Fitness Moving Forward – Means to an End

Hey friends!

Good morning-and happy Monday. :)

Did you all have a good weekend? Ours was pretty good, actually.

We went to the temple:

I ate snacks:

I taught BodyPUMP. It was SO awesome. Gosh I love teaching that class! (And yes, you’re right from my Be Brave post–I’ve already learned so much & have improved, no matter the outcome or ‘title’ I’m given).

I organized my clothes to go in our closet (progress people!):


I swam (on the first day of Fall!):

I ran errands.

I ate a half Fall/half Summer lunch (with a side of hand & fruit sticker) :

We shopped (well, looked around trying to decide on things) at Ikea:

And I ate a delicious dessert:

{1 scoop casein protein, 1 heaping scoop cottage cheese, chocolate powder, stevia, almond milk, a blob of salted almond butter, & a sprinkling of butterscotch chips. Like THIS. YUMM.}



And a bit of laundry/cleaning/organizing.

Pretty much everything that needed to happen around here happened. WOOT! Except major partying on the town. Ahh well-we have our own parties, especially with our new apartment. I LOVE it! πŸ˜‰


So, you guys, guess what? You have ANOTHER chance to win FitMixer products!!

As a FitMixer Ambassador I have the awesome opportunity to write a post each month, and direct YOU guys to a blog post for a chance to winΒ FitMixer product.

Ummm yes. True story.

Means to an End

On Saturday I wrote about Fall into RecommittingΒ & how great a time it is to revisit our goals & head into the season with a renewed commitment to get stronger, fitter, faster, & healthier<–whatever that means for each of us.

And now is my chance to share with you what I am committing/recommitting to in the fitness & health realm!

Fitness & health goals are awesome to have (and SMART to have), but it’s really important to have a PLAN to actually achieve them.

In the last little while I’ve achieved 4 fitness items I’ve wanted to do for a long time:

I am a goal-oriented person, so I thrive on having something to work towards. So what is my plan now?

Fitness Moving Forward

In the next 3 months:

  • I am going to get faster in my running. (Being able to run at least 5 miles at 7.0 mph pace consistently & achieving a faster half marathon time).
  • I am going to get stronger/more sculpted shoulders, arms, and butt. (Measured by what I can lift and how I look/feel).
  • I am going to achieve a stronger, more defined core. (Also measured by what I can do & how I feel I look).

Those are all the ‘ends’ by 3 months, so what are (some of) the means?

  • I am going to run 2x/week-using negative splits & HIIT runs to help my speed.
  • I am going to do more circuits, bootcamps, WODs <–one of these at least 1x per week on top of my normal fitness teaching schedule.
  • I am going to do integrated core work at least 3x/week for 15 minutes each time.
  • And I am going to continue to reduce white flour & white sugar intake to get ‘more’ defined.

To achieve goals, you MUST decide what you’re going to DO to get there. It’s not enough to just say “I am going to run faster.” There must be specifics & there must be the means there to actually achieve that.

The majority of people who I work with who reach their goals do so because they decide specific steps to reach that specific goal. (See more about SMART goals & how to set them).

If you fail to plan (the exact means to get there), you plan to fail (in that goal). It’s that simple.

Now, go to the FitMixer blog post & leave a comment talking about a goal you have and the means you’re going to take to get there! Hello, free FitMixer (amazing) products coming at ya!!


Have a GREAT day!

Off to teach some BodyPUMP, baby.

What is a goal YOU have right now?? What are some of the means to that end for YOU?? What fun things did YOU do over the weekend??

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  1. I’m so excited to watch you progress with your goals! We set SMART goals at school all the time… itz interesting to see how they apply to all areas of life! I know I say this all the time but you are seriously amazing!!

  2. I definitely like your goals! I’m trying to get better in the half marathon distance as well :). Plus I love how you have a plan to achieve your goals and spell it out on your blog, really good for accountability too! And I entered the contest :)

    • WAHOO! I love the accountability factor–and the steps by steps. It’s SO much more achievable when cut down to ‘size’ ya know?! Good luck on the half distance!

  3. One of my goals (post-marathon) is to get more toned and re-gain some of the muscle I lost from running so much and not strength training as much as I used to! I also want to get faster using HIIT runs!

  4. This is my second week, working towards upping my running mileage. I’ve been just shooting for 20 each week, but then I realized…why not push myself more? So, now I’m slowly adding a few miles each week and making each run I do go a little longer. Someday I would really like to run a marathon–I guess this could be a very slow training for it. As I’m able to run more and more miles, I hope to surprise myself with what I can do.

    • WAY TO GO Katie!!! As you up your mileage (slowly!!) and continue to lift weights, you’ll keep the strength to be able to do a marathon in no time! WAHOO!

  5. Great quote, “if you fail to plan you plan to fail” It’s so true! I love plans too, without one, I just feel lost and aimless! Glad to hear you had a great time teaching Bodypump!! Don’t be so hard on yourself about the “title”, you’re a great instructor no matter what they tell you!

  6. Love the shot of the temple! Great game plan.

  7. I’m so excited for you and watching you reach these new goals!
    Yes, I totally agree that you have to take steps while goal planning and know what those steps will be! Your so inspiring with your goals because they are healthy and totally attainable!!

  8. I spent the weekend with friends: gym time, going away party (fun, but boo :(), a puppy birthday party, and the Emmys! Oh, and LM DVD watching as we all prep for Launch coming up this weekend. (Which reminds me of our Quarterly conversation, we sometimes joke that we could have our own with the sometimes simultaneous BC, BF, and BP practicing going on at home).

  9. krystal says:

    I like you, want to get more defined abs and my plan of action is to eat an earlier dinner toprevent going to sleep too full and decrease salt.

  10. Your goals are good ones Annette! I actually want to get more muscle tone too and this involves eating more! Working on that one anyway :) You are looking fabulous my friend!

  11. Your so logical with your goals! It’s true- you’ve gotta say how you’ll do them or they won’t happen :)

  12. Great goals, great going, great topic.

    Goal: Run 10 races next year (obstacle course, half-marathon, etc.)
    Means: Average 10 miles and 5 cross-training workouts every week

    Goal: Eliminate all land-animals from my diet (beef, chicken, lamb, etc.)
    Means: Increase vegetarian cooking options and, um, simply eat less land animal

    Goal: On my 43rd birthday in January, do 43 burpees, 43 push ups, 43 pull ups, 43 lunges, 43 squats, 43 sit ups AND a 4.3 mile run in 43 minutes
    Means: Train like my hair’s on fire

    Good luck to all of us!

  13. Danielle says:

    Your achievements and goals are totally fabulous and you are right on track, awesome! I love putting your goals out there because it makes you more accountable – I tell everyone when I plan on doing something I’m serious about so I know I really have to do it. On the other hand, it backfired on me recently when I tried to get too strict on my diet and tried to do a strict Paleo thing during this training. Bad idea!!!! it made me binge and go bonkers! but now I finally feel more stable and comfortable with my diet and training and realize how I just need to focus on protein first, then some good fats and carbs, and everything is okay in moderation. No diets for me right now, not even close!
    My goal is really to complete this half IM and then see how I feel… I’m sorta becoming hooked on all this activity, and for sure all the new friends I’ve made! After the race I’ll defnitely revisit my goals, lol.



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