Fitness Goals for 2015 – An Update

Fitness goals update

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?

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2 Comment

  1. Tara says: Reply

    Gosh SJ, I’m impressed! I need to work on my fitness, I think the issue is – I need a fitness buddy. I’m too scared to hit the gym alone.

  2. Niki says: Reply

    I’m tired just reading this! Wow I’m so impressed!! I go to the gym 3 (sometimes 4, but not often) times a week and thought that was pretty good :/ I HATE any form of exercise so the going to the gym is just about all I can manage. I did noticed a change in my shape quite quickly but then it seemed to plateau, so like you I decided to change my eating habits as well as doing exercise. I’ve not tried the Whole30 but I now don’t eat sugar rice, bread, pasta and potato (carbs) for 6 days a week and eat lots of protein (mainly fish and beans). It was crazy hard the first few days but once the sugar cravings went it wasn’t bad at all. It’s after this that I noticed a change in body shape. I measure my arms, legs and waist every week and after 4 weeks I’d lost a total of 7 inches from my body. I couldn’t believe it! Good luck with the Whole30, I look forward to hearing how it goes. I’m sure it will be worth it!!

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