13 Goals for 2013

13 Goals for 2013

With the new year approaching it makes for a perfect time to set goals for 2013. You have 365 days to construct your year how you want it — What will your goals be?? Here’s mine:

1.) Visit Los Angeles & Walk Hollywood Blvd.


2.) Complete a Triathalon

3.) Reach my goal weight of 140



4.) Remain on the Dean’s List the rest of the school year


5.) Successfully pass my personal training certification test

Study Book From NASM
Study Book From NASM

6.) Graduate & get a job NOT doing admin work!

at SPJ convention in Florida
at SPJ convention in Florida


7.) Blog 2-3 times a week on this site

8.) Visit my Nation’s Capital


9.) Volunteer for Global Brigades – Public Health group

10.) Learn & go skiing


11.) Continue living with an open mind and big heart 🙂 

12.) Perfect THIS (Feathered Peacock Pose, I believe)


13.) Teach group fitness classes — WHEREVER this year takes me in WHATEVER town I end up in

It’s about time for you to think about what your goals will be! I’d love for you to share your thoughts and enter the new year encouraging one another.

Have a fantastic holiday!

Can’t hold yourself accountable? This might help..

Can’t hold yourself accountable? This might help..

Sometimes I find myself struggling to maintain excitement in the whole process of weight loss. It’s not that fun, we all know that. But, there are ways to kick it up a notch. If you have a hard time holding yourself accountable, you need to be reminded as to why you’re doing this in the first place.

I found this awesome idea on Pinterest – Create a motivation board. Pin to it pictures that make you feel empowered, motivated or confident. If it’s the first thing you see every morning when you get up, you’ll be reminded of your goals.

There’s also this website, Slimkicker, that lets you log your food, exercise, goals and challenges. You can join motivational groups and invite friends to get in on it too! Oh, and i forgot to mention.. It’s FREE!

Once you sign up the website will calculate how many calories you should be consuming based on your body type and the amount of exercise you do. This gives you a basis as to how much you should be eating depending on how many calories you lose. For example, if I eat around 1,500 calories or less, I should be able to reach 140 in a month or so. But, I try to eat around 1,300 to speed up the process!

Remember, in order to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume. Keep that in mind when you’re trying to reach your next goal!

Let me know if you liked the website! Follow me on Pinterest to get some more motivational tips. I love feedback! Let me know how my site is doing! Email at Monica.Kucera@gmail.com or tweet me @goalsforgals. 

Walk off holiday weight gain with these fun outings

Walk off holiday weight gain with these fun outings

It’s very common for people to slowly stop working out when the weather gets cold. Hanging out with friends and family always beats going to the gym. But, why not get in some exercise while hanging out with people? There are several events in Chicago you can go to with friends while keeping fit at the same time.

  • Christmas Around The World @ Museum of Science & Industry 
  • Christkindl Market
  • Lincoln Park Zoo Zoo Lights
  • Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic
  • Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

According to Spark People, a 150 pound person can burn up to 330 calories walking for two hours. You could probably spend that much time walking around any of those events.

Walking isn’t the best form of exercise you can do for weight loss, but it definitely beats sitting on the couch!

Defeat Thanksgiving food intake with a fun 5k

Defeat Thanksgiving food intake with a fun 5k

There are literally no negative aspects about Thanksgiving. What’s better than sitting around the table with your family enjoying a delicious meal and reminiscing about everything we’re thankful for?

It’s all great until you stuff yourself so full you can’t move. Even if you cook the healthiest of all healthy Thanksgiving meals, you still eat way more than you should and end up feeling horrible about it.

According to Ace Fitness, the average Thanksgiving meal contains 3,000 calories. “A 160 lb. person would have to run at a moderate pace for four hours, swim for five hours or walk 30 miles” in order to burn it off.

There’s nothing worse than feeling remorseful about downing a huge meal.  On Thanksgiving morning, there are lots of 5k runs and walks for your whole family to participate in. Starting the morning off in a healthy way will prompt you to maybe eat less, or not feel so bad about eating so much!

Here are a few runs/walks to participate in on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, and the weekend after!

According to SELF Magazine, holiday weight gain is actually exaggerated. It “isn’t nearly as much of a threat as the insidious upward creep of a pound or two a year,” SELF says.

However, that doesn’t mean to just go nuts on Thanksgiving Day. But, if you stick with your usual working out and eating routine you won’t mysteriously gain five pounds.

I suggest putting your mind at ease by doing a fun holiday 5k, anyway! It’s something for the whole family to do and you don’t have to be a runner to participate. Nobody ever said walking isn’t exercise, too!


Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

By Monica Kucera

I did it. I ran the Run For the Zoo 10k today with three of my best friends. I could not be more proud of myself for actually following through with the run. I even expected myself to have to stop and walk at least a mile and it turned out I only walked about a total of two minutes.. The WHOLE time. I did not want to have to walk at all, but I’m still happy with my finish.

If it wasn’t for the motivation of my friends, I probably would have stopped and walked a lot more. It was great to have the support of them by my side the whole run.

I never saw myself being able to run a marathon of any sort. For all of you who told me I saw slow and out of shape, this was for you. I couldn’t be happier right now.

It wasn’t easy, at least for me, this was hard. But I promise, it can be attainable by anyone. All it takes is some motivation and endurance. I’m no runner by any means, but with hard work and perseverance I was able to do this.

I ended up finishing in one hour, eight minutes. Which honestly, I think is pretty damn good for my first 10k. I hope some of you use this as inspiration to train for a marathon yourself. It can be done, take it from me.