Goal Achieved! Now What?

This is a bit of a #HumbleBrag post. Last year I decided that my New Year Resolution was to be more consistent with my running routine and to help raise more money for charity. I successfully ran more miles than any year prior and did it on a consistent basis. One of the main reasons I was able to achieve this goal was because I joined the Hogwarts Running Club. You can see my previous post about how virtual running clubs can help you achieve your goals, here.

Last year I tracked 635 miles on the charity miles app. That equates to $158.75 donated to Stand Up To Cancer simply because I used the app to track my miles as I ran. All of these miles I put in throughout the year also counted to the Hogwarts Running Club house cup. That was a little motivation to continue to get in miles week in and week out. I knew that running, even just a few miles, was helping out the team.

Throughout the year I also joined in on all the Hogwarts running club events and achieved #PerfectPrefect status. There were 6 virtual race, varying in distances, and a challenge event. All of these cost $25, with $20 of those entry fees going to charities. The charities that the club worked with last year were US Quidditch,  Limbs For Life, To Write Love On Her Arms, The Harry Potter Alliance, Mission K9 Rescue, Back On My Feet, and Antarctica South. All the names listed below were part of the Hufflepuff house team that I was on and were also perfect prefects. Between all of us we helped raised a combined $506,546.60 for these charities! On top of all these races, I also donated some race fees to the Luna Fund. That is a fund that allows runners, who cannot afford the registration fee, to sign up and partake in the festivities.

Perfect Prefect 2017

So I hit my goal last year, now what?! Keep going! This year I am continuing my moment and looking to hit a new goal. I’ve preregistered for all of these Virtual Races and will be a perfect prefect again in 2018. My new goal for this year is to hit 1000 Charity Miles. I’ve signed up for the 1000 Mile Challenge through I Love To Run and I’m already on a good pace to achieve the goal. It seems like a lot of miles, but when broken down, it comes out to roughly 2.7 miles per day. This should not be a problem for me as the shortest distance I run is 3 miles. The tricky part will be making sure to stay consistent throughout the entire year. I’m using a wall calendar and a running journey to help track my progress and keep me on pace. The key to hitting goals is to keep them attainable and to make sure you have a solid plan.

Treat Yo Self: Fitness Style

Treat. Yo. Self. —- Take some advice from Donna and Tom from Parks And Rec. Spoil yourself. You deserve it.

Working out, sticking to your fitness plan, and getting after your goals can be extremely exhausting. You will have your ups and your downs. You’ll see results come when you do not expect them and there will be times when you expect results but have hit a plateau. Even when you expect this to happen, it can become frustration and you may find that you lack motivation to continue. This is where treating yourself comes in handy. Buy yourself something awesome when you hit that plateau, start to lack motivation, or hit a substantial goal. Some of the best motivation you can find to keep going in your fitness journey is buying yourself some new workout clothes or accessories.

Losing Motivation?

Anytime I feel down on my progress or feel my motivation slipping, I buy something small that I can use in my workouts. Typically, I’ll buy a new shirt, shorts, headband, gloves, socks or just something else that I can wear on most of my workouts. The concept here is that when you get something new, you will want to wear them. This is a little added motivation to get out and hit that next workout. It’s a great way to jump start a new workout streak, try some new workouts, or fit through that tired feeling you have.

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Hit a small fitness goal?

Reward yourself for small fitness goals that you hit. Just like how dogs earn treats when they do something good or learn new tricks, you should get a reward for your hard work too. These rewards can be something a little more expensive or something that you’ve been wanting to buy for awhile but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Some of my favorite things to purchase are new race entries. If you are a runner, you know races can become expensive. One reason I love this idea as a treat is because it gives you something to look forward to completely and will help you stay on track with your fitness goals. The other item I like to get is a new pair of running or cross training shoes. You will need to replace your shoes as some point anyways, so might as well pick up a new pair with a new colorway and hold onto them until your current shoes where through. Having those shoes waiting for you will keep you excited to keep training and earn the right to where them down the road.

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Achieved that big fitness goal you’ve been trying to reach for years? TREAT. YO. SELF.

I recently hit my goal of moving my VO2 Max Score from “Very Good” to “Excellent” on my Fitbit App. I had been working on this by increasing the frequency/consistency of my workouts. Mixing up aerobic and anaerobic exercise and it’s slowing increased. I like this measure better than weight because your weight can spike or plunge at anytime and doesn’t have much impact on your overall fitness. So what did I do to treat myself? I bought two new pairs of running shoes and running pants. Things that I need and will use for a long time, but are not cheap. I can’t wait to break them out and keep pushing myself.

Some other items that are great to get when you achieve these massive fitness goals are Bluetooth headphones, new fitness watch/smart wearable, or gym equipment. These are big ticket items that are not cheap, that you’ve been wanting to buy for some time, and can finally have a reason to get them. If you don’t need or want anything new for working out, then treat yourself to something else. Go on a vacation. Go to the spa and get a massage. Go get a Mani-Pedi. Buy yourself something new for your kitchen or house. TREAT YO SELF to something you wouldn’t normally get. You’ve earned it and you deserve it!

*\ Hogwarts Running Club /*

It’s that time of year again! New year starts and your fitness resolutions are going strong. You are hitting the gym, trails, or paths and getting in your workouts. Unfortunately, sooner or later you will most likely run low on motivation and most likely quit your new years resolution. Statistically speaking, only 8% of people will successfully follow through on their New Year Resolutions. So the question here is how do you make sure that you are part of that 8% of people who succeed? One way I’ve found success sticking to my fitness and running goals is by joining virtual running clubs. Our lives are always busy and it’s very easy to find excuses to skip workouts or meet ups. Virtual running clubs are a great way to be part of a motivational community while being able to do your workouts on your own time, when it fits your schedule. A few recommendations would be: Virtual Running Club, I Love To Run, Geek’d Out Running Club, Whovian Running Club, and Chilton Running club. All of these are great options, but my favorite one and the one I’m going to focus on is the Hogwarts Running Club!

Last year I joined the Hogwarts Running Club with the goal to run more consistently and it absolutely worked! I feel in love with running a few years back when I was in college and I found it increasingly difficult to consistently find time to run now that I had a fulltime job. I kept coming up with excuses like I’m too busy, too tired, the weather isn’t great, etc. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there. The Hogwarts Running club is amazing because it’s not something you are doing on your own. You have house teams for support and motivation while also competing against houses and earning money for charities. Here is how it works:

The Virtual Races:

The Hogwarts Running club has 6 virtual races throughout the year. They are all Harry Potter Themed, so you can get your nerd on while running! These are very simple. They open up registration throughout the year for each race. You simply sign up for a small registration fee and they will mail you the race medal. All you need to do is run/walk the miles for the race. They can be completed all at once or spread out over a few days if the distance is to far. The medals are all amazing and definitely worth adding to the collection, but the best part of this running club is the registration fees are donated to a different charity for each race. Some Charities that the Hogwarts Running Club worked with last year were To Write Love On Her Arms and Back On My Feet.

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Mad-Eye Moody Constant Vigilance 5K – 2017

The House Cup:

In addition to these virtual runs that go on throughout the year, the House Cup is really a great way to keep all the members motivated to run throughout the year and not just during the virtual races. How the house cup works is you download the App Charity Miles and join the house team (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin) that you will be competing with throughout the year. I’m a little biased but I’d say team HRC18HUFFLEPUFF is the best! We might not win every week, but we definitely have the most fun. The house cup is a weekly competition that compares the 4 Harry Potter House Teams on Charity Miles and points are awarded based on how many miles each team put in that week. This is a really cool feature that, if you follow along regularly, can help you stay competitive and motivated.

Hogwarts Express – Platform 9 3/4K – 2017

Facebook Community Rooms:

The other great feature of this virtual running club community is that each house has a dedicated closed Facebook group. These groups are meant to be community for those with like minds to help motivate each other, ask questions without being judged, share funny memes and photos, and basically anything that is related to Harry Potter and Running. One thing that is great is that you will most likely identify with a specific house group and when you join that group, you will have thousands of like-minded people to help motivate you. I’m a Hufflepuff and absolutely love the community page. It’s full of fun people who are all trying to help each other stay motived, share their struggles, and post recipes of their favorite cookies! Each House group is different and I would recommend checking out Pottermore to get sorted into your house.

The main reason I like this virtual running club so much (besides the fact I’m a huge Harry Potter fan) is that you can do one part of the running club are all of it. It’s up to you and what you feel is the best for you. If Harry Potter is not your thing…….that is totally fine. I would recommend searching for other virtual running clubs out there that fit more of your interests and can help you reach your New Year Resolutions.

If you have any virtual running clubs that you are a part of that I didn’t mention, I’d love to hear more about them! Feel free to leave a comment and tell me more!

Scrambled Egg Muffins

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, not only because it gives you the fuel and energy you need to get through the morning, but because it sets the tone for how you will eat the rest of the day. For me, I need to have something packed with protein that will keep me full until lunch. This way I do not reach that point of feeling starved and eat way too much at lunch.

My go to breakfast is super easy and I make them when I meal prep for the week. They are Scrambled Egg Muffins and are so easy to make that someone like me, who doesn’t bake, can make without any effort. I’ll make a muffin tin full of them and they will last all week. Simply just grab a few and heat them up for a minute and you are all set. Below is my go to recipe:

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