Hi everyone! I am super excited to do a guest post for Kat this week. I adore Kat, she is a huge motivator to me. I have participated in a few of her challenges over the last year, most recently the #JUST1THING challenge that just wrapped up on January 31.
A little about me… I have lost 30 pounds over the last year thanks to Weight Watchers and running. I do best when I set small goals. While I think it’s good to big goals to work towards, for me it really helps to break them down into smaller ones. With Weight Watchers, I take it week to week. Each little bit that I lose keeps pushing me forward. In running, I am always trying to improve, working towards a faster pace and feeling strong while I run.
For the #JUST1THING challenge I wanted to pick one thing that I wasn’t already doing. Having completed Kat’s Core Challenge last year, I decided that I wanted to get back to planking. My core is very important for my back (I have a history of sciatica) and helps immensely with my running. So, like with most things I do, I jumped in with both feet and gave it my all.
I am super competitive with myself. So when I commit to a challenge, I do my best to complete it, and get better along the way. At the beginning of the month, I started out with planks just over the 1 minute mark.
Then I was doing 2 and 3 minute planks. When I hit a 4 minute plank, I had to get up to a 5 minute plank.
Once I hit that, I was determined to hit 6 minutes, if just once. And I did!
For the month of January, I missed only two days and planked for a total of 78 minutes. Crazy! For me, challenges are a great way to stay focused and work towards a goal. It makes it fun. I never like to let myself down and I usually find that I am capable of more than I realize. A 6 minute plank? I never thought I could do that. It wasn’t easy, and my entire body was shaking, but I did it.
Here are my tips for setting goals and staying focused:
• Set small goals that will lead you to a big goal.
• Be specific when setting goals – specific time, place, workout, distance, etc…
• Write your goals down!
• Share your goals with someone else who you may have this in common with. It helps to have
support and cheerleading from others doing the same thing.
• Constantly challenge yourself.
• Don’t be afraid to change your goals if you find they are too much, too little, or just not working for
I have so much I want to accomplish this year. I just completed my 7th half marathon this passed weekend with a PR. Tomorrow I start T25, and then I have 6 more races before the end of April. Three of these are half marathons! And the biggest goal and challenge I am setting for myself this year is to complete my first full marathon. I will keep my eye on the prize, earning that medal as I cross the finish line, and being able to tell the world that I am a marathoner. But I know the only way I will get through the training is to take it one week at a time. Small goals = big success.
How can you focus on #Just1Thing to achieve your goals?