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