Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fitness Goals

I was thinking about this a lot today and it felt bloggy to me, so here it goes.

I feel like a LOT of my weight loss goals are based less on an actual weight number, but rather my ability to do things physically. Knowing how much easier/harder it is to run after a 25 lb. gain makes the point quite clear. I want to lose weight because I want to be active, and I don't want it to be SO HARD for me. I want fitness to be second nature. I don't want to be the fat girl in the workout class, I just want to be the girl, or the FIT girl.

I am posting here some of the physical goals I have in my future, that help motivate me to get the weight off. Please please please leave a comment and share yours! I would love to add to my list. I can use all the motivation I can get about now!

-Run a 10 minute mile (sounds easy to most people, but I have pretty much never done this in my life)
-Try crossfit
  -Participate in roller derby

-Join a Ragnar Relay team

-Run a Disney Princess half marathon
-RUN an entire 5k, without walking (strangely enough I have yet to do this)

-Not suck entirely at yoga, it's okay if I suck a little bit
-Actually start surfing ( I own a surf board and never use it)

-Go zip lining (this is also a heights fear, but I know being more fit will make the experience better overall)

I think these are the main ones. I may add on in the future. I am not saying I refuse to do any of these things until the weight is off, but man does the weight make it harder! These are posted as motivation.

Please share your fitness goals with me! 

*FYI- Photos found with google images, I did not take these photos and they are not of me.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Making a Plan

Hello again!

For those of you who don't know, I just completed my Master's thesis and graduated from grad school this week! With this big stress off my back and I am getting back to focusing on myself and my health! 

To be released March 6!! LOVE Jillian AND kickboxing!I have been making working lately on getting my menus in order. We have been trying some awesome new recipes, and trying to limit or eliminate weekday alcohol. I have also been trying to start working out more often. I purchased Jillian Michael's newest workout video, Kickbox Fast Fix a couple weeks ago. This week I tried it for the first time!

I have always been a kickboxing fan, so I was quite excited to try this out. Similar to her other videos she uses a circuit style routine with 5 moves, repeated twice. Some moves use hand weights, but most are body weight only. The entire workout (1) lasted 20 minutes including warmup and cool down, so this is definitely a good video when you are crunched for time.

So far, so good. I am not sure I would say it was an instant favorite, but you will see me using this video again:)

As for my running, it's been hit and miss. Last week I went to running club by myself, my girlfriends couldn't make it. I did 5 tough miles, but was so happy to complete it. My 10k is fast approaching and have not yet gotten consistent with my running, but the fact that I completed 5+ miles reminds me that I CAN do it.

With the motivation lacking, I decided it was time to start thinking into the future. My next half marathon. There is a great local race called the Wounded Warrior. They raise money for wounded veterans. I have heard nice things about the course and it's a great cause.

I decided this was a great race to start working towards! I put together a training schedule with the Wounded Warrior on Sept 15th as my goal. I use speed training from Run Less, Run Faster for my Monday runs, and several other plans to workout the rest of my mileage.

If you are interested in my training plan, you can see it here:

If you have any questions or comments about my training plan, please share! I am happy share that I now have the time to focus on my health again. It feels good to be moving forward!