Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Goals and "Big Kid" Planning

It's getting close to the end of my summer, and I'm realizing this is my LAST SUMMER EVER as a "kid". If all goes as planned (it better!) I'm graduating in December of this year. After that, I'll be moving from summer vacations at home lifeguarding, all night study sessions at the library, exams and lectures, and all the other things that make up college life to getting a "big kid" job and supporting myself for the first time ever. I'm terrified, for obvious reasons, but also very excited to move forward. 

Anyways, lately thinking about my future career and life plans, has got me thinking about my future health and fitness goals and plans. I've dedicated a much larger part of my life to being healthy since November (when I began running), and it has completely transformed my life for the better. I really want to transition that to my working life, and expand it's role in my life even more. I'm a strong believer in setting goals, so here are some of my health and fitness goals for the future:
  • Overcome my unhealthy eating habits- I'm probably the most unhealthy eater ever, and I'll admit it. Cheese, carbs, and sugar make up 99.9% of my diet and I eat in mass quantities. About once every month or so I try to diet. I do great, choose healthier foods, and eat smaller portions... for about a week. Then life gets in the way; I have an asthma attack or a major exam stresses me out or it's 104 degrees at work. Whatever the event, something small gets in the way and I make excuses to cheat a little and then cheat some more until I'm not longer dieting again. I know I'll never be the type of girl that eats tofu and carrots everyday and is totally satisfied, but healthier choices and portions are a must. 
  • Run religiously - When training for races I do my 3 runs every week without fail, but when I don't have something exciting on the calendar, I tend to put it off. I'd like to get to the point where I work out no matter what, and don't drag my feet so much getting to the gym. 
  • Run in fun places - I treadmill run too much! I need to get past my excuses and get out there and run new trails and routes so that I keep motivation up and have more fun, not to mention challenge my body more. 
  • Be more adventurous - I like doing fun adventurous and ACTIVE stuff! So I need to quit letting being busy and living in a boring state (sorry Oklahoma but you know it's true) get in the way of that. 

  • Complete at least 12 races a year - I'm well on my way (10 so far this year) but I don't want that number to shrink once I'm in a full time job and back to school. 

  • Meet more runners - I'm terrible at meeting people and getting out there. I love meeting new people and hearing about their journeys, but when it comes to group runs etc. I've always shied away because of my slow speeds. That's gotta quit! 
  • Add in strength training - I don't do any, and I should. Enough said. 
  • Move every day - I've stuck to 3 days a week of running for almost 8 months except with a short (failed) attempt at a 40 day challenge for about a week.  I still believe that rest days from running is important, but I should do other things like walk more, swim, bike, play with my dog, use wii fit, or anything to just get in some more cardio every day. 

  • Get educated - My running store has running seminars about all kinds of things like natural running (pose method) or proper nutrition. I want to start attending events like these and reading up on running/health books. I'd love to feel like more of health and fitness blogger rather than someone who likes running and I feel like a big part of that is knowing your stuff. 
I'm sure I'll think of more, but for now I'd say they are pretty big goals, but ones that I can be excited about. 

QOTD: Do you have big health and fitness goals you are working towards? What are they?


  1. Sounds like you are off to a great start! A lot of the points that you made sound like far as the running group thing, there will more than likely be people out there your speed! It's hard to get out there and join - I was in a running group for 6 months before I really met people. I showed up every day by myself and ran by myself and stayed mostly to myself - I'm just shy and it's hard for me to get out there an open up. However, I made friends and it's the greatest thing ever! They keep me motivated and on top of my game! Do you have any running groups near you? You may want to consider trying it out! :0) Those petit-fours look incredible, by the way!!!

  2. Good post, isn't the first step being able to identify your "problems?" For me my MAIN goal is to stay within my calorie range. I've been using My Fitness Pal to get an idea of portions. And let's just say, I had no idea what an actual acceptable portion was.

    I also want to be more consistent with running FARTHER. At least six miles of trail run/walking, three days a week. And BodyRock the other three to four days.

  3. Karen: I'm glad you made friends at your running group! They sound like so much fun! I don't have any groups where I go to school, but plan to join one in December when I graduate because I will most likely be living in OKC. They sound like a blast! And as far as the petit fours go, they are my biggest weakness everytime I go to florida! You can get them from Publix. Luckily we don't have Publix around here, otherwise I'd be obese for sure! haha

    lolamako: Thanks! And I know what you mean about not realizing portion sizes. A whole box of mac n cheese sounds like a meal right?! haha Sounds like you've got some great goals!

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