Goal Setting in 2014

As I reflect back on 2013 and look forward to what 2014 will bring, I need to set some goals for myself.

I always use the S.M.A.R.T. technique when setting goals.

Some of my 2014 goals have been recycled from 2013. For one reason or another I wasn't able to achieve them, or achieve them as fully as I would have wanted, so I'm going after them again!!

1) Spend more time with my husband. Have at least one date per month. It doesn't have to be dinner and a movie. In fact, we prefer that it isn't. We enjoy the company of one another and really enjoy spending time together cycling. It also might be easier for us to find a more reliable sitter if it's during a Saturday afternoon rather than a Saturday evening.

 2) Spend more 1:1 time with each of my kids. This needs to continue. I've made great progress with each of my kids, getting to know them better, and as they get older and start to pull away, I want us to have the relationship where we can go out and spend quality time together.

 3) Run 14 in 14. I will run at least 14 races in 2014. I've registered already for the first 5, and 4 of those are with the kids, so that's a great start!


4) Pay it forward. Continue to do what I've been doing on my blog and on my Facebook page. I get such a feeling of pride helping other people.


5) Participate in another CrossFit competition. Maybe I'll even step further outside my comfort zone and do one held outside my box.


6) Deadlift 300 pounds. My current PR is 240, so I think I can get to 300 pounds by the end of 2014.


7) Lift 100 pounds over my head. This is going to be a huge challenge for me. 85 pounds is my current max, and I think maybe, just maybe I did 90 pounds once, but overhead is a huge struggle for me, but I'm going to work on increasing my weights in my daily WOD's and that will help me to get stronger in my lifts.  


8) Continue with Weight Watchers and lose the 23 pounds I gained towards the end of 2013.


9) Speak at a conference. I applied to speak at a few, and I hope I get selected for at least one!


10) Be a better house keeper. In order to keep a better house, I need to spend less time on the computer, so this is a double-edged goal. But spending less time on the computer will also make me more present in my families life, so really, it's a win-win. 


And I think that's it.

What are your goals for 2014??


2013-A Year in Review

These were my goals for 2013. How did I do??

1) Learn how to braid my hair  Didn't happen. But I did learn how to braid my daughter's hair. Nothing fancy, just normal braids. In fact, I ended up cutting all my hair off towards the end of the summer.


2) Spend more time with my husband. Have at least one date night per month. Didn't happen. Sigh. We tried. Really we tried. But we just couldn't find a reliable babysitter. We did manage to get out a few times in 2013, but not nearly enough.


3) Spend more 1:1 time with each of my kids. Have at least one date with each of them per month. YES!! This one happened! It might not have been a "date" but I did get out with each them alone at least once per month.


4) Run 13 in 13. YES!! This one happened too! I actually ran 16 races in 2013!


5) Pay it forward. YES!! I have been paying it forward in so many ways. Proud of this one!


6) Get my own cycle class on the schedule. Didn't happen. In fact, my indoor cycling pretty much went to the wayside in March. Oh well. It is what it is.


7) Get certified in a Les Mills program. Didn't happen. I ended up discovering CrossFit En Fuego and canceled my membership at the Wellness Center which is where I was taking Les Mills classes.


8) Lose 12 pounds by May. Didn't happen.


9) Get a sponsor.  I didn't get ONE sponsor, I got a bunch of sponsors.  Though I haven't found one that will pay me to attend conferences on their behalf, etc...but in 2013 I only paid for ONE race (Gasparilla.) Pretty happy with that.


10) Attend FitBloggin  Didn't happen. Too expensive and I was hoping for a sponsor. Fingers crossed for 2014. I applied to speak at FltBloggin!!


11) Continue with WTSP News Channel 10 morning segment. YES!! Until the segment got canceled. But I did get the amazing opportunity to film a bunch of news promo's for the channel, so that was super cool!


12) Eat lunch with my kids every Friday afternoon. YES!!! I did this throughout the 2012-2013 school year. I have only been able to do it once this school year because they eat at such different times and the one time I did do it, I was at the school for 3 hours. I don't have time like that, so I need to figure out a day/time for each of the kids and eat lunch with them on a monthly basis.


There were some pretty amazing things that happened to me in 2013, too!!

I participated in my first CrossFit competition.

I spoke at my first conference.

I got an amazing dog.

I became an ambassador for Polar, Fit Fluential, Sweat Pink, Feetures, Bondi Bands, and more.

I got to drive an Audi Q7 for 3 days.

The kids and I were on TV multiple times for a variety of different things! You can read about some of those experiences here and here and here.

I went to my first social media conference and connected with some amazing people and learned all about  Return on Relationships!

I was honored to be chosen as the Athleta Power to the She winner for the Iron Girl Race Series!!

The kids and I got to experience Stand Up Paddle boarding and it was so much fun!!

Our family took a vacation to North Carolina and got to stay at the beautiful Biltmore Inn!! We also got to spend some quality time with my aunts and uncle and mom. We had a great time!

I was featured on the front page of AOL, Yahoo, Huff Post and Marlo Thomas.com. That was pretty nifty!

I was chosen as Working Woman of the Week by Working Women of Florida.

I did a 240# deadlift.

I was nominated as best health blog of 2013.

I did my FIRST Tough Mudder!!

The kids and I did our first family mud run!!

And while we did SO MUCH MORE in 2013, I picked these things as highlights.


I'm hoping that 2014 will be as good, or better than 2013 and will share with you some of my goals in the next few days. Some will be a repeat of 2013, but that's okay. Better late than never!


How was your 2013? Big plans for 2014??




13 in 2013 Completed!

One of my goals for 2013 was to participate in the 13 in 2013 challenge. 13 races of varying distances completed in 2013. I'm happy to report that I DID IT!! Here is my list of races Smile


Commitment Day 5K with my 3 kids and dog


Best Damn Race 10K

Gasparilla ½ Marathon

Dirty Girl 5K


Citrus Trail 4 mile with my daughter Ella

Purple Run for Epilepsy 5K with my 3 kids


Iron Girl Clearwater 5K Also honored as the Athleta Power to the She Winner also ran with my oldest daughter


Mother’s Day Race 5K with 3 kids and dog

Color Me Rad 5K with husband and 3 kids


Running Mad 1/2 Marathon Virtual Run


Bazinga 1/2 Marathon Virtual Run


Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint 5K with my 2 daughters

Iron Girl Clermont Triathlon 1/2 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 5K


Susan G. Komen Race 5K for the cure with my mom and 3 kids


Tough Mudder 12 miles


Pretty Muddy 5K with my 3 kids


I'm really proud of myself for following through with this challenge, and have decided to do the 14 in 2014 event as well. I had so much FUN doing a lot of these races with my kids.








I had some other goals that I didn't quite complete...like learning how to braid my own hair, so I cut it off instead Tongue Out but overall it was a pretty successful year. How was your 2013??