2015 Goals Check In

Hello and Happy July!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  On Friday, Josh and I spent time outside with Cooper and at the pool.

May the 4th be with you - 4th of July Themed Cups - poolside pool time

On Saturday we had friends over and the drinking began before noon.  (Cooper, of course, insisted on being festive.)

Cooper 4th of July 2015 festive bandanna 6 month old vizsla puppy

And, finally, Sunday was a “recovery” day that consisted of watching Royal Pains and the lead up to this year’s Shark Week premier.

Shark Week

Moving forward, we are half way through the year so I wanted to do a 2015 goals check in post.  Play along in the comments below!  I’d love to hear about your goals and your progress.  As a reminder my goals were…

2015 Goals

Morning Time = Beachbody Business Time: my goal was to not hit snooze, get up at 6:00am every day, and spend 45 minutes on the business

Keep the dream alive hit the snooze button ecard funny

Well, I’ve really taken a step back from the coaching business.  There were just many too many things pulling me in too many different directions to focus on spending hours each week on this.  I’m still a coach and still love all the programs.  Have you seen the new Cize program from Shaun-T that will be coming out soon?!  It looks amazing!!  Anyway, instead of spending my mornings on the business I’ve been either sleeping ;) (because I’m staying up later to spend time with Josh and the pup) or meditating/stretching which has proven to serve me well.  Perhaps, one day I’ll fully commit to coaching.  If you have questions about any programs you can still reach out to me!

Run My First Half Marathon in March: my goal was to train by completing my long runs despite the weather conditions

Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon

Although I didn’t complete all of my long runs I did, indeed, run my first half marathon in March.  To be specific, I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Half Marathon with my mom and had a blast (even though it rained the entire race).  The longest run I completed prior to the half marathon was 8 miles.  I did those 8 miles on the treadmill and knew right then and there I wouldn’t be completing any longer runs.  I simply couldn’t fathom being on the treadmill for longer than I just had been and the freezing weather outside wasn’t improving.  Moving forward, I plan on completing my second half marathon this October and do plan on completing all of my long runs (primarily outside).  The time limit is three hours and I completed the RNR DC Half Marathon in 2 hours and 58 minutes so my hope is to improve…and finish on time by actually training!

Get a Pup Named Cooper: my goal was to save enough money to afford a puppy

Silly Cooper Vizsla Puppy Sleeping

If you’re a regular reader here at Treats and Sneaks then you know I can check this off my list as well.  We got Cooper in March (the week before my half marathon actually) and he has taken over my entire life in the best way possible.  I can’t say I’m in a fabulous spot financially but I’ll struggle all day every day to see that face when I get home from work.  He brings me so much joy.

Cooper at park smiling - 6 month old vizsla puppy

Workout 5 Times/Week: my goal was to complete a 30 minute workout that gets my heartrate up at least 5 times per week

I can’t say I’ve been consistent with this.  But with that being said, I would say that I’ve overall been happier (warmer weather, adorable puppy), and therefore I’ve been treating myself better (eating cleaner, keeping things overall active).

Develop a Planned Eating Schedule to Ban Binge Eating for Good: my goal was create a plan that despite the circumstances would not result in being over-hungry come night time leading to bingeing

you are what you eat so don't be fast, cheap, easy or fake quote

I have improved tremendously here.  My nightly binges have decreased to maybe once or twice a week and I would even dare to say it’s closer to only a handful of times per month.  I’ve been eating cleaner which certainly helps.  I’ve also made a bigger effort to keep things in check in regards to alcohol which is extremely helpful.

Stop Hiding – Get out There and Meet People: my goal was to say “yes” when invited out and make friends in the process

Sorry I'd rather stay home and nurse an unhealthy level of attachment to my dog than socialize with people ecard

About this… I can’t say I’ve actually put myself out there.  I went to a few barre classes with a co-worker but besides that I’ve pretty much remained my hermit of a self.  What can I say, I like it that way.  I love staying in with my pup and my guy watching reruns and just relaxing.

Blog 4 Times/Week: my goal was to blog, even if I was tired, about the truth and my struggles

Blogging 4 times per week definitely gets a big “NO”.  This is something that I hope to improve upon in the 2nd half of the year.  I think creating a content calendar at the beginning of each month will help tremendously so I’m already working on that for August on.  As for sharing my truths, I’ve still been a little timid to bring up certain topics but, again I’ll be working on that moving forward.

Pay Mom and Dad Back: my goal was to watch what I spend and save what I earn

I still owe my parents some money – they were kind enough to loan me the money to complete my CYT 200 Certification.  Also, more expenses came up with pup than I originally planned for, which isn’t surprising at all, but saving will take a bit more time.

Become a Certified AFAA Group Exercise Instructor: my goal was to spend at least one hour per weekend studying

Note cards, studying, AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification

I have not been committing any weekend time to studying but I hope to implement this for the second half of the year.  On the bright side, I did spend lunch breaks in May and June working on completing notecards so all I have left to do is watch the videos and actually buckle down and study the notecards I’ve already made.  I would love to complete this by October!

Lose 25 lbs: my goal was to lose this weight by August and maintain for the rest of 2015

In regards to weight loss, I’ve lost about 5 lbs and have consistently kept those 5 lbs off.  It’s not the entire 25 lbs, but considering I had been consistently gaining weight since January of 2013, it’s progress that I’m extremely happy with.  I still hope to lose the other 20 lbs by the end of 2015.

she believed she could so she did quote

And there you have it!  I’m super happy with my progress and know I still need to work on (primarily) blogging more frequently and weight loss.  So tell me… what were your 2015 goals and how are you doing with them?  And how was your holiday weekend?

Let the Half Marathon Training Begin

Almond Butter/Date Bites

Hello!  I hope you’re sticking with me as my posts are sporadic.  I’m finding this post extremely difficult to write because I turned on the TV and Full House is on and I can’t stop watching.  I always get pulled into the little 30 minute story lines.  What about you?  Anyway, let’s get to some [Read On]

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New Week, Fresh Start

Vegan Bowl

Rather than doing my usual Make Up Monday post I’ve decided to just do a (formerly) “normal” post.  Formerly I would simply share about my food, fitness and life from the day a few times a week.  Somehow I got away from that and I miss it!  I miss the short and sweet check ins! [Read On]

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Five Things Friday #33

Finding Ultra

Happy Friday!  This week kind of dragged on but at the same time kind of flew by.  I ended up at home for most of the day on Wednesday because I had been nauseous all morning and couldn’t take being at work with the constant “am I going to need to run to the bathroom [Read On]

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Make Up Monday: Weekend of Firsts (Hot Yoga & Massage)

Crisp Hummus/Salad Bowl with Falafels and Pita

Hello there!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  My weekend was full firsts which has left me feeling accomplished .  Let’s jump right in to this Make Up Monday post starting with Friday night… Friday Josh and I decided to go out for dinner on Friday.  We started with the buffalo chicken dip which [Read On]

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Five Things Friday #32

Cooper has a big butt (5 month old vizsla puppy)

We have made it to Friday!!  The week after being with me family is always a little rough but I found that having my little Coopy-butt helped me to get through the week and over the homesick blues. I swear he doesn’t look weird when he’s standing but his head is just so darn small compared [Read On]

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WIAW #25: Vegetarian Eats

Green Juice and Strawberries

Happy Hump Day!  I’m, of course, here to share with you my eats from yesterday for this week’s WIAW {What I Ate Wednesday} post.  Yesterday’s eats consisted of all vegetarian eats.  I’m really pursuing a more plant based diet and luckily Josh has agreed to 1-2 vegetarian dinners a week.  Good enough…for now . For [Read On]

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{Weekend Recap} Girls Weekend & ACS GWB 10K

American Cancer Society George Washington Bridge 10K

Hello!  Today I want to share you with some highlights from this past weekend when my sister and mom were in town…if I tell you EVERYTHING we’ll be here ALL day .  Per usual, I’ve changed up my weekday workout schedule and this time around it causes me to get home at 8:30pm or later [Read On]

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