10-29-2014

Checking In On My New Year’s Goals

Can you believe it’s almost November?! The holiday season is upon us. I really need to start Christmas shopping early this year. I always end up getting stuff days before Christmas…anyone else?

Since it’s almost the end of the year (feels weird saying that), I wanted to check in on the goals I had set in January, (here are my race goals too) and see what I’ve accomplished and what is still left to accomplish. After all, we still have 2 more months of 2014!

Here are some goals I had laid out, and which ones I have accomplished so far!

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While I can’t do 3 unassisted pull-ups in a row, I can do 3 unassisted…just with a little break in between ;) I will work on doing 3 continuous pull-ups between now and December 31.

I also was able to get to a 100 lb. squat this year! I know for many of you that may be easy but I worked up to that and felt awesome afterwards. I can’t do that now, since I’ve mainly been running, but I know that I can build back up to it.

Obviously I’m also still working on that 5K PR…which better happen in 2014!

Mini triathlon? lol maybe next year. I really do want to do one but I’m also afraid of the swim portion. I’m not a great swimmer…also, I’m pretty sure I need a bike in order to train for a triathlon.

You can see I put “1/2″ on the gain muscle and get leaner. While I have gained muscle and strength, I’m still not as lean as I would like to me. It is my own fault, since I know that diet plays a huge role and you can’t “out work a bad diet.” I am hoping I can lose at least 5-10 lbs. within the next 2 months.

And lastly, I was able to get stronger at bench press earlier this year too. Remember when I was doing the Get Swole program? I was lifting the heaviest I  have been in a while. I plan on getting back to it once I’m done training for this half.

And here are a few other goals I had talked about, non-fitness related:

  • Blog re-design & transfer to wordpress.org - check!
  • Finish online training plans to offer through my website - oops, not yet.
  • Read a minimum of 5 books - check! I think I read 4 in Paraguay alone.
  • Make more YouTube videos - I set a goal of doing one every week which I did for about a month and then slacked off. This will be a 2015 goal too!

Have you thought about your 2014 goals? You may be surprised when you look back on them and see what you’ve accomplished!

What are some goals you’re still working on?

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01-03-2014

2014 Races & Fitness Goals

So I really have not given any thought to my 2014 race calendar yet, though I know a lot of people who have!

I have a few races I am interested in, so I figured I’d write them down so I can look back on them. Plus, I’m really chasing a 5K PR this spring/summer (25:43)!

March – Are You Faster Than A Ridge Runner 5K. My parents and I have ran this race for the past 2 years, so I’m sure we will be running it again!

April – Miles For Matheny 5K. This is another race my mom and I have done since 2010. It’s for a great cause-it benefits a school and hospital (The Matheny School) in my town for children and adults with developmental disabilities. This is actually where I got my 5K PR in 2012…so maybe this is the year I beat it on the same course!

At least I got 2nd in my age group last year!

May – (SLIGHT POSSIBILITY) Long Branch Half Marathon. I’m not 100% sure yet if I want to do a half marathon in the spring. I have liked taking a break from scheduled long distance running, and I like having a set lifting regimen again. So we’ll see in a month or two if I want to commit to a half. But it’s 45 minutes away from my house, and it was my first half marathon, so I’d be interested in running it again!

July - Asuncion Runners Half Marathon in Paraguay. This would be really cool if it pans out! My family is traveling to Paraguay this summer, and potentially Rio De Janeiro if we get tickets through the World Cup Lottery. This race is July 13, and we leave Paraguay on July 16, so I am thinking this race will work…and it will be my first international race!

This is in San Bernardino, Paraguay (Where the race will be). It’s a huge lake and summer vacation/resort area.

Fall-ish – I do want to do a half marathon, and hopefully PR. Not sure where or when it will be, but I’m open to suggestions! :)

Other Fitness Goals

Besides some running PRs, there are other fitness related goals I am hoping to accomplish. Here are a few:

  • As I mentioned in my 2014 goals post, I want to be able to do 3-5 unassisted pullups!
  • PERHAPS I will try a mini (I’m talking mini) triathlon this summer. There is one in NJ that is like, swim 500 meters, bike 5-6 miles, run 5K. Totally doable for me :)
  • Gain more muscle and get leaner through lifting heavy and cleaning up my diet.
  • Squat in triple digits…currently at 70 lbs :-P
  • Get stronger at bench press…this is my ultimate weakness.
  • Post a workout video once a week on my YouTube Channel, please subscribe!

OH, and I’ll also be running a bunch of NYRR races in NYC in order to qualify for the 2015 NYC Marathon!!! Anyone else??

What are your running and fitness goals?

Do you have a PR you really want to break?

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12-30-2013

Thinking Out Loud: Resolutioners At The Gym

It’s that time of year where people are making their resolutions. It’s also that time of year that we hear gym-goers complain about the resolutioners.

I can certainly see both sides of this, which is why I wanted to write about it. I wanted to hear what you all think.

Viewpoint #1: Resolutioners Are Annoying

I’ve heard this from friends, read it on Tumblr, and even thought it myself at times. People post about being annoyed that the gym is packed, and it is harder to get a workout in.

Admittedly, it is annoying when the gym is packed, at ANY point during the year, now just new years. I mean, I get annoyed on Mondays when the gym is really packed…yet empty on Friday evenings ;)

Here are some quotes I found on Tumblr:

“Doesn’t it suck when you want to go workout but you also don’t want to because all the friggin resolutioners are taking up all the machines”

“i hate new years when everyone’s resolution is to ‘lose weight’ or ‘get fit’. i understand the desire the lose weight, that’s why we joined the gym. but we did it in august. not because it was a new year or whatever. we did it because we felt we needed to, not because society said we should.”

I understand the second quote a bit because it is interesting to me that so many people choose Jan. 2 to get fit or healthy. I understand it is a new year, but I also wonder how many people thought about starting to work out in October or November, but said “I’ll wait until the new year.” Why wait?

Viewpoint #2: Be Supportive

I will admit…the other day I was venting to my boyfriend about packed the gym was the day after Christmas, and his roommate said, “The resolutioners are coming earlier this year.” I laughed, and my boyfriend called us gym snobs :-P

He actually is one of those people who will be going to the gym after new years. He said, he pays for his gym membership so he has the right to use it (obviously) as he pleases, as do any other people who sign up for new years. He said that as a personal trainer, I should be happy they are trying to be healthy (I am).

His roommate said he is mainly annoyed by them because they are there for a few weeks, then fizzle out. They crowd the gym while others have been working at it all year. While “a third [of resolutions] are ditched by the end of January, [and] four out of five people simply give their resolutions up” Dan (my boyfriend) said, no one goes into the new year thinking that they will be part of this statistic.

Here are other quotes I found on Tumblr:

“Is the inconvenience to me worth more than the health of others? Hell no. New Years Resolutioners, I urge you to continue to work out, kick ass, and drive me a little insane. ;)”

Keep in mind, some of us find it easier to stick to a healthy, fit lifestyle than others… Imagine how discouraging it would be to have people making fun of your efforts! Instead of mocking the “newbies”, we should encourage them to keep working toward their goals! Remember, we all had to start somewhere!

I do also agree with these quotes. We did all have to start somewhere, and it’s very possible many of us started on a January 2nd, and are still living up to our old resolution.

While I can see both sides to this “controversy,” here is what I hope: I hope that those who are hitting the gym next week continue to do so throughout the year. I hope those wanting to start a healthy lifestyle can maintain it.

If your resolution is to go to the gym and eat healthier, I hope you crush it! Take those statistics and kick their @$$. As I posted earlier this morning, you have a “365 page book” ahead of you, with blank pages.

Is your resolution to go to the gym more?

What do you think about resolutioners/this topic? Do you see both sides?

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12-30-2013

Motivational Monday

Can you believe it is almost 2014?? This year seriously flew by. I feel like every month went by quickly and I was thinking, “Wow it’s _____ already?!”

I love New Years. To me, it’s a fresh start and a new year to go after your goals. Which is why I love this quote:

While tomorrow isn’t Jan. 1 yet, I’m sure you all can relate. I don’t think it is necessary to make resolutions in order to really appreciate the new year.

Don’t make resolutions just to make them. Really think about your goals. The most important thing is to plan out how you will accomplish those goals, as opposed to just saying, in 2014 I want to do X. How will you get there?

I’m going to do a separate post about my goals, and I’d love for you to share with me what yours are! We can hold each other accountable ;)

Do you make new year’s resolutions?

Do you love or hate (or are indifferent) to New Years Eve celebrations?

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12-02-2013

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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07-08-2013

Motivational Monday!

A new week, yet again. Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend! Now time to get back to work ;)

Here’s a quote I found today that I love:

This resonated with me and marathon training. One day, I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It will take me a while to get to that point…but it is still a goal of mine. I have plenty of time to train and hit that goal one day! *crossing fingers*

What is a goal you have that you know may take a while to accomplish, but you work for it anyway?

 

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