Revising My Fitness Goals #fitforty

Look Better Naked By Oct 14, 2013 2 Comments


Remember that goal I had to “Look Better Naked“, the ideas and bold declarations to lose weight, get in shape and not sound like Darth Vader? Not only am I sounding like Vader having an asthma attack, but I am beginning to feel like I look like some awful mash-up of Vader and Jabba the Hut and it’s not pretty. I know the signs: exhausted all of the time, things are hurting when I get out of bed in the morning, wearing that baggy sweater in an attempt to hide the flaws.


The excuses…been there, done it.

The promises…see above.

I turned forty this month and I just don’t like where this (imagine me pointing to my whole body) is going. Matronly like dress (to be fair some of the clothes stuff is me adopting the “if it’s clean put it on mantra”), the accompanying grunt as I get up from the chair I am sitting in and I hate the way I feel.

I was indulging in stat checking when I saw a link to my blog from the blog Wine to Weightlifting. Jennifer Lynn created a goal list of things she wanted to do and she has actually accomplished some of the goals. I took a look at her list and decided to revamp and restart my health efforts with some goals for my 40 years. I will admit to being a bit nervous about creating and making this list public. I feel like I am ALWAYS making some kind of list and not following through (ahem) but so what? It’s a new day, nee decade and it’s time for some changes.

Over the weekend The Bee, Buffy, Dyl and I happened to be able to see part of the Baltimore Marathon and watching people run just made me think about all of the races I’ve trained(ish) for and how I am not treating my body like anything other than a trash dump.

Fitness aspirations 

  1. Run a mile non-stop
  2. Run a mile non stop in under 13 minutes
  3. Run a mile non-stop in under 12 minutes
  4. Run a 5K (3.1 miles) non-stop
  5. Run a 5K in under 40 minutes non-stop
  6. Do a plank for one minute
  7. Do a plank for three minutes
  8. Complete one of those Squat challenges (I like this one from Fit Sugar)
  9. Complete the Fab Ab Challenge
  10. Complete a running training program
  11. Run in the Broad Street Run
  12. Run in the Rock and Roll half marathon
  13. Do a “wall sit” for three minutes
  14. Do a real split
  15. Complete Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
  16. Complete the Y12 (The WHYY race)
  17. Become a Fitfluential Blogger
  18. Be able to do a pull-up 
  19. Be able to do ten pull-ups
  20. Be able to do ten real push-ups
  21. Be able to do twenty real push-ups
  22. Complete the 100 push-up challenge
  23. Complete the Electric Run
  24. Complete a Black Girls Run Program
  25. Become a BGR coach
  26. Work up to Walking/Wogging/Jogging/Running 10 miles a week for the rest of the year
  27. Complete 40 miles per month for 2014
  28. Practice stretching 3 times a week
  29. Deadlift 100 pounds
  30. Complete a Mud Run
  31. Complete the run on the hill (Amy’s run that I have dodged for a year) 
  32. Complete the YMCA Jingle Bell Run
  33. Eat a dairy free diet 
  34. Eat a vegan diet at least once a week
  35. Drink 8 glasses of water daily
  36. Cut out soda drinking
  37. Experiment with different fruits and veggies
  38. Complete a color run
  39. Get at least seven hours of sleep at night
  40. Complete a Body for Life Challenge


This is it!

I’m already nervous about putting this out there! I feel like I’ve been down this road so many times before and failed and stopped. I’m game for a more healthy life and feeling better about it. 

So please help cheer me on, keep up my goals, share your tips and tricks and get ready for a Fit Forty!



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  1. jennifer says:

    Great reminder that I should refresh my own goal list! 🙂

    Make 2014 an awesome year of crushing those goals!

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