Hello and welcome to the first installment of #FitnessFriday, a linky, blog carnival, blog hop, whatever you want to call it, hosted by The Healthy Moms Magazine, and co-hosted by myself and the lovely bloggers listed at the bottom of this post. Join the blog conversation every Friday for coverage on fitness and health related topics!
Our first topic is that of setting GOALS. First, a little background on my journey, and then we'll get to my current goals. For the longest time, I never saw the value in setting goals in any area of my life. But all that has changed in the past four years. I went from over 200lbs in February 2010, to around 150lbs when I got pregnant with my now almost two-year-old, back up to 182lbs at the time of his birth, and back down again to my current 135lbs, all by setting goals, and working my behind off to achieve them or to come as close as I possibly could/can. Along the journey, I've learned (and am still learning) to back off from the idea of "perfection", of there even being an end-point to this fitness, health and (now) athletic journey. I wrote a blog post last week talking about breaking the perfectionism habit.
I started my fitness journey with Couch to 5K and my treadmill. In the past four years, I have not had a gym membership. And so, other parts of my fitness journey have included yoga (LOVE), Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper DVDs, Wii Fit, and more recently, P90X.
I reached my big goal of running my first half marathon in September 2013. And so my new big running goal for 2014 is a full marathon in November 2014, the Veterans Marathon in Columbia City, Indiana.
Other goals for 2014 include continuing to strength train and practice yoga, as well as clean up my eating habits in order to continue toward trimming fat and building muscle. I only weigh in and take measurements once a month at this point, but I used to record and log everything - daily food intake / exercise - over on MyFitnessPal. I highly recommend this FREE site to anyone just beginning their fitness journey.
After my friend over at FitPersonified and I finish P90X at the end of February, we will continue our half marathon training plan (after which we'll start on a full marathon plan) and choose another program(s) for strength training and yoga. We will be keeping everyone up to date on our progress not only on our blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, but also on our podcast, the Healthy Everyday Lifestyle Podcast.
I'm excited to be a part of #FitnessFriday and cannot wait to connect with all of you each week! I invite you to leave a comment below sharing your 2014 goals, asking a question of me, making a topic suggestion you'd like us to cover on our podcast, or sharing your own fitness journey. I also invite you to click the links below to read my fellow co-hosts' blogs, or the buttons at the bottom to connect with me elsewhere on the 'net.
Happy New Year and ... Stay Motivated!!!
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