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February Goals

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I haven't blogged here in a while. I'm a lot more consistent at

But, I thought I would share my goals for February here.

I've been doing a lot of running lately, and that has been my focus. However, some seriously cold weather a couple weeks back made my longer outdoor runs impossible, and I got into a routine of lifting and speed work on my treadmill. (and Zumba, of course)

I've found that I am really enjoying this routine. I love lifting, and doing it almost every day (different body parts, of course) has been great. I also love speed work, and I am getting back into using my jump rope while interval training. I'm really loving it. Running is still something I enjoy, but lately I've been feeling down about it. I'm a slow runner, and I am not built for speed. It's hard work for me to run fast (I'm up to 6mph, but I can't keep it up for more than a couple miles).

I've been thinking lately about what I really enjoy and what I want. Right now I am loving intervals, HIIT, and heavy lifting. Why should I focus on something less enjoyable just because I feel like I have to? I don't have to be a runner to get fit. I need a break and a new plan. I'm also looking to finally lose the last 30 pounds that I've held onto for a year and a half.

So, for February at least, I am mixing things up. I am going to lift heavy 6x/week and focus on getting strong and building muscle. I've already started losing weight again, so I know my new eating is working. I'm working on reducing fat and building muscle. I don't need to be thin. I need to be strong.

I took beginning of the month pictures for the first time ever. I'll be interested to see how my body changes over the month. I'm really focused and loving this plan, so I think it will go well. I definitely still love running, but doing something different is exactly what I need right now. My birthday is on the 27th, and by then I want to be stronger and more toned looking. I also want to increase my dead lift. emoticon

So, there you have it, my February goals.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CARLANNIE 2/6/2013 9:17AM

    I think that's an excellent idea to not focus so much on your running, if that's not your passion. The weight lifting is excellent and your goal to be stronger and more toned are very achievable. Go for it!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 2/4/2013 12:50AM

    Awesome!! You are such a badass. I'm so happy that you're loving your workouts right now, and that you aren't letting yourself feel pressured into doing something you won't enjoy. That is setting an EXCELLENT example for us sparkers. :) So thank you!

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APED7969 2/3/2013 4:33PM

    It's interesting you wrote this blog. I've been feeling a bit the same about my running. Although I'm mainly finding it hard because of the heat! I really do love my running and do want to continue it but am finding it very hard to combine heavy ST with running. It can be hard to run when really sore, even if it isn't legs. I really do want to break two hours in my next half marathon though!

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