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August Goals

How is August here already? I felt like it was just a few months ago, it was August of 2015 and we just moved to NJ. Now, we’ve been here almost a year. It’s crazy how time flies the older you get.

August is our final month of summer. September is going to mark the beginning of a crazy and busy period in our lives (I’ll go into that more in another post). Knowing how busy our lives are going to become soon, I sat down and really started to think about my past goals, why I haven’t done very well with them and how I can make August’s goals the best of 2016. One thing that came to mind when reviewing my goals was I think I was making everything too complicated and giving myself too much. I tried to think back to what I did and why I was so successful last time I went through my weight loss journey. I realized I kept everything simple. I had a few goals I wanted to work towards and didn’t overload myself with so many super detailed goals that just weren’t attainable for the time in my life. I set goals that were going to work for my lifestyle and my schedule.

That’s exactly what I’m going back with my August goals. I looked at TJ’s schedule and when he’s realistically home to watch the kids if I want to leave the house for a workout. I’ve looked at my schedule with the kids and what’s realistic for me to get a workout in. I’ve looked at my work schedule, and what I believe is going to work for that as well. All of these factors and more played HUGE roles in defining my August goals. But I know being aware of everything going on in our life, will allow me to set attainable goals that will motivate me to keep going.

So, let’s get on with the goals already!

Workout 3-4x/week
I actually had a slightly higher goal for this but when looking at the time I realistically have each week caused me to lower this a bit.  I’m going to start the C25K program over and schedule those runs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the hopes of another workout during the week, which I plan to make a strength workout of some sort. 
I miss running a lot but actually getting outside right now just isn’t likely with the type of schedule we have. I’m working long days every weekend so in reality a weekend run is probably not going to happen. My plan is to get the C25K runs in during the week. If an opportunity pops up where I can get a run in outside on the weekends, I’ll take it but I will not be scheduling them in due to work.

As for my strength training workout, I haven’t decided what that will be but I plan to mix it up and hopefully add one or two in after my runs as well, but I’m not going to stress if they don’t happen. Right now, the habit needs to be formed and once that is down, then I can move on to adding more. If I can a strength workout in on Tuesday or Thursdays, I’d be happy, and then I can try to get out with the kids before school starts. Maybe a walk, bike ride or swim at the park. Something to get us all moving.

Meal Prep each week
I use to meal prep every week. It took up several hours of my Sunday but it was totally worth it. We ate at home more often and it made dinners so much easier every night. I got out of the habit when I was working at the elementary school and only sporadically picked it up here and there. 
With me working on the weekends, a Sunday meal prep session isn’t going to happen, but I can definitely move it to Mondays and maybe enlist the kids to help. I know how important meal prep is for staying on track with meals and this is a MUST for me for reaching my weightloss goals and limited workout time. My nutrition is actually going to be the most important part for me (well isn’t it for everyone?).
Lose 3-4 pounds this month
I feel that as long as I watch my portions and calories, and stick to my workouts, then this will happen naturally for me. But I know if I don’t do either of those things, this will not happen. This is the measurable part of the month’s goals to show that I’m doing what needs to be done to hit my goal weight/fit level. 
I definitely have a weightloss number I want to hit but I’m realistic in that it’s more about being fit and healthy than the number on the scale. If that means I don’t ht my goal weight, I will be ok, but the number on the scale is going to be a big motivator and indicator in the beginning for me. 
Read 2 books this month
This is not fitness or nutrition related but more mental health related. I would like to read 1 personal development book in August and 1 just-for-fun book. I feel personal development books are good for everyone, whether they are health-based, business-based, hobby-based or faith-based. We can always working toward becoming a better or more improved version of ourselves and I’m interested in learning all I can to be a better person. As for a just-for-fun book, I find that I get myself so wrapped in what needs to be done for the house and everyone in the family, that I don’t always make time for me to just relax. Making time to read a good book is the perfect way to relax and decompress from the day.

I know some people can read books in a matter of a few days but if I can read just two in the month of August, I will call myself a success.  

That covers my goals for the month. I’m focusing on the basics of creating a routine and habit right now. Something that I can truly incorporate into my life that will hopefully be simple enough to carry over to the soon-to-be busy period beginning in September.

What are your goals for August? Do you have suggestions or tips that have worked for you when incorporating workouts into a busy lifesytle?

C25K, cycling, fitness, goals, running, weightloss

May Goals

April has come and gone and it took my goals with it. I didn’t even come close to achieving my goals for a multitude of reasons. Some of the reasons were legit, while others were just plain excuses. So, my Apri goals are back again in May and here with a vengeance. I am determined to crush my goals and make becoming healthier this month a priority in my life. I can not put it off any longer. I’ve seen the benefots of living a healthy lifestyle and I want it back. So, let’s get on with our goals, shall we?

Stay on track with C25K
I failed miserably at this. I got a few runs outside (finally) but didn’t really utilize my treadmill much in April. That will be changing this month. My kids have soccer practice every Saturday at the park where I usually run. When practice is over, TJ takes the kids to the playground so that I can get in a run. I know of at least one Saturday where he won’t be there to watch the kids, so I’ll be coming to get a treadmill workout in but I love that I have him there for that. When I have him home Sunday’s those are almost always guaranteed run days as well, which I love. All during the week runs will be on the treadmill and I will finish or come close to finishing the C25K program this month. 
Cross-Train and/or Strength Train 2x/week
I am still horrible at strength training but I know the benefits of it both of my health and fitness and to make me a better and stronger runner. If I can get in some sort of strength training on my off days from running, I’ll be doing great. I still haven’t figured out what I’ll be doing but I have Beachboy On Demand, which has kick butt workouts, along with all of my DVDs from them, and of course Pinterest and You Tube are full of workout ideas as well. 

Stick to our meal plan 5 out of 7 days each week
I actually didn’t do too terrible on this goal, but it definitely could have been better. I want to nail this goal and meal prepping should be a huge help in that. 
Get in my step goal 4-5x/week
While I smashed this goal on our day trip to NYC, in general, this was another miss. Not only did I not hit my goal any of the weeks, I rarely hit my step goal period. This can’t happen this month. I will hit this goal.
Get back on my bike
This goal is more or less a bonus. With the warmer air here, I would love to get back my boke out and start riding again, but relaisticly this can only happen when TJ is home. Jordyn’s bike is currently trapped inside the trunk of TJ’s car, which for some reason won’t open. Once we can get her boke out, I can take the kids to the park and we can all go together, but unfortunately we can’t until that happens. If I can get a few bike rides in this month, I will consider that a success. 
So those are my goals for the month of May. What are your goals? What are you shooting for and hoping to accomplish? I want to hear them. 

C25K, goals, Green Living, weightloss

January Goals

Happy New Year!!! Can you believe 2016 is already here? It’s crazy how fast 2015 just flew by. I feel like in a blink it was gone. (Side note: if you’re wondering why I dropped off the face of the planet for 6 month only to return now, check out where I’ve been over on my family blog.)

With everything that went on with us in 2015, life became so hectic, I let a lot of things go.  I’m not happy with it, but it’s life and you can go back, so rather than dwell on it, I’m moving forward and reprioritizing. Life for us is slowing down, although it’s still a bit crazy with TJ’s school and internship schedule, but he’s amazing and has agreed to help me out so I can accomplish some goals for me. I can’t say enough what a lucky girl I am to have him.
Let’s dive in to these goals, shall we?


Lose 3-4 pounds this month


I’ve never been one to share specific weigh loss goals. I’m not super comfortable with sharing the numbers and how much I want to lose, but as I’ve gained the weight back I worked so hard to lose before, I’m starting to think if I share that with all of you, it may help me stick with them just a little bit more. My goal is to lose 45 pounds for the year. I am aware this will be very hard as I get closer to that 45 pound mark, but I am determined to get there. 

To start, I’ve set a 3-4 pound goal for the month of January. I don’t want to be unrealistic in my goals, but I am going to push myself. 1 pound a week for me isn’t easy but it can definitely be done. If I stay on track with my meals and workouts, .5-.75 pounds is normal for me. Anything over a pound involves a happy dance. Ideally, I’d like to lose 4 pounds this month and that’s what I’ll be pushing for, but if I lose 3 pounds, I will be happy with that. 

Workout 3-5x/week
I have seriously fallen out of a workout routine. Mainly because, running is my go-to and with TJ gone so much it’s hard to get out and run. However, that’s only 4 months of the excuse. I have nothing for the other almost year of not running. To get back into running, I’ve decided I need to go back to how I started. I’m essentially a newbie runner all over again anyway, especially with all the hills associated with mountain living. 

I decided the best way to get back into running is with another round of C25K. While, there’s a part of me that feels like it may be too beginner for me, I’m trying to look at it from the perspective of hill running. Savannah is flat. I have never run on hills and that’s all that’s here, so I’m hoping this helps me get used to hills. The C25K program is 3 days a week, so the 3 workouts each week shouldn’t be the problem, but I’d like to get some sort of strength training in 2 other days throughout the week to build muscle. 

Stick to our meal plan 6 out of 7 days each week
This has been an issue for us lately. With TJ working crazy hours and being gone more, there days where I just don’t feel like cooking and that needs to change. I need to stick to our meal plan. It will better for our waist lines and our wallet. 

Find my daily essential oils routine
I LOVE my Young Living Essential Oils. I use them all the time for my health and wellness when I feel they are needed, but I know I could be doing more on a daily basis to promote an even more well-rounded wellness routine. This month, I’m going to work on finding the perfect daily routine for me.

Drink Ningxia Red everyday

The first step to my daily wellness routine will be to begin incorporating Ningxia Red into my day. Ningxia Red is a 1-2 oz supplement drink that can support overall health and wellness, and can energize, fortify and revitalize the body. It will be so easy to take while I’m waiting for my breakfast to cook in the morning. 

Begin replacing my chemical-filled cleaning products with all-natural products

This will take some time, as we’re on a budget and I can’t just throw away all the products we have. I truly feel like I’d be throwing away money. But as we finish up the cleaning products in our house, I don’t plan on repurchasing those same ones. I want to make our own all-natural products, and if I can’t, I’ll only buy natural products. No one wants to inhale all those harmful toxic chemicals. 

Well, that pretty much wraps my goals for January. Writing them out they look a little ambitious but I think once I get into more of a habit, I’ll be fine. Bring it on January!

Do you set monthly goals for yourself? What are your goals for January?

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3 Day Refresh, BeachBody, clean eating, nutrition, weightloss

3 Day Refresh: What exactly is in the program?

Last week, I shared a post about the 3-Day Refresh, Beachbody’s newest clean eating program. My package finally arrived Friday and as I’m going through the box, I thought it might be fun to share a video with what exactly comes in the box and another run-down of the program in case you missed last week’s post. I know, who would have thought after yesterday’s post and sharing my nervousness about making a video, that I would make another. 
Here I go, again!

Hopefully that gives a better understanding of the program and be on the lookout tomorrow for a new video. I started the 3 Day Refresh today and I’ll be sharing all my Day 1 experiences tomorrow. 
What do you think? Are you intrigued to try the 3 Day Refresh?
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3 Day Refresh, clean eating, nutrition, weightloss

3 Day Refresh

Can you believe the 4th of July is just 2 days away? I feel like 2014 is flying by. The year is already halfway over! That’s crazy! 

Seriously, with the 4th of July right round the corner, everyone is preparing for some fun outdoor cookouts and celebrations. The holidays tend to bring some unhealthy food choices, especially when coupled with friends and beer. But when the holidays are over, it’s time to get yourself back on track and there’s no better way to do that than with Beachbody’s newest program, 3-Day Refresh

The 3-Day Refresh is an easy-to-follow, low calorie 3 day clean eating program designed to offer quick weight loss, help break bad eating habits, improve irregularity, and make you feel lighter and healthier overall. It’s great for helping to get rid of all the processed foods you’ve eaten over the holiday or as part of monthly routine to hep get your month started right each month. 
What does Beachbody say about it?

The 3-Day Refresh is a scientifically designed program that helps you
fast-track your weight loss, kick-start healthy eating, and get a clean
break from bad nutrition habits. 3-Day Refresh is a simple, straightforward
program that will help cleanse your body and improve the way you feel—
without starving yourself. Unlike juice cleanses or liquid fasts which tend
to be high in sugar and low in protein (leaving you feeling weak, hungry,
and sluggish), this easy-to-follow program helps support your metabolism
while nourishing your vital organs.
For 3 days you’ll follow a program of 3 shakes a day, a fiber drink, plenty
of filtered water, plus a wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy
fats throughout the day to keep your energy and metabolism going.

You might be wondering why choose the 3 Day Refresh over a traditional juice and short term cleanses. Most other cleanses don’t supply adequate nutrition and thus promote muscle loss instead of fat loss. They also tend not to have enough protein and fiber and have too much sugar which can lead to rebounds. They also can cost more, anywhere from $25-47 a day more. The 3 Day Refresh is just $23 a day. Just think about if you went out to eat for every meal for 3 days. It could cost the same or more.

What are my personal thoughts? I’ll let you know soon. Mine is on the way and I will be getting started as soon as it arrives. Follow me through each day as I go through the cleanse and report to you how I feel, and what I think.

Still not convinced? Check out the video.

I am pretty pumped for this program to arrive. If you’re convinced, I’d love for you to do it with me. Click here to get the Challenge Pack, a fantastic deal that includes a month of Shakeology to help you continue your weight loss and healthy eating after the 3 days and the 3 Day Refresh for just $140. That’s like getting the Refresh program for only $10! But hurry that deal expires July 31st!

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