Motivation Monday: Last Month of the Year, Let’s Make it Count!

Hi everyone! This is my  Mamavation Monday  post for December 5, 2011:

Wow it’s December!  It’s the last month of the year – the last month to work on our New Year’s GOALS, and an opportunity to start laying the foundation towards achieving next year’s goals.  Have you begun to think about your goals and an action plan?

I accomplished some great things this past year by setting goals (ran 2 half marathons, finally lost ALL of the baby weight from the three kids) and now I’m already working towards next year’s goals (PR a half marathon, do the 75k Ride for Heart, and complete a 70.3mi triathlon).  You know you can accomplish great things too – set your goals now, do your research and create a plan to get there.  Remember, I started with a Couch-to-5k program last January.

"Before" - January 2011

"Now" - November 2011

Last week I wrote about forgiving yourself for missing your planned workouts in my post “Life Happens” and it seems like I really need to follow my own advice because this week was worse than last.  I spent almost the whole week home with Amber who was diagnosed the viral gastroenteritis, and I was sick myself on Thursday-Saturday.  So to continue with my message of celebrating what you do accomplish, and not dwelling on the missed workouts, here’s what I accomplished:

Monday:  Spinning Class – the little display thing says I cycled 20km in 45 min
Tuesday:  3k easy run at a 6:32/km pace (I got absolutely drenched in a downpour and my shins were sore from jumping over puddles)
Wednesday:  Nike Training Club “Power Drill” workout
Thursday:  8k Tempo run  Sick
Friday:  5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace  Sick
Saturday:  BodyPump class  No excuse, just didn’t go and chilled with the family instead (and perhaps I had too much beer the night before when I was out with my friend? I’m human too :wink:)
Sunday:  13k long run at a 6:15/km pace in the cold and rain by myself (I almost missed this run because my hubby had to work but my training partner offered to babysit for me in the afternoon so I could run – Emma absolutely ROCKS!)

This coming week I already know of a few things that will hamper my “regular” training schedule, so here’s my adapted plan:

Monday:  Nike Training Club Workout
Tuesday:  5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Wednesday:  Early AM Spinning Class
Thursday:  Speed training 8k (1 mile warm up, 2×1 mile at 8:27/mi pace with 800m recovery, then 1 mile cool down)
Friday:  5k easy run at a 6:32/km pace
Saturday:  BodyPump class
Sunday:  8k long run at a 6:32/km pace with my two girlfriends (because this is a “short” long run week I’m hoping to drag my friends on a hilly route…)

I’m really hoping to make this month count: why wait to start working towards next year’s goals when I can start working now?

Have a great week everyone!

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  • Lyka Ricks
    December 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Hi Janice,

    I love your before and after results – Trim that baby weight down. You have a Great Fitness Schedule, surely a Fit Healthy Mom.

  • Andrea Emilien (
    December 5, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I love your posts. They are so motivating. Your before and afters pics are awesome – thank you so much for sharing!

  • Megan
    December 5, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Thank you for being human. You are amazing! I love the difference of your emotion in your pictures. The after pictures appear to show a confident powerfully happy mom that you are.
    Sorry your week want how you planned. Hope the sickies have left the building.
    Love your goals got the coming year. You are doing awesome things that have inspired me.

  • Amy from Resourceful Mommy
    December 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    You look GREAT!!

  • Shannon
    December 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Janice, you look amazing!! Great job on completing your goals.

  • Krista Swan
    December 6, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Great idea to do the before and after pics! I should do that before I get too far in to the 2 week challenge. 🙂

  • Joanna
    December 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Dang girl, you look AWESOME! That is so amazing and inspiring – the changes that can happen in a year! Congratulations on your successes – and on remembering that you’re still human! I hope you have an awesome week!

    • Janice
      December 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Joanna!

  • lorrie
    December 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    you look great good luck with you goals, i know you can do it hugs

  • Weight Loss Trainer
    May 7, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Keep up the great work!


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