5 tips for epic fitness goals.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 12.11.14

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The following post is sponsored by Meijer. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I don’t know about you, but while I can’t stand the idea of a New Year’s resolution, I love goals. I know it’s the same ultimate purpose, but I feel like resolutions are made to be broken, so much that it’s like we make them a bit ironically. But, goals? Goals are created with intention, with focus, with purpose. As we’re just a month away from 2015, I’m already starting to shape my goals for the year ahead.

ONE: dream big. What started out as a motto for 2014 has become just a life theme for me. I love this idea because it allows me to think outside the box and really reach for the stars. We are all capable of so much more than we believe is true, and we allow that to limit our identities and the possibilities for what could be. When I started my fitness journey, I wanted to run a 5k and it was a hard thing! I didn’t see myself as a runner, but I got this idea in my head and couldn’t shake it. That was in 2007 and today, I can go out and run 3.1 miles without thinking twice. Get outside your comfort zone!

TWO: know your limitations. While I fully advocate for creating BIG goals, and at risk of completely contracting myself, I think it’s equally important to have some sense of practicality to that. While a year can absolutely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, bring about huge, amazing changes in one’s life, take the time to do some serious self-reflection while you’re creating your goals. If the idea of running a 5k gives you huge anxiety, maybe that’s for a good reason! Make that 5k or 10k your goal for 2015, but perhaps try a few races in those distances rather than jumping right to a marathon. While it is a jump that is possible, and has been done, create goals that scare you, but aren’t going to leave you injured in the process of making them come true.

THREE: try new (and scary!) things. It can be a really hard thing trying something new for the first time, but don’t let that be a reason not to do something! In my own life, some of the things that seemed the scariest and most intimidating before I actually did them ended up being some of the best decisions of my life! The thing about new things is that every single thing we’ve ever done in our lives was, at one point, a new and unknown. You’ll never know what could happen if you don’t have the courage to try! Within the realm of fitness, there are so many ways you can push your boundaries! Runners can strike for new distances, walkers could try running, yogis can experiment with new poses, and so on. How awesome is that?

FOUR: don’t let your past failures or missteps keep you from future success. I am not a naturally athletic or fitness minded person by any means. The things I’ve accomplished in that aspect of my life I have had to work my butt off for! Along the way, I’ve had my stumbles, my (perceived) failures, and my struggles. By and large, those are the things that motivate me to keep trying! I attempted a marathon in 2013 and didn’t get to finish, but I want to see that goal to fruition, so I’m not giving up. When you don’t achieve a goal on the first (or second or third…or tenth…) time, once you finally get there, the reward is that much sweeter.

FIVE: set yourself up for success. Find the tools that work for you and lean into the resources in your area to figure out what those will be, knowing that what works for your friend might not work for you and that is okay! Do your research and see what is out there, because there are a copious amount of products available.

#MeijerResolutions

Meijer was awesome enough to send me a slew of goodies to help fuel my fitness goals and my journey towards living the best kind of life. As I start working towards my own 2015 fitness goals, I cannot wait to experiment with all of these new-to-me products! I can’t wait to browse the clothing racks to stock up on fitness apparel for the year ahead, and fuel my body with foods that will maximize my energy levels! Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sometimes add up quickly, but Meijer makes it so easy to keep the costs within my budget!

For my Midwest readers, Meijer is a really awesome resources for fitness and health products, so be sure to check out their aisles for more than just your kale and almond milk the next time you’re in the store.

What are your fitness related goals for 2015? What is something new you are hoping to try in the upcoming 365 days?

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2014 workouts, week 49.

by mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on 12.09.14

in Last Week's Workouts

last week's workouts

I was pretty intentional the week of Thanksgiving to focus a bit more on rest, knowing that this would be a really intense week – and that it was! My yoga studio’s 21 day challenge kicked off on Monday, and I worked really hard to front load my classes in preparation for my New York trip. I finished out the week having taken nine classes! Not too shabby, eh?

monday. ran 3 miles (9:34 pace) + hot yoga (heat, 75 minutes). I did a lunchtime run and yoga in the evening. It feels really great to finally have my pre-injury pace back the majority of the time. I’m working really hard to stay injury free!

tuesday. hot yoga (heat, 60 minutes) + New Rules of Lifting for Women + 45 minute swim lesson. I fit in a NROLFW because I had some time before my swim lesson, but I’m backing down on that program for the duration of my yoga challenge. My muscles are getting a serious workout with this time on my mat and I don’t want to overdo it more than I probably already am.

wednesday. hot yoga (hot and heavy, 60 minutes) + hot yoga (sweet heat, 75 minutes). That restorative sweet heat class felt freaking amazing.

thursday. hot yoga (heat, 60 minutes). I went to a morning class and had every intention of going back at night for a second. Instead, I fell asleep at around 6:30pm. Yes, for the night. I wasn’t even mad about it either.

friday. hot yoga (hot and heavy, 75 minutes). Holy crap on a cracker, this class was NO JOKE. If every class I took were that kick my butt awesome, I would be rocking some serious muscles in no time.

saturday. hot yoga (hot and heavy, 75 minutes) + ran 6 miles (11:00ish pace). I was totally spent by the end of this run! I knew I would be though and really just focused on getting the miles in, which I only truly did that much knowing I’d be running 9.3 miles in another week.

sunday. hot yoga (sweet heat, 75 minutes) + hot yoga (yoga with a kick, 60 minutes). Yoga, yoga, and more yoga. The theme of the week.

 

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