Operation Skinny Jeans: August 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Terminal Delicousness

Firstly-  I want to welcome all the people stopping by that saw me on the news last night. Hi! Comment, email, check me out on Facebook, I would love to hear from you!

Ok now I want to talk about my biggest Ah-HA moment. I am a recovering binge eater. I honestly just love food. I love the way it tastes, I love the way it makes me feel, I love to cook, I love the social aspect of sitting down for a good meal, I love all of it. My relationship with food is what got me to 285 lbs. So when I decided to start this journey, I knew that would have to change. I knew I couldn't keep eating the way I was eating, or thinking about food the way I was used to thinking about it.

After lots of inward thinking and metacognition, I figured out a way to have my cake and eat it to. I call this Terminal Deliciousness. Terminal Deliciousness is the principal that when I am eating something and the next bite is no more delicious than the last, I stop. Food can only taste SO good before it just starts tasting the same. I pay attention to each bite, and if I can't say "yep, that bite was SO MUCH MORE DELICIOUS than the one before it", I stop.

Now believe me, this takes some time. It takes the strength to really TRUST yourself. That you can actually stop. As a binge eater, I know what it is like to feel like you can't stop. To feel like you are eating to fill a void in your heart not your stomach. I know how that feels. And it took a long time of working on my relationship with food to get to a point where food no longer feeds my soul, it feeds my body. Thats all in your head. Once I realized that, Terminal Deliciousness took care of the rest.

I can say that not more than a year ago, I could put down a gallon of ice cream in one sitting. And sometimes still not FEEL satisfied. I can tell you that last night, I took a pint of ice cream, didn't even measure it out, and I had no more than a serving and I FELT satisfied. Because of Terminal Deliciousness. I know it isn't going to taste any better than it already does, so eating MOAR isn't going to satisfy me any more. Make sense?

I have said it before and I will say it again, losing weight is ALL IN YOUR HEAD. You have to recognize what is going on up there before you can make a change. BUT it is so do-able. If you have struggled with binge eating, maybe try my Terminal Deliciousness idea. If nothing else, maybe it will help you re-define "Satisfied".

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Get Moving Challenge- Wrap Up


Just about a month ago when I decided to do this challenge, I was excited. I knew I was pretty active, so it didn’t seem very hard. I was confident it would fit nicely into my lifestyle. I mean, 30 minutes a day is really not that much. I made a work out plan, set some goals and got to work. The one thing I didn’t necessarily plan for was life.

The first week was really easy. I was pumped and excited to get in my 30 minutes, so it wasn’t hard at all. I was taking my dog on long walks, going for morning runs and fitting in two workouts a day. I was on fire. By the second week, things started to normalize. Life got busier, and while I was still getting in my 30 minutes every day, it was harder to fit it in. After work, I was too tired to go on a long walk. And before work I would rather sleep. And it has been so hot outside I didn’t really want to go out on my lunch break either. It took a lot of willpower to push through.

The last two weeks were much the same. It doesn’t really seem like a lot, but you really have to make the commitment to get those 30 minutes in a day. But when I do, which I haven’t missed a day yet, I feel so much better. I have more energy, my mood is improved, I make better choices throughout the day, and I just feel better about myself. This is what has kept me going through the times when I just don’t want to do it. I remind myself that I wont regret it if I just do it.

Reflecting on the last four weeks, I have learned more than I expected to from this challenge. I learned that I am not as active as I thought I was. I work out 4-6 times a week for at least an hour. But the rest of the time, I am pretty stagnant. I work at a desk, so I don’t move a lot for my job. Even though it is better than nothing, working out for an hour a day doesn’t make up for sitting for 9 hours straight, not to mention the 5 I sit after I get home after work. I have tried to implement habits like standing up and stretching at the top of every hour, and getting off the couch during commercial breaks. Although it doesn’t seem like much, keeping your blood flowing can do great things for your body.

I also learned that I make a lot of excuses. I don’t think it’s just me, but when I wake up, I try to convince myself to stay in bed rather than work out. Or if I skipped my morning workout, I run through a laundry list of reasons why I can’t work out that night. I have to be stronger than my excuses to get out the door some days.

All in all, I am so glad I took the challenge, and so proud that I completed it. It taught me to make daily activity a priority, and it taught me a lot about my current habits and how to change them. I absolutely plan on continuing this momentum with at least 30 minutes of activity a day for the next month. Who knows, I might make it to the end of the year! This challenge was the kick start I needed and I am not stopping now.



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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A couple things

Just a quick update on the 30 Day Shred progress- Its going well! Today is day 3, and I haven't skipped a day yet, so booya! I am amazed by how much stronger I am than the last time I attempted it. Before I literally didn't get through the WARM UP. The jumping jacks killed me and I quit. Now I can get through the entire thing without stopping. Sure I might not be the fastest person, but form beats speed for me right now, and I think that is an important lesson to everyone.

More than getting the "30 Day Shred" results, I want to prove to myself that I can stick with a specific routine for 30 whole days. The Live Well Colorado Get Movin challenge is coming to an end, and while I have made it every day so far, getting 30 minutes of SOME activity in, I want to keep that going, and prove that I can do something I plan to do for 30 whole days.

If you wanna join the challenge, I have an accountability group set up on Facebook you are welcome to join. Click the link to request it, and I will approve you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/diejilliandie/


Secondly I want to talk to you about Adproval. I was once a huge fan of Passionfruit Ads. I used them and loved them, until one day. I had purchased an ad on another blog that I didn't realize was already booked for a few months. Since I wanted to spend my money on something that would be seen before the end of the year, I asked the blogger for a refund. She emailed Passionfruit and waited. Then a few days later I emailed Passionfruit and waited. Then she did again. And she called them. And together we basically harassed them to get a freaking response. Their customer service was HORRIBLE! FINALLY I got my money back, so I was happy, but it didn't leave a very good taste in my mouth.

Then a few weeks after that, Passionfruit rolled out their new program, where you have to pay $9 a month for their services. I am not a big blog. There are times where I don't MAKE $9 a month. So this is ridiculous. I didn't know what to do. I could manage my own ads, but the service is SO convenient that I didn't want to lose that, I just didn't want to feel like I was being ripped off to keep it.

Thats when I read a blog about Adproval. I don't remember who (sorry!!) but I looked into it and I fell in LOVE. It is what Passionfruit used to be. They take a small cut of your profits, but no monthly fees. AND better than Passionfruit, you get PAID the same day you approve an ad, no waiting! And it goes into your bank account, rather than PayPal, which I feel like is where money goes to not get used unless it's on the internet… I don't love PayPal…

Anyhoo, that sold me enough to switch right on over. Setting up was a breeze (albeit slightly different than Passionfruit, so if you switch and have questions, feel free to ask me), and importing the ads I already have was easy too. It has really been a seamless transition. Except one thing. Setting up my account through Amazon with the site. COMPLETELY user error on my part (#poundimamoron…) but the OWNER emailed me the other day to see what was up. He noticed I had an ad that was purchased that I didn't accept yet, and I told him my payment part hasn't been set up yet and he went to WERK! Emailing me back right away, troubleshooting, helping me discover that I am the problem lol, and offering to check it in a couple days to make sure everything is on the right track. I mean HOLY CUSTOMER SERVICE BATMAN!!! I can not even tell you how happy I am with Adproval so far. Erhmagerd.

My point is, YOU DON'T HAVE TO STICK WITH PASSIONFRUIT! If their new system makes you feel like you are being used, SWITCH! Scared?? Ask me! I can help you!

****Adproval has nothing to do with this. They don't even know I wrote it. No compensation, no nothin. I am just so happy with it. So happy. ****

I just felt like it needed to be said. There are some awesome tools out there for bloggers, free-ish tools that we love and get used to. I take personal offense when these tools take advantage of our naiveté and basically screw us. Not cool! 

Thinking of switching? Doing 30 Day Shred? Have a dog? Lets chat!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

30 Day Shred - Take 4 ish…

Are you looking for the Weekly Goals Link Party? My gals Amy and Carolyn are hosting that shiz now, you should definitely hop on over there to link on up! Amy @ Diary of a Fat Mommy and Carolyn @ Fitnasty for Life
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Jillian and I have an on again off again relationship. But we have never ACTUALLY started dating. We set up dates, then I blow her off, time and time again. In the 4 (maybe more) times I have said I am going to do this program, I have done the video half of one time. Maybe not even half. I gave up because it was balls hard. And that has kind of terrified me for every "attempt" since then.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Wrapping stuff up.

Holy buckets guys. I have got some exciting things happening today that I can't wait to share with you. I will be instagraming the WHOLE thing so keep your eye on my feed :D I will write all about it on Monday.

I am also excited about the overhaul I am going to be giving the blog this weekend :D

And I am excited to announce the winner of my Bestowed Box giveaway! Heidi!! Heidi is super excited to try out the service, and I can't wait to see what she thinks! If you were super bummed you didn't win, don't cry, you can still try it out at a discount by using the code 5OFFBSTOWED01. 

So as you can tell, I am really excited about lots of stuff going on these days. And I want to share the excitement! What are you excited about? Did you lose this week? Have an NSV? Run more than you ever had? Anything, share it with me! Lets celebrate together!


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Thursday, August 22, 2013

How I Keep Movin’ (Even When I Don’t Want To)


As you guys probably know, I am a blogging ambassador for the Live Well Colorado Get Movin Challenge.  I am sharing my blogs that I write for that over here so you get all the good info :D

This is something I get asked really often, so I hope you enjoy!!
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Lets face it. Life gets in the way of our goals sometimes. Our days get off track, and even if we really wanted to fit in 30 minutes of activity, it looks like it isn’t going to happen. This happens to me all.the.time. And the way I get around this is by saying to myself “I don’t have time to workout. I MAKE time.” No one has time. If we all had oodles and oodles of time to workout, we would all have the bodies we want. The fact is that we don’t. We have families and jobs and responsibilities that can get in the way. Which is why I have to remind myself daily that I don’t have time. I have to make time. That usually gets my butt off the couch.

The other way I stay accountable is by setting up fail-safes. My husband and I take our dog for a walk every night after dinner. It’s a nice relaxing time for us, and it helps our dog work out some of his energy from the day. If we don’t go, he bugs us until we do. He will bark, whine, howl and bring our shoes to us after dinner so that we will go on a walk. This has been awesome. I know even if I miss the gym in the morning, I will at least go on that walk.

Having someone keep you accountable a huge help. This also works with a workout buddy. Make a plan to meet at the gym with a friend. They will keep you accountable, and you wont want to miss because you promised them you would be there and you don’t want to let them down. Same works for a trainer. I had a trainer for 8 weeks that I met with at 5:30 am 3 times a week. I would wake up and look at my phone and think for a second about texting to cancel, and then I would feel like a failure. I knew I was letting him down, and myself down, and that I wasn’t going to reach my goals if I kept making excuses. I never once missed a day.

If you can’t afford a trainer, check out your nearest gym or rec center for group fitness classes. Group fitness is awesome because it is fun, and it is always at the same time. You wont dread going, and you have a scheduled meeting time to work out. If you make friends in the class, they can keep you accountable to being there. Nothing makes you feel worse than someone asking “Hey! Where were you last week?” if you don’t have a good excuse.

So if you find yourself having a hard time fitting that 30 minutes in, first remember that no one has time, we all have to make time, and then just go do it. You know you will feel better after you have, and once you get into a routine, it wont even cross your mind that you don’t want to.




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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Workout Wednesday- Yoga

I don't think I have told you how much I love yoga.

Now I am going to :D

I love yoga. Yoga was one of the first physical activities I ever tried (outside of gym class). I took a class at the rec center in my town when I was still in High School, and I fell in love. I finally felt athletic! I have never been athletic in my life. I never ran the mile in school, I never did well in gym class (picked last at dodgeball, etc). So when yoga made me feel that way, I was hooked.

Yoga and I took a break for a few around 5 years because of school and general laziness, but now that I have rediscovered it, I feel the same way. Yoga is the best total body workout I have ever gotten. You use muscles you would never think you use. You have to concentrate and breathe through the discomfort and there is a huge level of self reflection in yoga. You have to face your flaws head on, and you have to be stronger than you think you are. I have learned more about myself while trying not to fall out of downward facing dog than I have doing anything else.

"But I don't know where to start! I don't have a gym near me where I can take a class! I am too embarrassed to take a class!" etc.

Have no fear.

Group yoga is fantastic. The energy in the room is great and the instructor is really your ally. They will move you into the right posture, and also make you push yourself further. BUT if you aren't ready to venture into classroom yoga, there are lots of ways to do yoga at home.

First- I love PopSugar. It's one of my favorite websites. One of it's sections is "FitSugar" and a couple days ago they shared beginner yoga poses. I followed the workout and it was great to get back to the basics and focus on form. So if you are looking for somewhere to start, thats what I recommend. It even includes pictures :D You can also look on youtube for yoga videos.

So I encourage you to yoga this week. Any way you can. Your body and mind will thank you :D



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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Under Construction

As I eluded to yesterday things around here will are changing. I am very excited about the new direction I am taking. I have been in a bit of a rut, so I think this change is exactly what I need.

Here are a few things you can expect!

1. Weekly Goal Link Party will now be hosted by Amy from Diary of a Fat Mommy and Carolyn from Fitnasty for Life. Check out their blogs for the new-and-improved link up :D

2. Getting rid of one forced post gives me more time to write what I feel like writing. I have felt really pigeon holed between the Monday link-up, Weigh in/ Workout Wednesday, my Live Well Colorado blog on Thursday and then #fridayfitstagram link-up on Friday. That really only left Tuesday for me to say what I wanted to say, and by that time I have felt so stifled that I didn't know what I wanted to say, so sometimes I didn't say anything. I will be doing less and less WI/WW Wed and more "whatever-the-heck-i-feel-like-writing-wednesday". And once August is over, my Thursdays will open back up. That will leave my new favorite link up- #fridayfitstagram still alive and kicking, but with way more creative freedom in-between.

3. I miss FASHION! When I started this little B-log almost 10 months ago, one of my main purposes was to write about CLOTHES! And shoes! And all the things I love to wear and want to wear etc. I miss that. So I am going to incorporate more of that. Think ootds and all that jazz. I am going to have to hit up Marcy from The Mustache Diaries to see where she got her magic skinny-fying mirror. Lawd knows I need one of those!

4. I am also considering Extreme Makeover Blog Edition. I am the kind of gal that needs to switch it up every so often. Aside from a color change earlier this year, OSJ has looked the same way for the last 10 months. I think it's time for a switch up. Don't know what it will look like yet tho. I had a brilliant idea that came out totally cute but then I realized it was not me at.all. Side note- if "country cottage chic" is your jam, and you like chalkboards, hit me up. I have a header all ready to go that I am more than happy to give you. It's adorable, just not my style.


I will even personalize it to say your blog name with buttons :D

5. MOAR FOOD POSTS! I have always wanted to write more about food, including clean eating and more recipes and such. But truth be told, it aint gonna happen. I just don't have time for that (and it's not something I am particularly passionate about, sry.) SO I have recruited my dear friend and fitspo Fit Mama Z!! Jackie and I are friends in real life, and she has completely transformed her body using food. She is a rock star and I can't imagine anyone that could teach you more about clean eating than her. Check her out on FB,  give her a like (tell her I sent you), and sit back and enjoy the awesomeness. She is gonna rock your socks off with clean eating info. For reals.

what else…

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I think that's it. Just more awesomeness coming your way. OH! Two things. ONE! My Bestowed Box giveaway ends tomorrow so you probably should get on that. Two! crap I totally forgot #2….



Oh yeah! Sponsorship! I am having a flash sale! Until Friday, because of all the changes going on around here, ALL of my sponsor spots are 50% off! Use the code CHANGES to get the discount! That means you can get my coveted in post spot for under $8. With over 1500 people eyeballing that thing every day, that's a good deal! Check out my sponsor tab for more info.

So there you have it. Hope you are ready cause I am stoked!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekly Goals Link Party-End of an era

Only two more days to enter my Bestowed Box giveaway! 

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Good morning,

I have a confession.

I am really over this link up. I love all you ladies that link up, and even if I don't comment, I am reading your posts and I am super inspired by all of you.

But I have not been making goals lately, which I am sure you have noticed.

And I feel really tied down by this link up. That being said, in general things will be changing around here. For the better, I promise.

So my point is, this is the last Weekly Goals Link Up that I will be hosting. BUT since so many of you link up, I am passing on the torch. I have had an awesome blogger express interest and I can't wait for her to take over. :D

So here it is, the last link up.


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Friday, August 16, 2013

#fridayfitstagram 8-16

ETA: I just noticed that Sassy Ash featured the same person lol. Oh well. We love her! 

It's FRIDAY!!!!!
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I love Fridays! And I love this link up :D I am super excited to share my new favorite instagram feed with you today!! Check out SALACIOUSKOLE!! 


She is full of inspiration and I just love her feed! Check her out, and link up your instagram with us to get featured next week!!



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Thursday, August 15, 2013

My 30 Minutes of Movin’ Favorite Exercises


As you guys know, I am writing for the Live Well Colorado Get Movin Challenge all month. Each Thursday I am sharing the blog I am writing for them with you guys! This one contains specific Colorado references, but the ideas are still relevant :D

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Now that we are about half way through the challenge, I have started to notice a lot of my exercises are the same. I want to start to switch things up. As much as I love running, I think it will be fun to add some more variety. Here are my 5 favorite ways to get movin!

  1. Rip Deck. Rip Deck is a deck of cards workout app on the iPhone and I LOVE it. You can program it with any 4 work out moves you want, and it randomizes it at the touch of your finger. It usually takes me 30-35 minutes with a warm up, and you do 100 of each exercise! My favorite combos are Push-ups, Squats, Jumping Jacks and Crunches, or Tricep Dips, Lunges, Mountain Climbers and Bicycles. You can do them anywhere, take it anywhere, and you are only using your body weight so aside from the price of the app, it is free to do as well.
  2.    Yoga. I love yoga. There is really nothing that makes me feel as strong and as centered as yoga does. I have taken yoga classes, looked up sequences on line and followed videos, and there really isn’t a wrong way to yoga. Yoga is by far one of the best total body workouts I have done, and afterward I feel refreshed and energized, rather than exhausted. Check out your local rec center or gym for their group fitness schedules and definitely pop into a yoga class!
  3. Take a Hike. I love the outdoors. In Colorado it is practically a crime to not go camping or hiking at least once during the summer. There is all sorts of information out there on great hikes, ones with different difficulty levels, and different destinations. One of my personal favorite trails to hike is the Ceran St. Vrain trail. It is west of Boulder (just past Jamestown) and is a great 3ish mile hike right along the St. Vrain river. 
  4.  Farmers Markets. You might not think if perusing a farmers market as “exercise” but you are walking around for upwards of 2-3 hours and it definitely counts. I love to walk around and see everything, and I buy all of our produce at farmers markets during the summer. Not only are farmers markets a great place to find local businesses and food, they offer a great opportunity to get outside and walk around. There is an awesome one in Cherry Creek, but you can probably find at least one in your town.
  5. Take a bike ride. I personally don’t own a bike, but that is why I love Denver. The B-Cycles in Denver are so cool. You can rent them for a day or even just an hour, and you pick it up at a bike rack, and return it at another bike rack. Since downtown is a great place to ride (safely of course) it makes so much sense to rent a bike for a few hours and check out the city a new way. This is a great option for those of us who can’t store a bike, or don’t have the money to buy one.
So there you have it! I love that there are so many different ways to get active for little to no money. With so many options, adding in just 30 minutes a day is really maintainable, even after the challenge is over. 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Workout Wednesday and Bestowed Box Giveaway!!

I love Workout Wednesdays! If you don't hop over to SkinnyMeg to get new workout ideas, you are crazy lol. I love getting new ideas, so I am all over that shit :P


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Today my workout contribution is a remix on my 300's workout! To switch it up, I am throwing 3 new moves into the equation. Instead of Jumping Jacks, do Mountain Climbers. Instead of Push-ups, do Tricep Dips and instead of Squats, do Lunges! This switch up with get you working different muscles, which is always good.


And onto my GIVEAWAY!! 

I was approached by Bestowed Box to do a review and giveaway. I was really excited because I think the whole delivery box thing is a great idea. We are busy people, and if healthy foods can come to us, that helps everyone! Something I really loved about the Bestowed box was that I can buy the same items in the store. So if I fell in love with anything, I could always get it again! Here is my box:




So many cool things!

I really loved a lot of the products in the box. I discovered Hemp hearts, which I am so happy about! I saw them at Costco, but I didn't feel comfortable buying a Costco sized bag to try it out. I love them! They are a little nutty I guess, kinda like unshelled sunflower seeds, but smaller… and I love adding them to my oatmeal! I have no idea how you are supposed to eat them, but they work really well in oatmeal. I really liked the Arrow Mills oatmeal too! It was really easy to use and I loved that it didn't have any chemicals or fake stuff in it! 

I added the Roots blueberry superfood powder to smoothies which was great and I used the Olive Oil to cook with :D I also got these awesome aromatherapy moist toilettes that I loved. I love eucalyptus and so I was excited to have a eucalyptus towel in there :D

All in all I am really happy with the box! I loved all the products! And here is the fun part!!  Enter in the rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win, and EVERYONE is getting $5 off their first box if you want to give it a try!! 

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Humbled

I know I haven't been around as much as I want to be, and for that I am sorry. I am so humbled that you all come back here day after day to read what I have to say. You don't even know how honored I am that you do. You keep me accountable every day. I know I would not be as successful as I have been without you. And I wouldn't be given the kinds of opportunities I have been given without you.

So I am here to promise you that I will be better. I will be better about writing, and better responding to you. And I want to know what you want to know. Having written over 200 posts in just 9 months, I am  always looking for ideas to write about. If you are curious about anything, just ask, and I will write about it! I wouldn't be here without you, so I want to give you more of what you want :D

So today is just a quick post to thank you :D I also have a giveaway for you guys I will be writing about tomorrow, so come back for that :D
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekly Goal Link Party 8-12

Weekly Goal Link Party time!!


Link up with me! :D

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Friday, August 9, 2013

#FridayFitstagram 8-9

It's Friday again!! It's time for Friday Fitstagram!

I love this link up because I love instagram, and I love seeing inspirational photos! I also want to use this as a time to dump my instagram photos (so if you don't follow, you can see what you are missing. but really you should follow me… :P)


Now onto my favorite instagrammer of the week!! This week I am LOVING….
Sara is on FIRE and I love following her progress on instagram :D You should definitely follow her! 

Link up with Ash and I so we can follow you! 


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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Setting Mini-Goals to Help You Get Movin’ Toward Big Change

As you know, I am a blogging ambassador for the Colorado Get Movin' Challenge! Every Thursday I will be blogging about that experience! Here is how I am setting goals for the challenge (and beyond).

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Making a commitment to move for 30 minutes every day for 30 days seems really simple. But after about 10 days, you can start to lose steam. Setting mini goals can help keep you on track and focused! Here is how I like to set goals, and how I keep myself accountable to them.

I love to set goals. Goals keep me on track and motivated to succeed. When I set goals, I keep a few things in mind. Goals need to be specific, measurable and achievable within a set time frame. I could set a goal to run 10 marathons, which would be awesome, but not something I am going to be able to do within the month of August.

When I set goals, I like to attach rewards to them. Not only is it more motivating to me, it keeps me focused on the end, even when things seem tough in the middle. Rewards are going to be different for everyone. I like to set a few easier goals to keep me on track with smaller rewards, and a few larger goals that are cumulative that come with a larger reward.

For the Get Moving Challenge, here are the goals I have set:

Week 1: Establish a workout schedule.
1. Run at least 2 miles for 3 days. Determine my pace.
2. Work out in the gym for 30-45 min for 3 days
3. Take a really long walk at least one evening (3-4 miles)

Week 2: Improve
1. Improve my pace by at least 15 seconds per mile.
2. Go on a hike
3. Take a spin class

Week 3: Focus
1. Improve my pace by another 15 seconds per mile.
2. Go on a bike ride (bikes downtown)
3. Map out and run a 5K with family and friends

Week 4: Goal becomes habit
1. Run at least 3 miles for 3 days.
2. Do yoga 3 days.
3. Climb 20 flights of stairs.

As you can see, I set my goals by week. In a week I know that I can realistically accomplish three solid goals. I don't want to set too many goals for myself so that I get overwhelmed. Obviously one of my goals is to be active all 30 days. Because I have committed to this challenge, I am taking that as a given. I set specific goals that I know I can achieve over the next 30 days.

Here is how I am breaking down rewards. For every new thing I try (hiking, spin class, bike ride, 20 flights of stairs) I am going to buy new work out gear; a headband, a water bottle, a cute sports bra and running shorts. Each week I meet ALL of my goals, I am going to pamper myself with a manicure. And for every workout I complete, I am saving $5. At the end of August, I am going to hopefully have $150 and with this money I am going to buy an awesome heart rate monitor. It is something I have wanted for a while, so this will be a great way to earn it.

I like to set short term, achievable goals that keep me motivated and on the right track. Small goals are the stepping stones for long term success.

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How do you set goals? What are your favorite rewards?


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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Workout Wednesday 8-7

It's Wednesday again and I am linking up with Skinny Meg again :D

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Today I am sharing an arm workout! Sedric and I put this together (and there is a video I will add when I am done editing it lol) but here is the gist!

Skinny Jean Fit Camp Arm Workout

15 Hammer Curls- 3 reps
15 Tricep Dips- 3 reps
15 Lawn Mowers - 3 reps
15 Tricep Extentions - 3 reps

I do these with 15 lb weights, but use what you can :D Video will be up at some point :P


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