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December Goals

December goals

Well my biggest goal for December is not to fail as miserably on my goals as I did the last month.  So in no particular order, here are my goals for December.

1.  Become an ultra-marathoner – One of my friends somehow talked me into running the Huff 50k with her at the end of December.  A few years ago, if you told me I was going to try running an ultra someday, I would have laughed in your face.  But the whole, “It’s only 5 miles longer than a marathon,” argument won out.  Well, that and homemade turtle candies at the aid stations.  As a little extra incentive, I ordered this shirt from INKnBURN as a gift to myself when I finish.


2. Get a Christmas Tree up this year… before Christmas –  We didn’t have a tree last year.  Or any decorations to really speak of.  I didn’t even send out Christmas cards.  I was a complete Scrooge. Normally, I love the holidays.  But that whole separating from my ex and asking for a divorce a few weeks before Christmas really put a damper on things.  The only thing that’s been in my way this year as for getting into the Christmas spirit is the 50 degree temps we’re having in December.  Not that I mind, but it makes it hard to think about Christmas in a state where white Christmases are the norm.

3.  Eat clean between now and Christmas – I know that eating well over Christmas will be pretty much a wash, but that doesn’t mean I can’t behave the rest of the month.  Watch for some holiday inspired recipe makeovers.  I’m a huge fan of holiday baking.  It’s something that my daughter and I have done together since she was able to work a spoon.  We’ll be keeping our cookie tradition going again this year.

What are your goals to finish off 2012 strong?

How I did on my November Goals – November blogging challenge #29

In a nutshell – I bombed big time this month. I did good on one and okay-ish on another, but the other 3 I failed at miserably.  On the plus side, I can’t do any worse on my December goals, right?  Here’s a breakdown of how I did…

1. Be diligent about tracking my food and get back into the clean eating routine –  I think I did this all of 4 or 5 days this month.  Thanksgiving got the best of me.  You’d understand if you’d ever had my mom’s pie.  I really do need to get on track though.  Or I’ll be asking Santa for bigger jeans :-/

2.  Training for my upcoming ultramarathon – I actually did okay-ish here.  While I would have loved to have gotten a few more miles under my belt, I did get a couple of decent early morning trail runs in and doubled up with a 2nd decent run.  I’ve still got a few weeks left to log quality some miles as long as the weather holds up.  I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll at least be able to finish.  There will be homemade turtles at the aid stations to motivate my butt to keep going.

3. Sell, Sell, SELL!!!!! – This is the one I can actually say I did good on!!  I picked up a few new clients at the Y and hit my sales goal for the 2nd month in a row.  I’m starting to pick up clients at the other gym.  Things are looking good, if not insanely crazy on the job front.  Now to figure out a way to add a few more hours in the day so I can get it all done!!

4.  Find a man –  Yeah, I failed big time on this one.  And I don’t have an active online dating account anymore to help me out in that department.  But I had this amazing idea that would not only help me find a partner in crime, but all the lonely runners out there.  More details on that to be posted soon.

5.  Actually stay on top of a blogging challenge – Epic fail #3 for the month.  I’m going to make it my New Year’s Resolution…. in 2016….

3 Exercises Everyone Should Do – November Blogging Challenge #28

When I interviewed for my personal training job at the YMCA, one of the questions I was asked was “What are your 3 favorite exercises for clients and why?”  The first 3 exercises to pop out of my mouth – Squats, Push ups, and Planks.  So why were these three the first to pop into my head? They all use multiple muscle groups giving a great full body workout without much equipment needed, there are a million different variations to switch things up to avoid boredom and add a little muscle confusion into the mix, and most importantly, they can be modified so that almost everyone can do them.  My answer must have been a good one since I walked out of the interview with a job offer.  So what makes each of these exercises so special? (more…)

My Most Memorable Meal – November Blogging Challenge #27

Yep.  I suck at these challenges.  I let the holidays get in the way of my blogging.  This is also my busy season for work.  That includes all my jobs.  Minnesota really loves its winter sports for some reason.  Maybe it’s that whole 6 months of winter thing.  Anyway, I’ll be a slave to the hockey, basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics teams until March.  It also seems that all this holiday eating has people feeling a little guilty this time of year as well.  Things are starting to pick up at the gym.  Not only am I picking up new clients, but both gyms have me starting some new classes in the new year that have me really excited.  But more about that later.  Then there’s that whole ultra marathon training thing.  Just over a month left to go!!!!

As you can probably tell from my posts, I love to eat.  Like really love to eat.  This is why I exercise.  I can’t diet.  I need food.  So trying to think of a memorable meal brings up so many great ones.  Holiday dinners with my family.  Crazy restaurant experiences.  Catching the bruschetta on fire when trying to impress a new boyfriend with dinner.  So instead of one, here are my top 3. (more…)

My Fitness Mentor – November Blogging Challenge #10

This weekend was a bit nuts, and I’ve fallen way behind on the blogging.  Nothing like having to be up before 5 am for work on both Saturday and Sunday.  A normal person would look for a regular 9-5 job with weekends, holidays, and vacation time.  But I’m not a normal person, and having an actual set schedule sounds boring to me.  So Saturday morning was spent working at the YMCA, chatting with members and working on exercises plans for my regular clients.  Sunday was spent hanging out at a volleyball tryout for a club I provide athletic training services to.  Mostly I got caught up on my kindle free downloads and ate way too many donuts.  Hey, they were free.  So I’ll be spending the next few days getting caught up in between shifts at the gym, meeting with potential training clients, and freezing my butt of at high school hockey.  You wish your life were this glamorous. 

On Saturday, Lisa at She’s Losing It! wrote about her fitness mentor and wanted to know who our fitness mentor is.  Trying to think of someone who doesn’t read the blog since I don’t think anyone wants to take any credit for the craziness that’s ensued due to my love of fitness, I’m going to go with my high school track coach.  Actually, he’s probably the one to blame for a lot of my running related insanity.  He wasn’t the most sane guy himself.  He put up with a lot of crap from me during those 4 years of being a distance runner for my high school team.  Like me yelling how stupid running 8 laps around a track was, in the middle of the meet, each time I ran past the coaches area where he sat with his stop watch and clipboard, laughing and yelling out my splits.  I’m pretty sure at one meet I screamed at him that I hope I was never reincarnated as a hamster.  (more…)

SWF Searching for Long Term Running Partner. Can’t Be Afraid to Get a Little Dirty. – November Blogging Challenge #8

When I first started running, it was on the high school track team.  I wasn’t really a runner.  I just wanted to get in shape for the summer soccer season.  I could run and was okay at it, but I’d much rather be goofing off with my teammates on the soccer field.  So I joined the track team.  Low and behold, I started to love running.  I loved running with the team.  We gossiped and chatted about boys.  We would belt out songs while running down the road and play silly games.  In the off-season, I could run on my own, but it was the group that kept me motivated to keep running. (more…)

My Fitness Pet Peeves – November Blogging Challenge #7

1.  Fads – Here, strap this machine to your abs, and get a 6 pack in 3 weeks.  Sorry sweetheart, but losing weight and getting the body you want isn’t that easy.  If there were some magic pill or dvd or machine that did the work for you, then two-thirds of Americans wouldn’t be overweight or obese.  If you want to get healthy, there’s no substitute for a healthy diet and a well-rounded exercise routine that consists of both cardio, strength training, and improving flexibility.

2.  The myth that women will get too “big” lifting weights – The fact of the matter is, unless you’re training to be a bodybuilder, most women don’t have to worry about gaining too much muscle when starting a lifting program.  How big your muscles will get is primarily determined by genetics and hormones.  Testosterone is the hormone most responsible for muscle growth, and most women don’t have enough to get big and bulky like the guys.  Lifting for women helps build LEAN muscle mass.  Not only will it help you get that sexy toned look as you lose the weight, but it also increases your metabolism, so you burn more calories, even while sitting in front of your computer blogging.

3.  Excuses You know what they say excuses are like, right?  The biggest ones I hear are “I don’t have time” and “Exercise is boring.”  Guess what, you do have time.  Just treat exercise like anything else.  Put it in your calendar.  Make a date with the gym.  And exercise doesn’t have to be boring.  You’re just doing it wrong.  One of the things I tell all my potential clients (and I don’t even charge them for this little bit of wisdom) is to find something you enjoy as part of your weekly cardio routine.  If you like to dance, take a class.  If you love the water, swim or give water exercise a shot.  Weekend warrior, find a flag football or adult soccer league.  It’s ok if you’re not a runner.  I will still love you and will just find other ways to torture you if you’re one of my training clients.