My December Goals

I really can’t believe in less than a month it will be 2014. 2013 was a good year for me…plus, 13 is my lucky number. I’m not really a fan of even numbers like 14.

Do you have years you “like” and “don’t like” or am I just a weirdo? ;)

Since it’s the end of the year, I wanted to make a list of things I want to accomplish before the new year. It will feel great going into 2014 knowing I finished my list (or at least got close). I’m not sure if I will accomplish some of these things (unassisted pull-up) but that doesn’t mean I can’t try!

Here are my goals:

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Let’s use December to kick it into high gear and lead up to the new year in a positive way!

Why wait until 2014 to make New Year’s Resolutions? If you haven’t thought of any goals, this is your chance. Think of a few and post them to your blog, then send me the link! We can all support each other in finishing off 2013 with a bang. I can’t wait to see your to-do list!

What do you know for a fact will be one of your New Year’s Resolutions?

Do you usually follow through with resolutions?


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Motivational Monday!

I’m back on track today…with blogging, eating, exercising, etc. I apologize for the lack of posts last week, but I was enjoying having some free time with no marathon training ;)

After the marathon, I thought about what do I want to do next…it can be easy to get the “post-marathon blues” since you no longer have a training schedule to follow. But I’m really excited to make a new training schedule revolving around lifting. I can’t wait to get back into the gym.

In the past, after big races, I have taken at least a month off and done nothing. Then, I’d have to build back up from zero and that was frustrating…and my own fault! Now, 1 week after my key race of the year, I’m ready to continue building upon my foundation.

I will be getting back into lifting, while continuing to cross-train to maintain my cardio fitness. As the quote says, you need to put in effort day in and day out to achieve your goals. And I already have a few goals laid out for 2014!

Do you know what you want to accomplish before 2013 is over? Or in 2014?

How do you go about laying out goals and the steps you will take to get there?


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2013 goals and resolutions!

Happy new year everyone!

It’s officially 2013…buh-bye 2012. Whether 2012 was a great year for you, or you’re just ready for a new year, today is day 1 of 365. A blank page to start the new year! I love New Year’s. It just feels like a clean slate and like there can be so many new opportunities in the new year. I’m ready to take on 2013, and have a lot of goals for myself. But, when making goals and resolutions, it’s always important to set realistic goals, and outline how you will go about achieving them. That’s key in making sure your resolutions don’t fizzle out by February. Here are my goals for the new year, fitness and non-fitness related:

  • Improve on my 5K, half-marathon and marathon times - I want to get faster all around. This year my mom and I will be doing a few half marathons and the New York City Marathon. My main goal is to take NYC with a vengeance and not suffer as much as I did the first time. How will I do this? I will follow Marc’s training plans and not skip runs. I want to run minimum 4x a week but will strive for 5-6 depending on my shin pain. I will also make an effort to cross train more.
  • Starting with just the month of January, I will try to do something fitness related every day - Doesn’t have to be much, but whether it’s running, lifting or just 20 minutes of yoga, I want to be active every day and see if I can keep this streak up in January. Depending on how it goes, I want to continue it throughout the year!
  • Be able to do 5 pull ups in a row - How will I do this? I will do pull up specific exercises every time I lift, which is hopefully 3-4x a week!
  • Graduate with my Master’s in May with a GPA no less than 3.9 - I had a 4.0 until this semester =( but I really want to keep it at 3.9 now and finish out with a bang.
  • Get a full time job I am excited about! *crossing fingers*
  • Keep a budget and track my spending - I did this for a while but stopped. I need to get back to it to make sure I am not over spending and that I’m saving enough. How will I do this? Every paycheck I will dissect down into where my money should go, and give myself a limit for money spent on shopping.
  • Eat much healthier and cleaner – How will I do this? For the past 2 weeks, I have been eating really clean, and allowing myself 1 small “cheat” per day, whether it’s a piece of chocolate, a cookie, etc. Letting myself eat 1 thing I wanted per day allowed me to not feel deprived. I will continue this, but obviously exceptions will be made for holidays or birthdays!

So those are all the goals I can think of right now…I’m sure I have more that I’m forgetting, but those are the main ones.

What are your 2013 goals and resolutions? How will you strive to achieve those goals? Good luck!!



Top 5 health/fitness moments of 2012

Today is the second to last day of 2012! For the last 3 days, I am recapping some special moments of 2012, and writing a 2013 resolution post (stay tuned tomorrow). Yesterday’s post covered my year in running.

Having 2012 off from half marathon and marathon training meant I could focus more on strength training again. I accomplished some stuff that have been my goals for months, if not years! Here are my top moments, in descending order:

5. 5th Avenue Mile – I talked about this in yesterday’s post as well, but it really was an awesome race (recap here)! It was a blast, and I ran my fastest mile time in years!


4. Going for a run in San Francisco, California during a New Jersey heat wave -  Seriously, can I move to Cali yet? Running there was PERFECT. Perfect temperature, beautiful scenery…and I got to brag about this while others in NJ were sweating out 100+ degree weather =D

3. Hit my bench press PR - Ok so 60 lbs. may not be a lot for some of you, but that was a huge deal to me! I remember in high school being made fun of for not being able to lift just the barbell (45 lbs). Even when I started personal training by boss was not impressed with my inability to bench press solely the bar (yikes). While I can’t do this anymore because I stopped focusing on benching, this was a big moment and I hope to break this PR in 2013!

2. Setting my 5K PR - I was not expecting this PR at all back in April when I ran Miles for Matheny. I almost didn’t run because it was pouring but my coach asked me if I would melt in the rain? Ha! So I went, and I’m glad I did. It was a hilly course so I didn’t expect to set a PR but when I saw the clock I was ecstatic. Plus, I also got 1st in my age group!

1. Being able to do a full, unassisted pull up!!! I have wanted to do this since high school, and never thought it would be possible. It took me over a year of assisted pullups with bands, negative pullups, and working on my biceps strength but I was finally able to do it! It felt so good, and the highest reps I got to was 3. I haven’t been working on this much recently so I am back to only doing 1 but if one day I can crank out 10 no problem I will be happy.

What were your top moments in 2012? What are you striving for in 2013? I will post my 2013 goals and resolutions tomorrow!