June 11, 2015

2015 Goal Check In

Morning, ladies. Can you believe it's June? I mean I know it's the second week in the month, but goodness the year is half way over and that's crazy sauce in my opinion. Since we are  halfway to the end of 2015, I thought it would be a good time to check progress on my 2015 goals [original post found here].

Fitness goal [will share this once I figure it out.] It took me until the end of January but I  figured out my fitness goals. My first one is pretty simple, get shredded! Okay, not quite that simple, but I am trying to get my body into the best shape ever. I'm not just trying to be thin, I'm trying to be strong, cut, and fit enough to hold my own in different athletic competitions. I'm also trying to get abs like my sissys and while it's proving to be a lot of work [in the kitchen, thank you Whole30] I'm starting to see progress. Not close to where I want to be, but I'll take the definition without the cardio. Which brings me to my second goal, a race and a certain time and that's all I'm going to share. I promise I'll let you all know when it happens, but right now I'm still just keeping it to myself. My strength training for the race has been pretty on point, but I need to up my racing mileage for sure. Time to start pounding the pavement!

I went back and forth sharing these pictures here because I didn't want to look narcissistic or have people that love to stir the pot leave a snarky response. But, I've worked hard for this accomplishment and want to have it on my blog as something to compare to later on in the year. #judgeyjudiesbegone

Simplify [in life and in our home.] I have a lot of stuff [don't we all] and a lot of it I really don't need. I usually do a big giveaway bag during my seasonal clothing switch over, but now I'm making a donation bag at least once a month. Sometimes I'm forced to give away things because they don't fit [darn those muscle legs/arms] and other times I realize I'm just holding onto something for a sentimental reason not because I would wear/use it. I am quite happy with my progress of 'letting go' things and am working more and more on 'letting go' thoughts in my brain and things in my life that don't't make me happy. Simplifying is still a work in progress, but so far I'm happy with my results.
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Four Learning Books [I love to read for fun, but want to LEARN this year.] Well, I'm one for four on this goal and it might be a reach. I read the book "The Boys in the Boat" last month and it was a nonfiction read but it didn't teach me to do anything. However, it was an incredibly interesting and informative read and I learned a lot about how Hitler used the 1936 Olympics to further Nazi propaganda and further pull the wool over the Western countries eyes. I also learned how tough and ingenious many of the young men of that generation were and how they went from nothing to Olympic gold medalist. I need to add three more learning books to my list, does anyone have a suggestion?
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One new big girl recipe [my recipe repertoire needs to be pumped up.] I have had my heart set on making Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon for years, but have yet to actually pull the trigger in the kitchen. Le Husband actually bought her "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and it's just sitting on our kitchen shelf staring at me every day right now. I mentioned to him earlier in the year I wanted to get better at French cooking to which he responded "You can't cook French and be a dorito", which is so true [we call leaning up and having broad shoulders and a thin waist a 'dorito shape]. I realize that trying to keep in shape does not make it easy to master a French recipe, but because this a goal I plan to pick a weekend and cook the heck out of some French food.Who wants to be a taste tester?!?!
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Grace [for myself and for others.] Oh, grace, grace, grace, you're proving to be a bit of a challenge for me. When I don't lift well or lose some flexibility I still beat myself up in my head. I need to remember that I'm not perfect and that I'm no longer in my college body so things won't always be as easy as they were in the past. Learning new things has also caused me some frustration and I need to remember I can't be a rock star at everything in the beginning. Grace for others has been hard too, but I'm trying to be more intentional in granting grace. There have been a few times I've stayed calm where I'd normally freak out in traffic, due to some doofus, which I am proud of, but I still need work more on granting grace on a consistent basis. This goal is gonna take a lot of internal work, so it's time to buckle up and work.
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DO [Do more! Do less! Do yoga! Do that race! Do take that challenge!] So far this one has been pretty easy for me. I've been much more intentional of saying YES to things and no to others. Yes, let's go hiking on a whim. Yes, let's plan a vacation in three weeks. Yes, let's buy bikes and start cross training. Yes, let's sign up for that race. Yes, let's stay in bed and sleep all Saturday. Yes, let's try a new recipe. Yes, let's do another Whole30. Doing things this year has been fun and I'm really happy I chose this goal for 2015.
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How are your 2015 goals? Have you made progress? Have you fallen behind? What are you working on this year?

Linking up with *megan* *kristin* and *annie* 

34 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

I love that you made goals for the year!! I think you look fantastic and you deserve it with all the hard work you've put in - get it girl!!! I also think you've been reading like a fiend so good for you - 6 more months to kill those goals! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

Dannnggg girl! Ow ow! Looking amazing!! And that Beef Bourguignon looks ahhhh-mazing!Love the simplify goal too. I could definitely afford to do that!

<3, Pamela
Sequins & Sea Breezes

Alana Livingston said...

You look amazing! I see abs! I want abs like that but can't give up eating my junk food (pizza mainly) so my abs will stay hidden under that lovely layer of fat. Haha. I need to get better at grace and do as well!

Shay from Great, Now What said...

This is great! Good luck with the simplify goal- what a challenge, but so rewarding. I read about a challenge once where you are supposed to donate one thing a day for a month- time, possession, blood. I thought that was a great idea!

Cory (playdates and prescriptions) said...

I need to be better about goals and then writing them down!! It's so much easier to hold yourself accountable. And you look great in those pics - good for you for psoting them!

Kathy@RealTalk said...

love the progress of your goals! the abs goal...whew, that's hard one, ain't it? i mean shit, if i were 20 and ate like this/did all this work, i'd be the next jillian michaels but at 40? my body is laughing and giving me an inch when i'm begging for a yard. you are looking goood girl! keep it up!!

Claire | Fashion + Feathers said...

I love that you're still checking back in on your goals for this year. And seriously? Already June... that IS crazy sauce! My goal for this summer is to simplify our home - we have so much stuff that just accumulates and we don't NEED it.

Jen said...

I love that you are going back and checking in on your goals, oh and you look amazing!!!

Julia said...

You are doing amazing on all your goals! And you look amazing, of course you should post a picture, you have worked hard! If people want to judge you for posting a picture of your accomplishment, they're probably just jealous! I know I am, I would love to have abs like that! ;)

The Pink Growl said...

ummmm heeeey hottie! You look great! So proud of you for pushing towards your fitness goals. I keep seeing everyone reading this book. Should I try it?

Courtney B said...

Dang girl, you look GOOD! So proud of you and all of your hard work, it's definitely paying off! You will definitely be my inspiration to working my butt off once I can start working out again after baby!
I seriously need to take your stance on just letting stuff go... especially with my closet! I have clothes in there from high school, for crying out loud! It's time to let stuff go!

Rachel Bovill said...

Ha!! Just stumbled across your blog from the LinkUp! And then realized I recognized you! Hope you're doing well :)

Rachel @ LouLouBelleBLog

Katie @ The Macarthurs Lately said...

You look GREAT! Any Judgey McJudgersons are just jelly! I fully plan on doing post baby bod updates! Sometimes sharing it all on the blog is the best motivation!

Chelsea said...

You look great.. My things it he eating right is the hardest part ;(

Brittany@TheLadyLawyer said...

I got Julia's book a couple years ago with every intention of cooking my way through it. Yea..that's not happened. You've just pushed me to try a recipe :)

Nadine Lynn said...

Looking good, lady!!! Absolutely you should share those pictures and be proud! You work hard! You are doing great on your goals. That recipe looks amazing!!!!

Mary said...

Wowsah you look fantastic! Teach me your ways!!!

Honestly if you want to share your full story I would love to host you on one of my Workout Wednesday posts!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

good job on the goals girlfran!!
you look fantastic and you should totally be proud, screw and judgy snarky people, that's lame.
i have julia's cookbook as well, havent made a single thing lol.
i am super sentimental with some clothes and it's a bit ridiculous. i need to just get in there and get rid of stuff. i have bags upon bags of stuff to donate to goodwill but they sit in the spare room just in case i change my mind lol.
and go you for doing stuff - that's amazing. except for planning a vacation in 3 weeks, that sounds terrifying ;)

Liz Joiner said...

you look awesome! Definitely go for strength over thin, I always think an athletic body looks better than a super skinny body.

We're trying to simplify our home as well, getting rid of some old Sophie things, and clothes we never wear, and just trying to clear the clutter out.

liz @ sundays with sophie

MakeMeUpMia said...

You look great girl, GOOD work! I know it's hard and you should be proud :)

Carolyn said...

Love this! :) You're totally kicking booty at your goals! Look at that physique! Don't mess with Pinky! :) Can't wait to hear more about your race! And I will DEFINITELY be a taste tester for that yummy french food!!! Also - dorito... BAHAHAHA! You're a pink sparkly dorito for sure!

Sarah said...

yay for getting stronger and healthy! I don't know how people do the whole 30...too much prep and not enough time in my day! Good for you, I hear it's awesome. Looking good, and I think you're working on a triathlon! If that's what you are doing, you'll rock it for sure!

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

You look amazing, lovely!! Healthy is cool!!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Look at you go! You look amazing :-D

Erin LFF said...

You look awesome girl! Good post on checking in with the goals- you have rocked the first half of this year! I'm definitely focusing on simplifying this year and feel like I've made a lot of progress as well! Now to get on track w/ those fitness goals..... oops! ;)

Laura Marie Keenan said...

You are looking awesome! Really crushing it!

Jessi @ Jessi's Design said...

Yearly goals- excellent idea! Seems like you're kicking you know what too! You look h-o-t (especially in that pink/green combo!) Muah to you! xo

Robin said...

I am trying to simplify as well, especially because we are moving. No point in hauling boxes of stuff that has just sat in boxes since we left our previous home.

Jessica said...

You look great sweet friend! And grace is something that we can all use a little more of!:) Love you!

Meghan @ Me as Meghan said...

You are doing amazing with your goals! They are such important things to strive for...I love especially love the grace. I think its something that isn't emphasized enough, but it should be! Also, you are looking strong! Keep on kicking butt!

The Rachael Way said...

That body though... you gorgeous babe!! ;) #goals
Congrats on kicking ass this year... it's so awesome to look back at our progress and feel awesome, right? Keep on keepin' on!

Ashley said...

GIRL you look AH-MAZING!! Way to go on your progress!!

Kay R. said...

You looks sooooo good! Go you!!! Very proud of ya!

Launna said...

I think it is awesome how hard you are working, I just started a boot camp once a week... I have never done this and I am so much slower than everyone else there but I don't care, I am going back and I am going to keep going back so that I can possibly fall in love with strength training the way I did with cardio... You look amazing and I say flaunt it, you worked hard to achieve it xox