En Goals

 

Hello July  – how are you doing?  This morning I was going through my notebook trying to find an empty page on which to scribble a to do list, when I stumbled on my 2016 goal list. The past 6 months have been a whirlwind and I’m so excited to say I have met many of the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year.  Others have changed as I have grown and changed, and some I have made some progress on but I need to get my butt in gear to successfully accomplish this year.  Here is a re-cap of this year’s goals so far, and ones for the months to come.

Goals I knocked out of the park:

We got a doggie!

Yes, one of my 2016 goals was to get a dog – and oh, did we get a dog!

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Grimm is 90ish pounds of rescued poodle mix love.  Our initial months were a struggle as we worked though separation anxiety, and getting him to feel comfortable in his new settings (read: cleaning up poop until midnight, then coming home the next day just to do it again!).  After lots of check-ins with behaviorists, talking to everyone who had ever owned a dog, and lots of love, consistency, and patience, I can say that he is a healthy, happy (and very spoiled) pup.

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He is a gentle goofy giant, and I couldn’t imagine our lives without him. We love him so much.

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I Started Teaching Bootcamp Classes:

After undergoing a fitness transformation, I was very inspired by the people that had helped me get fit. I wanted to continue my fitness journey and impart the knowledge I had gained in order to help others get stronger and find their fit tribe.  In March I was given the opportunity to teach bootcamp at Flex and Flow.  Since then I have been doing all that I can to learn more about teaching and fitness so I can continue to help my students become stronger and have a blast while doing it.

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I love being a part of the Flex and Flow tribe and I’m so proud of my friends Jamie and Alyse for building a warm, friendly community where people can strive to achieve their fitness goals.

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I’m so excited to be attending BlogFestfit next week with the FitApproach crew (OMG!) and to be taking my ACE personal training certification examination in August.

Up my running Game:  I feel like I have achieved this goal about 50% of the way and since we’re only halfway through the year I will take that as a win! I started off the year strong doing weekly off-season runs with Team LUNA Chix, being active with Flex and Flow run club, and having a fast for me finish at the Trail Factor Half Marathon.

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My next big challenge is running the 30-mile Wildwood trail in August and keeping a consistent training schedule during summer travel and family visits.

Goals that I have changed:

Lose 15 pounds and get six pack abs:

I started the year wanting to lose weight and reach what I thought was the pinnacle of fitness – having 6 pack abs.  My intent was to get back to the weight and size that I was when I was at my “skinniest”.  Currently I’m about 15 pounds heavier and 1 size higher than I was at my smallest/lightest weight. After sitting on this goal for a few months, I had to ask myself the question “why am I doing this?”.  At my “skinniest” weight I wasn’t eating enough for my activity level, I was not eating healthy, I had terrible sleep habits, and generally was not treating my body right.  Why would I want to go back to this?  So this goal has changed.  Instead of reaching a particular number on the scale or a particular number of abdominal muscles showing, I just want to live a wholesome and healthy life. Workout hard, but smart.  Eat healthy.  Get good sleep. Nourish my body with what it needs.  My new goal and mantra: Be strong, be fast, and be healthy. F the scale, and F society’s expectations for my body.

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Things to work on in the months to come:

Deepen my yoga practice:

I started off the year on a really good foot, going to yoga at least once a week, and working hard to achieve the ever elusive hand stand.

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However, once Grimm came into the picture, we were spending a lot of time getting him settled in.  Once we felt comfortable leaving him to go to yoga, I hurt my hands in a freak accident (a glass light fixture in my house shattered and I sustained bad cuts on both of my hands).

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Now that I’m all healed up, I’m making it my goal to get into the studio to practice at least once a week until year’s end.  I’m also committing to at least 15 minutes of at home practice a day.

Up my fashion game:

Gaining and losing weight can be a real pain in the ass in the closet department. That combined with that fact that – Ugggh – I hate shopping with the light of 1000 burning suns, makes for a pretty sad wardrobe.  However, I also hate that when I go out I feel like I’m wearing a burlap sack.  I’m putting it out there: I’m failing terribly at this goal.  I’m going to work on this over the next 6 months.  Any fashion forward friends out there that can help me???

Up my blog game:

Ok, here we are in July and I am posting my 2nd blog post of the year – not exactly an A+ in the content production department.  For what its worth, I have upped my social media game significantly this year, and I feel like I have done a great job making connections both over social media and in my real life.  Moving forward, I’m going to be posting here at least once a week.  A lofty goal, but now that I have said it publicly, I have to do it!!!  Furthermore, I’m so very excited to be going to my first BlogFest this week and learning all the things about upping my blog game!

  1. Jamie King says:

    I love this, I’m so glad you said F it to the scale and F it even more to the 6 pack because honestly, who even has a six pack?!?!? Ha! Also, I hear you real hard on the fashion game, omg someone HELP us please! Haha 🙂 xoxo

  2. Alyse says:

    Tash, you are killin’ it! I can’t wait to take one of your Bootcamp classes or to meet Grimm! F the scale is right. You look amazing – and you are amazing. Can’t wait to see you at blogfest!!

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