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Let’s try this again

So my 2013 resolution/goal to blog more was an epic fail. There just never seemed to be enough time. I gave myself so much to do but I didn’t make time for my blog. 2013 was a bit of a blur. It seems like every year, time flies faster… if that’s even possible?

I was so focused on my running goals that I worked everything around it. It was frustrating for me because races became a hassle when they use to be fun. Ben works weekends, so I had to find a sitter or rush back as soon as I was finished.  Most of the races, I did by myself.  It seemed like a big inconvenience for everyone around me. And yes, that made me angry and dig my heels in more. But the harder I pushed myself, the further I got from my goals.  My life was definitely unbalanced.

And of course, there are the boys.  Their schedules for school and sports kept me busy. I was pretty much at their old school every day. At every game, I was doing something. I spread myself thin, so there was little time for me to just sit and write(type). I was lucky if I could get to bed by midnight most nights, and I was up at 6a the next day.

I was ready for the year to end by September but I had races lined up through November.  I backed off on the running and clean eating, having fast food more often than I would have liked. It was just easier. I was tired of planning, prepping and cooking meals. I was tired of not having a break from anything.

Now that 2014 has begun, I wanted to get back to my goal of giving my blog more attention.  So here I am making an effort to do this at least once a week.  What do I have planned for 2104? I’m making it a “Less is More” year. Yes, I am still running but only 3-4 times a week and I only want to do 2 halfs this year. I want to do two that I haven’t done before. The Rock N Roll Las Vegas one is looking like a real possibility.  I’ve backed off volunteering at the boys’ new school. I still help out when I can, but I’m not at the school every day all day.

What I’d really like to do this year, is help others to reach their fitness goals. I’m not quite sure how I’ll go about it. I don’t want to charge people. I just want to offer my tips, advice, and support to those who might be having a hard time. I’d like to be that person who is cheering them on and pushing them along the way.  I guess it’s all a bit intimidating with all these big companies who offer these great products with great results. But I guess, I’d want to show people that they can reach their goals without having to buy any special product or service.  You have everything you need to get started. With hard work and determination, you can have great results. Well that’s my dream for 2014 and I guess I won’t know until I go for it.

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Now What Do I Do?

Finally! Both boys are in school ALL Day!!! I have been looking forward to this for a while, especially the last month. Relaxation didn’t start one the first day. We got back from our Disney vacation the day before school started so I had a lot if cleaning, organizing, and prepping to do the first couple days. Now that bags have been unpacked, the fridge is full, school supplies are purchased, and new clothes hung in the closet, I can now enjoy my freedom :-)

I have time to workout (uninterrupted), sit on my balcony drinking my green tea while I look out st the amazing view, and of course blog! There is so much I want to blog about that I hardly know where to start.

So I’ll start by answering the question I asked myself when I sat down in my zero gravity chair, inhaled a relaxing breath, and looked out at the world: Now What Do I Do? I wasn’t thinking about the laundry or dishes or even what workout I was going to do. I was wondering what I was going to do with my personal goals/dreams now that I had time to give them attention. Now that My boys are growing up and need me less, ts time for me to grow up too :-)

Do I go back to school and finish my degree? Do I get w second job and help make us more financially comfortable? Do I start my own business? I guess I should have been thinking about this for a while and actually have a plan. But the truth is, I don’t Know what I really want to do. A part of me wants to go back to school because I love learning and getting a degree was a goal I had for myself before having kids. But did I make that goal for me or for someone else? As I’ve learned more about myself, I’ve realized that for a long time, I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted so I let others’ expectations dictate my goals. A college degree was always expected of me by my family. I am still deciding whether or not its something I really wanted.

Getting a second job would help with finances. There are medical bills, car maintenance, boys sports and saving for retirement that would be easier to deal with if there were two incomes. It’s s a shame that being a SAHM isn’t considered worthy enough to be a paid job. I do consider it my job and take pride in it. It’s also annoying that it doesn’t help get you hired in anything besides minimum wage jobs. I would have to go back into a world out of my comfort zone and probably be miserable. Plus, I’d have less time with my kids. It’s not appealing but sometimes we have to make sacrifices. I could start my own business. A scary thought. I don’t know what I would do. I’m really not a fan of those home businesses where you are trying to convince people to buy a certain product. I’m not a great salesperson.

As you can see, I’m a bit lost as to where to go. Taking some time to do some soul searching and find what I would love to do. I’m actually very happy with my Life right now. Despite the challenges Life has thrown at us the last month, I have no complaints. I have live in a great place w/ a million dollar view and weather that’s tough to beat. I wake up next to the man I love everyday. He loves me as I am and supports my dreams/goals. He supports our family and works hard. We made two beautiful boys. They drive me crazy but I couldn’t imagine my life without them. We have a great family. There really isn’t anything more I need or want.

My 1st and 3rd Grader ready for their first day of school:

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My First NWM

Since 2012 is almost over, I figure I should catch up on my race posts :-)  Here’s my first Nike Women’s Marathon Experience:

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After I did my first two 5K’s last year, I made it a goal to do a half marathon this year. I specifically wanted to do the Nike Women’s Marathon half. I don’t really know why I wanted to do it. I guess the fact that it’s close to me was a big reason. But I also knew that it was a very challenging course, with lots of hills. It was a little intimidating but I looked forward to the challenge.

I started training for it, even though I didn’t even know if I would get into the race.  It’s such a popular race that unless you join Team in Training, you have to get in through the Random Drawing process. To make sure that I at least completed my goal of doing a half marathon, I also registered for the Disneyland Half Marathon that would happen before the NWM. I planned on doing both if I was lucky enough. I didn’t get into the NWM with the Random Drawing :-(  I was bummed but focused my attention on doing the Disney Half. I still kept a look out for extra opportunities to get into the NWM via their Facebook and Twitter. I tried anything that came up but never had any luck :-( I ran the Disneyland Half and figured I was done for the rest of the year.  A week later while I was recovering, they offered one last chance to get into the NWM for Nike+ members.  I was so excited! I was actually picking up my son from school when I saw the post and immediately filled out the registration via my phone!

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My Confirmation Email!!

I was absolutely thrilled to receive the confirmation email a few minutes later! I was going to be able to go after my original goal. I did pretty well with the Disney half so I you could say I was pretty confident :-) My biggest concern was that I only had a little over 4 weeks to get my mileage back up. I had also hurt my ankle after the Disney Half so I wasn’t sure how I would do.  I made my main goal to finish the race without stopping. Training was rough. I wore an ankle brace for most of my runs. Then a few days before the race, I got sick :-( Needless to say, I didn’t do any training those last few days and focused on getting better.

I picked up my race bib and packet on the first day it was available thinking that it wouldn’t be as crazy, but I was wrong. Union Square was crazy! After picking up my bright volt Nike bag that was filled with goodies, I met up with a friend of mine and we walked around the expo.  We tried out Luna bars and nuun water. I also picked up my pair of the NWM Nike Lunar Glide and found my name on the wall of  the Niketown store :-) It was the last day that I felt good enough to get up and walk.

In front of the NWM Expo

In front of the NWM Expo

 

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Human Hamster Wheel at the Safeway Booth

My Motivation to race even though I wasn't feeling well. No Excuses!

My Motivation to race even though I wasn’t feeling well. No Excuses!

NWM Lunar Glides

NWM Lunar Glides

Pic w/ a tall Fireman after picking up my NWM Lunar Glides :-)

Pic w/ a tall Fireman after picking up my NWM Lunar Glides :-)

 

Inside my Nike Volt Bag

Inside my Nike Volt Bag

Clothes and Gear prepped for Race Day.

Clothes and Gear prepped for Race Day.

I felt better on race day but still not 100%. I was up at 3a and had my chobani w/ almond butter, banana, and whole wheat bagel w/ almond butter for breakfast. I got to Union Square 2 hours before the race started. I checked my bag right away but regreted it because I was so cold the whole time I was waiting. It was a foggy morning in the bay area and my shorts and tank didn’t help keep me warm. The corrals were set up decently based on your mile time.  I was in the 7:30-8:30 group. It was pretty cold and I was so glad when the race finally started.

Breakfast :-)

Breakfast :-)

Ready for the race.

Ready for the race.

 

Star Spangled Banner at the Start Line

Star Spangled Banner at the Start Line

It was an overcast morning with fog. It cleared a little bit at Union Square when the race started but there was plenty of fog for the whole race.  I warmed up fairly quick.  Had one bathroom pit stop around the 10K mark. I knew there would be hills, but I definitely underestimated how steep and big a few of the hills were.  I just focused on keeping my feet moving.  The downhill parts were pretty rough on my knees. Being sick also took a toll on me. I was happy that I still managed to complete the race under 2 hours :-) I must have looked pretty sick when I crossed the finish line because the volunteers and fireman that I passed all asked if I was ok and needed help. I picked up my Tiffany Necklace Box and headed straight for the bathrooms since my stomach had been hurting badly for the last 3 miles of the race.

At the top of one of the first big hills.

At the top of one of the first big hills.

Passing another Mile Marker

Passing another Mile Marker

Mile 12

Mile 12

The last downhill stretch - Knees were aching!

The last downhill stretch – Knees were aching!

 

Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line

My Race Results :-)

My Race Results :-)

Finisher Tees - they are super bright!

Finisher Tees – they are super bright!

RUN.

RUN.

Family Meeting Area with Video Screen so you can see when your family member crosses the finish line.

Family Meeting Area with Video Screen so you can see when your family member crosses the finish line.

Photo Op with a Fireman

Photo Op with a Fireman

Finisher Goodies

Finisher Goodies

 

Bought these two tops as a reward for finishing :-)

Bought these two tops as a reward for finishing :-)

 

Tiffany Finisher Necklace :-)

Tiffany Finisher Necklace :-)

I didn’t have anyone come with me for this race so after picking up a couple tops and finisher goodies, I picked up my sweat bag.  I was a search to find the bus that had my bag. Every bus had a neat name with “Run” at the start. Mine was “Run Amazing.” Once I found my bus, I had to go to specific window. It was pretty organized and I didn’t have to wait long for my bag. I followed the signs to the shuttles back to Union Square.

Making my way through the buses.

Making my way through the buses.

Run Amazing!

Run Amazing!

On the Shuttle Back to Union Square. Tired!

On the Shuttle Back to Union Square. Tired!

I was tired and my stomach still hurt. I got lost trying to find my way back to the parking garage. But I was happy. I accomplished my goal for 2012!! Will I do it again next year? Yes!! It’s a great race, for a great cause, and it shows how amazingly strong we women are :-)

No Time Like Now

I always find something inspiring, motivating, or interesting on Twitter. I guess that’s one of the main reasons I’m on there :-)

This tweet came from the amazing Kerri Walsh:
@kerrileewalsh: There is no time like NOW! “There is one thing in this world that has the ability to change our whole life in an instant… IT’S ACTION.”

And it’s Sooooo TRUE!!!

Especially when it comes to getting Healthy and Fit. I know that with the holiday season and all it’s temptations, it’s easier to put off our goals until AFTER or LATER… The holidays, then New Year… But then it’s 6 months later and still nothing has started :-/ This usually leads to lots of guilt and feeling depressed.

That’s why I love this tweet. You don’t have to wait to until After or Later. You Can Start Now!! And starting is the First Step to getting to that Goal. Stop saying that you’re going to start working out – Just Do It! It doesn’t have to be a full intense hour long gym session. Do a set of push-ups and crunches. No, you’re not going to lose 10lbs on the spot or sprout guns for biceps, But you will have taken a step in the opposite direction of doing nothing. And the more times you take Action towards your Goal, the closer you’ll get to it :-) It makes a lot of sense when you think about it – if you don’t do anything, you won’t go anywhere.

I keep this in mind when I’m having an off day or week. I do my best not to dwell on my setbacks and I focus on what needs to be done to get back on track. Unless I’m sick or injured, I also try not to wait until After or Later. I’ll start at that moment. If I’ve been eating unhealthy, I make sure the next thing I eat is healthy. If I’ve been lazy with my workouts, I go through my workouts and pick one or I’ll go for a run.

I’ve always been a big believer in “Actions speak Louder than Words.” You can’t just talk about how you’re going to get healthy and fit. You gotta get up and Do It! Not Later but Now!

December Goals

Set Your Goals!

I love setting goals for myself.  It has really been the key to keeping me motivated to stay on track especially with my workouts.  I have long term goals, monthly, weekly, and daily goals I set for myself. I work better when I have something to work towards.

It’s that time of year when it’s a little bit harder to stay healthy and fit.  It’s a hectic time for me. I’ve got birthdays and the holidays to deal with. I never have enough time and I feel like I am always in a hurry.  I can get overwhelmed with all that I have to do and get stressed out. In the past, I would have just thrown out any hope of working out and eating healthy. But I don’t want to do that this year. I really want o stay on track with Nutrition Plan and continue to workout.

So I’m hoping that my recent practice with goal setting will help me out. I’ve done two 5K races and reached both personal goals on my time. A lot of my fellow Tone It Up team members have set up a challenge to run every day this month. I would have joined them but I knew that my schedule wouldn’t allow it.  I am currently finishing up my goal of completing a Jillian Michael’s workout DVD (Ripped in 30) – will have a post on my experience up soon. After looking over my new TIU calendar and my schedule for this month, I came up with two new  goals to focus for December:

1. Drink 100 oz. of water Every Day! This might seem like a pretty easy thing to accomplish, but for me, this is a big challenge. My Vegas trip threw me out of whack with staying hydrated and I have had a very hard time drinking enough water. So I’m hoping this gets me back on track and helps keep me from over eating during the holidays :-)

2. Lift Weights at Least Twice a Week! Now that I’ve pretty much reached my goal weight, I’ve decided that I wanted to put on some muscle, especially on my arms. I was lifting once a week with Ben.  We have one day a week where both boys are at school and he’s off of work so we can workout together.  I was shy about lifting because I don’t have much muscle and I was ignorant in thinking that weight lifting was going to make me too muscular. From ToneItUp and the many other fitness sources I’ve come across lately, I’ve learned that building muscle helps burn fat and women don’t get bulky like men without supplements. I’ve really come to enjoy lifting weights and want to really focus this month.

I started on Dec. 2nd and will end on Dec. 31st.  I will definitely let you all know how it goes :-)