Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Priorities, Goals and a Reality Check

Where have I been for the last week?

That's a goooood question. To be honest, I've been insanely busy...or just going insane...

-Teaching/Grading/Preparing lesson plans for my college students.
-Doing group fitness statistics for the large gym I work for now.
-Teaching/subbing fitness classes.
-Attending an Illinois Speech and Theatre Teachers' Conference.
-Hanging things on our as of yet, still semi-bare walls in our new house.
-Throwing a b-day party for Wes.

What a nerd--rocking out to us singing "Happy Birthday" to him :)

-And doing other random "fall" things.

We were in the "fall spirit" so we went "apple-picking," though, we found out that we were too LATE for apples and too EARLY for pumpkins...but JUST the right time for squashes and mini-pumpkins!

This apple farm sold "Apple Cider Donuts." SALIVATE.

Well, we didn't get any fresh apples, but I did get some apple cider donuts (for later), some apple cider and an apple turnover :)

More mini-pumpkins. So cute!

Along with "Apples" and "Pumpkins" this farm had some "Country Critters" you could feed! This donkey was so shy, but so adorbs.

A mini-horse too! I totally wanted to take it home and make it my own real-life My Little Pony!

On the plus side to this craziness, I've gotten A LOT of shyte done. On the negative side, my other priorities trumped blogging. I'm still struggling to find a balance during this hectic time, but I'm working more efficiently than I have in a LONG time. This week it was apparent that I needed to re-asses my priorities. Here's the list I came up with...

1. Myself (Selfish? Maybe, but you should always be the #1 priority in your life!)
2. My Family (Including Wes and my dogs)
3. My University teaching
4. My part-time group fitness assistant position
5. My part-time group fitness instructor position
6. My social life
7. My personal fitness goals
8. My fitness blog

Isn't it sad that my social life comes AFTER work? Hopefully, this can shift up a bit as I get used to my new jobs, but for now it is what it is. I've been fortunate to get in some quality social time lately (with friends probably thought I fell of the planet or something), so I hope that trend continues!

Unfortunately, working four jobs and almost 80 hours a week is slowly killing my soul. So, after re-assessing my priorities, I had to strike something from my full plate of work. Call it a reality check--I gave my two-weeks' notice to the YWCA I had been teaching for almost 2 years. I love teaching there--I love the other instructors and the fitness manager, but I just need those four hours a week for my other priorities and my own personal fitness goals.

I've never "left" a gym before and I'll really miss that place, but it's time to move on I suppose. Just not enough time in the day for everything.

As I encourage all my participants to do, I sat down and make a quick list of my own personal fitness goals, which have been put on the back burner for the time being. Over the next month, as I gain more free time, I plan to:

1. Incorporate at least 2 days of cardio into my workouts (I've been teaching 2 Pilates/Yoga and 3 Strength classes a week, so it's time for some cardio!).

2. Take a new fitness class every week (I'd like to try different things to get ideas and spark the ol' metabolism).

3. Eat more fruits and veggies! (I haven't been grocery shopping for almost two weeks, so we have pretty much NOTHING in our fridge).

4. Cut back on the booze (Booze = superfluous calories).

5. Blog at least 2-3x per week (I NEED this blog. I WANT to blog. I like sharing information and getting my thoughts out. It's definitely therapeutic--so if you're considering starting a blog--do it!).

If you're thinking of writing out your own fitness goals, I recommend these tips:

-Are your goals realistic? (Losing 30 pounds in a month, for example, is akin to playing the lottery--just wishful thinking).

-How will you know when you've accomplished this goal? (How will you measure your "success"?).

-Are your goals too broad? (Keep it simple, keep it specific. "Getting healthy" is too broad of a goal. Besides, how do you define "healthy" anyway?).

-Reassess your goals every month and alter them to suit your needs.

-Reward yourself if you meet your goals (I buy myself something new every time I meet a goal).

-Don't get discouraged if you don't meet your goals. Just ask yourself why, acknowledge why and get back on the horse.

In other, more POSITIVE news...

Remember my CSN giveaway? Well, I didn't forget! A winner was chosen and I emailed them to notify them. Congrats to...

#6 Kristie! Buy something fabulous, chica, and let us know what ya got! :) I want to do another giveaway soon--one that is NOT sponsored by a company. It's gonna be a good one, so keep checking back throughout October!

In addition to the giveaway, I've signed up to get Zumba certified next month! I'm NO dancer--that's for SURE--but I love TO dance. I'm really excited to add this to my group fitness "repertoire" and to teach something new. It's been awhile since I've taught something completely different, so I'm really excited to be inspired by Zumba!

I'm also going on a blogger meet-up/run this Friday, so I'll be sure to take lots of pics! Like dancing, running is not my forte, but it will be fun to meet some of the other fitness bloggers in the area!

Please come back and visit me again! I promise NOT to let a week slip by without so much as an update! :)

Q.O.D. (Questions of the Day): What are some of your personal fitness goals recently? What are your top 3 life priorities? Are you in the "Fall spirit" yet? :)


  1. Sounds like you made the right choice quitting the Y gig. As much as you might not have wanted to, it sounds like you just have too much on your plate. I think it's fine to put yourself first. It's something many of us don't do often enough.

  2. I agree when something begins to "kill your soul" it's definitely time to make some changes. Good for you for recognizing that.

    I just completed a 30-day fitness challenge and reached my goal of losing 5 lbs. I plan to continue with the habits that I've implemented: consistent exercise, including fruit and veggies into my daily diet. My top three priorities: (1) my spiritual life (2) my kids' safety and (3) my personal well being. I am so ready for Fall!

  3. Arggh, your life sounds hectic. Mine is too! Keeping my priorities straight is really hard, but it sounds like you're doing a good job at it (or at least making a really good effort). Best wishes.