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Motivation and A New Goal(s)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

For the last few weeks, I've been working out with one of my oldest and dearest friends, Lisa. I had no idea how much more motivating it is to have someone right beside. When we're together, I push myself A LOT more. She's not a fitness nut, she just started getting healthy about 6 weeks ago. She's lost 10 pounds and wants to lose another 10 to be healthy, but her big goal is to get fit. Now, if I can only get her to quit smoking... When I work out with her though, I always want to go faster, use a steeper incline, more reps, kick higher, whatever... I don't need to be better than her, but I just want to show her I can totally kick a$$ = ) THAT'S what's been motivating me lately.

Since I've started this journey, I've wanted to run. To me running = healthy. I've got some AMAZING sparkfriends who've inspired me, encouraged me, and motivated me to want to be a runner... MOONBIRD, JMERLAU, JESSIEHOVER1, SANDIEGOJOHN, TRACYNOTGIVINGUP, and especially ON2VICTORY.

My goal, since I started, was to RUN the Turkey Trot. I've walked it for the last 2 years, and THIS year, I'm going to sign up for the 5k run... along with Lisa. Because we've (read *I*) decided to run this year, we've been "training." Yes it's in quotes because we're not following anyones program or anything. We decideded we would just run as far as we can in 30 minutes hoping to improve our distance every time we do it. So far, so good! We're not fast by ANY means, but we're consistant. Our goal for the TT is to finish in less than 45 mintues... I'd REALLY like to do it in 40 or less. When we walked it last year, we did it in 48, so I think running it in 40 is completely doable.

Finally, I've got 17 weeks until the TT and 18.5 pounds until I've lost HALF my starting weight. I don't see WHY I can't be half my size when I run the Trot this year, can you? I've changed my ticker to reflect my goal. It's not the FINAL goal, and I'll change it once I get there. So... those are the goals. A 40 minute 5k and losing the next 18.5 pounds... all by Thanksgiving Day. It's SO going to happen!!! What are YOU going to do in the next 17 weeks?!?
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  • CATDUG19
    You have done so well. I am so excited to celebrate your half your size milestone, (it's coming I can feel it)
    1934 days ago
    I love this blog! I am flattered you mentioned me. I never thought in a million years that I would ever be a runner. I thought people who ran were nuts! LOL I know you have the ability to do it...you are fit and strong. It just takes time and consistency to let your body adapt. You will amaze yourself! I know you'll be running that turkey trot in the fall! I think running can be a thing where it's largely mental. I still get nervous when I go for a long run thinking I can't do it, but I know I can, because I have! I just have to get out there and put one foot in front of another. You have some days where you run awesome, and then others where it feels like a struggle, but I do think it makes you feel so fit and accomplished. Keep it up! I know you'll reach your goals! :)
    1935 days ago
    You will definitely get it done Holly!!!! i have no doubt!!!! So proud of you!!!
    1936 days ago
  • AMBER281
    You can do it!!
    Sounds like you have a great plan and a great support/workout buddy!
    1936 days ago
    Oh my goodness I didn't realize that was 17 weeks away. I love your goal. I think mine are to complete 2 5k's between now and the end of the year at less then 40 minutes. I know I can do it. I'd like to get rid of about the same amount of weight in that time. It's so doable.
    1936 days ago
  • ROSET491
    Great Blog Holly! Don't you just love having a scheduled goal laid out in front of you!! You asked about what I'm doing in the next 17 weeks~well I signed up for my first half with my daughter! She is running her first full marathon and wanted me to join her! You & me seem to be at the same place weight wise now we both have goals to reach for!! By the way I'm still trying to break that 40 minute mark in my 5K's!! Let's keep etch other motivated!!!
    1936 days ago
    Hi Holly. All of this is awesome..........and to anyone who reads this, Holly is a true inspiration. When I first met her and heard her story I wanted nothing more than for her to succeed. I love reading about her goals. She is truly a great gal. Carol Hall emoticon
    1937 days ago
    Love that you have set new goals for yourself and I know that you will achieve them. Each time you change your goal it's a better one. You are always striving to reach a little further each time, I'm proud of you all the time. You look fantastic and attitude is awesome.
    1937 days ago
    The TT sounds like just the thing to rev you up, and it is great that you have someone to work out with that you find motivating. I also love that your goal is attainable and not far fetched. emoticon emoticon
    1937 days ago
    Great Goals & I totally believe that emoticon & emoticon that you have a running buddy!!
    1939 days ago
    I love that you are working out w/ your friend, and your new goal is completely attainable!! You can DO IT!
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  • SJOHNS30
    That sounds like a great goal!
    1939 days ago
    emoticon goals! emoticon and keep us posted on your progress emoticon !
    1939 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/27/2012 11:30:51 AM
    You goals sound wonderful!! When I started running back in March I didn't follow any program -- I just had a friend push me until I wanted to quit .. then she pushed me harder and I have come a long ways since then! You can do it too! emoticon
    1939 days ago
  • CHERRY666
    Those sound like great goals to work toward. =) Good luck!
    1939 days ago
    I think your goals sound perfectly attainable and manageable. Often when I read about folks recommitting here or updating goals I can't breathe afterwards because it feels like so much. But I appreciate that this journey is different for each of us. I am longing to find a "real live" workout buddy here --- I think it would help me considerably to be more accountable. Glad you have Lisa at your side! And I love that you're motivated to do the TT in a different way this year - that's wonderful ... hope the running continues to improve. Sounds like you are on your way! Go for it! emoticon
    1939 days ago
    How wonderful! It's awesome you have someone to work out with so you can encourage and push each other! Running the Turkey Trot sounds like the perfect goal. And the weight? You sooo GOT this!! (And I agree with you - I cannot wait to be able to run. I totally get the RUNNING = HEALTHY. )

    What wonderful goals!! I know you will accomplish anything you set your mind to.
    1939 days ago
    Great Goals: I have a 5k (my first) schedule for Nov 17, I have never ran before either. Started working on it about 8 weeks ago. I would love to come in under 40 mins. Right now I am at about 43 mins.
    I am sure that you will meet your goals!
    Good luck can not wait for updates!

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    1939 days ago
    Well done for getting your motivation and sense of purpose back. You can and WILL do this , I can just feel it. Send some motivation my way please!! emoticon emoticon
    1939 days ago
    A plan and a great motivation! A recipe for success! I'm sure you'll do great! In the next 17 weeks I intend to keep up with my fitness weekly schedule - even though I'll be on vacation - and I'd like to give running a try! I'll definitely use your motivation for this!
    Good luck!
    1939 days ago
    I know you can accomplish this!!! emoticon emoticon
    1940 days ago
    Sounds like you are going to ROCK that emoticon trot.

    I am glad you have someone to motivate you. I so wish i had someone i could workout with. I think it would help me get back on track and stick to it.
    1940 days ago
    I think that sounds great, (the TT race , and another 18.5 ponds) And with all the bad food hoilday coming. But you know what, from what I have read on your posts(blogs) I have no dought! You can do this, but 1 thing you are a (competitor) but that's what makes us push harder, and to keep going. I'm not a runner, but just listening to you gets my jazzed up! Thank you and have alot of fun emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1940 days ago
    You certainly sound committed and you have a great plan. Nothing can stop you now. You go girl!

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    1940 days ago
    WHAT LOVELY GOALS AND MOTIVATION YOU HAVE GIRL. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1940 days ago
    That's exactly how I feel when I get a chance to work out with Moonbird, she totally inspires me to pull it all out of the hat and give it everything I've got! She's my favoritest (and only, really) work out buddy!! I know you guys can do this!! Good luck and keep us posted!! emoticon
    1940 days ago
    Its funny you said this. While I'm not in any way going to do a trot, turkey or otherwise, I JUST changed my goals and ticker. I will write a blog about it later. You CAN lose that much and so can I! And by the way, HALF your body weight????? OMG, you are so amazing Holly. I cannot even tell you now amazed I am by you...love you!!!!!!
    1940 days ago
    You can do anything you set your mind to.

    emoticon dat emoticon TROT girl!
    1940 days ago
    Good luck! Sounds like you've got a great plan in place and motivational workout partner.
    1940 days ago
    That times is completely doable, even if you wouldn't run the whole thing. What a great goal! My one word of caution, is don't train to hard or up your distance too much all at once as those two things can cause shin splints (not fun).

    Keep up the great work!
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    Btw, in the next 17 weeks I will do 3 5ks and 2 10ks and I hope to run a whole 5k.
    1940 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/26/2012 9:47:04 PM
    You ROCK! In the next 17 weeks I will walk a 50 mile, 3 day walk, possibly test for my next level of black belt and start a P90X/Insanity hybrid. WOO HOO! :)
    1940 days ago
    emoticon In the next 17 weeks, I am continuing my journey to ONEderland. On an exciting runnning note I am striving for 'Half Fanatic" status by doing 3 half marathons in 36 days. Nov 4, Nov 18, and Dec 9 :))))) I also am doing the Turkey Trot here in Dallas. emoticon emoticon

    Seriously half your size.... YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1940 days ago
    Great job! It's always nice to have someone to work with, to help motivate you!
    1940 days ago
    Great for you!!!
    1940 days ago

    Keep on keepin' on.
    1940 days ago
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