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May Food and Fitness Goals
1. Drink at least 80 oz of water each day
Why didn’t anyone tell me how great drinking water makes you feel?! Actually, people did tell me that drinking water all day makes you feel much better than drinking coffee all day, but I never listened. I’m a convert for life. After my first two cups of coffee, I’ve been switching over to water for the remainder of the day.
2. Lose those last 3 pounds my body has been hanging on to recently.
Done! I’m back to wearing all my favorite items of clothing. It’s amazing how a few extra pounds can make such a difference. It’s not about being “skinny” but about feeling healthy and like my regular self.
3. Exercise 45 minutes 5x a week
I’m not sure if I hit this goal or not since I didn’t really track my exercise each day, but I think I was close. Joe and I have been playing a lot of tennis, which means we can be exercising for 1 1/2 hours on any given night. I think makes up for any of my shorter workouts. I’ve also been upping my running mileage and getting in more runs in the 3 1/2 to 4+ mile range. The plan is to find a half marathon to sign up for later this summer or fall. I’m really missing having something to train for and the feeling of going on a really long weekend run.
4. Make a vitamin and supplement plan and stick to it
For a number of reasons (too lengthy to go into with this post) I have had to re-vamp my vitamin and supplement routine. I bought one of those little plastic pill boxes to keep track of all my vitamins, yet another example of how I’m 80 years old at heart. I’m taking a daily vitamin D, a series of herbal supplements from my acupuncturist, Metanx, fish oil and a baby aspirin daily. I’m also looking to add a daily DHA supplement soon.
5. Log food and water intake in My Fitness Pal each day
I didn’t really succeed in this regard. After a few weeks I lost steam and got a little bored with logging all my food. Now that my body has settled back to my regular weight, I’m less interested in a daily calorie tally.
6. Participate in my friend Robinโ€™s (free!) Pilates Summer Series
I had such a great time participating in the Pilates Summer Series! It’s amazing how doing just 5 to 10 minutes of toning Pilates each day can make a difference in your body. The videos are still online and will remain on Robin’s site, so head over there and browse. I’m planning on continuing to do the videos in the weeks and months to come!

June Food and Fitness Goals
1. Try One New Fitness Class I’m an introvert at heart, although you probably wouldn’t guess so if you met me. Sometimes I shy away from trying new things, like a new fitness class at our gym. My goal is to mix things up by trying at least one new class this month.

2. Drink 80 oz Water Daily
Keeping this one on the list because it’s a new habit and I think I could use a daily reminder to keep it up.

3. Eat More Mindfully/Practice Intuitive Eating
Sometimes I find myself getting caught up in the routine of eating, rather than listening to what my body is saying. this month I want to focus on eating more intuitively and base my food choices and the timing of my meals around what my body is saying instead of based around what time it is or what I feel like I should eat.

4. Beat Joe in a Set of Tennis
Joe and I made a list of summer goals, and this topped my list. We’re pretty competitive in tennis and it’s one of the few sports we can play together where I hold my own. I’ve come very close to beating him already this spring/summer. Joe says I haven’t been “big enough to handle the moment!” Ha!

5. Get in 10,000 Steps Per Day
I recently got a FitBit Flex through work and have been having a fun time tracking my steps each day. I’m making a conscious effort to get in at least 10,000 steps each day. On the weekends it’s much easier than during the week, but I’m finding that most days I do get above the 10,000 step mark. It’s nice to have a tangible reminder to take the stairs and walk more throughout the day.

What are your food and fitness goals for the month?

Madison

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  • Lauren Santay

    I love these ideas, small goals to chip away at every month. I know how you feel about the pills, I too have a pill organizer. When you include the herbs that the acupuncturist gave me I’m up to 21 a day total (I’m taking the Blossom Phase herbs). I take the Garden of Life Oceans mom DHA supplement. It’s small and strawberry flavored so it doesn’t have that fishy smell or aftertaste. I’ve definitely noticed an increased energy level since I’ve been consistent with my vitamins.

    • MadisonMayberry

      Ha! I love knowing I’m not the only crazy person that is taking lots of pills and supplements and looks like a grandma with their pill box. And yes, isn’t it amazing how much energy you have when you’re taking the right supplements regularly?!

  • Tessa

    If you’re interested in some fitness classes that you’ve probably never tried, head on over to Sparrow Studios in Eagan – sparrowmn.com
    I was in an exercise slump a couple years ago, I needed some variety, I needed to try something new. I stumbled across their studio, I absolutely LOVE their Buti, BarreAmped, & Yoga Sculpt classes. When you sign up, you get 7 days of classes for free, so if your nervous or skeptical, have a friend sign up with you and you can both experience it together!

    • MadisonMayberry

      Thank you, Tessa! I haven’t heard of Sparrow Studios but Eagan isn’t that far fro me, so I really have no excuse not to try it out!

  • Cassandra

    You have inspired me! I’m working on my 5 to share with my workout buddy to keep us both accountable and to have more fun with it as I have been in somewhat of a rut lately.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

    • MadisonMayberry

      I love hearing that, Cassandra! Thanks for sharing. What a great idea to keep yourself accountable with someone else. I figure sharing my goals online keeps me accountable to thousands of people. ;)

  • Heather Disarro

    Can I steal #4 for me, except for with my hubby? (obviously)? Because OMG I need to beat him in something. Dang boys and their penchant for sports!

    • MadisonMayberry

      Absolutely, Heather! Us girls need to find a way to be competitive with our husbands in one way or another, right?! Tennis seems to be the only sport I can truly compete with Joe. The rest of the time he needs to take it easy on me. And I hate that! :)

  • Bridget Black

    Madison, what a great idea! Monthly, recorded fitness goals instead of an overarching New Years resolution that is forgotten about in February…. you’ve inspired me, too! Im looking forward to looking back this fall and really remembering when/what I did to shift into a healthier summer!

    • MadisonMayberry

      Bridget, that’s exactly why I wanted to start doing monthly goals. I find that I get overwhelmed with New Year’s Resolutions and usually forget about them as the seasons change. Plus, as the weather gets nicer my goals change, too! More time being active outside, less time at the gym, etc. Love that you’re going to do monthly goals, too!

  • Josie

    Come to PureBarre with me! It’s super fun and SUCH a killer workout. I’m completely addicted. Plus the studio is super-close, in St. Louis Park, and you can try it free as a guest. Shoot me an e-mail and we’ll talk.

    • MadisonMayberry

      Josie – I would love that! I feel horrible because I think I owe you an e-mail that I never got around to?! That said, I would totally be up for taking a Barre class with you. I’ve only taken one other and felt like I was going to die. Running fitness and Barre fitness are two totally different things. I’ll e-mail you!

  • jennifer

    I’m curious as to why you are taking a daily baby aspirin? What are the benefits of doing that?

    • MadisonMayberry

      My OBGYN recommended that I start taking a baby aspirin every day because of our history of miscarriage. Sometimes a small clotting disorder/issue can be the underlying cause and the baby aspirin can help. We’re crossing our fingers!

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    Great job on reaching most of your goals! I miss the tennis playing days with my hubby. I love the concept of having the goals written out…definitely makes it easier. I’m looking forward to Robin’s “Pilates Body Program”, which starts the 15th and will continue incorporating barre3 workouts as well, in addition to my running.