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Fitness Goal? Check!

Friday, March 11, 2011

So, I was really hung up on this fitness goal thing. But after thinking it over (and reading about how having a goal improves your performance SO MUCH), I figured I had to come up with something. Livingproof's comment really helped: what did I like about sports, back when I played and was working out 7 days a week? Well, it was being outside with my friends. So I needed to come up with a goal that combined outdoors with people that matter.

After much discussion, my little sister and I have signed up for a Muddy Buddy race in November in LA (where she lives)! It's a 6 mile run+bike race that you do with a buddy, and you alternate running and biking, and there are all these crazy obstacles you go through, and at the end of the race you have to crawl through a mud pit to get to the finish line. Sounds crazy, but awesome! And it hits the two big points: outdoors and with my sister, who, obviously, I love.

The only thing is, November is SO LONG FROM NOW. So, I might sign up for a half-marathon in Philadelphia in early September. I ran it 5 years ago, and it would be pretty fabulous if I could beat my time from before. That way, I have kind of a two-stage goal... I just picked up a book "Half Marathon: You Can Do It!" and am going to figure out what kind of training schedule I need for something that's six months away.

Thanks for the advice, I'm actually looking forward to this! :)

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MAMATOMIA 3/11/2011 3:47PM

    My friends do muddy buddies and love them! They keep trying to get me to join. Apparently there's one in New Jersey that ends at a brewery! How fun! Good luck!

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BAILEYAN 3/11/2011 1:53PM

    Um, I've never heard of a Muddy Buddy race before, but it sounds awesome! Good luck!

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Fitness Goal... Huh?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

So, my husband is deployed right now, and we're both trying to get ourselves back in shape by the time he comes back to the US (in June). It's really nice to hold each other accountable (really!) and to cheer our way through it.

The thing is, Steve (hubby) keeps telling me I need to have some kind of fitness goal to work towards--not just a weight goal. And I recognize his point: am I just going to stop working out and watching what I eat once I hit my goal weight? And does thinking about me-25-lbs.-lighter REALLY get me out of bed and to the gym in the morning? Not so much.

So I'd LIKE to have a fitness goal, but I really don't know what I'd like it to be. He's suggested stuff like, do 5 pull-ups (I can't even do one right now), run 5 miles in 40 minutes (not sure that's something I'd EVER be able to do, but maybe 5 in 50?), but while those are great, tangible goals, they just don't really resonate with me. Like, who cares about pull-ups? And I'm a slow-a$$ runner, so it's not like my times are ever going to rock out.

Bottom line: I need help. What kind of fitness goal should I have? Any ideas? How can I come up with something that's intrinsic--not externally suggested by someone else?

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LIVINGPROOF006 3/2/2011 3:19PM

    Is there something you have always wanted to do? What do you enjoy doing? I love hiking but after I gained all my extra weight and tried, I found myself lagging really far behind. So my fitness goal is to be able to do a 4 day strenuous hike this summer. Also, I am a very slow runner but I still want to work on becoming a better runner so I can enjoy it more. I have signed up for the SP virtual 5k then in August I am doing a 10k mud run and my goal is to to a half marathon sometime in 2012.

What is something you enjoy doing that you can build on? Is there a sport or activity you have thought about learning? You could make that your goal. What is something you can look forward to accomplishing. What about being able to do more of something then your husband? Think it over, you will think of a perfect fitness goal.

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Running Ragged, but Still Committed

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Whew, am I tired. I am definitely not getting the amount of sleep I need right now. I'm averaging around 6 hours a night, but my body clearly wants more...For instance, this morning I woke up at 5:40 (my alarm goes off at 6) and I was like "What?! It feels like I just laid down!" That's pretty much my feeling each morning--that I didn't get enough sleep, that somehow the hours went by, but my body is craving more.

I know we're supposed to listen to our body, especially on things like this, but there literally are not enough hours in the day/days in the week to get everything done! I'm not sure where I could "make" more time, because there are things that I refuse to cut out (e.g., talking to my family/boyfriend, going out with girlfriends once a week, etc.) because they support my mental health.

I think that it's just a function of where I am career-wise: wrapping up my dissertation, applying for faculty positions, traveling for conferences, teaching...all at the same time.

But, man, I'm tired!


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RWETHAIRYET 4/22/2009 1:03PM

    I agree with you on not cutting out the important mental health things. I don't always get the sleep I need...but I do find sleeping just a little bit extra on one day of the weekend seems to help "reset" the body. Every once in a while my body will just crash and I'll do nothing but sleep a sunday away...I hate the lost time, but I always feel better afterwards.
It is hard sometimes to balance everything we "have" to do.

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CHAZZMATAZZ 4/22/2009 9:42AM

    Reading your post this morning made me feel like I could almost just cut and paste. I have a while left before my dissertation, but lots of finals and research papers at the moment. I admire your commitment to not let the things that are important slide. Have a good one.

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Tsk tsk, ladybug.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hi Everyone!

Well, I've been bad. I don't think I've been onto SP in almost 3 weeks :( I could easily make excuses, with defending my dissertation proposal, hosting my parents for Easter (when they met my boyfriend), and other stuff. But really, I just got lax in my attention.

But it's okay. It happens. I have a friend who, when he was quitting smoking, would say "this is my last cigarette, until I slip up." Which sounds weird. But really, he was about making the committment to quit, but acknowledging the fact that mistakes happen. By stating it up front, he would preempt the vicious cycle of making a mistake and then spiraling out of control. The idea is to just make the "distance" in between mistakes longer and longer, until the cravings are gone completely.

So I've had a time off track, but am climbing back on. Restating my commitment to healthy eating. And, most important, getting my exercise in!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!!



Happy April Fools Day!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I have to say, I've never been pranked (personally) on April Fool's Day. Perhaps that's why I get such a kick out of the whole premise! I get massively entertained by all the funny and clever tricks people come up with.

I've got to say, Google does a masterful job with it's "new" applications, and all the pages of detail that they go into about these fake things that are just for April 1st! Love it.

I hope that you all enjoy some fun entertainment today, and none of the pranks involve superglue!!




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