Let’s talk goals and stuff, eh?
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!]
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.
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.
- 5 Minutes to Great Abs from Mom’s Little Running Buddy
- Hardcore Muffin Top Workout with Bex! [She’s our featured blogger for #HLBFitSpotlight this week! WOOT!!]
- 10 Ways to Crunch – from Fitnessista [3 sets, 10 reps]
- 5 Moves to Target Your Core – from Blonde Ponytail [2 sets, 25 reps]
- Lower Ab Workout – with Fitness A Way of Life
- 2-4-6-8 Workout – another one with Bex! [she’s a favorite vlogger, for sure!]
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.