Setting (Uncomfortable) Goals

I was in a little bit of a rut lately, workout wise.  Mainly, I haven’t been planning out my weeks and the summer time crazies/lazies have set in. Thankfully, in one of the MRTT (Moms Run This Town) facebook groups, our leader set up a June Challenge to get out of our comfort zone and try something new.  This challenge and peer pressure led me to try out TCX (Total Conditioning) and Barbell Strength group fitness classes.

Since I need some strength training in my life, I tried barbell today. #ouch #stillsorefromtcx

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I took it easy during both classes; I made sure to use lighter weights and concentrate on my form.  Guess what?  I still managed to injure myself.  It goes to show that while I’ve been saying that I need to incorporate more strength, I really need to make it part of my routine.  After a week, I’m finally recovered (read:  not in pain with every step or arm lift), so I’m working on my weekly schedule.  The classes were great workout, so I’m definitely going back.  I also came across this post about comfort zones just now.

Brian Tracy via The Iron You

This year I have set some goals out of my comfort zone and like Mike from The Iron You, they are becoming part of my life.  I like to swim.  I’m still not that great at it, but I like the way I feel when I’m moving along in the calm pool water.   While I haven’t done the Whole30, I’ve been incorporating recipes into our rotation and I’ve been trying to be more mindful of what we are eating.  The Whole30 is on the horizon, I just have to work on purging the pantry and getting the whole family on board.

I’ve started the week off right, I went to a Yin Restorative Yoga class today and it’s just what I needed.  I also did one of those “free” body fat assessments today.  I’m down a couple of pounds and a couple of points from when I started the 90 day challenge back in February, there’s definitely room for improvement.  If I monitor my food, crank up my strength training and get some of my fat blasting workouts in regularly — let’s see what can happen.  I’m throwing my July goals out here for my motivation and accountability.  Let’s jump in!!

July Goals

  1. Run #100miles (It’s hot, so I’ll be doing treadmill and early morning runs.)
  2. TCX & Barbell Strength (at least one class a week)
  3. Yoga (once a week)
  4. Log daily food intake
  5. Kinetic Revolution’s #30day challenge
  6. 400 meters workout (From Iron You: A Triathlete’s Beginning Workout (That Everyone Can Use))
  • Warm-up: 4 x 25
  • Main set (rest 30 seconds between each set):
    • 2 x 25 with pull buoy (concentrating on body position)
    • 1 x 25
    • 1 x 50
    • 1 x 50
    • 1 x 25
  • Cool-down (at slower pace):
    • 1 x 25
    • 1 x 25

 

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