We’re not in summer anymore, Toto...Despite the random 80 degree days we’ve had recently, fall has officially started and cooler temperatures are hitting the east coast. The change of seasons is a perfect time for reflection and forward thinking – it seems we get so lost in our day to day, that we often forget and/or step away from the long term goals we’ve set. This fall, the BMOREtoned team has all set personal goals – check them out below:
- Building confidence in others: I’ve always been a cheerleader, somewhere in my parent’s attic I have the uniform to prove it literally haha, and I want to work on doing that more. I truly enjoy inspiring people. It can be to do better at work, to encourage them to workout, to just let them know we’re all in this together, etc. There have been some incredible people who have helped me build up my confidence and I want to pass that on. With the help of this site and my own blog, I feel like there are so many opportunities to share experiences. I want to make time and an effort to do this daily. In a world where we can build each other up, there’s less room to tear each other down, right?
- Increasing my locally purchased foods: My family, just like millions across the country, has become dependent on random foods that come in a box from random places…even when we’re trying to make healthier choices, we aren’t always wiser. Working at the Aquarium has put a lot of things in perspective for me, including our need to do better before we destroy the place we live. By buying local food and products, we may not be solving all the world’s problems, but at least we’ll be doing our part to support farmers and reducing our burning of fossil fuels as they come to from the ground to our plates. It may be a bit more expensive in some cases, but it’s worth it. Believe me, I get penny pinching, but it’s what goes into my body daily and I want it to be good. Plus, buying local generates money for our own economy here in Maryland!
- Have the courage to start teaching: As you may or may not know, I got certified to teach Surfset at the end of last year. It’s been tough because we only had one gym who had the boards and offered classes, so there has been a limited need for instructors. But now, we have a new studio (BeachFit Baltimore) that’s offering classes and I’m hoping to work with them in the near future for a class! And I’m going to be honest, I’m terrified of teaching. It’s a mixture of adding another thing to my crazy schedule, getting up in front of everyone and supposedly knowing what I’m doing and then remembering everything…it’s going to be a challenge for me. I can already tell. BUT, I’m excited and I’m determined to do it!
- Be present in the moment & live in the now: In today’s world, multi-tasking isn’t just efficient- it’s expected. I can’t remember the last time I sat and just “watched tv”, without simultaneously checking email, tweeting, trolling Instagram, and possibly throwing in some crunches during the commercials. Pausing mid-run to make sure Map My Run is working properly, Jami’s playlist is going full-blast, and cringing every time my work email notification dings has become my new morning reality. Enough! While I realize it’s unrealistic to shirk all outside responsibility and focus on the task at hand ALL the time, this season I vow to make a conscious effort to be mindful in my actions and give each part of my day, and each person I come into contact with, the attention it/they deserve.
- Give myself a break: Soooo like many 20-somethings out there, probably as a side effect of my inability to sit still, I have a tendency of over-scheduling myself, never saying no, and have developed a severe case of FOMO (fear of missing out) – a deadly combination! I recently identified a pattern in my habit of going nonstop for several weeks on end, then crashing…hard. Something’s gotta give, right?! Listening to my body is something I’ve been working on lately, and want to continue to do so this month- if I don’t make it to 6AM spin, I have to remind myself it’s not the end of the world, I needed the extra zzz’s, I’ll eat a healthy breakfast and remember that tomorrow’s a new day!
- Become certified to teach barre: Spoiler-alert- if you haven’t heard all about the latest boutique studio opening up in Baltimore soon from Kate, don’t worry you’ll hear all about it here- we simply CANNOT wait for M. Power Yoga to open it’s doors any day now! I am so excited (and anxious, and scared, and sore just thinking about it…) that I have registered for M. Power’s “BeHold the Barre” Teacher Training program taking place the weekend of October 17th-19th (so soon!) and look forward to sharing this adventure with you all:)
- Take more time for myself: I have this habit saying YES to everything and to everyone. I love being around people constantly. And I am pretty sure I have FOMO (fear of missing out). Yeah, so bad! I feel like the past few months I have been so on the go that I haven’t had time for myself. Between classes, work, friends, family…just life…the time just passes right by. If I do have downtime, I normally fill it with something and don’t know how to just sit there and do nothing. It’s important to have that self time to read, do yoga, mediate or just sleep more! Time to carve out some just me time at least 2x a week and pushing my self for 90 mins of it each time. This is going to be a hard one for me!
- Yoga 3x a week: Yoga yoga yoga… where did it go for me? After my yoga teacher certification program and teaching, I have lost my self practice. I haven’t taught yoga in a few months and the reason was I missed my self practice. Well, that self practice hasn’t picked up much. No matter what, I never ever regret a yoga session. I have always had a hard time picking yoga over a run or weight workout. But yoga is just as important as any other workout. It gives me back my breath, clarity, intention every time. Also, not to mention to stretch my tight a** hamstrings and hips. My goal this fall is to hit the mat 2-3x/week and not to mention to finish my yoga exam for my 200 hr yoga certification.
- Try new a new recipe a week: I have found myself constantly making the same thing and I am getting so bored with it. I am comfortable with my recipes, easy, fast and basic. I want to find good healthy recipes still but mix it up a bit. One blog that I totally drool over is PaleOMG, this girl has the most amazing paleo recipes. I try to stick to paleo as best I can because it works the best for my body. Back to these recipes, I mean between the meats and desserts (not to mention Juli is a riot in her blog). Amaze balls all the way. Another place to find great recipes is Relay Foods, this gives you all the specific brands to buy too which is amazing! Then you can pick and shop online from there.
We’d love to hear your fall goals! What are you hoping to accomplish before the end of 2014?