The one with an update on my goals

So I’ve been meaning to do a post on my goals that I talked about a few months ago inΒ this post, but you know me, organisation is apparently not my strong point (unless we are talking about my uni work in which case I am freaky organised and people get scared when they look at my planner).

I am a HUGE believer in making goals and working towards them. Accomplishing them is important to me but what is even more important to me is what I learn along the way, regardless of whether I complete the goal or not. I am also a big fan of making small/realistic goals so I am more likely to achieve them cos let’s face it, who doesn’t like to feel good about themselves πŸ™‚

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Some of my goals from a few months ago I crushed, and some didn’t go as planned at all. So let’s get to it:

1) Crush a HIIT strength based workout two or three times a week.Β This is not time to be modest- I have been ROCKING this goal πŸ™‚ I am really loving my HIIT and the biggest thing I love about it (apart from the sweatilicious-ness of it) is how much easier it makes my running feel! HIIT is an awesome cardio and strength workout and because it requires you to push so hard during the workout, moderate paced runs feel glorious in comparison.image

(After one of my first HIIT sessions…. yeah, I thought I was going to die).

2) Practice doing full push ups. So I am doing way better at push-ups now! Okay so they are still the girly knee ones BUT I can crank out a lot more in one go and I’m not as sore as I was in the beginning when I couldn’t brush my hair for a week afterwards. That is great progress in my opinion πŸ™‚

3) Five minutes planking every day. I have kept this one up and it is basically thanks to my reading a million academic articles all day. I generally end up doing two sessions of five minutes each of planking every day while I read stuff for my essays and it is a major win-win. Burn for the abs and burn for the brain πŸ™‚

4) Β Go to F45 training. This one blatantly did not happen. I called the F45 studio a little after I made the goal and they said that the free trial was no longer on, and that was the end of that. I am at the point in my uni career where fitness needs to be free and that is just non-negotiable right now (note: postgrad study makes one poor). Besides, there are so many awesome free workouts that I adore and while I LOVE gym classes and yoga studios, those luxuries are going to have to wait until I am working full time again. Also I ended up doing so much HIIT that I felt super motivated and excited to workout without having to do a class anyway!

5) Start running 10 milers again. I have run several 8 milers but no 10 milers. I feel like it is definitely within my physical capability to run Β those two extra miles so I am thinking that I need to figure out a way to mentally motivate myself to make it happen. I think that a point to point run is going to be the best way for me to feel motivated to start doing it again, and when I’m in NZ really soon I’m going to ask my parents to drop me off 10 miles from our house to start me off. Then when I get back to Sydney I will map out some public transport options for doing this and plan it into my schedule too. The plan has been made, now just to follow through… πŸ™‚

6) Run around the domain and other parks in Sydney. I have been loving this one. Β Having just moved to a new suburb I have enjoyed exploring running around the new parks here, and I have alsoΒ run through Hyde park and the Domain, two gorgeous parks in central Sydney.

7) Keep working on my fallen angel and handstand. Still working on these bad boys! I love the concentration I experience when I practice these (not wanting to fall on my butt tends to have that effect). I have been practicing one or the other in my evening practice and it give me a little boost for my night time study seshes. Gotta love that headrush.

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8) Start practicing pranayama (yogic breathing practice). I am doing WAY better at this one guys. I completely forgot about this for about a month (…fail, I know) but now I do it every day before my morning practice and I am starting to like the way it centers me before I crank out my asana.

9) Eat more fruit and veggies. I have been working extra hard at this one, and feeling way better because of it. Nutrients = for realsies. Apparently there is a reason Mum always told me to eat my veggies πŸ™‚

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(Those are strawberries in my crepe… I never said anything about how I get those nutrients in πŸ™‚ crepe form is highly recommended FYI).

 

I am super happy with the changes I have made in the last few months. Making each of these things a bigger part of my life has only made me feel more balanced and awesome. I’m especially excited about the HIIT- I started it just thinking it would be healthy to do an eensy bit more strength training and it ended up having a great effect on my running which I hadn’t really even thought about beforehand.

And because balance is super important to me, I had no problem having let go of the things that didn’t fit in a positive way (F45- im looking at you). Obviously I am obsessed with running and yoga but I still want to not work a billion hours a day sometimes and just chill the shizzle out and hang with friends and binge watch tv too.

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Now- time to think of what I want to work on in the final term of the uni year! With Curtis coming here in just THREE weeks (!!!!) I have a feeling this term is going to be a whole new kettle of fish in an AMAZING way, but that’s a story for another day post.

What is a goal you recently achieved?Β 

What is a current goal you’re working on?Β 

How do you run your long runs- loop, out and back, or point to point? (slash make up the last few miles running back and forth in front of your house… we have all been there, am I right? πŸ™‚ ).

Fave budget friendly/time friendly way to sneak veggies into your diet that I can steal?Β 

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21 Responses to The one with an update on my goals

  1. Awesome job on your goals – they are some good ones! I do the pushups and the planking, too! My current goal is to break 3 hours in a marathon. It’s going to take awhile. I’ll see how close I am in the fall!! I switch my long runs up – I prefer loops but today I’m going to do an out and back because I need a good flat run in my life! Have a great day!

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    • Thanks girl! The push-ups and planking make such a difference right?
      Braking sub three is an amazing goal!!! Go you! Sounds like you are doing all the right things to achieve your goal, your weekly workouts are so inspiring! Have an awesome day! 😘

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  2. babycrow says:

    You are a model in your balance, I love how you relish the journey as much as you celebrate the goals. And Sydney’s parks are so lovely. lucky you for having them as your playground!

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  3. Vanessa says:

    You are so impressive, chica, you’re the machine!! I need to revolutionize how I do things – I’ve pretty much stopped doing strength training, still haven’t gotten back on the yoga horse, etc etc. I’ve hit a motivational rut and it needs to change! I’m more inspired now, so thank you πŸ˜€ Also, great way to sneak in veggies, especially in the summer (you’re slowly heading that way!) – smoothies & smoothie bowls. The rather obvious answer, but it’s a good one!

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    • Aw thanks so much girl! You’re so sweet! I totally think it’s natural to get into those ruts sometimes- I sometimes like to think about just rolling with the rut and usually then I find it easier to get motivated once I take the pressure off! Just be kind to yourself hun πŸ™‚ ahhhh YES smoothies and smoothie bowls, you are SO on to it! I love me some delicious smoothies with sneaky veggies hidden in them, thanks for the reminder Vanessa! 😘

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  4. I actually pinned that quote at the top on Pinterest a while back! I love it. And for your veggie question, I like to chop and sautΓ© a bunch of veggies like peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc. and then freeze them. Then, I’ll toss them (still frozen) into every omelet, bowl of pasta, etc. that I make, and the heat from the stove or oven will defrost them.

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    • It’s an awesome quote right? We are so on the same page! πŸ™‚ ooooh freezing them is such a good idea! I can’t stand when veggies go off and because Im usually just cooking for myself I have to be soo careful about that. Love the idea to cook them first too!

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  5. Ah this was so great, it reminded me to check in with my goals! Have you noticed a huge difference with the planking? (Strength and/or abs πŸ˜› )

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    • That’s awesome girl! I can often get a little caught up in making goals and not so much with checking in with them πŸ™‚ Yeah I definitely notice the planking feels easier, and when I run my back doesn’t get as sore, which I put down to a stronger core! All good things! πŸ™‚

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  6. You’re just the best πŸ™‚ I love that picture — eat/move/speak etc. like you love yourself. I think that perfectly sums up the balance of a healthy lifestyle. Eat well but move well too! It will all balance out.

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  7. Great job on your goals! And don’t worry about the ones you haven’t hit just yet.. you will get there. I love the pushups one… that’s something I’ve been working on too. I’m finally doing regular non-girly pushups and I can do sets of about 15 now. It took me FOREVER to get to this point… I don’t know why they are just so hard!

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    • Thanks girl! Wow 15 full push ups, you are my hero!!!! I am always confused by how hard they are too, like I get the concept but I’m like why is is so incredibly hard for me?! Good incentive to keep working hard on them anyway! πŸ™‚

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  8. TechChick says:

    Only 3 weeks until your Man arrives? Weeee! Interesting that you are talking about your goals. I was just thinking about mine today and how I was going to go to the track this summer, and incorporate more weight training into my training plan. Well, neither one of those happened!! Oh well. But I did run all the miles, so I’m good with that πŸ™‚
    I am definitely a big fan of out and back runs. I need to see how close I am to finishing, and it’s so much easier on the math calculations!!

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    • Only three weeks!! Doesn’t it just feel like yesterday that I left Canada? So weird! Simultaneously I am SO over being apart haha. His arrival cannot come soon enough! 😍 you did run all the miles for sure!! I definitely think it is great to work towards goals but sometime it’s just fine when they don’t work out cos we usually end up accomplishing other stuff instead! You are a case in point! πŸ™‚ that’s funny I think out and back runs are my least favourite- having said that I do them heaps out of necessity! They are definitely great for knowing exactly how hard you have to go though!! πŸ™‚ have a great day Lisa! 😘

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  9. Curtwood says:

    Can’t wait to see you!!! πŸ˜€

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