Happy 2019, Let’s Talk Goals!

Happy 2019 everyone! Can you believe how fast 2018 went?!

I’m sorry for the hiatus but I went on vacation for a couple weeks in December and then the beginning of this year has just been a whirlwind!

I wanted to make my first post of the year about goals and what I wanted to accomplish in the 2019 year. I know this is probably like every other post for the beginning of the year, but for me writing out my goals and talking with other individuals about their goals are what inspires me to put them into action. I’ve written them down in my bullet journal (new thing this year!), and have also put them in my phone so I can have them with me wherever I am.

My first and biggest goal of 2019 is focusing on self love and becoming the healthiest me I know I can be. I know that this is a huge trend lately and it is one I am gladly hopping on the bandwagon for. In the end of the 2018 year I got into a pretty good funk and I’m pretty good about not showing it and I’ve recognized that this isn’t healthy. I gained more weight than I have ever before and I just didn’t enjoy looking at my body or self in the mirror. I chose this because I hit a point where I checked the number on the scale and to be frank I was like “holy sh*t” I need to do something about this and that’s when I really decided to give myself some goals and hold myself accountable. So a few things to achieve this goal that I am doing are:

  1. I have signed up for a program that works for me. I’ve used the program before, used their products, and I’ve seen results. I kept the before and after pictures of that round to remind myself that it works and it was definitely a big push for me just do what I needed to do. I am now on the 2nd week and I’ve already seen small results, which has motivated me to work even harder the next few months.
  2. I am eating healthier and sticking to the timed nutrition plan that I’ve been giving. I feel more energized and my cravings have already significantly subsided.
  3. I am in an accountability group. This is probably the biggest one that helps me feel motivated, knowing that I’m not the only one struggling with trying to be better.
  4. I have started exploring personal development podcasts, this one is brand new so I don’t have any thoughts quite yet on this one. So if you have any that you can’t live without comment below so I can listen!

My second goal is to do something out of my comfort zone. It doesn’t matter what it is whether it’s one big thing or multiple little things or a mix to both. I’m not giving my self a number here because I feel that’s a little daunting especially when we are talking comfort zones. So I could just accomplish one or I could accomplish 4-5. I can tell you I have already taken 2 big steps into achieving this:

  1. I joined a program that has an accountability group, while I’ve done this before, I now have a significant reason for why I want to be doing this.
  2. I decided I was going to be a product of the product and share my journey with others, and hopefully have the end result being able to pay what I’ve learned forward to help others.

My third and final goal for 2019 is to learn and see new things. Whether that’s picking up a new hobby or two, going to new restaurants or exploring new cities. I love to explore and this one is a recurring goal each year of mine because seeing new places and expanding that knowledge is something I enjoy no matter the time of year. I have accomplished picking up one new hobby this year and that is bullet journaling. I am still getting into the groove and figuring out the best way to organize it for my daily life is still in the works but it’s coming together and allowing me to create every week, while being able to track my productivity with working out, my stress levels, etc.

I’ve given myself three goals and only three, of course these can change over the course of 2019 based on what I accomplish and when. I’m giving my self only 3 because they are pretty decent and general goals that have small attainable goals with in them. I don’t want my goals to seem daunting or overwhelming to where I just bottle them in my brain and not even touch them again because they stress me out.

What are your goals for 2019?? Is there something that I can do to help you stay accountable or even achieve these goals? I’d love to connect with you and have a conversation to see how I can help you with your goals, even if it’s just a matter of being an ear to listen! Comment here, or reach out to me via my instagram @cravetheextraordinary, you can even send me an email if you’d like a more private converstaion at cravetheextraordinary@gmail.com!

Crossfit Craze

I have failed when it comes to home workouts, the motivation for working out at home doing the same workouts over and over, has completely ended for me. I think the hardest part about working out at home for me is that I have to come up with the workout that I plan to do. Yes you can get memberships to online videos but that will cost you a pretty penny and even then it’s the same routine every week, and that gets a little old and boring. If you don’t have an online membership you have to scroll through Pinterest or Instagram to figure out what the workout is going to be, and by the time I’ve figured that out my motivation for the workout that day is gone and I’m ready for some cake.

Recently I’ve been feeling really down about working out and the fitness journey that I’ve talked about being on in previous posts. I haven’t worked out in a few weeks and I honestly don’t have any excuses besides the fact that I have no motivation and just haven’t cared until I stepped on a scale early last week and realized I was at my heaviest weight I’ve been at in my ENTIRE life. My eyes literally bugged out of my face, and I knew it was time to lose some weight and get back to having a fit life. I knew that I couldn’t go back to doing home workouts because it fails after 1-2 months every time. So I went on the internet to find the other options in the area.

Now I knew that I needed somewhere that I could have the workouts already figured out for me, or classes I could take that are not the same routine every week. This way I wouldn’t get bored, and I didn’t have to think about what the workout was going to be. I also was being cost aware because if I was going to buy some supplements as well I didn’t want to spend more than $100.00 on a membership a months. The first option that came up was the university gym that’s in town, while it was very cost efficient it nixed the idea of having the workouts already figured out.

The second option that came up was Crossfit. I’ve heard so much about Crossfit, both good and bad, about how it’s not good for your body but there are SO many success stories and those that are involved with Crossfit rave about it on every platform they can. So I decided to look up a Crossfit box in my area and I went to try it out. The first thing I noticed was the sense of comradery that the box (this is what the gym is called)had, it was welcoming and they were so open to answering any questions that I had. So I decided to give it a try.

Before I could become an official member they have you go through on-ramp classes which teach you the fundamentals, the vocabulary and basic moves. You do this to see if you joining is something that you actually want to do and so that if you do become a member that you know the basics of the workouts that you are doing. They talk about nutrition and taking care of your body so that you know when you need to rest and aren’t overworking your muscles, which could lead to injury.

I finished the on-ramp classes last week and I will tell you it was not easy but it was fulfilling. After the first class I went home and said what have I decided to get myself into, my legs were hurting that night even though the workout was 6 minutes, an INTENSE 6 minutes. It wasn’t easy because I hadn’t worked out in a few weeks and was out of shape, I’ve been eating like crap and of course that doesn’t help your energy levels before you work out. But I was excited about how I was feeling cause while my legs were in pain I was so energized and felt so much better that I was actually doing some sort of physical activity rather than just lazing around all day in my free time.

I decided that I definitely wanted to pay for a membership because it was reasonable prices but mainly because the atmosphere of the box is so encouraging and non-judgmental. I was hesitant to join a gym because I haven’t worked out in front of other people in a long time and am self-conscious about whether they are judging me because I’m not as fit as they are, etc. But this atmosphere is completely opposite they care where you are in your fitness level but they also are encouraging you to get stronger in a positive way.

I have my first class today that is not on-ramp, it is a full WOD (Workout of the Day) and I’m slightly nervous because I know it’s gonna be killer but I’m also excited. I’ll check back in about how my first week went next Monday! I am going to the lake this week so I’ll only have 4 days that I do Crossfit but again it’s so much better than not doing anything!

Are you a part of a gym? If so, what’s your favorite part of being a member??

The Struggle to Start

Alright y’all… It’s been a week and a half since I started working out again, and I’ll say this: I didn’t do so hot. First mistake was starting on a Thursday… because you know, the weekend happens. Second mistake was that I only worked out once the following week. What a shame!

So Saturday I went to Aldi (my new obsession) and got a ton of groceries and started back up again this week. I decided to start doing the workouts in the AM with my roommate which helps tremendously, having someone to do the workouts with not only pushes you to do better but holds you accountable…the waking up part, not so much fun.

When I did this before after the first week of waking up early it got a lot easier to wake up in the mornings, plus you start to go to bed earlier which has not been happening for me. This morning I woke up at 5:45a to start the workout at 6 and man was I STRUGGLING. I did not want to get up, but I told myself that I just have to get through this first week and at least todays workout wasn’t cardio based!

With working out we’ve started to eat a lot healthier as well, not as strictly as when I did it at the beginning but pretty close! The joys of this diet is that seafood is recommended because of the health benefits, and let’s face it, it’s one of my favorite foods. Easy peasy!

Last night I made this Mediterranean Salmon (also from Aldi), with green beans and roasted potatoes, I added avocado to the plate because who doesn’t like avocado!

There are always a couple obstacles that I find myself facing after the first few days of working out. 1. I get extremely sore, which is a great thing, BUT it makes it really easy to say I’m too sore to work out today…which I’ve done quite often. 2. Starting the diet alongside the cravings start and my mind wonders to sweets, which are a guilty pleasure of mine. (I was able to mitigate this with making 21 day fix approved chocolate no bake cookies, which ARE amazing… I think they beat out the regular ones! Let me know if you want me to post the recipe below!)

What do you guys find to be the first obstacle you face after the first few days of working out?

Starting my fitness journey… again.

Fitness… what a struggle! Am I right!?

Lets just get down to it… We all have a love/hate relationship with working out and eating healthy, at least I do! I mean I have an affinity for all things that involve food and good times, so I have a hard time saying no to all that deliciousness!

I love how I feel when I’m diving head first into the deep end of working out, drinking enough water, and eating healthy… but for some reason I can justify so many other reasons as to why it’s easier to not stick to it. I’ve told myself that this is not going to happen this time, I am sticking to it and dedicating myself to living a healthier life without the deprivation!

At the start of this year  I started the 21 day fix, a program through beachbody.com. I’ve done this program before when I was in college and it worked great, and I was pleased with the results… but once it’s over I was ready for all the snacks I was depriving myself of while on the program. Cake, Cupcakes, candy, and overindulging in all the snacks!

After about two months of being on the program, (we just repeated the 21 days), I fell off the wagon. It’s really easy to come up with the excuses of being too busy, I don’t want to workout alone, I couldn’t wake up this morning to work out, etc. So I’ve been off the program for about two months or so, though I have been eating somewhat healthier since being off it, I just haven’t been depriving myself of the foods I love.

So on Thursday I was in one of those moods that you are just motivated to get your life together! Normally I like to start workout programs or plans on a Monday just to keep the schedule consistent as well as easy to remember which day I’m on and weekends are normally a lighter workout. I’m not doing that this time though because I figure if I put it off through the weekend I wouldn’t want to start it and BOOM motivation gone!

I’ve decided with this round there are a few things that I’m going to do a bit differently! The biggest thing that I’m going to be doing differently is I’m going to be posting about my fitness journey here, to bring you guys along! I feel that this will act as a level of accountability that I haven’t necessarily had before, which is going to help me drive to stick to it.

I also am going to be changing my mindset going into it, rather than thinking that I will do it for this amount of time, I’m going to think of it as a lifestyle change. I want to live an overall healthier life, but I can’t achieve that by being healthy for 21 days, or 2 months.

I’m going to be sharing with you all the workouts that I’m doing, as well as healthy recipes and motivating experiences that I have while going through this journey!

I feel like we all face challenges, I’d like to address some of these in a future post of how we can overcome those challenges, or modify what we are doing to make the challenge less of one!  What are your biggest fitness challenges that you face?

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