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Year-end check in: Did I achieve my 2015 goals?

The start of my consistent yoga practice this January

The start of my consistent yoga practice this January

In January of this year, I shared three goals I hoped to achieve by December 31, 2015: master some variation of the scorpion pose and hold it for 10 seconds, grow my client base at Koru Personal Training, and get a consistent meditation practice going.

Before I get into how I did this year, I’m kicking myself now for not adding GET INTO THE BOSTON MARATHON as one of my 2015 goals. Although I achieved my 2014 goal of qualifying in October last year, I missed getting in by 1 minute and 25 seconds. Not that it was in my control, but you better believe I’m going to be much more specific with my 2016 goals (more on those to come next week).

So how did I do this year?

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My 2015 goals progress update

The start of my consistent yoga practice this January

The start of my consistent yoga practice this January

In January of this year, I shared three goals I hoped to achieve by December 31, 2015: master some variation of the scorpion pose and hold it for 10 seconds, grow my client base at Koru Personal Training, and get a consistent meditation practice going. Although training for the Boston Marathon is also on my to-do list (since I achieved my 2014 goal of qualifying in October last year), I’m not going to know if I made it in until September, so that goal is a bit out of my control.

So how am I doing on my 2015 goals now that we’re half-way through 2015? (more…)

5 awesome (and free!) fitness and health podcasts to listen to during your long run

fkgolfcourseWhen I was training for the Squamish 50K two years ago, I started listening to podcasts to pass the time on my long training runs. Since I was running trails for 3-plus hours at a fairly slow pace, I wanted something I could focus on instead of how tired I was feeling and how much my feet hurt. Not only did those long runs feel like they went by much faster while listening to podcasts, but also I learned a ton of stuff; everything from what the latest research and trends are in strength and conditioning world to how to start a fitness business to what it’s like to go vegan and complete an ultraman.

If you’re tired of music blaring in your ears during your long runs or just want something informative and interesting to listen to on your commute to work, I highly recommend checking out these awesome (and free!) fitness and health podcasts. (more…)

Guilt and the art of letting go: Why it’s okay to feel like crap sometimes

buddha-thoughtsSay you had a particularly stressful day at work and you came home and finished off a bag of chips before dinner instead of snacking on something more nutritious. Or maybe you fully intended to go to the gym before work, but your bed was just too darn comfy. Or perhaps you had planned to stick to the vegetables and lean protein offered at that dinner party, but those buttered dinner rolls were calling your name.

So you give in to temptation. And you immediately feel crappy about your decision.

But then you think, I shouldn’t feel this way. Tomorrow is a new day. It’s just a bag of chips; I can start again tomorrow, right? I feel guilty, but I feel silly for getting upset over something like this because I read this post on Facebook/inspirational quote on Pinterest telling me not to feel that way, that I shouldn’t beat myself up over things like this, and now I feel bad for feeling bad.

Sounds like a vicious cycle, right?

Well I say feel all the feels. (more…)

My Annual Non-New Year’s Resolution Post: 2015 Goals

IMG_3542Unlike last year’s annual non-New Year’s resolutions post, this year I can actually say I accomplished the three goals I set for myself at the end of last year: get my CSCS designation, get published in a print magazine, and qualify for the Boston Marathon. This is one of the reasons why I love having this blog — I can publicly announce things I want to accomplish and hold myself accountable to them, no matter how lofty they may be.

And lofty they were this past year. (more…)

Want to form healthy habits? Start small. Really small.

I need to work on being present.

I need to work on being present.

Did you know it takes 66 days to form a habit? According to this article from Fast Company, a new habit becomes automatic after performing it every day for 66 days in a row. After that, it becomes part of your routine. Like brushing your teeth or folding your laundry.

The key to making a successful shift, however, is to start small. Really small.

“The bigger a project seems, the less likely we are to complete it, since it seems like too much effort,” author Drake Baer points out. “What we need to do, then, is to find a strategy that lets us lay the foundation of a productive habit while minimizing the upfront workload.” (more…)

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