5 Reasons To Set Monthly Health & Fitness Goals

A new month means new goals to chase!  All year on the blog I've been sharing my monthly goals.  Today, I'd like to discuss 5 solid reasons why I think having monthly goals is a great way to keep you motivated and focused throughout the year.  

1.  Generally speaking, smaller goals are more attainable.  Less daunting goals, mean you are more likely to reach them.  

2.  You can tailor each monthly goal towards your current training needs and well, life in general.  For example, if I'm going to be taking a 10 day family vacation in April, you know I won't have a goal to run 50 miles that month!  For me, it wouldn't happen and I'd be setting myself up for failure.  A more reasonable goal would be to workout 3-4 days during the trip.  Likewise, if I know I have an obstacle race to train for, I'll give myself some pretty tough goals to reach to make sure I give it my all during training.

3.  Customizing your goals each month also keeps things fun and fresh.  You can turn it into a fun challenge and even get your friends and family involved!

4.  It can create better habits.  Let's say your goal for this month is to drink more water, specifically 64 oz. a day.  You reach your goal and are feeling the results!  You aren't going to go back to your old ways, right? Of course not, because you've created a habit and a new routine.  

5.  Lastly, having monthly goals helps you see your strength & weaknesses.  You'll begin to see patterns when either reaching or not reaching your goals and also when you are setting your goals.  Maybe you realize you aren't reaching the goals you set because they're unrealistic, so now you can break up the goal into 3 smaller monthly goals that you can reach without defeat.  

So, do you set up monthly goals?  What are some of your goals this month?  I'll be sharing my August goals tomorrow, so be sure to come back :) 

Dedicating My Miles...

Earlier this year, I came across a blog that was talking about how some runners dedicate their race or or their miles during the race, to family, friends, organizations, etc.  This helps the runners keep their momentum going and to really focus on something or someone to get them through the miles, especially the tougher ones.  This really resonated with me.  I remember reading and thinking that I'd do that if I ever ran a marathon.  And then thinking, "Yea, like I'd ever run a marathon!" Well, here I am, I'm running my first half marathon (baby steps, people) on Sunday.  I've had so many people believe in me and support me through this newfound passion and this amazing journey I'm having transforming myself from the inside out.  

Well, with out further ado, here's my list of people I'm dedicating my first half marathon to:


{Miles 1-2} My parents. Without them, I wouldn't be here.  Literally, yes.  But, my parents have never discouraged me from following my dreams.  They're always there when I need them.  And, they'll be watching the kiddos on race day! I love them so much!

{Mile 3}  My friends.  The new ones and the old ones who've stuck with me through thick and thin.  The ones who believe in me.  The ones who encourage me to keep going and don't think I'm crazy for trying new things.  Ok, maybe they think I'm crazy, but they're rooting for me anyways.  I love you, guys!


{Mile 4} Ashley.  My trainer.  She's so encouraging and has helped me get stronger by focusing on my individual needs and pushing me to try harder.  She believes in me and I don't want to let her down.

{Mile 5}  It's A Messy Life blog readers.  Yes, I know most of these are friends and family, but I'm still happy to have a place to share my experiences with people and motivate others to keep trying to improve and live happy lives.  Thank you for your support  & I look forward to growing my little blog into a fun community to share, uplift, and laugh about our messy lives together!

{Mile 6} My aunts and uncle who passed away too soon and can't be here cheering me on but I know they would be if they could.  Especially my aunt Norma.  I know she'd be front and center cheering me on from the sidelines.  

{Mile 7} My crazy fun and awesome family!  For my cousins who no matter how long we go without seeing each other, when we finally do get together it's always like we were never apart.  I love that.  I love laughing and being myself around them.  There's no drama, no comparing, no agendas, it's family and we're always there for each other. Thanks, primas :) 


{Mile 8} My cousin Anel, although she will always be Nelly to me ;) She is flying out from Texas today to come run my first race with me.  Talk about supportive, huh!  She's even dragging her husband with us.  She's been motivating me and training with me via text messages.  Love those sweaty post-running photos she shares with me.  And, even though I say she's crazy for all those miles she runs (she's training for a full marathon next month) I really do admire her dedication and secretly wish I could run like her ;)  


{Mile 9} My sister, Norma.  She is my bff.  She gets me.  She is the one person who I know will always be there for me.  She has to be.  She's my sister.  I love her for putting up with me, for always being there for me.  We can lean on each other and stand tall together knowing that we'll never be alone. 

{Miles 10-11} My kiddos, Diego & Elysse.  I want to be a strong female role model for them. I want them to know that they can do anything.  I want to be a good example for them and help them become healthy, active adults.  I want them to be proud of me.


{Mile 12} My husband, Jason.  I'm so grateful for his immense support.  For believing in me wholeheartedly, even when I don't believe in myself.  Fo never complaining when I need to go on my runs, but rather encouraging me even when I'm grumpy!  Thank you seems so little a phrase for all he does for our family.  I love you, babe.


{Mile 13} This one is all mine.  This one is to prove to myself that I can do it.  I never imagined that I would be running a half marathon.  Never.  Yet here I am.  It's so amazing to know we all have it in us to make changes for the better.  We can all become the person we are meant to be, even if we didn't know we had it in us.  It's there.  It's just waiting for you to make the first move. 


 Thanks again everyone for supporting me in this and all I do!  I am so grateful to have so many amazing - awesome - caring - funny - uplifting - loving - people in my life.  xo