April Goals and Intentions

Happy April happy spring my friends!

Once upon a time, I used to set monthly goals for myself and share them on here. Recently, I  realized I really need to get back to that. Like… stat. It was a great way to hold myself accountable for all of the life things. I’m taking a couple weeks off from training before Zooma Training kicks off, so I want to try some new workouts.

Intention wise, it’s about balance. Because of the travel that hubs and I have, the family that’s coming to town, I want to make sure that we make time for the three of us, time for hubs and I and time for myself. Balancing those three things is never easy but it’s most important when we’re the busiest.

  1. Work out four times per week. I’m not training for anything just yet – my next race is a 5k in May and the Zooma 10k in June. I want 2 of those workouts to be running, 1 to be yoga and 1 to be spinning ideally. BUT I just bought Beachbody on demand for myself so on days when I can’t fit in cardio, i have strength options.
  2. Do a mobile boot camp. I’ve been tracking my phone usage – and I spend a lot of time on my phone. Mindless time mostly, but I read about an app on Ashley’s blog and I’ve been trying it out and I think I’m ready to do the boot camp.
  3. Take a design course. My designer at work is on maternity leave so I’ve had to dabble in a few edits and creating a few pieces of my own. Canva and adobe both some great training resources so I would love to take one just to expand my knowledge base.
  4. Write more. I keep setting 1 – 2x/week goals for myself. It shouldn’t be hard. But it has been. I have a little bit of free time this month despite family visiting two weeks, hubs having a 4 day trip and me spending my birthday in Texas. I really want to take advantage of some of this time to get writing in and get back to an editorial calendar. Once I get a writing schedule and an editorial calendar back in place, I’ll be back in business. 
  5. Make self-care a priority. There are two things I consider self-care – yoga and an afternoon of me-time. I’ve been reprioritizing yoga, but it’s tough to get in some solo time that’s not solely for working out. With all that we have going on (family visiting two weekends, a business trip and hubs being away for four days) I need to make sure that my introverted self doesn’t forget about self-care which is imperative for resetting myself.

What are your goals for April?

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2016 Recap & 2017 Goals Intentions

Another year, another set of goal fails.

Let’s recap 2016.

  1. Run more. I had a good run (no pun intended?) and hit a couple hundred miles but not quite the 500 I had hoped for.
  2. Eat Cleaner. I did the Whole 10. I generally eat better, but not as clean as I should.
  3. Be Present. Still a work in progress. No more cell phones at the dinner table in 2017 I think.
  4. Write more. LOLOLZ. I did write. Not necessarily more. Not necessarily less.
  5. Stress less. Yes! I did this. I did better. I got a better job. I got a better commute

2017 goals

2017 goals & intentions

Read more. I hit 30 something books in 2016, I want to shoot for 50 in 2016.

Run 10 races. I already have 5 on my schedule, two that I’m registered for. I’m not going to put a mileage goal though I’d like to see 500 miles – which is roughly 10 miles per week. Totally doable, I think given my goals. I’m not sure I’ll throw any multisport events in there but we’ll see.

Blog 2x/week. Set the bar low right? I’m looking into a redesign and I’m cleaning up my archives. I’m comfortable with what I’m writing about (style! life! healthy living!) I just need to commit, streamline posting and not get distracted by feedly.

80% paleo by April. For my thyroid’s sake. Hubs and I are doing the Whole 30 in January so hopefully this helps reset and get me on the right track.

Create a budget and stick to it. We’ve got some fun trips planned this year and we really want to pay off some debt that we’re close to paying off…creating a budget that we can stick to is going to be key to this success.

Additional:

Complete BBG 1.0 and 2.0 by December. I keep starting and stopping. I need to get my workout ADD under control. I really want to do this though – the program is fantastic and i do enjoy it.

what are your 2017 goals and resolutions? 

 

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2016 Intentions

Last year, I feel like I had a good year. Mostly.

I set my 2015 intentions and set off on my merry way for the year. Then I kind of forgot about them. My intentions this year are similar. Ish. I don’t necessarily think intentions should change drastically year to year because these are still the intentions I want to live my life by: take care of myself. be a good mom. be a good wife. be present in life. challenge myself. work hard. be passionate about my work and be an expert. It’s a lot but these are the intentions that I want to focus on every day. Last year, I just set those intentions.

I did not complete ANY of my 2015 goals….I think I need a better plan to you know follow through.

…I am not registered for a 2016 Half Ironman
…I did not bike a century ride. I would still like to do that but I’m not sure this is the year.
…No sub 2:15 half marathon…no half marathons actually.
…I did NINE races…so close to 12 but yet so far.

However, I also accomplished a number of OTHER things.

  • I did start a new job with a hefty salary increase. Working on the whole inbound marketing expert thing.
  • I did coach/mentor a 10k group. Not 25 people, but it was a great group.
  • I did place in my Age Group for the first time ever at the Hagerstown Duathlon.
  • I did rebrand my blog. But didn’t quite blog consistently. At all.

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This year, my goals/intentions are

  1. Run more. It makes me feel good, balanced and helps my weight loss goals. Why wouldn’t I? I don’t want to set a mileage goal, but I ran 340 miles in 2015 and I’d really like to hit 500 miles in 2016. That’s an average of 10 miles per week which I think is beyond doable. Considering I have the Zooma Run Love Challenge, Zooma 10k, the MD Sprint Duathlon, Dewey Beach Tri, Across the Bay 10k…among others. I think 500 miles is doable.
  2. Eat Cleaner. I have a sugar problem. This year? I want to kick it. Like really…really want to kick it. I can’t just have one cookie…i have 5. That’s an issue. So I’m giving up sugar (mostly).
  3. Be Present. I need to focus more on family when I’m home. Work when I’m at work. Myself when I have the time. It’ll help with my stress levels which will in turn help with other things.
  4. Write more. I love blogging and social media. I love this space and I hate when I neglect it. I invested a decent amount of time and energy into my rebrand and I need to reinvest to keep it going and to keep my mind sharp outside of work.
  5. Stress less. This goes hand in hand with my be present goal but I want to get back into meditation and more yoga…these are two things i know that keep me balanced so let’s stick to that. For sure.

What are your 2016 intentions or goals? Any big scary goals?

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July Goals

I used to post my monthly goals – in life and fitness. I got away from it with my blogging sabbatical (if you want to call it that), but I’m trying to pick up the blogging pace…among other things.

July Goals

1. Blog 3x per week. 

I don’t want to promise posting every day. BUT I do want to restart good habits. I’m also working on adding a few features (email subscription? anyone? bueller?) to the blog to really capture the readers I lost with the transition from my old blog.

2. Stick to my triathlon training 

So far I’ve been doing…okay. I haven’t really gotten any bike workouts in aside from the spin class I took in Vermont, so I really need to take my bike to the road. But I have gotten in my one swim day per week. I have been doing speed workouts running, and a couple of “long” runs (4 miles is long to me now – how the times have changed!), and doing strength workouts on my “off” days (aka when I don’t feel like biking) so really, I can’t complain because I am feeling stronger and hopefully, that’ll play out in August during my tri and du.

3. Check items off our summer bucket list

We recently hit up Lewes/Rehoboth Beach, DE and Chesapeake Beach Water Park (Father’s Day weekend – Hubs got in free!). Stay tuned for a post on why Lewes, DE is my new favorite place. This month I want to do more bbq-ing and hiking.

4. Lose 4%

Some moms in my moms group on facebook started a little weight loss challenge similar to diet bet. By July 31, in order to get a share of the honeypot, I need to lose 4% – which is roughly six pounds. I’ve lost 2. I need to hit those last 4 hard. Stay tuned for progress reports.

5. Meditate more

I really do feel a bit more centered when I meditate regularly. We got into it at my old job, and it really helped center me when I was feeling stressed. I need to make time for five minutes. Goal? Meditate 5 minutes/day for 15 days in July.

What are your July Goals and/or intentions? 

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Five Things Friday: 2015 Races

I recently created a spreadsheet to list out the races I’m hoping to complete in 2015 – for budgeting and planning purposes mostly. Also because I do love me some Google Spreadsheets.

So I figured to get back in my blogging swing, I’d share five 2015 races I’m pumped about!

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1. St. Michaels Half Marathon

Would you believe me if I said I haven’t run a half marathon since before I was pregnant with Ethan? I registered for two – DNS’ed Baltimore Half in 2014 after deferring in 2013. I also registered for the Zooma Half in June 2014 but dropped to the 10k. I’m really looking forward to the St. Michaels Half – I’ve heard great things about it and have heard it’s prime for PR’s – I’m chasing a sub 2:15 half so I’m hoping this is the course for it.

2. Iron Girl Columbia

I registered for this one the day it opened – I’ve heard fantastic things and I’m really looking forward to more tri’s this year so I’m pumped to have this on my calendar!

3. Across the Bay 10k

I LOVED this race this year and while I bought someone’s bib off them at the last minute, I wasn’t officially registered. This year, I’m going to officially register and get it done. It’s ripe for a PR since the 2nd half is largely downhill so if I train right, I want to chase that sub 1 hour 10k.

4. A TBD Metric Century OR Century Ride

Originally, I had planned on the Bike to Beach Century from Baltimore to Dewey. Unfortunately, hubs has drill but I’m still on the prowl for a metric or full century ride. I was stoked to receive a bike trainer under the tree at Christmas and I have a plan for a long distance ride like this which relates to my goal/plan of doing a Half Ironman in 2016. I’m just still researching which one I want to do that’s not too far from home, not SUPER hilly, and fits into my summer/fall schedule.

5. Maryland Olympic Duathlon

I’ve never done a Du but I’m pretty excited for this one since I have it on my list of 2015 Fitness goals to do an Olympic Tri but even if I don’t find the right Olympic Tri, I think an Olympic Du would be a lot of fun (swimming is my least strongest sport so this might work out well!)

 

What races are you looking forward to in 2015?

 

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2015 intentions

Happy 2015 y’all! We had a quiet night – flying in from Connecticut and getting home in time for dinner and an early bedtime for Little Man, and then some CNN/NBC 2014 recap shows while cuddled up on the couch catching up on reading and sipping some Harpoon Gingerland. It was perfect and quiet and everything a New Years should be for these old souls.

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2014 was a year of so much change for us – a new job, E went into daycare, hubs got a new job after a few months of unemployment, but we ended the year on a high note and I’m ready to restart this whole blogging thing in 2015 after I have most definitely gotten off track through the second half of 2014. But new URL, new blog design…what’s not to love about my new bloggy home?

So I wanted to start the year with some intentions for the year – not resolutions because I don’t like that term. Intentions and goals.

 

Intentions

Be present at home when I’m with hubs and little man.

Develop myself as a leader and subject expert at work.

Coach 25 people this year.

Eat healthier and cleaner. So many holiday cookies – SO MANY.

Get rid of more clutter.

Participate in a quarterly wardrobe capsule in an effort to par down. (stay tuned next week for the reveal of my winter wardrobe capsule!)

Blog more. Regularly if you will.

Take care of myself. Mentally. Physically.
I had a lot of emotional ups and downs in 2014 and need to resolve some of those lingering issues in 2015.

 

Goals

Complete a century or metric century ride.

Run 12 races.

A sub-2:15 half marathon.

Register for a 2016 Half Ironman.

Run 500 miles. Bike 1,000 miles.

 

What are your intentions and/or goals for 2015? Any lofty ones?

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October Intentions

After talking about my September fails, let’s chat about goals.

When I don’t have goals, I feel like I’m flailing. Like I’m not on track.

So, I decided to get back to it and set myself some goals to get back on track and not eff up this month.

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1. Complete the 3 day refresh.

I’ll be starting that this week in preparation to fit into my bridesmaids dress for my friends wedding in like…11 days.

Ladies, here is a tip: if you are ever a bridesmaid, try the dress on so you know how it fits. I did not try this dress on because the only place that had it in stock to try on in a 45 mile radius wanted to charge me $40…just to try it on. I was all like, eff that noise. I went up a size but apparently I should have gone up 2 sizes. That or I’m not the size I thought I was even though I based it on the bust size which I measured and had hubs measure me for – I am a solid 36 my friends, but I should have added 2 inches to that because that’s how much I had to have it TAKEN OUT. That dress was not 36 bust size. So I’m hoping the 3 day refresh coupled with 2 weeks of healthy eating makes me feel a bit more comfortable in the dress (which is so pretty!)

2. PiYo certification.

I want to do a full 30 days of PiYo before I start teaching but I’m super excited to a. find a place to start teaching. b. start teaching. c. stick with it and get in shape. I’m struggling because, as I suspected and my new primary care doctor confirmed, my metabolism is stupid slow and is making it stupid difficult to lose weight. Seriously, I take a sip of beer or even look at a bagel and I gain 5 lbs. It’s ridiculous. If you’re interested in trying PiYo – email me!

3. Blog regularly.

Three times per week. That’s not a lot. More is better but I want to commit to 3 days per week. At least.  I blogged exactly like…five times in September which is just…sad. I love blogging and I love sharing my journey with y’all so I need to remind myself of that, especially when life is feeling overwhelming.

4. Workout on a schedule.

I’m not really training for anything right now, but I do miss running so I think committing to running a couple of days would do me, and my new sneaks some good, fitting in some PiYo (which I especially enjoy in the mornings) and even a Pure Barre class or two before my class package expires in January.

Get it done!

One tip I really like? Tony Horton suggests 22 days. Schedule out ahead of time and in a 30 day month, you only need to work out 22 days. So me? I’m committing to 24 days this month. #24inOctober.

5. Try two new recipes.

I have one on tap for this week – a baked pumpkin tortellini which I made for a pal who had a baby at the beginning of September but haven’t tried myself. Also I really want to make a soup. I’ve been jonesing for hearty, autumny soups (think butternut squash…) so I really want to find a recipe to try out (post-our next trip north).

6. Buy Nothing

I’ve been shopping a touch too much for my liking. I’m cutting myself off for October to save some dough for Christmas and for our trip in January.  Stay tuned for more on this later.

What are your October goals and intentions? Any fitness goals I can help you reach?

 

 

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PiYo Baby

So I finally got PiYo in the mail yesterday.

Finally. God the USPS is so SLOW sometimes (kidding. I just have the patience of a newborn). It actually got here relatively quickly

Did my first workout last night – sweaty…holy sweaty! I really enjoyed the fast pace of it, though it was hard to follow at times, I’m excited to continue so stay tuned for some before/after images and a follow on my journey. I know my blogging has been a bit lackluster as of late but I’m trying to get back on board.

So this morning, Hubs kept E home from Daycare so we could break in his new orthotics for a little while since for the next 4-5 days we increase time by an hour (1 hour today twice per day, two tomorrow, twice per day, etc…). Homeboy has learned how to turn on the DVD player. He’s also walking more and more every day. We’re not in infant stage any

 

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I’m super excited to dive right into PiYo. It’s definitely challenging, but I think within a few weeks, if I can stick to this 3 days per week and keep up with my training (Waterman’s Tri on October 4th will be my last tri of the season!) I think I’ll start feeling a lot more comfortable with myself.

Interested in PiYo? Or in joining a clean eating challenge (teaser: 1 lb,  -4″ overall after 4 1/2 days of clean eating)  email me and we can chat about goals and motivation! 

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Friday Five: Fall Goals

This Friday we’re talking goals. I usually set my goals seasonally, and tend to keep the SMART acronym in mind – mainly realistic, attainable, and timely. Though strategic by thinking of my overall long term goals – lose 20 lbs, and be healthy.

So my fall goals – I had to really be realistic – I’m traveling for a week after my triathlon, I have a wedding and bachelorette weekend that I’m traveling for all between labor day and columbus day. With a half marathon currently on the books, I’m not super excited about it, and I’m just kind of m’eh.

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That being said there are a few goals I’m especially excited about….

1. Finishing my tri under 2 hours. 

I squeaked in just barely under 2 hours. However, this tri, the bike is a touch longer, but the 5k is flatter. SO, I think I can, i think I can. My workouts over the past ten days, thanks to Ethan’s Roseola have been wretched. Like…really.

2. A trail race. 

My first trail race since HIGH SCHOOL, I’m doing the Zooma Dirty Damsel 5k. I loved trail racing back in the day so I’m stoked to give it a go again! Not to mention I fricken love the Zooma Organization so I’m excited to check out this inaugural trail race!

3. My fifth half marathon

I’m not sure I’m as excited about the half as I am that it’s #5 so I can kind of set aside half’s for a while I focus on other things. Running hasn’t been doing much for me mentally, so I’m going to move to more 10ks and 5ks and Tris next summer. I haven’t entirely decided if I’m actually going to run this race, it’ll probably be a “let’s see how September goes” kind of thing.

4. Coaching! 

I’m going to be coaching this fall and leading some challenge groups. Stay tuned into September for details, but hopefully it’ll rejuvenate my blog, hold me accountable and help me coach some people to accomplish their own goals while continuing to work towards mine.

5. Getting a trainer.

Not a personal trainer, but one for my bike so that in the winter, I can keep training for triathlons. I really want to do an Olympic next year and want to keep working on my biking in the winter so I told hubs I wanted to get a trainer for Christmas. He’s going to oblige and I get to keep biking once cooler days roll around! Woo!

 

What are your Autumn goals? Any big things that you’re looking forward to towards the end of this year? How often do you set goals for your self? 

 

Be sure to check out Courtney, Cynthia and Mar – the gracious hostesses of the DC Trifecta Friday Five! 

 

 

 

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In with 2014

We rang in the new year right with the Resolution Run hosted by Fleet Feet Annapolis. I’m pretty sure I had intended on running it last year but at about 30 weeks pregnant I was down and out on running with my SI joint issues.

Needless to say, we were in bed by 12:15a last night and up by 7:30a thanks to a certain mister in the other room. Not to mention, I was stoked to launch the new year with a nice fun run.

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The greatest aspect of the run? The community. By far.

Along with various friends, I also saw our pediatrician (who was super impressed by us getting Ethan out and being such “good influences” and “getting him started early”), my favorite yoga instructor (I need to go back to class soon!), fellow junior league members and former co-workers. I don’t think you get much more small-town community vibe than that. Especially when you’re rockin’ a Bob stroller over a massive bridge.

Four miles donezo. Followed by some hellos, and the best hot chocolate I’ve had in my life.

Now that New Years Day is just about down the drain, onward to my goals.

In 2014  I will…

Pick a goal race. I want to PR and I want to PR again bad. I think the sheer fact that I don’t feel like I’ve made up for five months of inconsistent sleep four months later is getting me down and I’m ready to register for a couple of half marathons to get me back in the game. I want my sub 10 minute miles back yo! Sub goal: Run 35-50 miles/month.

Rebrand. I’m trying to figure out where to go with this little blog, I need to be more consistent (no more two week hiatus’s, I promise!) and I really want to have a better idea of what I’m about here. This’ll include a redesign, possibly a url change and newsletters (o.O) – stay tuned!

Eat healthier & Cook more. I’m not going to say I’m giving up the dr. pepper that I oh so love, because well, if I don’t give it up then I’m not a failure but I will try to cut back. I’d love to join a CSA this year, and we definitely need to cut back on the lazy eating out.

Coach and/or teach. I’ve been saying for years that I want to teach some form of fitness. I’m not sure what type of certification I want to get, but I know for certain that I’m on the prowl for my RRCA running coach certification as soon as I can get in to a class, those babies sell out quickly!

Complete an E-book draft. A friend of mine once told me that she thought I’d be a great next Jennifer Weiner or Emily Giffin. I wouldn’t go that far, but I’ve always wanted to write a novel or a book of some kind so this year I’m going to finally challenge myself and get a draft done.

Kind of lofty. But I think doable. Bring it on 2014!!!

What are your goals/resolutions for 2014?

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