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Focusing on a Fierce February

January 31, 2012 Leave a comment

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Feeling inspired, I sat down this morning (who am I kidding, I was already sitting down, with slippers on, drinking coffee and watching cartoons with the kiddo) and decided I need to get something more out of this next month.

I did well in January.  I reached 10 miles in my training, and ran my first 10k event.  I made my trainer happy by dropping body fat and inches, and well, I just plain worked hard and I followed my training.  But February is one month closer to my Half marathon.  It’s crunch time now!  I NEED to require more of myself.  Harder workouts.  Smarter workouts.  Better nutrition.  I want to do everything I can to do and feel great.

No excuses.  And just plain don’t suck.

I want to feel fierce after this month!  I want to lower my body fat by 2%, and lose another 2 inches off my waist.  And I want to really improve my core strength.  I came up with 3 goals this month that are VERY attainable. They’re simple.  All I have to do is do the following, consistently, and I will get there.

1. No pizza in February!  It is my favorite food on this earth, but it is getting in my way.  So it has to go.

2. Have a salad every day.

3. Increase my reps and weight in my strength training workouts.  In addition my bench sit ups will increase to 4 sets of 12, as well as my upside down crunches.  These are my favorite things to do at the gym, so it shouldn’t be too hard to follow.

Keepin’ it simple.  I have my miles all planned out for Feb.  I am integrating speed work on Tuesdays, and am on track to hit 13 miles by Feb 18th.  These few extra goals should compliment my running plan nicely.  I feel confident in my training and look forward to where I will be in just a mere 4 weeks!

Consistency and a Positive Attitude

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

I personally believe that these two little BIG things are absolutely key to achieving your goals.  I also believe they’re the two things that are the hardest to habituate.

The problem is when you enter into a new exercise routine, you’re often unsure of if it’s worth it.  The hours of sweating on the floor, or the elliptical or the stair machine seem daunting. And it is HARD work.  Then, when your hard work doesn’t pay off right away on the scale, your motivation wanes.  Your thoughts spiral into negativity and hopelessness.  Sounds somewhat dramatic.  But you know it’s true.  Who hasn’t experienced that to some degree?

When you’re faced with a daunting task at work, do you tell yourself you can’t do it, then crawl under your desk with a doughnut?  Uh no, your boss would fire you.  But if you take on that task with a good attitude, taking it step by step, you will ultimately reach the next level – then the next – then the next, until you finish the task: success!  Even if you stumble along the way, being persistent will get you there.

When you are consistent in your efforts, and have a good attitude, you can overcome.  You can achieve.

This is something I have learned through over a year of pushing myself and working hard.  It’s a part of working your mind into shape, as well as your body.  Both parts are important.  Both are hard.

Consistency and a positive attitude are so important.  Without them, it is too easy to become discouraged.  Even if the scale isn’t telling you what you want all the time, and you struggle with a workout, your mind can be the muscle your body may not yet have.

 

Your Pumpkin Spice doesn’t have to come at a price!

October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

A grande pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is 380 calories! Save yourself and buy some pumpkin spice coffee creamer. Add a little lite whip cream & nutmeg on top and you’ve got something delicious for under 100!

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