November Health & Fitness Goals

October rocked!  It was a crazy busy month, but I managed to meet most of my health & fitness goals and I am so happy about that!  

I ran a total of 56.5 miles last month, I got out there and ran some trails, managed to lose 4 pounds, and drink my water!  If I didn't reach 100 oz a day, I came close most days and I'm ok with that!  I managed about a day and a half on the sugar detox, but again, I'm ok with that too! 

This weekend I didn't do so good and with that I'm not ok! But there's nothing like a Monday to get you back on track!  Here are my goals for November!  Let's do it!  Who's with me?  

What are your goals for November?  Did you meet your goals last month? 

 

5 Tips for Running in the Morning | Motivational Monday

I am not a morning person.  I've ignored my 6am alarm more times than I care to admit.  I'm not a night owl either.  I can rock 10am like it's nobody's business, though!  I have a flexible schedule and can get away with mid-day workouts at the gym and when the weather is just right, I can go for a mid-morning or early afternoon run.  Unfortunately, even with a flexible schedule, sometimes it's just best to get your workout done and over with first thing in the morning, then you can focus on the rest of your day without interruption for a mid-day sweat fest.  An early morning run also guarantees it gets done.  I've had plenty of days when I had every intention of working out or going for a run mid-morning, but then life happens and my workout doesn't.  

Take today for example, I ignored the 6am alarm clock.  I told myself I'd go run at the indoor track at the gym this afternoon, but then my 9 year old woke up sick and didn't go to school.  Now, I'm left trying to figure out when I'll get to run today and it most likely won't be the 5 miles I was planning.  How I wish I'd just sucked it up and gone for my run this morning.  I know I would have felt great afterwards.  And that's just it, while I'm fighting with myself to get out of bed, I need to remember how good it feels when it's done!  I'm determined to make early morning runs part of my routine, especially since I'm considering running the Hoover Dam Half Marathon in December!  So, I've come up with a plan to help me and those of you who also struggle getting out of bed in the mornings to prepare for early morning runs.

  1. Set out your clothes & gear the night before.  We've all heard this before, but I think it really does help.  Not only does it save you time in the morning, but by going through the motions of setting it all up beforehand you are making a commitment to yourself that you will get up!  
  2. Go to bed early.  Here's another given.  If you want to wake up early, you have to go to bed earlier than usual.  Plan an earlier bed time and make it happen.  
  3. Visualization.  Visualizing yourself running your route is a good way to keep motivated.  It especially helps to visualize the end of the run and how you feel when it's done.  
  4. Make Plans.  Whether you make plans to run with a friend or a running group, having that accountability will always get me out of bed!  
  5. Suck it up buttercup!   No whining, no complaining, just get up and go for it.  Because, when it's done, you'll feel amazing!  

Do you have any tips or tricks for getting your morning runs done?  Feel free to share them in the comments below!  Thanks :)


Motivational Monday | Making Time for Yourself

Life can get pretty hectic sometimes, but I've found that in all the chaos I must make time for me.  Don't get me wrong, it's still a struggle, many days I have mental arguments with myself trying to convince myself why it'd be ok if I stayed home.  I'm looking for excuses.  Excuses will always be there, though.  I will always have a million reasons why I can't go for a run or why I can't workout.  Laundry needs to be done, kitchen needs to be cleaned, blog post needs to go up, work has to be done; I could go on forever.  Sometimes the excuses are really valid, sometimes the excuses win.  But not always and not today!  

Let's be honest with ourselves, is our work ever done?  As working mothers, stay at home moms, students, and everything in between, we are always busy.  If it's not one thing, it's another and we often find ourselves not getting very far on our to-do list, at least I do!  This is why making time for yourself is actually so important.  We're so busy making time for others, our kids, our work, our spouses, our house, that we often put ourselves on the back burner and when we don't we feel guilty for doing something for ourselves.  It's time to stop feeling guilty for taking care of ourselves physically and emotionally and start being a better person for our loved ones.  Making some time for yourself every day is a challenge.  I know this.  But, when you carve out the time in your daily schedule for yourself, you'll feel refreshed and your family will see and feel the difference.  You'll have more energy and feel less stressed.  

Making time for yourself on a regular basis is not selfish.  I honestly believe that working out has helped make me a better parent.  It shows my kiddos that I not only take care of them, but I take care of myself too and I feel it's so important to teach this to our children.


I challenge you, if you aren't doing it already to make some time for yourself every day.  It could be 30 minutes, an hour, whatever you feel is a good start and do something for yourself.  Read a book, go for a walk or a run, take a class at the gym, work on your hobby.  Whatever it is make it about you.  You deserve it!  

I challenge you, if you aren't doing it already to make some time for yourself every day.  It could be 30 minutes, an hour, whatever you feel is a good start and do something for yourself.  Read a book, go for a walk or a run, take a class at the gym, work on your hobby.  Whatever it is make it about you.  You deserve it!