Mar 14, 2014

Summer Goals

        Yes, I said it…SUMMER GOALS.
Elle Noel pointed out yesterday that summer is right around the corner…for me in this part of the country, today marks exactly 10 weeks before the “unofficial” start to summer, Memorial Day weekend.
I’ll be linking up with Elle in her #operationredbikini challenge, where we define our summer goals and check in with weekly posts to talk about how we’re making those goals happen.
So that got me thinking, what ARE my summer goals?
I have to be honest with you here, I’d LOVE to hit my goal weight in 10 weeks’ time, and go into summer feeling AHHMAZING about myself and my body, especially when it comes to bathing suits and short shorts.
But here’s the reality. 
The scale is not the only measure of progress. 
Gaining muscle sometimes means the scale doesn’t move, but the inches do. 
Sometimes inches don’t move, but you can lift heavier this week than last, or run further or faster than you did the last time….getting STRONGER is just as important as the scale number, so why do we put so much emphasis on that number?? (sometimes, the ONLY emphasis!)
The reality is, I’m not really sure if my goal weight is realistic, since I’ve never, EVER, weighed that little in my entire life, it’s really just a number I picked before I knew anything about weight loss or how my body looks now, 20 pounds more than that “ideal number”.  Could I really lose 20 more pounds from where I am now? Maybe..but it’s going to take some serious discipline to get there, and I’m not sure if that’s a level of dedication I’m ready for.
I’m definitely putting another round of the 21 day fix on my goal list, there’s no question there.  If I can drop another 5-10 pounds that will bring me that much closer to my goals, and I’d love to push the weight of the dumbbells I’m using with the workouts.
I also want to (need to) get back into running more regularly.  I haven’t been running on a regular basis since the winter set in, and running on the treadmill is torture to me so that’s sporadic at best.  With the warmer weather on it’s way (fingers crossed!) I’m going to aim to hit the pavement at least 3 times a week in addition to whatever other routine I’m doing.
There’s that word….routine.  I do SO much better with a routine.  I need someone to tell me exactly what to do, and when to do it.  I thrive with routine.  When I don’t have a specific program to follow, I tend to flounder a bit.  I’m considering investing in a new program to shake things up a bit after my next round of the 21 day fix; everyone RAVES about Body Pump classes at the gym, and there’s an at home version of this class that’s on sale this month, and it even comes with a weight lifting bar! I’ve been toying with the idea of adding more weights into my routine, so this may be the answer I’ve been looking for.  I see serious results from the women I know who have added heavy lifting into their routines and cut back on the cardio, so I think this may be the direction I’m headed in, but I haven’t decided for sure.  The nice thing about PUMP is that it's only 3 days a week, so I'd still be able to keep up with my running too.

So my 10 week goals are:
-Complete 1 more round of the 21 day fix
-Drop at least 12 pounds from where I stand today
-Run at least 3 times a week
-Add more lifting into my current routine
So there you have it.  What do YOUR summer goals look like?
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