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Show Your STRONG in 2015, 7 Tips To Get Your Resolution Going

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I love this photo from Strong Fitness Magazine.

2015 is just around the corner and you know what that means. We all begin to think about those New Year’s resolutions. Well this post is going to focus on the oh so very popular resolution of “I will get into shape this year” or “I will lose weight this year” or I will commit to get healthier this year” etc. etc… So, I am not going to beat around the bush with a lot of nonsense clutter on this post so I am going to get right down to my top tips to get your resolution in gear before the new year rolls in.

1. You have to really want it. What I mean is, if you want to change something about yourself you have to change what you are doing. You have to commit. You have to be serious about this, it is your life and your health you are dealing with.

2. Set a specific goal. I don’t mean just saying “I need to lose weight”, you have to set a realistic goal, set a beginning date to start and an ending date so you have a sense of a deadline.

3. Make your plan of how you will reach this goal. Be specific and write it down. If you have no idea what the heck to do, then educate yourself. Research, see what others are dong. There is an enormous amount of information out there but you have to be proactive. If you need help, enlist a friend or hire a trainer.

4. Tracking workouts and logging your daily food intake will keep you accountable and motivated. People who log see more progress than people who guess.

5. Consistency is key. Consistency is key. Consistency is key. Hello, Rome was not built in a day.

6. Patience and commitment is must.

7. Understand there is no quick “fix” or “pill” that will do it for you. You have to earn it and it will involve some sweat, sacrifice, sore muscles, a change in lifestyle, maybe some tears, hopefully no blood (haha)  and hopefully there will be some fun.

Stay focused on these tips and you will succeed and the reward will be priceless. Get on it now! Be your Best Self in 2015!

Happy 2015!

Half Fanatic

Hi all, just wanted to give a little update of what has been going on here at nthefitzone. A few weeks ago, I finished the Salt Lake City half marathon. It was a goal of mine since the beginning of this year and I am proud to say I finished and in under 2 hours. I was not sure how I would perform since I had never ran a race in altitude before. I struggled in the beginning with my breathing. There were hills the first couple of miles and then things began to level off and the downhills began 🙂 A minor injury had been nagging me a couple of weeks prior to the race and it surfaced about mile 7 causing me to slow down. I walked a few times, but in the end I still finished with a time I am proud of (1:57:00 official). Overall, the race was well-organized, the weather was perfect,  and it was a beautiful course.

This is me about mile 6 feeling pretty good.

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and after the finish feeling great.

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Then, the very next weekend, I got wild and crazy and decided last-minute to run the Auburn Running Festival, Finish on the 50 half marathon. I graduated from Auburn and I wanted to run this race last year but unfortunately I did not. My intention was to do the 10k but I woke up that morning and said why not just do the half. The course was very hilly and it was warm. My nagging injury returned about mile 8 but I kept moving forward the best I could. I took a trip down memory lane as I ran through campus and I proudly finished on the 50 yard line of Jordan-Hare Stadium, the home of the AUsome Auburn Tigers. I also got to pose after the race with Cam Newton. Haha!

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So here is my bling and bling 🙂

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So after I finished on the 50, a couple of people told me that I qualify to be a Half Fanatic. I had never heard of this but apparently it is an official group. By finishing back to back half marathons, I qualify to be in this group, eeeekkk, fun! I will definitely check this out. FYI: there is a Marathon Maniac group too.

So that is a quick update of the happenings over the past month. I do not have any big races planned until the end of August. I am meeting some friends in Atlanta to do the first “Hotlanta” half marathon that starts in Underground Atlanta. Sounds like a burner! I do have some new goals and a new workout that I am excited about that I will share with you in the next post. For the next month or two I am keeping my runs shorter. I feel the need for speed!  Thanks for reading if you made it this far.

Have you heard of the Half Fanatics?

 

Goal Setting For Weight Loss

This photo makes me smile 🙂

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Not just because of the bright beautiful colors or the sign that says 50 pounds off, but of the beautiful person whose feet are inside those shoes. This woman is an inspiration, a student in my class and a friend. She is on a great journey to improved health, fitness, weight loss, and overall wellness. In my opinion, she totally gets it. She knows it takes hard work, dedication, and commitment. She is setting goals and she is doing the work it takes to get there. She is not making excuses, taking short cuts, finding quick fixes. She is eating healthy, making good choices, staying accountable, sweating her a** off (literally) and all while keeping a positive attitude and a beautiful smile! I truly admire her strength. It is people like this that “get it” and work for what they want that inspire me. Keep in mind it is hard, I know she struggles but she keeps it real and she writes about it. The shoes represent a goal accomplished. She bought these bright shoes a while ago because she loved the new brights everyone was wearing and said she will wear them when she was 50 pounds down from when her journey began, which was about 12 weeks ago. She walked in the gym yesterday with them on and with a glow and fire in her eyes. It made my day!! If you are looking for motivation, inspiration or someone like my friend who you can relate to, please check out her blog at http://www.mypointsintime.blogspot.com She is a great writer and human being. This is her latest post on goals.

http://mypointsintime.blogspot.com/2014/04/on-goals.html

Effort Equal Results

There is a place that I manage to get to when I am working out, running or practicing yoga that takes me out of my “comfort” zone and I love it! No, it is not easy to get there, but once I am there I have this feeling of great accomplishment and success. What does it take to get there? Effort! This can relate to anything, not just exercise. I have always believed that “the results you get reflect the effort you put in” so if something is done halfway, sloppy or with a negative attitude making up excuses, that is what you will get back. I am not saying strive for perfection (no such thing). I am not saying compare yourself to the next person, what you are doing is not about them. I am saying to put your 100% effort in for that given moment and the results will be amazing.

Why am I saying this? Well, as an instructor and trainer in the fitness industry I can see when someone is focused and giving it their best. It is when I hear negative self talk, bad attitudes, sloppy form, and halfway effort that really annoys me. It is not easy, there is no quick fix, you have to put in the effort and time. Whatever it is you are striving for, set the goal, make your plan of action, and do what you have to do to make it happen. If you want things to change, you have to be willing to change. You have to move away from that comfort zone.

For example, one of my goals is to complete the Salt Lake City Half Marathon in April in 1 hour 50 minutes or below. So that requires following a training plan. Yes, there will be days I will hate it, but in order to make that goal happen, I will have to get out of my comfort zone and probably do my runs in cold and rainy weather, some grueling hill work and speed work too.

This photo is of me doing 40 yard dashes in the cold snow, not feeling comfy, but I felt great when I finished 🙂

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My point is, if you really want it, you will find a way to make it happen and it does require effort on your part. I believe there is so much potential inside each of us. Give your 100% everyday and let your potential shine!!!

Do you agree?

Under Armour WhatsBeautiful SweatEveryDay Is What I Do

Well, this is what I have been doing lately. I began the www.whatsbeautiful.ua.com challenge last year while it was well into the 2nd round.  This is an awesome challenge that is inspiring and so motivating. All the women on the website support and encourage each other to do their best and to reach their goals and dreams. This challenge is a community for all women who want to work hard, sweat, conquer goals, encourage others, and take the journey to show the world What’s Beautiful. I just got back into the challenge and I am ready to #sweateveryday to reach my goals and to support others in reaching theirs. Part of my goal is to inspire as many women as I can to join the What’s Beautiful Challenge with me. If you are looking for a positive change in your life, this is it. It is for ALL women. Let’s #sweateveryday together. That’s What’sBeautiful!!

Photos of a couple of challenges I have posted at What’sBeautiful 🙂

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Updates, No Meat, Running Goal, Yoga Goal

I feel good about how the Workout Warrior Challenge went. I completed the final fit test the other day. Before the challenge, I did the fit test in 11:07. My goal was to complete the final in 10:00. I am proud to say I did it in 10:05. Not bad 🙂 I do feel stronger, faster and more fit from doing the challenge. I have had a couple of peeps ask me about doing another one. I would love to do something so I will keep you posted.

If you read my last blog post you will know what my new goals are for November and December. It is now day 6 on the “no meat” plan for 17 days. I have to say it is really not hard to be without it. I have made a couple of great meatless entrees over the weekend. I made the Mexican Stuffed Peppers (I have blogged about this before) and a new recipe last night, Eggplant Parmesan (recipe to come soon). It was delicious! I had fish the other night, so pretty easy so far to be meat free. I feel great too.

My running goal has started off good. I ran short distances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I took off yesterday which I feel like I should have done a run but that is in the past. Today is a new day, so I will make the most of it. I only have about 192 miles left 🙂

Yoga is my favorite. Started a new yoga class last Thursday, Power Yoga. I love it but some of the yogis were a little ruffled. I think when something completely new is introduced people tend to get a little worked up. Once we do a few classes, things will go smooth. As far as my Scorpion and Firefly pose goals, I am working away on meeting that goal. I will begin to post some pics of me attempting these soon.

Have you set your new goals! Shout them out! I would love to hear about them 🙂

I did say I would post a before pic of me to see if there are any changes that are noticeable physically by December 31, 2012. Here it is.

Workout Warrior Challenge WOW#3 And Dreams Of Lululemon!

Last week’s WOW was a blast and now it is in the past. It is time to kick things up a notch. I am so motivated and committed to this challenge. It can be a good thing to reward yourself when you reach a goal, so I might just do that. After I complete this challenge I will reward myself with some Lululemon workout clothes that I have been dreaming about:) Now on to the WOW#3.

Day 1 & 3

I will warm up with an 800m (1/2 mile) run or cycle 2 miles

I will do 5 exercises for 1 minute each (one after the other) and then rest for 1 whole minute. I will repeat this 2 more times. I will finish with another 800m (1/2 mile) run or cycle 2 miles. These are the exercises.

  • sumo dead lift with high pull – 1 minute
  • push press – 1 minute
  • situps – 1 minute
  • alternating bent rows – 1 minute
  • jump rope – 1 minute

I will use dumbbells and my 20 lb bar.

Day 2 & 4

I will do 4 rounds for time so I will go as fast as I can with correct form and record my time when I am finished. I will do these 5 exercises.

  • run 400m (1/4 mile) or cycle 1 mile
  • 20 pushups
  • 20 reverse lunges with bicep curl
  • 20 dips
  • 20 overhead squats (use broomstick or very light weight – beginners use no weight)

Just for kicks and giggles I will do a sprint challenge one day this week (on a day other than a WOW day). This is what I will do.

  • 1 minute sprint/1 minute recovery (slow down or walk)
  • 2 minute sprint/2 minute recovery
  • 3 minute sprint/3 minute recovery

I will do 3 rounds of this running circuit. Giggle!

Okay, I am pumped up about this WOW. I will demo exercises over on my YouTube channel so go to www.youtube.com and search me at nthefitzone.

Sweat Everyday!

I can picture my Lulu’s now. What are your fitness goals? What would you reward yourself with ?

Disclaimer: This blog is written by me about my own opinions and experiences.  I am not a doctor. Consult your own doctor before beginning any exercise or nutrition program.

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