Fitness, wellness, motivation

Motivation Monday

Good morning (well it is morning here where I am). Happy Monday! As we enter the last week of January it is about time to check back in on those fitness and wellness goal we set at the beginning of the year. How are we doing with the goals we set? Are we still eating healthy and exercising regularly? Have we already given up on the eating healthy? Have we stopped exercising because life got too busy? Guess what? Its ok if the goals you set are not working out. What that means is that it is time to re-evaluate what those goals were and what the motivation behind them was.

Was the goal to lose 50 pounds this year? Was the goal to exercise everyday for an hour? Sometimes even with the best direction, we set goals that are not realistic. We at times may think they are realistic and are so motivated to change that we are certain we will be able to do it. However, somewhere in there we get overwhelmed, have 1 bad day and decide its not worth it anymore. Just because you ate the cake does not mean your diet is ruined forever.

Today, I encourage you to look at the goals you have set and see what areas you are struggling to maintain. If some areas are causing more of a struggle than others, maybe it’s time to push a goal or two (or 20) to another time. Are there areas where you are making progress but are having some struggle? Those are probably the goals to keep. One thing I am doing this year is limiting my goal focus in areas to 1-2 things and for a 90 day period. There are many things I want to improve this year, however I know if I try and change too many things at the same time, I will fail at all of them.

What of all things that you are working on are things you feel like you are making progress? What maybe needs to wait a few months before you attempt again? Let”s keep making progress!

Fitness, Health, motivation

Motivation Monday!

Happy Monday! Are you ready for the new week? Have you made your plans and are excited to start the week? This is the week where people start to make the decisions on whether or not to keep pushing. We are entering the half-way point of the month and it is about this point where people stop going to the gym (in normal times) or working out at all. They start to allow back in the poor eating because they get tired or don’t want to deal with saying no to all the things they love.

So here we are at the decision point. What are you deciding to do? Are you deciding to make healthier decisions regarding food? What does that mean (what is the SMART goal behind it). Are you exercising more? What does that mean? Did you make SMART goals for yourself last week? Are they things you can actually do or did you set goals that are unrealistic in the best of times, of which we are no where near. If you set goals that are burning you out already, its time to re-evaluate those goals. Maybe its to make them more manageable and get you on the right track.

People often burn out because they set unrealistic goals for themselves. For example if someone never exercises, they might not set a goal to work out everyday for an hour. The goal might be something like be active for 15 minutes a day (including going for a walk). If there are days where they are more active great! If not they are still moving forward. Even that goal might be too much for some people, for some, maybe it that they will be active 15minutes a day 3-4x a week. Once again, if they are able to do it more often great! If they are not able to do more that they still won’t feel like they failed. It is about knowing your own limits and being able to know how far you can push yourself. For someone that meets that first goal of 15 minutes everyday, maybe after a 2 weeks of consistency they may re-evaluate the goal and say they are going to push for 30 minutes a day or maybe they are going to add a goal where 3-4 days they are active for more than 30 minutes.

Setting the goals can be something that is fairly easy. However staying motivated is another story. What is motivating you? What is your why for making fitness goals to begin with? We are have a reason we want to improve, knowing the why will help us to continue to reach for our goals.

What is your why? Share the why so others can support you and motivate you to follow your goals!

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running

Fitness Success in 2021

2020 has brought us several challenges in the world of fitness and wellness.  With COVID restrictions there have been many limitations on what we can do. Gyms have been closed and then open and then closed since March. On top of that we have been working from home and living in comfortable stretchy pants since then. Stuck in our houses, for many of us the habits we had started at the beginning of the year seemingly fell away. The fitness goals we had set for the year went put the window somewhere in April when we realized that the lock-downs were going to be much longer than 2 weeks.

Now we are looking toward 2021 and wondering should we attempt to make those big fitness goals again, only see ourselves fail miserably or do we just stick with the status quo. 

I decided for 2021 I am taking a different approach to my fitness goals. I am setting goals for 90 day periods of time with what I know I have. For example, for this first block I am not setting any goals related to strength. This is not because I don’t want to work on strength, it’s because I do not have consistent access to equipment in this area. For me, this next 90 days (January-March) I am going to focus on my running and on my nutrition. Just because strength is not a goal does not mean I will completely neglect this. This means when I have the opportunity I will do strength work and if possible in March when I re-evaluate and determine goals for the next 90 days it may become a goal. 

For me, I am setting 2 major goals, first is to get my threshold pace down to 9:00 from 9:30 and to lose 10 pounds. Within that there are other objectives I will add to help me get to my goal. 

What are your fitness/wellness goals for 2021? What are goals you can work towards with what you have right now (including limitations due to COVID) ? How might this shift your focus? 

Fitness, Health, running

Motivation in the Midst of Pandemic

Since the pandemic has started, the world of fitness has been in a constantly changing position. For some the gyms have not reopened, for others they have reopened only to close again. For some the communities they have built are trying to exist without physically coming together. The one thing is this, our fitness is struggling.

Prior to the pandemic I was training for the LA Marathon which occurred the Sunday before all races ended up cancelled making it one of the last big races we saw happen in person. I was running double digit miles multiple times a week with no issue. Now with no in-person race to train for even a 6-8 mile run seems like so much and the time is significantly slower. I had originally planned to do more weight training after LA but then the gyms closed and the option was off the table.

I wonder if I am the only one struggling to stay motivated with my fitness with the lack of in-person events. Is it just me that needs the community to keep my motivation? I have started running with a friend or 2 just to keep some level of fitness but those runs are much slower than they used to be.

How is your fitness? Are you staying motivated? How are you keeping your motivation? Let’s help one another out! Message me or comment and let’s chat!

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running, wellness

Fitness and Stuff

In the midst of COVID I know that many people have put their fitness goals on the back burner. The gyms are closed and trying to put together a home gym has suddenly become incredibly expensive. We have seen the price soar as the equipment has become scarce. Some of us are anxiously waiting for our gyms to open back up while others are unsure of returning back to the gym.

We have read all the new requirements that gyms are enforcing with social distancing and limits on how long we can stay there. For some of us we are beginning to wonder if membership at some of the larger gyms will be worthwhile. 24 Hour Fitness has changed their hours as they reopen to 5am to 9pm which makes me wonder will the price be less since I am losing several hours of time to work out. Also only being able to workout for 1 hour is probably going to make it as worthwhile to keep going?

I am not sure your thoughts on all of this but I still want to get back into the gym and lift heavy weights. I want to get back to dialing in my fitness. Throughout the quarantine I have spent more time running and doing workouts without as much weight or without some of the options I had before. Part of me wonders how long will all these weird requirements stay? Will the gym ever go back to normal?

How has this time affected your fitness? Have you gained the quarantine 19? Have you lost weight? Gotten faster? Worked on technique? How are you managing through this? Let’s Chat!

Fitness, Health, motivation, running

Finding Motivation In The Midst Of COVID-19

Just over a month ago I was running the LA Marathon and this COVID-19 thing was just starting to gain some speed. We were being told to use social distancing and we were seeing races being cancelled or postponed. We watched as Tokyo decided to run with only the elite runners. We waited with baited breath to see if LA Marathon was going to go as planned. Then the weekend came and we got to run the marathon. We were told to keep 6ft apart (like that was going to happen, have the been inside of the starting corral?), thousands of people showed up, the race was sold out. We saw less crowds and spectators out but that was pretty much it.

Within a week, the world we knew was far from gone. Every race from the on was being cancelled and postponed and stay-home orders went into effect. Gyms were ordered to close and life as we knew it was changed.

Here we are, after almost a month of quarantine and finding motivation to run or be active seems to be much harder to find. Sitting on the couch and watching Netflix has become the norm. There are no races to train for in the foreseeable future, no meets for my lifting friends, and finding something to train towards is like grasping at straws.

So they question is, where do we find our motivation again? How do we get back to training as best we can?

My answer is to just start a new routine, and schedule in the task. Remember, you don’t have to go all out. You may not have what you need to train at your best and you can train the best you can. If you don’t want to go out and do your long runs, start with having yourself start with 1 mile, maybe it is just a walk, or slow jog. Enjoy the air, some time out of your house, look at the surroundings and see what happens. What do you think would happen if you committed to doing 30minutes of exercise a day? Would it get easier? Yes, once you started to develop the routine it would be easier to get going. For me I start my day with exercise and it helps. If I wait until afternoon or evening it is far harder to get up and moving.

What routine are you going to start with? How are you going to stay accountable? Let me know if you need someone to encourage you to keep pushing yourself.

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, motivation, running

Checking in

Here we are in the midst of October 2020 and it seems as though we have not moved far from some of the initial days of COVID. For some communities gyms have begun to open up, for others they have remained closed. Running events are still virtual… and who knows when we will begin to see the in-person competitions. For those who compete in strength events, those are also in the unknown arena. I don’t know about you, but these virtual events are hard to train for. Running a virtual race does not have the same feel as an in-person race.

The thing with doing a virtual event, is that you miss out on the community that you gain at the event. You miss out on the friends that check in on you? Those that see you and see your progress and say something.

So here I am checking in, how are you dealing with the uncertainty of events? Are you continuing to train in preparation for events? Have you put things on hold? What are you doing for your fitness? What is your progress? Let’s chat.

Fitness, Health, running

24 Weeks!!

Today marks 24 weeks until the Chicago Marathon, you know what that means right? It means that this week I jump back into marathon training. I am so excited to start back into marathon training…. no really I am.

The last past month, since the LA Marathon I have reduced my running a bit. I have been just running for fun, with no specific training purpose. I ran with the local Tuesday Night Run Club, which I have been doing about a 5k each week and I have been running some Saturdays with a new run club the South OC Pacers. This second run is longer as this group is training for an upcoming half-marathon (next Sunday). So this month my mileage is significantly less that the last 4 months.

Since LA, I last minute joined a Ragnar team and ran Ragnar So Cal and signed up and did a relay row because I could. I also have spent more time doing weightlifting.

I learned a few things this past month, my pace is consistently faster now. The goal i had set to reach while training for LA of getting a sub 6 hour marathon time was crushed (5:51:21). In the midst of this, my pacing for my shorter distances got faster and faster. Now I am seeing that the start point is faster than what I was hoping to hit in my training.

So now I am ready to jump back in and continue to improve. I am excited to start. I am also excited to see what other races may occur in between now and then.

Also friends! In case you forgot I am running the Chicago Marathon as a St. Jude Hero and need to raise $1750. Please help me help these families! Did you know that Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Donate to help here.

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Perspective

Two weekends ago I ran the LA Marathon and somewhere between mile 16-20 I started to slow down, and my stomach which had been hurting on and off for some time was very irritated and my knee was also starting to hurt a bit (reasons behind both, may be explained later). As I was slowing down and getting more tired I realized that I was not going to reach the hard goal I had set. Now mind you originally my goal was to finish is less than 6 hours. However due to how my training had been looking, some wise friends told me that a 5:30 would be possible. As I was running, I realized that the I was not going to hit the 5:30 time. My stomach was starting to hurt off and on and my knees were irritated and I was slowing down. I found myself getting frustrated and irritated. Maybe you know exactly what I mean by that. I started to get in my mind about how bad it was and so on and so forth. 

Then a thought made its way in through all the noise, remember last year… remember how bad your time was then? Immediately my mindset shifted. I reminded myself that last year my time was far worse than this year and that I was still on track to finish significantly better. I also remembered how bad I felt along the way the year prior. Then I remembered that I was still on track for a significant time improvement from 4ish months ago when I did NYC. 

Funny thing when my perspective shifted, running went back to being easier. My thoughts went back to more positive thoughts and I continued to make my game plan. I then started back into reminding myself of my mantras while running “I can do hard things…. I do hard things…. I can do all things” and set the next goal for during the race. Smaller milestones were things like in just over a 5k you have a friend in one of the cheer zones, then it’s 5k and the downhill starts and then it’s about a 5k and you finish.

Running a marathon is far more in your mind than on your feet. Your feet with keep you moving, even if it’s very slow but if your mind tells you that you can’t do it your feet will stop moving. 

How has perspective helped you? 

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Crossfit, Fitness, Health, wellness

Community

Two years ago I moved to an area an hour and half away from where I had been living due to work, I could no longer handle the commute. One of the things I worried the most about was finding a new Crossfit box. I am not one that likes change and as an introvert new groups of people make me a little extra nervous. So I did what everyone does and I went to my good friend google and did some research. My research did not give me enough information so I asked a co-worker that I knew CrossFits if he had any recommendations of a good box to join. He told me he did and that he knew the one of the owners of a box in my city and that he was good people. So I contacted him and signed up.

That first day I walked in, 2 years ago (this is posting a day after the exact 2 year date) my nerves were high. I was not sure what to expect, the only box I had ever been to was the one I had been a member of back home. I had a million thoughts going through my mind, would the people be nice, would the coaches be good, will the workouts suck, am I making a mistake. It had been awhile since I had been at CrossFit consistently with my commute and crazy work schedule and I knew that I had lost some of the skill I had worked so hard to gain.

I walked in and was greeted by the owner that was friends with my co-worker with a smile on his face. He was inviting and welcoming so I started to go. I was attending a few times a week, not super consistent because my work schedule was still crazy with working midnights a couple nights a week and a day job for 40 hours a week. Eventually other things changed and shifted and I started being consistent with M-F and 5am.

One thing I learned was how much I valued my community. For those who have never been to Crossfit, community is a big part of Crossfit. I decided that I did not want to move when my lease was up because I did not want to find a new Crossfit community. I only really know that other 5am people, and a couple 6am and a handful of coaches but those are my people.

Now there are some of these people I go get coffee with, or run with or go to Disneyland with and I have decided that I am going to make an effort to build more relationships with the people in others classes. The reason I have been able to push myself in both fitness and outside fitness has been because of these people. Who is your community? Are there people that will encourage you on your journey? Do you need help finding or building that community? Let’s chat!

Friends! I have decided to use my fitness goals for good this year and I have decided to run the Chicago Marathon on behalf of St. Jude. Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $1750 click Here donate.