Hello + happy Friday, friends! As the title would suggest, today I wanted to share some of my personal fitness goals for the year. I know technically the time for "new years" posts is probably past, but I know if I don't share these goals somewhere, I won't hold myself accountable - and accountability is the key to success!
I've recently come up with a new plan to stay on track with my goals, too: instead of rewarding myself with something like ice cream when I meet a fitness goal (and thereby somewhat depleting it), I'm stashing at least 50% of my cash tips from work in an envelope, and each time I check one of these boxes, I'll get to spend from the stash. (I'm so pumped to cross off that plank goal so I can take a tiptoe into Sephora you guys...)
Obviously, these are just personal to me - I would love to hear what some of your goals are for staying fit and growing stronger this year! Let's do this together!
1. Hold a 5-minute plank
I've kinda thrown this one around in the back of my head for years but this is the year I'm making it happen. I started the year with an average 1:30 minutes plank length and have already managed to build to 3:00 minutes. Not a bad start, if I do say so!
2. Run 7 miles (in one sitting)
One of last year's goals was to run in a race, and let's just say that came to a screeching halt when I graduated and the workload kicked into full gear! So this year I'm being more realistic. My current longest average run is the same as last year's: 2.5 miles. Short-term (as in, by May), I'd like to do 5 miles, which I know isn't a lot for some people, but for me that would be a big deal. By the end of the year, I want to do at least one 7-mile run - with 10 miles being the more lofty dream. ;)
3. Do 1,000 situps in 1 hour
This is just a crazy, stupid, "why not?!" one - but some of my friends did this one afternoon last week, and the verdict was that it actually wasn't as bad as they thought. I don't intend to do it by myself, but as soon as I can coerce someone bold enough to try it with me (likely my little brother), I'm down.
4. Do yoga at least twice a week
Especially with building up to longer runs, yoga is essential for maintaining length and loosening up sore muscles. I don't do anything long and intense, usually just a 25-30 min practice, but it always makes a difference, so I want to make more regular time for it.
5. Be a more "intentional" eater
I'm one of those people who, if there's a bowl of popcorn or something in front of me while I'm working, I'll just pick at it, piece by piece until it's all gone. It's not that I'm hungry, it's not that I love popcorn (in fact, I don't really like popcorn at all, ha!) it's just that it's a form of procrastination. I'm really trying to focus on not only snacking less, but also being specific about my snacks. Instead of peanut butter on toast, I'm choosing peanut butter on celery. Instead of yet another cup of coffee, I'm drinking some herbal tea. Instead of mindlessly eating kettle cooked sea-salt-and-vinegar potato chips (they are my weakness y'all) while I type on the computer, I'm putting a serving in a bowl and putting the bag out of sight and out of mind.
They're little things, but they make a difference. Overall, I'm just trying to not eat mindlessly. :)
What are your health/fitness goals this year?