Barracuda: Fitness Goals

This post was inspired by Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas, a novel where former Olympic hopeful Dan destroys his swimming career and his attempt at redemption after prison. Join From Left to Write on September 30th as we discuss Barracuda. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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In case you are new, I belong to an online book club, From Left to Write, we read books and review them in non-traditional manner. Basically, we take a theme from the book and write from that. It can be the overall theme from the book, or just one small piece that stood out to us.

I’ll be honest, as I write this I have not finished this book. Life has been crazy busy, and the book has been a slow read for me, unfortunately when I have 5 things on my plate, this goes to the back burner because the book just hasn’t kept me wanting more.

One theme that has stood out is fitness goals and dreams. When I started working out and enjoying working out, my whole life changed. I started have goals outside of my family and career. I am not just talking about losing X amount of pounds or looking a certain way. I am talking about real, clear-cut goals, they started with running a 5K, then PRing my 5K time, and it has snowballed from there.

NWMSFWhen I first started working out, it was crazy to think that I could run a 5K, or even a 10K. I have now completed TWO half-marathons! I’ve run countless 5K’s, a few 5 milers, and 5 10K’s. Sometimes it’s hard to think that this body, that I feel like has let me down recently, has been strong enough to do all of those things.

My long-term running goal is to run Boston. I am not delusional, I am not a BQ (Boston Qualifier) type of runner, I would have to run for a charity that I am close to. I am not against that, I think that charity runners are amazing and are real runners even if they didn’t qualify. Boston is not an easy course, but it is one I grew up cheering at, I’ve watched many friends cross that finish line. It is my ultimate running dream.

Pure Barre LynnfieldBut what about my other fitness goals? While running will always be the sport I come back to and the sport I love, I dabble in other things fitness related. My short-term goal is 100 classes and completing the Fit for Fall challenger at Pure Barre Lynnfield.

Someday, I would love to be a fitness instructor. I have a teaching background, and I have a passion for fitness, I think that I would be great at it. I am just not at a place in my life where I could do it.

Some other goals I would love to meet:

  • Become a yogi. Yoga is something that I need in my life, but it’s not something I do often enough.

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  • Become less fearful about taking Spin classes. I’ve taken one spin class in my life. It was 7 years ago and it was awful. Things have changed since then and there are a ton of boutique studios where I am sure I would have a great experience, but that overwhelming fear still holds me back
  • Get my half-marathon time down, I’d love for it to be 2:40 or less. This is a goal that will take time and dedication.
  • Be a fitness role model for my son and my future children.

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What are your fitness goals?

 

New Blog & Goal Checking

First things first:

A big thanks go out tos Nick and his business partner Will. They helped me with a fairly difficult migration from Squarespace to self-hosted WordPress that involved all the behind the scenes stuff (export/import, hosting, DNS changes, WordPress install and configuration) as well as a totally new site design and custom header. If you are looking for some help with your own blog or any sort of design work, website, or mobile app, check them out.

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Just hanging out with my TRX

So like I told you in my goals post, I am all about accountability and changing my lifestyle, not dieting.

I have met with Amanda, and so far it is going really well. I am working on changing my diet (as in eating) because I am getting sick of the same things, which means I am venturing into the world of getting new ideas.

So tell me your favorite protein muffins and protein shakes!

I am also working with this great new site called Fitness Glo, which is online video classes. So far it has been awesome, and I will have a full review when I have tried more classes, but the stretching alone, those classes I definitely needed.

How are you keeping up with your goals so far?

2013 Goals & Accountability

I know this is about a month late, but when I make a goal, I need to come up with a game plan. Sometimes it takes me awhile to figure out exactly what I need to do in order to make my goals happen.

So what are my goals? I didn’t really post them on here, because I don’t think of them as resolutions, but just goals, I have long-term and short-term. Long-term, I would like to lose 50 pounds and maintain that weight loss. Short-term, I would like to lose 15 pounds by Memorial Day, I feel like that is a realistic goal, maybe I am wrong, time will tell.

I would also like to cut 20 minutes off my PR time, I honestly think that these two items really tie into each other. The more I run and workout the better it will be for my weightless. The more weight I lose, the less weight I have to run with, which really takes a load off of me.

So how am I going to do this? With no gym, I really have to motivate myself and make my home gym work. I will be honest, some days I have an extremely hard time with motivation. If B was up all night/sleeping in our bed, then I do not feel well rested and not motivated to just pop out of bed to go run or work out. That is a mental hurdle I really need to get over.

I have a few plans in place, I am now in a routine with my trainer. I am very lucky to have a trainer that is willing to come to my house and train me & entertain my toddler if he is awake. We have worked together, on and off, since 2007. He helped me lose 30 pounds and keep it off, and now I am working on the last 50. I can see & feel a difference in my muscles from when I started many years ago. I have a good amount of workout equipment in my house that I have slowly bought. A few more weights & kettlebells and I will have a sweet home gym. I also run 3-4x a week. 2 short runs, 1 long run and 1 tempo run. I am training for that half PR so I need to put in the miles.

The second piece is Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, I did the first round (this is now the 4th) and I loved it, especially post-baby. It kept me accountable and gave me a plan to follow, it also helped me get back into the swing of things. After the moving and holiday stress, I needed something to keep me accountable for the days I wasn’t with my trainer. One of the parts I love about Tina’s program is it just isn’t about working out, she has us set two goals every week. I rotate my goals, because there are things that I constantly need to address, at least the past 3 weeks. The ones that I am really focusing on are; trying to drink 100 oz of water a day, the second is to track my calories. After having B, when I was trying to lose the baby weight, I was using Lose It to track my calories and I found it extremely helpful, just like workout gear, everyone has a preference for a calorie counter, Lose It is mine. If I was a working gal, I probably wouldn’t feel as if this was an absolute necessity, but since I stay home it is way easier to bored eat, it is easy to swipe a piece of B’s unfinished snack. I need to hold my self accountable for every bite that goes in my mouth.

The Third Piece is working with Amanda on my nutrition. While I eat under or at my calorie intake designated to me, and I feel like I eat healthy foods, sometimes it is nice to have a second set of eyes, especially certified eyes. We are meeting soon to go over all the information, and I am looking forward to this.

This plan has me accountable to multiple people, I feel like I do my best when I can let multiple people down, because frankly, that would be embarrassing. How do you hold yourself accountable?

What’s a post without my biggest inspiration to lose weight and be healthy & fit?

San Francisco: Day 3 – The Half-Marathon

Check out where I shopped and what I ate before you read about how I raced!

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It’s here, it’s finally race day. Decked out in my favorite reebok capris, sparkle skirt, lululemon tank, TNT tank and of course no outfit is complete without a sparkly soul headband or garmin ;)

I may have a big smile on my gave but I was a wreck. My sister made me coffee while I showered and dressed. I drank about half a cup and choked down an english muffin with some peanut butter. I met the rest of my Team In Training group in the hotel lobby, we took some group photos and headed to the start corrals together. I took a banana with me so that I could have something to eat, but ended up eating it before we left the hotel. We got into the corrals around 6ish, the race didn’t start until 7 am.

Let me start by saying, I did have race goals, ones that I kept to myself, the first was to finish and be happy, but what I really wanted was to finish in the same time as my first half or PR. So when I bird pooped on my head on Friday I thought, hey this race is going to be awesome and I am going to ROCK IT.

Unfortunately, this is not a happy tale. As I mentioned before we went to our start corrals about an hour before the race started and because it was such a large race and my corral was so far back, it took our group about 30 minutes to even cross the start line. I ended up starting my fuel earlier than I usually do.

The race started in Union Square and made its way down towards the Embarcadero and the Marina, Christine managed to find me in the crowd and I actually heard her, thanks for the encouragement! The first 4 miles were relatively flat and I was under my goal pace for those miles, but I still felt like I was not really pushing myself, I wanted some energy in the tank for the hard miles.

I made a bathroom stop around mile 3 and around mile 3.5-4 was the first big hill, but I just powered through it and got to the top, I saw my sister at mile 4…(sorry to anyone I sent this too, she took this pic at mile 4 NOT the finish line)

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I wish I had remembered to grab the extra fuel that I packed for her to take but I forgot, problem #2. I had my fuel around mile 4.5 – 5, these areas were fairly flat, I remembered that there were going to be shot bloks at the aid stations so I thought I would be okay. Mile 6 was were it started to take a turn for the worse. It was a winding hill that I thought was going to never end. I trained on some hills but they were nothing compared to this. I ended up power walking about halfway through, but I was starting to feel woozy at the top. I started walking when it flattened out and grabbed as much water and nuun as I could carry and hoped that I was dehydrated, but the fluid was not helping either. Around mile 8 a girl that I talked to earlier in the race noticed that I had slowed down, and maybe saw the desperate look on my face. She offered me a pack of sports beans, black cherry flavor, and I was so grateful, I wish I had caught her name or something, she saved me from a DNF, I am quite certain.

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This is what desperation looks like

I call mile 8 – 9.5 my dark miles. These are the ones I was alone and all I wanted to do was quit. It was an internal battle. I started secondary fuel way too late and I just wouldn’t be able to recover. Which meant walking the last 5 miles, I ended up on my feet for much longer than I ever had been before and that really hurt my knees and hips.

I was texting my sister and told her that she was going to have to wait longer than we had anticipated, but she was awesome.

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Honestly, I was not feeling it, I just wanted to finish. My time was 03:56:45, a full 38 minutes slower than my first half-marathon. I ran through the finish line, determined to have a smile on my face, it didn’t hurt that the commentators were discussing my awesome sparkle skirt over the speakers.

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FINALLY

I grabbed my necklace, finishers T, food and bag! I just wanted to eat and go shower, so I only stuck around long enough to snag the last long sleeved 13.1 finishers shirt.

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Caty and I hopped on to the TNT shuttle back to our hotel and showered & changed then proceeded to Boudin and Ghiradelli for my post-race treats, and unfortunately I forgot my ID so no post-race beer for me

Fitness Friday: My Fitness Bucket List

Being an Ambassador for Fitfluential, is something I am grateful to be a part of every day! I have a great support network for my sometimes crazy fitness dreams and goals. Just recently, we were all asked to make a pin board about our fitness bucket list, thanks for enabling the crazy fitfluential ;).

The Ambassadors, myself included, took off with this request, I made my board that night.

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Right now my list has 15 items. I am sure I will be adding more as I go, but here are a few of the ones I am really pumped about.

1. The number one race I must run

THE Boston Marathon. I grew up on Boston history and sports. I have lived just outside the city for almost 6 years now. If I only ever run one marathon, this will be it. There is so much history with this race, and while the race itself may be boring, the spectators make it worth it.

2. My first BIG race

The Nike Women’s Half. Running on 10.14.2012 with Team in Training, I am excited and terrified.

3. Phone a Friend?

I have always wanted to do a relay, but honestly right now my pace is just too slow.

4. Blogging

Attend a blogging conference. I am registered for Healthy Living Summit this August, luckily it is in Boston, which means less cost for me.

5. Run one DISNEY race

Okay, okay, busted. I would love to run all of them. Seriously they just look fun, and is something the whole family could be a part of.

Most of my fitness bucket list is in the running spectrum, I know there are other things out there that I have been dying to do, I just need to write them all down!

What are your fitness bucket list items?

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Goals for 2012

You can see a better look at my big goal here, but I wanted to break down my other goals for 2012.

I like to set goals, because these aren’t things that I want to stop, they are things, mostly, that I want to continue to use in my lifetime.

Blogging

I want to be a better blogger, 3 posts a week, at the least. One baking/cooking, one family and one fitness. I know this is a goal I can manage, I just need to be better about doing it.

Family & Friends

I am always striving to be a better mom and wife. I hope that I can continue to do that. I also want to work on making more mom friends and maintaing relationships with the people who are already in my life.

Stop trying to hold on to the relationships that aren’t worth it. I’ve tried really hard since college to make some friendships last, but it doesn’t always go both ways. I need to learn to let go and be okay with that.

Have more patience, this is something that can always use some work.

Baking

It’s no secret I love baking, but baking & weight loss don’t exactly go hand-in-hand. I want to test new recipes from a wonderful baking book my husband bought me, but balance it with healthy baking recipes, and hopefully try something new once a week.

Fitness

Obviously the big goal is weight loss, but I also want to try new things. I have always wanted to try cross fit, but frankly it is just not in the budget. I am going to try doing the WOD, at home. I’ve also always wanted to try yoga, but I am a wimp when it comes to going to classes by myself.

Another big hinderance in trying new fitness classes is that they either have to be really early on weekdays or weekends. Nick leaves for work pretty early and I am just exhausted by the time he gets home. But few places in the area have any classes earlier then 7:30… unless you belong to a gym. I just want a place where I can pay per class or pay for a group of classes.

Life

I want to travel at least one new place in the next year.

Take B in the pool and help him learn how to swim.

Enjoy myself in all the upcoming events: baptisms, weddings, etc…

What are some of your 2012 goals?