spring 2014 goals (#daciaschallenge) | Fit and Free with Emily
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Hey there, hello there, friends!

No snappy intro, let’s get right down to it. ;)  It’s time I made some goals around here, don’tcha think?

I’ve been in kind of a “Oh my goodness, I’m turning 30 in 30 days (exactly) and I don’t have anything in my life figured out” phase. It doesn’t help that winter has been going on FOREVER here in Iowa (and probably anywhere in the Midwest). Seriously, just four days ago we had a snowstorm. I’m over it.



Total side note – GIFs are pretty much my favorite thing in the world. If you have a good one, leave it in the comments!! :D

Okay, maybe nothing super new on the goal front… you know, the basic “let’s lose weight” is always on the forefront. :)

My internet buddy Dacia from My Roots to Grow posted a “Mother’s Day Challenge,” for anyone needing a little boost and support this season. After hosting my AdvoCare challenge last month, I was (and am) ready to be just another member of a group instead of the leader. 

So here’s the gist: Dacia asked us to make 8 week goals (from this past Monday till Mother’s Day) and weekly goals. The timing of this is rather perfect, since Harper (my daughter for the new readers) turns four at the end of May. That’s a whole other thing to deal with. I turn 30 and my daughter turns 4 this spring. Ahhhhhh! Life is moving way too fast, folks.

I’m really thankful for this re-focusing with the support of a group. It’ll help keep me on track during (what could me) a small mid-life crises for me, with this whole turning 30 biznaz. ;)

The 8 Week Goals

Get under 265. This 265-280 range has been haunting me for months (like a year, guys). Gotta break through! I don’t think this is super unrealistic. At my last weigh-in on Saturday (I weigh weekly) I was 274, so that’s 10 lbs to lose over two months. That’s a pretty intense goal for my body, but I think I can do it.

- Start and stay committed to Couch to 5k training. Today marks Day One and I’m PUMPED! Okay, maybe not super pumped, but I not-so-secretly am planning to run the Fitbloggin 5k. I want to run the whole thing without stopping. So, it’s time.

- Develop and stay committed to a more structured day-to-day schedule. I have been all over the place, due to my work-life ramping up and just being stuck in a bad (winter induced) bad mood. Being so disorganized (and let’s face it, a bit lazy) has been a huge strain on my mental health. Spring cleaning and specific scheduling is in my immediate future. Buckle up!

Week One Goals

-  Achieve a clean inbox every night (every email returned + archived).
-  Complete 5 cardio sessions
-  Drink 120 oz water every day

mid-week check-in

I’ve been doing great this week! Getting my emails sorted every night has made a huge difference in my stress levels. It takes me about an hour each night, which really isn’t that big of a deal – compared to how crappy I feel when they start piling up. Water has been rough, but I’ve been hitting my goal every day, even if it means I have to chug 60 oz right before bed.

The one area I’m slacking a bit is cardio, mostly because my group classes were cancelled this week because of spring break. That will all change today when I start my Couch to 5k running!

Bring it on spring! I’m ready for rainy days, warm breezes, a better attitude…


… and I suppose I’m slowly getting ready to embrace a new decade of this crazy life.


What about you? Spring fever in full force? What are your goals for Spring?



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  • Kate

    I spent far too long sorting through my collection of gifs to find the right ones. I love them so much.

    • Kate

      And none of them seem to be playing…hmm..

      • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

        DANG! I thought for sure they would show up on here! LOL

        I love that you have a “collection of gifs.” We’re clearly soul-sisters. ;)

  • Lauren S

    Great goals-way to get ready for spring :)

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Thank you, Lauren!

  • http://www.journeyofadreamer.com/ Courtney

    I heart you! You’ve got this girlfriend!! I’m working on regrouping myself and refocusing my goals with this new information I just got about my hormones. This winter has been brutal, it has been SO hard to get into a groove. Even when I am at the gym every day. Some days I kill it, other days I drag myself through. Anyway, LOVE that you are being aggressive with your goals. If you need some tough love you know where to find me!!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      I will most DEFinitely be harassing your for tough love. I need to get back on a steady losing roll!

      I’m right there with you on the hormone issues, girlfriend. Our bodies are so… (annoying, stupid) I mean: awesome. ;) lol

  • http://purposedrivenhealthylife.blogspot.com/ purpose driven healthy life

    I thought you (and Harper) might like this one…



    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      OMG I LOVE IT!! :D
      Totally sending this to my hubs. Brilliant.

  • Hannah

    I’m just curious why you want to drink 120oz of water every day? That is a heck of a lot of water.. and I’ve read more and more that the whole 8x 8oz glasses (which is only 64oz by the way) is an arbitrary number someone picked once to get people to drink more water. You actually get a lot of the water your body needs from the foods you eat, especially if you eat veggies. And, contrary to the rumors, tea and coffee count too. I, personally, find that the only thing drinking that much water achieves is to make me pee a lot. Drink when you’re thirsty, that’s my motto.. and also drink zero-calorie beverages.

    Otherwise, I think your goals are great and I commend you for working on them! I just think you might be expending energy on the whole water consumption thing, when you don’t need to. I would exchange it with making sure to get a full 7-8hrs of sleep per night. Sleep is SO important for weight loss.

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Great question – thanks for asking!!
      I simply just go off the advice of my doctors (I see a general practitioner and a hormone specialist), who both agree it’s a good amount for me at this weight (270-280) and my activity level (60 min a day of elevated heart rate cardio/weight training). A lot of resources now recommend 1/2 your body weight in oz (so that would be around 135-140 for me), but I find that 100-120 helps me the most with my training, energy levels, and bloat. :)

      I count water, tea, coffee (normally don’t drink any), and zero-calorie flavored fizzy water, so it’s pretty easy to hit every day if I’m mindful.

      Thanks for the input, Hannah! You’re 100% right on the sleep thing. I function SO much better on a full night’s sleep!

  • victoria

    Emily, woa I have been following yoh over a year now, our storiex parallel in many ways, im tryinb to get healghg bdfors my 30th, my baby is turning 4 this year and just today I comitted to the C25K Program! YIP! So excited to hear how it goes!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Well first off, THANK YOU for being a long-time follower. Happy to hear from you! :D Did you make it all the way through JMBR? I want to attempt it again, maybe this fall!

      We have SO much in common! Good luck on your c25k progress – keep me posted!!

      • victoria

        No, I had a severely sprained ankle ( unrelated with JMBR), So I quit and gained a bunch of weight back so im starting afresh and im 2 weeks in to my new way of eating , living etc. So I start C25K tonight eep! Lol

        • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

          you can do it! I’m cheering us both along! :D

  • Judy Diep

    Omg the C25K app is awesome! I just finished my 9 weeks last week and it has definitely helped me make cardio more of a routine. I can’t quite jog a whole 5K yet, but I jogged the whole 30 min at the end! Wishing you lots of success on your goals, keep it up!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Thank you so much, Judy! Congrats on your own C25k prgress – running for 30 min straight is a BIG DEAL!! :D

      • Judy Diep

        It was HUGE for me because I was scared (more like frightened) at every interval increase – even the 3 minute was super hard for me in the beginning. My pace is pretty slow, but that’s the only way I can get through it. Slow and steady, keep breathing, and think of every minute as a success and you’ll get through it :) OH – I don’t know if sweating is a problem for you, but if it is, headbands are lifesavers! Can’t wait to see your progress, you’re awesome!

  • Rebecca Laidler Curran

    I just stumbled on your blog and I LOVE it!!! You have great writing skills, you are funny, honest, open, and an inspiration! I totally want to be your friend! :)

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! Friendship, activated. :) xoxo!

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  • http://bingefreelife.blogspot.com ika

    Emily, I’ve only recently discovered your blog and I love how honest you are and willing to share your ups and downs. It’s truly inspiring!

    • http://www.FitandFreeEmily.com Emily

      Thank you SO much, Ika! It really means a lot to me. I try to pour my heart into this little space and it’s great to get positive feedback!

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