January 2018 Fitness Goals

As part of my yearly goals, I decided to go back to breaking down my goals monthly, as well.  It's always easier to tackle bigger goals in smaller steps. For example, a goal to lose XX amount of pounds in one year can be daunting! It's better if you break it down by month and keep things realistic.  This also allows you to tweak certain problem areas or focus on accomplishments other than the scale. If you've had problems in the past with sticking to your new years goals or resolutions, give the monthly thing a try and let me know how it goes for you.  Like I said in my previous post, it really worked for me before and I'm certain if we keep at it and focus on smaller, attainable goals, it will help us stay motived!  So, here we go!

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Let's start the year off right! What goals do you have for this month? Keep up the good work and don't give up! XO 

2018: The Year of Consistency

The start of a new year is always a good time for change.  It's a time to set goals and make plans on how to achieve them.  Don't let the haters bring you down before you even get started.  We all have to start somewhere and for a lot of us, January 1 just feels like an ideal time for a fresh new start. 

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I feel that in 2017 I was not just treading water, but actually taking some steps in reverse.  Life has it's ups and downs but if we don't get a hold of ourselves, we can continue on a downward spiral that is even harder to get out of.  I know I've been inconsistent with just about everything in my life lately and it's time to make a conscious effort to be consistent with my actions.  From what I eat, drink, how I work, use of my time, etc. It's time to stick to the plan.  So, I'm here today to share my goals and plans and hopes for this new year. 

Fitness + Health Goals 

  • Consistent Meal Planning/Prep - Working from home, I always felt that meal prep was something I didn't need to do.  I could always take a break from my work and make my meals.  But the truth is, I don't always feel like taking the time to cook just for myself so I end up winging it and it's not always balanced or the healthiest options.  I have been pretty good about meal planning for dinners, so I want to keep that up and add meal plans for breakfast and lunch too.  I also plan to use Sundays as a day to prep some meals or have semi-prepared options that I can easily and quickly turn into a complete meal.  For example, making a batch of paleo egg muffins, having boiled eggs on hand, and making enough dinner for lunch leftovers the next day.  
  • Run 3 days/week + Gym 2 days/week - Getting consistent and back to a routine with my workouts is a must.  Although I always have a monthly plan on my calendar for my workouts, I do not always follow through.  I am determined to make this a priority in my life again!
  • Weight Loss - Without having consistent workouts and meals planned, I have let the weight creep back up.  This is the year to get back on track and not let all the hard work I've done go to waste.
  • Post Monthly Goals - When I first started my weight loss journey, I shared a lot.  Maybe even over shared! But, it helped me stay consistent and accountable to myself.  Somewhere along the line I started thinking that maybe I was sharing too much, that people didn't want to see/read about what I was doing and I stopped sharing and eventually that led me to taking it easy.  I started relaxing too much and without that accountability on social media and my blog, I started to overindulge too much and workout less and less.  That stops now! Hope you're ready for a maybe a little over sharing but just know, I'm doing it for myself! Not to brag or make anyone feel bad, but rather to put myself on blast in the hopes that it will keep me accountable and maybe give someone else ideas on how to do it for themselves too ;) 
  • Blog a min. of 2 times a week - You'll be seeing a lot more of me this year!  I really enjoy blogging so I want to make sure I'm on here a few times a week sharing my thoughts, ideas, frustrations, travels, race recaps, family life, and everything/anything else of this messy life!

I'm also working on my race schedule for 2018, so be sure to check those out HERE! If you have any suggestions for races I should put on my radar, please let me know in the comments. Or, if you'll be running one of the races I'm doing this year, let me know so we can meet up! I'm debating if I want to run a marathon for 2018.  What do you think? 

These are the main goals and objectives to get back on track and feeling better about myself. I don't want to feel sluggish and tired all the time like I used to, so it's time for consistency! Do you have a word for 2018?  

Rambling On About Life, Health, and Change

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It's been a bit over a month since I hopped on here to share what's been going on.  The truth is, life has been kinda hard lately.  It's been tough processing all the disasters and loss that have taken place all over the world, in this country, and my hometown.  Having family, friends, and clients in the Houston area, plus a lot of my family in Puerto Rico dealing with such a catastrophic loss, it just felt silly to blog about dieting and running.  Then when the tragic event that happened here in Vegas recently, life felt like it was in slow motion and surreal. And now with the fires in Sonoma and Napa, where we'd just been this summer...It's enough for a girl to never leave her house! 

I cannot begin to imagine how all those affected are feeling and coping.  I consider myself lucky to not have been directly affected by any of these tragedies and natural disasters, but just watching from afar and doing what little we can to help.  I hear stories of the survivors and those dealing with so much loss and how they're staying strong, their grateful to be alive, and doing all they can to help others too.  It's inspiring.  

I'm not really sure what I'm trying to say.  I just know that I'm starting to feel a bit better recently. I'm learning not to take any day, no matter how mundane, for granted.  I am hugging my kiddos a little tighter and a little longer.  Every day is precious and I'm trying to find the joy in the little things.  I'm working hard to keep my family healthy and strong.  I'm working hard to keep myself healthy and strong, and sometimes that's really hard to do.  But, day by day, I know that I am a better person when I take care of myself.  My physical and emotional health has to come first if I'm going to help my kiddos or anyone else find happiness.  I am choosing to live a life with purpose and helping my family do the same. 

This blog, is a place I like to come to and share the good times and the messy times too. So, I'll be back to blogging regularly.  But, my purpose won't be just to share what I've been up to but to get back to the purpose of this blog, which was to help motivate others too! Not only do I want to use this blog to motivate others to a healthier lifestyle for themselves but also for their family and I'm not just talking about physical health, but our emotional health.  I'm wanting to share ideas and tips on getting out there and exploring, whether it be in your own backyard or an epic adventure!  It's a place to give ideas, plans, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.  To live with purpose. I want this blog to be a place to get ideas and plans to use in your own messy life! So, be on the lookout for some new content and a new format! How does that sound? I hope you'll stick around for the ride! XO