Somehow, six months *gulp* have passed since I wrote about my fitness goals for the year ahead. As a result I thought it would be a good time to check in and have a chat about how it’s all going!
Work Out 3-4 Times Per Week
Let’s start off with a good one here! So far I’m managing to tick this box and then some, working out between 4-6 times per week at the moment. This is largely in part to joining FitMob (which has since become ClassPass) – the ‘fitness passport’ that I mentioned in my original goals post and then reviewed here. For $99 per month I can access classes at over 50 studios and gyms, making for diverse weeks that can contain hot yoga, pilates, boxing, circuits, circus skills and more.
Run a Half Marathon (over the Golden Gate Bridge)
Ok, while I haven’t run a half marathon yet, I did take part in Bay to Breakers, a 12k that sees participants run from one side of San Francisco to the other. It’s the longest run and only race I’ve taken part in this year, and while I am hoping to fit in a couple more 10k races before the year is out, I think completing a half this year is unlikely.
Strength, Condition and Stretch More
Must. Stretch. More. Right now I take 1-2 pilates classes a week and I feel that’s doing wonders for my core strength, but when it comes to stretching, outside of yoga, I haven’t really figured out a routine yet. Previously I was doing a short yoga for runners sequence with Yoga With Adriene so I think I need to try making this a more regular part of my routine.
Choose Healthier Snacks
Well, this is a biggie. Despite exercising five days out of seven and walking or cycling most days, I haven’t seen that much of a difference to my body shape. I gave Cheetos the boot months ago but I think I definitely need to cut back on sugary snacks. As a result I’ve just started Whole30, a 30 day ‘reset’ diet that excludes sugar, alcohol, caffeine, dairy (sob!) and grains and legumes. I’ve never dieted in my life but I felt that taking a break from certain food groups might help kick my sugar cravings to the curb. I’m only two days in so I’ll probably post more about this at a later date, but if any of you have tried Whole30 then I’d love to hear your tips or favourite meals!
Try New Activities
Another tick for this goal, largely because of my FitMob/ClassPass membership. Since February I’ve tried ballet-inspired barre workouts, mat and reformer pilates, bootcamp classes, acroyoga and heated vinyassa yoga. I’ve also managed to secure a spot in an anti-gravity yoga class this Saturday, which I’m very excited about. In addition to classes I’ve also tried skiing, paddle boarding and Mr Ship-Shape and I now regularly go on long bike rides (around the 25 mile mark, which is long for me) which has been great.
Have you made any health and fitness goals for 2015? If so, how are yours going?