2019 Goals: A Check In

2019 Goals: A Check In

So….we’re almost halfway through 2019 (I know, it’s crazy). I think it’s common for most people to set goals at the beginning the year, with the intent of following through with them. But, then life gets in the way, and suddenly you have a bunch of unfinished goals, motivation is left behind in January and you’re right back where you started. WELL, let this serve as an almost-halfway-point check in! Where are you guys with your goals? Have you made progress on them, or did you find yourself losing motivation soon after you started them?

Usually for me, I have this great ideas of what I want to accomplish or become, and I always fall short. It’s easy to stop when things get hard, or uncomfortable, or just not convenient anymore. The trick is to stay motivated, to find what gets you going and to remind yourself of that every day.

One of my main goals for 2019 was to run more, and specifically, be able to run the 5k my high school hosts every April for Alumni weekend. I knew the date ahead of time and I knew I wanted to be able to finish alongside my two best friends who would also be running it with me. It was great motivation, and I was able to accomplish my goal! I never thought I’d be someone who could run more than a mile, but pushing myself past my comfort point has really allowed me to see my own potential.

I recently completed a run and was able to get in 3.5 miles! I was proud to have been able to run the farthest I ever have, and it’s motivating me to create a new goal of running 5 miles. Challenging myself to work out when I don’t feel like it, and push myself far out of my comfort zone has been one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my life.

I challenge all of you to push yourself, find a new motivation, a new inspiration, something that excites you and makes you want to tackle your goals head on! There’s still plenty of time left in 2019, don’t let it go to waste.

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Friday Fitness Motivation

Friday Fitness Motivation

Happy Friday everyone! I thought I’d share a little fitness motivation with you guys to start the weekend off strong.

The picture above is from after my run the other day. To be able to complete a 5k in a (barely) under 12 minute mile pace is amazing to me. If you had asked me 6 months ago if I would ever be confident, or able enough to run a 5k, let alone at a decent pace, I would have laughed. Running has always been that one thing I wish I was good at but was convinced I never would be. I hating running in school and in sports, and it just always became a workout I could never tackle. I finally decided one day that I was going to build up my stamina and my running ability, so I started off small and would run for 10 minutes. At first, that 10 minutes was painful, hard, and made me want to quit. It’s been no easy task but to be where I’m at now shows me that I’m capable of achieving my goals if I set my mind to them.

My pace still isn’t super fast compared to all you running fanatics out there, but to me this was such a conquered victory. I can’t wait to see what milestone (pun intended) I can hit next!

If any of you guys are struggling to find fitness motivation or the drive to start, I encourage you to think about where you would love to see yourself in 6 months. Is it running a 5k? Is it running a half marathon? Or maybe it’s just building up your muscle capacity or toning up your arms. Whatever it may be, whatever goal that seems impossible to you right now, I challenge you to take one small step towards it. Running a 5k is only one of my short term goals on a much longer journey I’d like to accomplish in my fitness prowess. It doesn’t have to be a big step, and the progress won’t happen over night, but it will happen, and you will be proud of yourself when you accomplish your goals.

I hope this can help any of you out there if you’re in need of some fitness motivation!

As always, keep it klassy. xo.

Top 5 Workout Products

Top 5 Workout Products

When it comes to working out, something I have found helpful is having products that I not only love, but contribute to my overall physical productivity. Today I’m sharing with you my top 5 favorite workout products that make any workout session your absolute best!

☆ Fitness Watch/Activity Tracker

For me, having a fitness watch was a game changer. Being able to track each workout I do and knowing my heart rate, calories burned, and length/distance is incredibly helpful. It motivates me to keep going during a hard workout, plus it’s always a confidence boost when you see how many calories you burned at the end of an intense workout!

☆ Cute Workout Clothes

This is not a necessity, but I find it helps so much when I have workout clothes that I’m excited to wear. I personally love using Fabletics, a workout clothes subscription where every month you get to pick out new workout clothes to purchase. I love all the fun patterns and designs, and the wide range of products they offer that are extremely high quality. They make it easy to find workout gear that fits great and looks amazing too.

☆ Workout App

Another thing that may not be a necessity, but still an essential to me. I use the Verv workout app for running, and it’s changed my workout habits for the better. I used to make up my own workouts or research some online, but having a set training plan and set of progressively challenging workouts has been super beneficial to my overall progress.

☆ Good shoes

If you do any sort of cardio, especially running, I highly recommend investing in a solid pair of shoes. I use the Brooks Ghost 11 running shoes and I have never looked back. I used to wear a pair of Nikes that were honestly not meant for running and did not fit my foot well. Once I went to a store and had my foot measured and fitted, my workout experience has been so much better now that I have a more supportive shoe.

☆ Quality headphones

Back on Black Friday, I invested in a pair of good quality wireless headphones. There’s a bunch to choose from, but I went with the Beats Solo 3. Not only is the sound quality so much better while listening to my playlists, but not having pesky wires getting in your way while you’re working out is definitely worth the splurge for wireless ones.

I hope these recommendations help anyone out there who is looking for motivation or recommendations to start a great workout routine!

As always, keep it klassy, xo.