingredients, and a balance of proteins, produce and carbs.

I love this because I’m not depriving myself of anything by skipping out on meat during the week.  Instead, my focus is on enjoying all of my favorite veggie-ful meals!  Then, when Saturday morning rolls around and I want a sausage & egg sandwich, I feel 100% guilt-free in enjoying it because I feel so good about what I’ve been eating all week long.  [feeling good both physically and in terms of my weight loss efforts!]

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I also like that this eating plan doesn’t call for a “cheat day” or full blast “weekend mode.” I’ve learned from experience that I am most successful working towards any goals when I keep the momentum strong.  This doesn’t mean 100% of my actions are perfectly healthy, or even smart.  It does mean that I continue to walk by the “Make one healthy decision. Now make another.” mindset and try very hard to make more healthy choices than unhealthy ones.

2. Write four times a week. I would love to say that I’m going to publish content four times a week, but I don’t really see that happening as we draw closer to HLS.  I do want to set some time aside each week to write some words. You know – get the bum glue out and just do it.

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3. Run 31+ Miles. Last Sunday night, after dinner, sitting on the back porch at 8:52 PM, I remembered it was the first of July and decided to start my own damn run streak since my clumsy ass fell on the stairs walking up to my apartment in the rain the last time I tried to join in on the rw run streak.

Now. I know there is a good chance that at some point I’m going to try to talk myself out of running this streak one of these days.  And I don’t want to miss a day, for some reason or another, and then not run for 9 days because “well…I already broke the streak…” So, I’m setting the bar LOW – and saying I’m going to run a total of 31 miles for the month of July. 

This is what I like to call a safety net goal – it doesn’t necessarily set me up for TOTAL success [it’s basically a free pass to stop the run streak at any point], but it does set me up AGAINST failure. [Failure in this case would be missing one day of running & then beating myself up for it, and using it as an excuse to be lazy!] 

What I’m really wanting to do is prove to myself I CAN run at least a mile a day for an entire month and maybe even keep it going until HLS, too! We’re several days into the month now, and I’m still going strong on at least one mile a day!

4. Shred my shoulders.  I’ve only mentioned about 100 times my love for Courtney’s 7 Moves for Shredded Shoulder workout.  [Honestly, I love almost all of her workouts, but this one is my favorite muscle specific work out of all times.]  I’ve noticed that when I make it a priority to a strength training workout I love, I’m more likely to fit other strength workouts in throughout the week as well.  Here’s hoping that by dedicating 30 minutes or less to this workout once a week, I’ll be motivated to work in some other strength and circuit workouts each week as well.

5. Core work.  It’s something I know is good for me.  Every time I make a list of habits to form in strength my running, core work is on the list.  The reason it’s on the list every time? I NEVER STICK TO IT.  I am confident that I can squeeze in at least one strong core workout a week for the next month and a half.

I’m no doubt a “cross it off”, list happy, task orientated person. Because of this, I thought the best way to stay focused on making time for core work is to narrow in on specific  workouts from my favorite fitness bloggers that I’d like to try.  Over the next six weeks, I plan to try each of these core workouts at least once each.

Do you have a favorite blogger built core workout you favor? Please leave a link to it in the comments!  I’d love to have some others to temp me to do MORE core strengthening this summer.

  11 Responses to “Goals and Stuff”

  1. welll Im not much help with the core work :-) but I am with you on the writing.
    I neeeed to work my fiction muscle this summer.
    daily.
    Miz recently posted..Fireworks & *FITBLOGGIN*!

  2. I spy a Jumpin’ Jacks meal there!! ;)
    And I’m so glad you enjoy the shredded shoulders workout!
    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life recently posted..Seriously? Another Giveaway?

  3. Love that you’re documenting your goals like this! And I love that you liked the core workout! Stay tuned for more to come!
    Katie @momslrb recently posted..I was not an adult yesterday

  4. Heather you rock! Love your goal-setting list. It’s always better when you write things down. Thanks for choosing our workout to do under your core work! Let us know how you do with that! We have an awesome summer total body challenge we are doing right now! Right now we are on day 3, but would love to get you involved! We’re featuring a give-away for it on our blog. I will check back soon! Great tips- great advice you are giving for all! xx

  5. Gosh I love your handwriting so much. If I had your handwriting, I would frame handwritten quotes too! :)

    Thanks for sharing the shred your shoulders workout. I think I’m going to do it too!
    Jessica recently posted..Hi, I’m Still Here

    • you are TOO kind. Also – i miss you.
      Also – you inspire me. [just a reminder ;)]

      email me your new address so I can send you something lovely as a housewarming, will ya? xo

  6. Core work is pretty much my arch nemesis. Right now with the workout plan I’m doing there’s only one dedicated core workout a week, and then the rest of the core work is interspersed and done in combination with other moves. This is much easier for me, as I don’t have to lay on my back for 10-15 minutes at a time thinking about how miserable it is.

    Glad you’re up and running again! I want to start running a mile a day again soon, but don’t want to push my IT bands right now. What a good way to set a goal you can stick with!
    Kristen recently posted..Vive le tour

  7. Jess from Fit Chick in the City has an awesome core workout: http://fitchickinthecity.com/2012/01/my-post-run-core-workout/
    Theodora recently posted..Boardwalks, Lighthouses and Lobsters

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