Fitness Friday- 2014 Goals

Hellooo Friday! Long time no see. 😉

I don’t know about the rest of you, but having two weeks in a row with a day off right in the middle of the week has seriously thrown off my momentum. Despite being shorter weeks, they’ve managed to feel exceptionally long? Who knows- maybe I’m just off still.

Alright, I have a semi-informative Fitness Friday post for you guys today, but before we get to that let me back up a little to last night…



After dinner last night, I headed to the gym for my workout- as mentioned yesterday, legs (30 minutes) and cardio (55 minutes). For my cardio, I ended up doing a mini circuit on the stairmaster for 25 minutes, then doing 30 minutes on the ARC trainer on the “hill climb” program. Sweaty workout, indeed!

I also learned something pretty snazzy last night.

Ya know yesterday how I explained a little bit about my Fitbit, and how I can sync it to the Myfitnesspal app? Well, it does a pretty cool thing when those two get together.

On the Myfitnesspal, you can add in all of your foods and calories and also all of your exercise. When you add your exercise, it always asks for the type of exercise, the duration (in minutes) and how many calories you burned during the exercise.

If you input your height and weight into the app, it calculates your calorie burn for you (roughly). I personally never use the original number they give- I usually bring it down by 50-100 calories, just to make sure I’m not vastly over estimating how many calories I’m actually burning.

Well, guess what?


Now, you can input your exercise start time into the Myfitnesspal app as well. It takes your start time and duration, syncs that to your Fitbit band- and the Fitbit band then recalculates your calorie burn to match your height, weight, exertion rate and heart rate to the alotted time/duration given.

There’s a little thing now on MFP where you can see how much the Fitbit band recalculates your calories burned. Last night, it informed me that I actually burned 100 more calories (based on my exertion/HR) than I had calculated for myself.

That’s a pretty great surprise, guys. Pr-etty great.

In other Fitbit news, here are my stats for yesterday:


Yep, that’s right! I made my 10,000 steps.


I also drank nearly 40oz more water than it said I needed to.

Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty good about these numbers! Hopefully I can keep it up, because…

Drinking more water and moving more throughout the day are 2 of my “2014 Fit Goals”! 

Yes, that’s right- I am flat out refusing to call them resolutions because, let’s face it, New Year’s Resolutions only last half way through January.

In an effort to really follow through on my goals this year, I pretty much grabbed on to the whole “go big or go home” thing and dug in my nails.


Not only do I have a large amount of “2014 Goals”, but I picked some pretty ambitious ones.


That list there is only a few of them. Others (like drinking a gallon of water a day, and taking my 10,000 steps daily) aren’t shown here.

So you can see above that not all of my 2014 Fit Goals are necessarilly fitness related- some of them are career oriented, some of them have to do with the wedding, ect.

There’s a reason for that.

Let me fill you guys in on my top 2 tips for winning the annual “Resolutionary” War (you guys like that? I can’t take credit. I saw it somewhere-don’t remember where?):

1) Pick goals that run the gammit– my goals for this next year range from fitness/athleticism, to cooking, to weight loss, to general health, to wedding/marriage, career, ect. They’re all over the place. Not only that, but each goal has it’s own specific time table ranging from 3 months, to 6 months, to a year. Yes- I gave myself a whole year to reach some of these goals. They aren’t “New Year’s Resolutions”, they’re goals for the entire 2014 year.

2) Don’t call them resolutions– I know that I’ve beat this point to death, but the more I say it the more I’m convinced that what you call your goals directly impacts how hard you fight for them.

3) Make a goal pyramid- this is a trick I learned from Jillian Michaels. Now, I know with her you either love, love, love her…or you can’t stand her. I happen to like her. Either way, this is a tip that’s worth implementing because you can use it for all different goal types.

So make a pyramid- if you want to accomplish your goal in 3 months, set it up like this (2 examples):

Ultimate Goal (3 months) – Lose 20lbs./ Apply to Grad School, ect.

Monthly– Lose 6lbs./ send in one application per month

Weekly- Lose 1.5lbs./ complete part of an application every week

This makes it easy to track progress, and breaks a really big goal up into manageable pieces.

So, there you have it. Now that you’ve seen my very lofty goals, feel free to make some lofty goal for yourself!

And it’s okay if they seem daunting. They should be a mix of short term and long term goals- go at them full force knowing that you have a plan of attack, a time table and a means to an end.


Yeah. That just cracked me up.


Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Friday night! Shane and I have a workout date (yeaaaaah plyo!) and then plans to stay in and watch some of Season 6 of The Big Bang Theory.

Do any of you watch? Do you have a favorite character?

I probably would have used to say Sheldon, but I’m 100% on the Amy Farrah Fowler band wagon lately. 🙂

Holiday Health Challenge

Good Monday morning, all! Is anyone else super pumped to be back into a normal routine today? Don’t get me wrong, I really love having long weekends and spending extra quality time with family- but I am a gal who loves a solid routine.

After 3 or 4 days of relaxing, indulgent food, wine, wedding dancing and 3 days off from the gym- let’s just say I am more than ready to hit the gym today after work! Plus its leg day- YESl

Anyways, enough about me- On to the good stuff!

Alrighty, for those of you who caught my post last night, you probably saw that I mentioned an upcoming holiday challenge. Well, here she is:

The 30 Day Holiday Health Challenge is something I came up with over the weekend. Everyone always talks about making New Year’s resolutions. Likewise, everyone tends to wait until New Year’s to make them.  Not only that, but the statistics are pretty discouraging. 35% of people who make New Year’s resolutions break them.

Unfortunately, I can say that I am definitely one of them. I don’t know what it is, but I never fail to break my resolutions, and it usually doesn’t take me too long to do it.

Well, not this year friends! This year, I’m taking the initiative to insert all of my “New Year’s resolutions” into my lifestyle before the New Year.

By doing it this way, I’m hoping that by the time January 1st rolls around, everything I want to incorporate into doing next year will already feel like a habit- or at the very least, I’ll have bettered myself in some way! It’s a win/win.

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • There are 2 components- healthy eating and exercise ( you can choose to do one or the other, or both!)
  • The challenge is 30 days long, and begins todayDecember 2nd. It ends on December 31st.
  • For the fitness component, you can choose from really any fitness related goals- incorporate a new style of training into your routine, try a new-to-you exercise/move every day, try a new fitness class once a week, join a boot camp, start strength training, add 5 extra minutes to your workout every week, ect. The possibilities are endless! Or, deam each day of the week a specific training day for a given muscle group/cardio exercise and stick with that for the 30 days. Whatever you choose, just make sure it’s something you can sustain for a month!
  • For the healthy eating component, it’s super versatile as well- something like trying a new healthy recipe once a week, introducing a new-to-you healthy food every day, trying “clean eating”, cutting back on soda/coffee, trying to eat less processed food, ect. Again, lots of possibilities here!

The focus of this challenge isn’t to lose weight or “get in shape”, even though those will likely be some of the perky byproducts of introducing some of these other New Year’s worthy healthy habits into your life. 😉

Instead, the focus is on health (hence the challenge name) and trying to find a fun way of beating the New Year’s resolution curse- all while trying out some new exercises or finding a great way to “healthify” your favorite holiday treat in the process!

Here are my personal Holiday Health Challenge goals:


  • add an extra 5 minutes onto my workouts every week
  • try at least one new fitness class
  • incorporate yoga or pilates into my rest days on Sundays


  • “eat clean” 6 days a week
  • try one new healthy recipe a week

Of course, I’ll be reporting everything back here on the ol’ blog. Half the battle is accountability, and I’m very lucky to have this little sounding board here to help with that. 🙂

If you want to take part in the Holiday Health Challenge (and the possibility for giveaways and prizes!) feel free to leave a comment and let me know, or follow the blog for posts and updates!