Go Green, Get Fit Challenge – My Goals

Go Green Get Fit Challenge #gogreengetfit

2012 has been a year about me pushing myself  in areas that I’ve never been comfortable in before.  In January I visited my doctor for a regular check-up and to get some refills updated when I found out my cholesterol was off-the-charts!  I was in a state of shock because I’m not a very large person, I’m not over weight, and I don’t eat too bad.  I know I’m not the healthiest of eaters but I don’t indulge in the bad stuff very often.  I was immediately put on medication for the cholesterol adding to my list of daily medications I already take (I have Grave’s disease – a thyroid condition, a minor heart condition, asthma, and now this). My family history is not all that exciting either.  My dad has had open heart surgery and a few other heart procedures.  The rest of his family has also struggled with heart conditions.  My mom has Parkinson’s Disease (like Michael J Fox) and suffers from a bad case of the shakes most days.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to health problems that it doesn’t even feel serious until I put it in writing and see those words in print.

My son does karate and the studio he practices at offers adult kickboxing classes.  I signed up using a Groupon special they had at the beginning of the year knowing that I would probably give up after a few weeks.  My history with exercise has not been too triumphant.  I belonged to a gym for a while but only went to Yoga classes 1-2 times a week.  I hate the gym environment and don’t have a clue what to do with that equipment.  After 6 months of kickboxing (yep, I signed up for an entire year) I’ve grown to love the sport.  I can keep up with the class on most days and really enjoy having an outlet to release tension after a hard day at work.

At the moment I’m only going twice a week but I know I need to be active more than just two times a week.  I need to do more!  I’m feeling better and my cholesterol is under control but I’ve gotten lazy with my food choices again.  It’s time that I take this to the next level and see what goals I can accomplish next.

I was invited to join the Go Green, Get Fit Challenge hosted by EcoMom Alliance, presented by Planet Shoes.  As I start this challenge I was asked to share my fitness goals with you.  I am not one for writing down my goals so maybe this will help me achieve them.

  • Devote 15-30 minutes (or more) each day to working out.
  • Start running.
  • Complete a 5K by the end of the year.
  • Eat more vegetables.

I’m already signed up to attempt the BlogHer 5K in August (next month) but I don’t expect to be running the entire time.  I do want to be able to compete in at least one by the end of the year where I run most of it.  My husband is much more active than me and has completed several 5K’s and most recently completed his first triathlon.  I was (and am) very proud of him for his hard work and hope to model the same active lifestyle for our children.

#gogreengetfitWhat’s your fitness goal?  You can join the Go Green, Get Fit Challenge too.  Just visit EcoMom Alliance for more information.

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