January 2012 ***Goals for the Month***

Friday, January 06, 2012

Instead of making a yearly resolution, I am going to continue what I started doing last year by making monthly goals. This worked pretty good!

So here are my goals for the month of January:

emoticon Complete one tabata exercise per week

My friend and I started these two weeks ago and we love it! Tabata workouts are high intensity that builds endurance and muscle strength. We use the 4 minute 20/10 workouts. Basically you pick 2-4 movements and complete the exercise in 20 seconds on with only a 10 second break in between. Your heart gets pumping fast and the sweat pours! We are mixing in strength and cardio with ours. Doing this workout is tough but you feel so great afterwards. And a little drained! And as a bonus, my gym just posted this week that they are offering Tabata classes starting next week. So we can either do these on our own or the class setting.

emoticon Continue working on plank holds

I have a fitness goal to hold a 5 minute plank. This stemmed from my friend and I chatting about the world record. A guy held a plank (from his elbows) for 1 hour and 20 minutes. I can't even begin to imagine the strength it took to hold on for that long. So we are challenging ourselves to work up to a 5 minute hold. Currently I am at 1 minute and 30 seconds. Hopefully by the end of January I will be able to hold one for 2 minutes.

I have held a plank for over 3 minutes but that was with changing directions. Going from side to front and then back to the side. Holding it on your elbows straight is very tough!

emoticon Continue with kettlebell training once or twice a week

I picked back up the bells towards the end of last year and have seen some great improvements. I am now up to working out with kettlebells at least twice a week and I am hoping to keep that up!

emoticon Painting the kids bedrooms

We are in the process of changing around rooms for the kids. My boys are currently sharing a room and with them getting older we are finding that they need their own space. My oldest Jacob is moving to the playroom and then Andrew and Kacie are switching rooms. So that leaves us with 3 rooms to paint and clean. I am hoping to get at least Jacob's room completed in January.

emoticon Donating blood

This may seem like a weird goal but once I explain, you will understand. In a couple of weeks my place of work will be hosting a blood drive. I haven't given blood in years because #1. I HATE needles and #2. I usually pass out. But after seeing first hand what a donation can do I want to start helping out. My Father-in-law has been getting blood transfusions for his leukemia and it has saved his life. I want to help out another person who may be in his shoes or even worse. So I'm going to do it.... I'm going to give blood. I just hope I don't chicken out when the time comes. I will report back!

January is going to be a great month.... I can feel it!

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    Elaine, these are fantastic goals! My building does a blood drive every 6-8 weeks (whatever the minimum time is between donations). I haven't gone since a month before my surgery - they said I needed to hang on to it for a little while. But I'm back at it come next Tuesday! When you go, don't look at the needle and just keep talking about anything else. Tell the person about kettlebell training. Talk about bland soup. Just keep a running conversation (you may end up talking to the person next to you...or the air) and you'll be astonished at how quickly the time passed.

    Good for you!
    3307 days ago
    Team Vampire and you pass out at blood? Ironically funny!

    Okay you've moved me - I'll find out where I can give blood too.

    Great goals btw!
    3307 days ago
    Wonderful goals! I love the giving back goal. What a perfect balance.

    Best of luck! I know you got this.
    3307 days ago
    Just don't look at the needle or think about it! Great goals :)
    3308 days ago
    Great goals!!!! You can do it!!! :)
    3308 days ago
  • ERINBEAR1876
    I really love your goals, and hey, holding a 3-minute plan no matter how many different directions is pretty freaking amazing. You'll do a 2-minute plank in no time.

    I also love the variety of your goals, from the painting to donating blood, to working on kettlebells.

    Keep it up, you are awesome!!!!
    3308 days ago
  • GLMOM2

    All of these goals are within your reach! Reach for the stars emoticon

    A plank hold for 2 minutes! I am lucky if I can last 30 seconds! emoticon

    Donating blood - Good for you! Our blood banks always need more & just think of all the help you'll be giving to others! emoticon . Trust me, I've had a few "bad" donation experiences so I understand your fear.

    You'll have a great month. I'm working on monthly goals too. Go us!
    3308 days ago
    Indeed! Great goals - especially love the plank one, since I can only crank out about a minute at a time on a good day.
    3308 days ago
    I'm the same way about needles! I'm so proud of you for being tough & doing it anyways. Actually, I'm jealous. Thank you for doing it!
    Those plank holds on the elbows are tough. Keep working at it & you'll make great progress.

    3308 days ago
    These sound like great goals! I love that you incorporate fitness goals with non-fitness goals...helps to remind me that this is a lifestyle change..not just a eat right and exercise change!
    3308 days ago

    These are awesome goals! I'm going to initiate a blood drive at our church to find out what it takes to get it done there. We have a person who works at Children's Hospital at church and due to lack of blood donations the staff is being forced to donate. I need to get in touch with someone to get this done!

    I can't wait to hear back on your progress!
    3308 days ago
    Great goals! Good for you!
    3308 days ago
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