Guest post: How #Just1Thing can make ALL of the difference!

It’s the last day in paradise! As we finish our vacation and head back home later, here’s a guest post from a ROCK STAR who has done some of my challenges and who also has PERSEVERED to hit goals she’s set for herself ongoing!

Meet Nanci from This Crazy Life of Mine!

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?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    February 10, 2014, 2:00 pm

    for me it is all #wycwyc
    DOING WHAT I CAN WHEN I CAN—and never stopping 🙂

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    February 10, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Enjoy your last few days of vacation!

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    February 10, 2014, 9:49 pm

    This is great. I have been using a method of tracking what I eat and planning my workouts and meals so there is less pressure. My mom came to me for advice and when using an app to figure out a general idea of calories to eat per day to lose 1/2 a pound a week, she wouldn’t reach her goal weight until December and that frustrated her. I had to remind her that weight lost fast isn’t healthy.

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      February 12, 2014, 1:56 pm

      Good for you Kelly!

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      February 16, 2014, 1:34 pm

      I think it’s better to lose weight slow… I don’t want to “misplace” it and have it find me again. I want to lose it for good! 🙂

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    February 11, 2014, 12:28 am

    i love what carla said and feel the same. .. do what we can. amen!

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    February 11, 2014, 12:58 am

    I love what Carla said about #wycwyc.

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    February 11, 2014, 1:08 am

    Nanci is so amazing.
    I started rolling every night for Just 1 thing and have kept it up which makes me happy:)

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    February 11, 2014, 1:50 am

    Nice job on the half marathon PR Nanci. I try to keep a training log and journal and that is how I keep on track. It looks like you had an awesome break in Key West Kat!

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    February 16, 2014, 1:40 pm

    Kat, thank you so much for letting me do this guest post! 🙂

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