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2013 Goals.

I think setting my goals for 2012 seriously helped me stay focused, so I decided to do it again for 2013. I also want to do a monthly re-cap of how I am doing with these goals, just to keep me in check! Here are my goals for 2013:

  • Run/swim/bike a combined total of 1500 miles.
  • Run 3 half marathons this Spring.
  • Complete 3 tri’s this summer.
  • Don’t die during the Ragnar Relay.
  • Run a sub 2:15 half marathon.
  • Cook dinner every night for an entire week.
  • Grow an herb garden and use it!
  • Balance between my goals, John’s goals, and what’s good for the girls. Reaching goals take sacrifice for all parties, and it’s very easy to become selfish with what you want, and not what’s best for the family.
  • Take the girls on a weekend trip.. somewhere fun but within driving distance.
  • Be able to do the splits.
  • Continue with cross training and weight training.
  • Clean up my eating… being more mindful of what I am putting into my body.
  • Go to a Pro Football Game.


What are your goals for 2013? Should I add anything to my list?

Happy New Year, Y’all!!

Motivated to Run?

I got asked the other day if I would share what motivates me to run. I thought long and hard about it before answering. You see when I first started running, I was motivated to cross something off my bucket list. To be able to said I did something. I used it as a way to lose weight. I signed up for my first half marathon a month after I did my first 5K. I thought Disney Princess sounded like a blast. I didn’t fully understand what I was going to put my body through. So, I didn’t train properly. When it was all said and done, I had put my body through the worst kind of hell that it wasn’t prepared for. I’m talking.. couldn’t walk normally for a week!

I forced myself to train for it two years in a row. Hating most every minute. You see, I was doing it for the wrong reasons. To lose weight or to prove to others that I was a runner.

I ended up signing up for Savannah last year with some friends, and trained with Kelsie and had that small group of support. I started to love every minute of it. Somewhere along the way, I stopped running for others and started doing it for myself. I found that I was less stressed, a better mom, and a better wife when I ran. I stopped feeling guilty for running.
It’s become a part of our lifestyle as a family.
I have run 4 half marathons in the past year. It’s insane to think about.
Do I have days where I don’t want to run? Sure. I do it anyway. That’s one of those things that changed. I used to find excuses to not run. Now, I just try to run faster and get it over with on those days that I am not feeling it.

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I quit trying to explain why I do these crazy things to most people. They don’t understand why I would want to do that.

It takes a lot of dedication and determination to be an endurance athlete. You have to be willing to give up on sleep, dinners out, or just laying on the couch.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of running.. PR’s and distance goals. But I try not to get sucked into that. I try to have fun with it so I will continue to enjoy it. I love planning a new race outfit, or finding new music to run to.

Sometimes I want to be alone when I run, other times I want to be with a group.

One of the things I’ve learned is how important it is to not compare yourself with others. I run my pace. I run to beat my previous best time. Sure I could run as fast or as far as XYZ, but I’m not willing to sacrifice that much of my sleep or time with my family. I do what works for me.

I have no desire at this point to run a full marathon. I would much rather do a half ironman instead. I am far too ADD to handle only running for over 4 or 5 hours.

Running has given me so much. More confidence. A different outlook on life. It tapped into a part of my brain that I didn’t know existed.

I guess the point is, my motivation for starting to run and why I continue to do it are totally different. I continue to run, because it is a part of me.

What motivates you?

Staying Sane in the Holiday Crazy

Tis the season! Right?!

While I enjoy the Holiday season, it tends to bring out my inner cray-cray. Am I alone? Probably Not. The past two years, I have been training for a half-marathon at this point in my year and all I can say is, Thank the heavens I am not right now. Life is totally crazy. I wanted to have my Christmas shopping done by Black Friday… I’m still scrambling to pick up a few things. My house is not staying clean, my schedule just keeps filling up and my To-Do List is longer than Santa’s Naughty List at the moment. Here are a few things I am trying to remember and do during the next few weeks.

1. EAT. And eat the right things. More cookies, cupcakes, and general junk are coming in and out of my house lately and it’s SO tempting. I’m not saying I’m not indulging, but I have to limit myself. Trying to concentrate on eating good portion sizes and the right kind of snacks. And drinking PLENTY of water!! I have been guilty lately of not doing this, and I always feel like crud! Holiday parties are coming up and I must remember to not go overboard on all the delicious treats. While, something made with lots of cream cheese, butter, and mayonnaise make taste like a gift from Heaven, it is absolute crap to your body. You also must keep in check your number of alcoholic beverages, it’s so easy to go a little overboard and then regret it for the next couple of days.

2. SLEEP. Sleep is a big one for me. I really need at least 8 hours. Most nights I get around 7. It really stinks to always feel tired, especially this time of year.. it really plays with your mood and general attitude! Lately, I’ve been so busy, I don’t think if I slept for 10 hours every night for a week, that I would feel caught up.

3. MOVE. This is a biggie. When I am stressed, I cling to my workouts. It forces all that tension and aggression out that is caused by those crazy Christmas shoppers. The past two weeks? I think I worked out twice. My stress level was through the roof and I had a slight meltdown on Sunday. I am not delusional… I know those two things are related. Just like Elle Woods said.. “Endorphins make you happy.”

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4. ENJOY. Lastly, enjoy the Holidays! This is the season for giving. I love nothing more than getting together with family. There is no reason that you shouldn’t get to enjoy some yummy treats and meals as long as they are in moderation. Also, if you are dominating the previous trifecta, there is no reason that you won’t enjoy this season.

Don’t Wait, Start NOW!

My new favorite person, Kelly Olexa challenged all of the FitFluential Ambassadors to share some motivational tips on how to get started with your fitness goals. Now is the time! No need to wait until New Years to set a resolution you’re not going to finish– start now, while everyone is out running crazy while shopping for Christmas presents.

1. Set your goals. 

Do you want to lose 10 lbs? Tone up? Start eating better? All of the above? Maybe you just want to look smokin’ hot for you high school reunion or perhaps you want to run a 5K or a 10K by summer. Either way, you need to write them down and your plan of action for how to attain them.

2. Start Small.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s not realistic to think you can lose 10lbs in a week. For me, I set smaller goals within my big goal. I didn’t start running because I wanted to run a marathon. I started because I wanted to improve my cardiovascular health, lose a lbs, and run a 5K. These smaller attainable goals will help you stay on track and stay motivated.

3. Reward Yourself.

When you reach these smaller goals, reward yourself! You’ve worked hard! Maybe it’s along the lines of “When I can do 25 push-ups, I will buy myself a pair of earrings” or “When I lose 10 lbs, I will schedule myself a facial”. You should acknowledge your hard work. Your treats should be non-food items. Don’t reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.

4. Find what keeps you motivated.

Is it a workout buddy? Someone to help hold you accountable? Or maybe it’s joining a gym and meeting new people. For me, it’s finding inspirational quotes or looking on Pinterest or watching certain Alabama Football Videos. You are going to have days when you don’t feel like hitting the gym, but those will be the workouts that stick with you and make you stronger.

5. Don’t compare yourself to others.

It’s taken me a long time to not do this. But you absolutely, can NOT compare yourself to someone else. It will beat you down mentally.

6. Find what works for you. 

Maybe running isn’t your thing. That’s fine! There are too many choices out there for you not to be able to find something you enjoy. There’s spin classes, CrossFit, Zumba, Yoga, swimming, and good ol’ lifting weights. :) The possibilities are endless for you to have that rocking’ bod.

7. Get rid of the junk! 

You know those days where you are mindlessly eating? It’s best to have healthy snacks on hand. No swiss cake rolls or bags of chips. Fresh fruit and veggies, hummus, and granola are all quick and delicious choices for snacks to have on hand.

I hope you have found some of my tips helpful. And of course, I LOVE to motivate people to attain ANY goals. Whether it’s fitness, organizational, decorating, whatever. Feel free to e-mail me! :)

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