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?  

Change is Good | Finding Balance in Food + Life

Early this month in my May Goals post, I mentioned how I was not meeting my goals when it came to nutrition. For the past year or so I've really been coasting along working out, running, and just eating so-so.  I started to notice I was actually gaining some weight these past few months.  Yea, I can give you all my excuses as to why I was eating badly.  I'm an emotional eater and with Jason's injury and surgeries, food was comforting me when I stressed about work, keeping up with household chores, the kids.....everything really!  Wine had also been quite comforting ;) But, like I said, I could give you all the excuses but the truth is that I allowed my emotions to get the best of me.  I was reacting to the situations around me rather than being proactive and making the right choices for me and ultimately my family too. It's not like I was the only one eating pizza, right?  So, I finally realized enough is enough.  I've been at this for too long to still not have reached my goal.  I told myself 2015 was going to be my year to find balance and I haven't been going in that direction.  

In March I tried to get back to eating Paleo again.  Afterall, the Paleo diet is what helped me lose those first 30 lbs, granted it took about a year, but I have managed to keep most of it off.  But, I just couldn't find myself sticking to it this time around.  I'd eat Paleo-friendly meals most of the week, unless I was tired and we ordered pizza or we were running errands and ended up eating out....See where this is headed?  Like I said, eating Paleo helped me so much at the beginning of my journey, but I just couldn't make it work for me anymore.  It taught me to eat real foods and not be afraid of healthy fats.  I learned to cook and eat whole foods, not processed foods out of boxes.  I will always be grateful for that.  I'm so glad I found Paleo when I did and I never intend on buying Pastaroni ever again!  But, I found myself at a nutritional crossroads.  I wanted to eat balanced meals regularly and not use the entire weekend as a "cheat meal" but Paleo wasn't the answer anymore.  Here's where Reconstruction by Leti comes in.  

You can read about how I started following her on Instagram and a bit about her program HERE.   I signed up for her program just this month and so far so good.  I'm excited to see my results at the end of the month.  I've been learning how to push myself harder than ever on my own workouts and runs.  I never dreamed an 8 minute mile would be within my reach, but guess what? I just might get there.  Last week I ran a 8:26 mile!  But most importantly, I'm learning to eat differently.  I'm learning to take charge of what I eat without omitting entire food groups out of my diet and allowing for flexibility too.  Counting Macros is tricky and you can find tons of info online if you google it, but basically it's finding the right balance of carbs, fats, and protein for your body and your goals.   Leti figured it all out for me as part of her program :) I'm happy to be eating dairy and grains again regularly.  I'm not starving, I'm eating healthy, and losing weight without sacrificing muscle - because I've worked too hard for these baby biceps!!! I'm no expert on tracking macros (yet!) but I'm working to get there.  I know for some tracking your food intake daily and measuring and weighing is tedious, but it's worth it.  Nothing worth having ever comes easily, right?  It's not about obsessing over food, but rather finding the balance that works for you.  And, in order to find that balance to get to where you want to go, you need to put in the work.  

Yes, change makes me a bit nervous, but I'm determined to embrace this journey and look forward to the physical and mental changes that come with it.  How are you working to find balance in your life?  I'd love to hear about! 

PS. Go check out Leti_Reconstructed on instagram because she's celebrating her 1 year anniversary with a nice little offer for June ;)

Accountability & Reaching your 2015 Goals

Well, we're almost halfway through February and it got me thinking about how everyone's 2015 New Year's Goals were coming along.  So, it's time to fess up, how are you doing with reaching those 2015 goals?  Are you crushing them early, going slow and steady, or did you forget all about them?

Too often we get super excited about starting something new.  I know I do!  I'll write it all down, get a few things I "need" to make it happen, and then life takes over.  We've all been there and before you know it the year is gone and we don't have much to show for it.  It's happened to me more times than I care to admit.  I don't only mean fitness/weight loss goals, but redecorating my office, getting a cleaning schedule for my home, staying on budget, etc.  Well, let's not let 2015 slip away from us.  Let's reach those goals this year.  

I declared 2015 the Year for Finding Balance and I intend to find that balance in my life!  Not just with working out and eating healthy, but in all aspects of my life.  Work, home, family life, social life, etc.  

I wrote a blog post sharing 10 tips for keeping your health & fitness goals and you can read those HERE!  They're really great and practical tips that you can apply not just for your fitness goals, but your everyday goals too.  

Once you put those tips into action, I really think it's important we keep ourselves accountable to reaching our goals.  Here are 3 ways we can remain accountable and finally reach those big goals!

1.  Set small monthly goals that will lead to reaching the ultimate goal and write them down!  For example, if one of your goals is to go to the gym 5 days a week and you're currently just going every once in awhile, then you can set a goal to go to the gym twice a week for 2 months, then 3 times a week for 3 months, 4 times a week for 4 months and then it'll be way easier to add that 5th day by the end of the year!  

2.  Tell people about your goals.  Sometimes just saying our goals out load is good enough to keep us accountable.  Sometimes sharing on social media, like facebook or instagram works wells.  Sometimes we need a little more.  If so, find someone who you trust and can be your accountability partner.  Whether they're on the same path as you or not, tell them what your goals are and ask them to keep checking in on you weekly, monthly, whatever works for you.  Make them the person you call when you're feeling down or about to give up.  I guarantee you that they'll help you feel better and do all they can so you don't quit and pick you up when you don't want to keep going.  

3.  Have visual reminders.  You know the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind."   You don't want this to happen to your goals, so we need to keep them in sight and in our mind.  You can do this by creating a Vision Board and keeping it in a place you'll see it everyday.  Another idea is to have motivational sayings throughout your room, office, or fridge.  Sayings that will help keep you on track.  Other ideas of visual reminders could be photographs of your goals or even better photos of your rewards when those goals are met!  

Here's my lovely vision board sitting in my office reminding me of my goal for 2015: Balance in all aspects of my life! 

Here's my lovely vision board sitting in my office reminding me of my goal for 2015: Balance in all aspects of my life! 

Let's not let another year go by.  Let's not let another year slip away from us.  Not this time.  No, this year we will make it happen.  We will make the time for reaching our goals.  Think of how awesome it's going to feel come December 2015 and we can say, I killed it!  I made it happen.  It may have been hard, I may have wanted to quit, but boy was it worth it.  Because I promise you, it will be worth it.  You are worth it.