My Goal For The Summer of 2016

I had one goal for the summer of 2016 and I’m not sure if I accomplished it or not. So I will let you be the judge of that!

I wanted to be able to swim by the end of the summer. And here is how far I’ve gotten:

I know I have accomplished a lot for someone who has spent almost 0 time in the water for the past 27 years. However, I don’t think I am actually swimming. My new goal is to be comfortable in the water and not freak out at the thought of my feet not touching the bottom of the pool.

Outdoor pool season has officially come to a close here in Maryland and now it’s time to go indoors. I’ve given myself a few weeks off, but come end of September I have signed up for group beginner adult swim lessons. Ironically I’m super sick on the first day of lessons and I cancelled the entire package. Blahhh. I don’t want to pay for something that I know I won’t be able to make it to.

I need to just sign up for another set of lessons.

Since I can put together 1.5 swim strokes, I would say that I’ve accomplished my goal for the summer. Now on to my goals for the fall. I was supposed to lose 40lbs by this October, but clearly that is not happening since I have not made any effort to do so.

So my goal for this Fall will be to get back to running 6 miles. Lately, I have been running more than usual. However I run between 1-3 miles with MANY walking breaks. I just need to string together a few weeks of good running so that I can run 6 miles non-stop. That was something I could easily do a year or so ago.

A way to help me reach my goals is to join a running group. On Monday I had every reason to not show up to the group workout. I’d even e-mailed the coordinator to let her know I was not going to make it:

  • I left work late.
  • I had a scratchy throat (which is now the flu, thanks to my coworker who come to work sick)
  • I forgot a hair tie.

I some how managed to run those 2.39 hilly miles without my hair tied back. It was the worst. Immediately, post run I went to the nearest grocery store for a pack of hair ties that I can keep in the car.

Last Friday, I headed to the track after work for a quick track run. Not too shabby for a mile run. I always say that getting back into running shape is the absolute worst. You basically have to teach yourself to run all over again.


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But I have hope that with this pace I can build my way back up. I just have to keep showing up consistently. I feel like I’ve spent the entire year restarting, But I’m just not going to give up!

Other than running, lately I’ve been to Pure Barre, Platfrom, Hot Yoga and TaeBo! I’m on a roll here, just living that active life!

Something to help out on the fitness front Olife– made with a patented olive leaf infusion; It’s a product that has become very popular in Europe. It’s a powerful anti-oxidant, helps with circulation, energy, skin, joints, menstrual cramps, and lots more. The suggested dosage is to drink half glass per day (70 ml) of infusion, pure or diluted in mineral water.

From the website:

OLIFE 1000 ml contains 93% of (OLIVUM®), our exclusive olive tree leaves’ water infusion rich in Oleuropein, Elenolic Acid, Rutin, Tyrosol and the efficient antioxidant Hydroxytirosol. It has been scientifically recognized that these molecules have the following effects: antioxidant, antiradical, regulate arterial pressure, improve blood circulation, energizing, hypoglycaemic, lower cholesterol, metabolize lipids and carbohydrates.

I will for sure report back next time I get my monthly visitor on how this helps, I’m looking forward to fewer cramps and more opportunities to exercise!

That is about it on the workout front. I will end this post with some pictures from this past Eid:

My poor family, I’m always forcing them to pose for pictures. But these are memories people!!

Any new exercise goals?

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