Post Marathon Thoughts…. What’s Next?

Post Marathon Thoughts…. What’s Next?

After finishing my second Chicago marathon
After finishing my second Chicago marathon

I completed my second marathon this past sunday, Oct.13, and I think I’m still in shock that really happened.

Marathon’s aren’t something you just out-of-nowhere decide to do, you have to want to do it, you have to be starving for accomplishment, and aiming for that overwhelming sense of pride and relief. To be able to wake up and say, “I ran a marathon,” is enough for me to feel like I’m doing something right.

I think that the feeling of accomplishing a marathon is unique on so many levels. To some it might be about beating your time and to others it’s simply pushing yourself to a limit you thought you’d never reach. To others, maybe you’re proving someone wrong and to some you might be proving yourself right. Whatever it is, don’t sell yourself short and know you always have potential to do whatever you set your mind to.

I’m not a runner, and clearly that shows after finishing a marathon in 5 hours 38 minutes. That pace is slow enough for advanced athletes to power walk. When I tell people I ran a marathon and they ask, “How did you do?” I wish I could respond, “I finished, how about you?”

They’d have no response, why?

Because less than 1% of the population runs at least one marathon in their life.

My mom, dad, and aunt after the marathon.
My mom, dad, and aunt after the marathon.

Why does it matter how I did? I finished, is that enough? For some, no, for me, yes.

The point of my story isn’t about my race results. It’s about accomplishing something bigger than I ever thought I could. There once was a day I said I could NEVER run a marathon. But, I was one of those people who proved myself wrong and everyone else who never thought I could either. And, in the process, I fell in love with something perfectly healthy for me: running.

I’m not cut out to be a marathon runner, but hey, I can say I did it and move on to the next challenge. My next goal is to do a triathlon. Since 26.2 miles is very hard for my body to endure, I believe the combination of running, biking, and swimming will be much more manageable.

So with that said… I challenge you. I challenge you to go and sign up for SOMETHING you never thought you could do. I don’t care if it’s a 5k race, boxing, or a pottery class… Do SOMETHING!

What’s life without a little bit of excitement?! Go out there and do something remarkable!

Change can happen in seconds. It’s about waking up. That’s all it is… Waking up to your true potential and strength. -Jillian Michaels

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Setting Weekly Goals

Setting Weekly Goals

I talked before about setting goals for each week that will help your overall goal. I wanted to share mine with you to give you an idea about what I mean:)

 

What are your weekly goals? I’d love to know!! Email me, tweet me, Facebook me –  Namaste! 

My goals week of 1/20/13
My goals week of 1/20/13
3 ways to hold your fitness resolution accountable

3 ways to hold your fitness resolution accountable

Despite the 30 degree Chicago weather, I toughed it out for a nice run along the lake!  So worth it!
Despite the 30 degree Chicago weather, I toughed it out for a nice run along the lake! So worth it!

It’s easy to stay on top of your fitness new year resolution the first week when you’re super motivated about it – but as soon as the stress kicks in again and busy is taking over your life, your goals are put second. After listening to Andrea Metcalf talk about creating concrete goals, she offered some great advice for holding yourself accountable.

  1. Create Measurable Goals: Don’t just say things like, “I’m going to eat better this year,” or “I want to work out more.” Instead say, “I’m going to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday,” or “I’m going to work out three times a week.” Adding numbers to the equation forces you to hold yourselves more accountable and allow a support system to help you along the way.
  2. Create Direction: Know where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. If you’re going to eat more servings of fruits and vegetables, how will you go about doing that in a way where you won’t get bored of the same foods? If you want to work out three times a week, how will you manage doing so with work and all of the other things you have going on? Create a schedule and stick to it. If you have to wake up at 6am to get to the gym then do it. If you don’t, the only person you’re letting down is yourself.
  3. Track Your Goals: Write down your goals for each week – and I seriously mean only week by week otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed. Setting goals and following them isn’t supposed to be a stressor in your life, it’s supposed to be fun. Make it exciting. Find fun recipes for reaching your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and have them planned for the week. If you want to work out three times a week, know on Sunday which days you’re going to do it. Therefore, you can cross things off the list after you accomplish them.

As for me, I’d like to work out at least three times a week as well as cut my calorie intake to 1250 a day. I plan on doing that by creating a list for each week as well as keeping a food journal. I know that if I don’t write out what I eat, I won’t care as much. If you can blatantly see the calories you’re eating, you’ll think twice.

What are you new year fitness resolutions? I’d love to know what your goals are and how you plan on reaching them! Tweet me @GoalsForGals or Email me at monica.kucera@gmail.com. Good luck!

Got a BOSU ball and free weights for Christmas! Feels great to keep fit in my own home! PS, did I mention I'm getting my personal training certificate? ;)
Got a BOSU ball and free weights for Christmas! Feels great to keep fit in my own home! PS, did I mention I’m getting my personal training certificate? 😉

 

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.

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2.) Complete a Triathalon

3.) Reach my goal weight of 140

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/spirit/pinterest-inspirational-quotes-motivation/?page=5
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/spirit/pinterest-inspirational-quotes-motivation/?page=5 

 

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

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9.) Volunteer for Global Brigades – Public Health group

10.) Learn & go skiing

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

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

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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. 

Teaming Up With My Biggest Inspiration

Teaming Up With My Biggest Inspiration

By Monica Kucera

I’ve mentioned Andrea Metcalf in an earlier blog post and how she is a huge inspiration for me and my writing. Since then, I’ve become more involved and interested in the subject of fitness and health and decided to take my curiosity to the next level. Well, I’m happy to say I am one of Andrea’s new interns for this upcoming fall. I definitely could not be more thrilled.

Andrea Metcalf (Middle) & Guests while filming Cougars Across America
Andrea Metcalf (Middle) & Guests while filming Cougars Across America

This past weekend I was able to assist her in producing the Pilot shows of Today TV Live, streaming television straight

Kerry Knee -- Owner of Flirty Girl Fitness & I
Kerry Knee — Owner of Flirty Girl Fitness & I

from your computer screen! I got to meet the owner of Flirty Girl Fitness, Sergio Rojas – an NBC Fitness expert, Masala Bhangra fitness instructor and

Sergio Rojas
Sergio Rojas

MANY more. I learned a lot of information about the world of fitness and health and everything that goes into producing a television show.

Needless to say, I am more than eager to continue working for Andrea in the fall. This opportunity has proven the quote, “Fight for your dreams, give up on your doubts” to be true. Andrea is an amazing fitness journalist and a person I have admired for a few years now. Interning for her was something I never dreamed would come true.

I am more than gracious for this opportunity. If you have a goal — Go out there and get it!

On set of Today TV Live
On set of Today TV Live
What’s Your Summer Goal?

What’s Your Summer Goal?

By Monica Kucera

Summer is officially here and training has officially started. With the turn of the season I’m setting a new goal for myself: To stick to my training as best as possible and to go back to eating healthy. This is my prime opportunity to get myself in top-of-the-line shape and I have to be strict with myself in order to let that happen.

Being in America we always find time for another job, that extra hour to watch television or that 15 minutes to get your grande coffee at Starbucks, but when do we make the extra time to workout? It’s definitely challenging, no doubt, but it’s important and something you should figure into your day — Which is going to be my biggest challenge with training. I don’t always have 2 hours to run 10 miles.

What are your summer goals? How is your running coming along, not to mention, your breathing?

I love hearing feedback. Please Email me at Monica.Kucera@gmail.com or tweet me @GoalsForGals!