March 30, 2017

Spring Wellness Goals + an Athleta Gift Card Giveaway!

Spring has arrived, and though it’s not yet warm in Boston, my fitness goals for the season have already begun. They say summer bodies are made in the winter and it’s pretty darn true. Years ago when I first started seeing a trainer after not working out for a long time, he told me to be patient. It takes at least 8-10 weeks to notice any changes and that’s with serious dedication to your workouts. But he was right; after about 2 1/2 months I started to see definition in places we were focusing on and it was SO motivating. My point is that if you’ve just begun a workout routine, don’t get frustrated after a couple weeks if you don’t look the way you want to. Give it time! It’ll be so rewarding.

Wellness Goals for Spring

1. Barre classes 4x/week. I typically go at least 3-5 times per week, but sometimes busier work weeks and travel set me back. 20+ classes is doable for me so I know I need to stick with it. In addition to the exercise, it’s the best stress relief I’ve found in a long time. (Err, besides wine.)

2. Run at least once a week. I cringed as I wrote that because I used to run a lot. I’ve got a ton of 5Ks and a half marathon in the books, but since the half…I was pretty much over it. And with barre being my main focus, my little legs want nothing to do with running. That said, Barre N9ne recently combined their treadmill studio with our packages. Guess who’s gonna be lacing up some sneakers?? This girl!

3. Drink more water! I’ve kept this same goal for years now…so really it’s become part of my lifestyle, but warmer temps mean more water. I aim for 100 ounces of per day, be it filling up my favorite water bottle, drinking green tea with breakfast, or sipping on seltzer water. I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated. I swear that staying hydrated improves my fitness endurance and keeps my skin clear. Sip up ladies! (Use code CHRISTINA15 for 15% a bottle!)

4. Continued mindful eating. As I mentioned before, I gave up mindless eating for Lent. Working at an office that has a catering division makes this SO hard. When I smell french fries, I practically jump out of my seat. I’ve kicked that to the curb since the beginning of Lent and plan to continue. People at work are going to seriously question my mental state when I’m hiding in the corner from the scent of mac & cheese… 😉

Now for the giveaway!  Does your closet need a few new fitness pieces? Enter to win a $25 gift card to Athleta to kick off your spring wellness goals! Use the Rafflecopter and comments section below for entries. Good luck!

Prize courtesy of XShadyside 24 hour gyms Pittsburgh

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  • Kylee

    I am really trying hard to cut down on my night time mindless eating. It is the time I am so snacky!

    • ME TOO!! i always have a snack before bed!!

  • I’m trying to cut back on my sugar in take and also work on other forms of workouts like kickboxing!

  • Current goal is to RELAX my mind. I get so wound up in there.

  • Emily Wilson

    Amen on the mindful eating!! The Easter candy at work has got me missing some fitness goals 😒

  • Melissa

    New workout clothes are always a motivation to workout!

    • it really works!!! it’s like getting a new dress for a party, ha!

  • Layne Dettor

    Hey Christina! Welcome back from vacation! I’m working a M-F schedule this month as opposed to my regular nursing schedule so I want to try and workout every day before work. I need a new sports bra from Athleta so I don’t have to do laundry all of the time 😉

    • thank you!! good for you for morning workouts. those are tough!

  • Julie R

    I eat chips and junk a lot because they are the quickest thing to eat! I need to cut that out.

  • Melissa

    Taking time to take walks throughout the week and making sure I stay well-hydrated!

  • Jenni Kinlaw

    Mindless eating is the worst! I need to stop it too!

  • Nikki Prsa

    I am impressed at your fitness dedication! Do you usually do barre after work? Do you have a monthly membership?I love how lean I feel after a barre class but I haven’t purchased a membership yet bc it’s pretty dang pricey.

    • i do barre either during my lunch break (we have 12:15 classes) or after work around 5/6. yep, i have a monthly membership and it’s so worth it. lately it’s the only form of exercise i truly enjoy. 🙂 see if your local studios are doing any deals!

  • Ashley Olson

    Amen to stopping mindless eating! Also, I LOVE Athleta!!!

  • wellness goal: now that i know where my healthy weight is to keep my period/hormones stable, i will be losing 5lbs and reducing my wine consumption to do that. that makes me very sad 🙁

  • Sheanna Caban

    I need to check myself before I wreck myself on the weekends. I’m super good about what I put in my body during the week, but on the weekends I throw caution to the wind. It’s ridiculous. I don’t drink, so it has nothing to do with alcohol. I just get in this midset where I think that I’ve been good all week so I *deserve* to have the fatty foods or not watch my portions. Ugh. The worst.

  • lyndsayclarkson

    I’m getting bored with my workouts lately and have been slacking so I think I’m going to try a barre class! Something different to change it up!

  • Caitlin

    This is re-inspiring me to get moving! I’ve never tried barre but I recently tried a few treadmill / strength interval classes and those were awesome. Let’s hope spring gets here SOON!

  • Biana Perez

    Drinking water is huge for me – I am terrible at it!

  • Nancy

    I am working on drinking more water on a daily basis.

  • Paige Callahan

    current goal is getting great arms for my wedding!

  • Pat

    I’m trying to exercise more often.

  • Caitlin

    I gave up Facebook for Lent and honestly, it was the most healthy thing I’ve done all year! My newest goal is to get back to running — I did a full and basically just… stopped. And then two years went by. How does that even happen?!

  • Megan

    I had my second baby 3 months ago so right now my goal is to find a new routine that works for me and get my muscle tone back. I also need to get the snacking under control!

  • Nicole

    I’m training for my first half this spring (May 7) so new running clothes would really help the motivation!! Also working on cutting down on sugar and drinking more water.

  • Elena

    my goal is to loose some weight

  • Nicole

    I’ve been going to Orangetheory pretty regularly…but the box of sea salt caramels from Whole Foods on my kitchen table has been my downfall 😡 Going to Florida in May so my goal is to stop turning towards the chocolates and reach for something healthier! Oh yeah, and laying off the booze more.

  • Alex Warren

    I’m going to try to do Whole30 for the month of April to get my eating back on the healthy track. I also am going to try to work out at least 3-4 days a week.

  • Lauren Harrelson

    I’m trying to eat dinner EARLIER. It shouldn’t be so hard, but it IS!

  • erica

    making a dinner game plan at the beginning of the week – if i have it at home, i’m more likely to sack up and make what i have rather than just snack/order take out.

  • C. S. Felde

    More water is always my goal! I was doing so well with it for a while, but really started slacking this past month, so now it’s at the top of my list again! I definitely notice a difference in my energy when I am drinking a lot of it

  • Megan G

    Last month I started cutting way back on added sugar. drinking my coffee black was hard at first but now it’s just as satisfying with much less guilt.

  • Whitney Dennis

    Love that waterbottle 🙂

  • Megan Siler

    Appreciate the chance to win. And, love that you gave up mindless eating!

  • I’m trying to DRINK MORE WATER!! It’s so hard to remember sometimes!!

  • Stephanie Smith

    Stay hydrated and go on walks throughout the day! Also, walk/jog more with my dog!

  • Cassie

    Yesssss. I need all of the yoga clothes

  • Sarah

    Just bought a Hydro Flask water bottle (best ever!). Makes drinking more water easy!

  • Rust

    More exercise.

  • Elizabeth

    I’d like to start lifting weights more often!

  • Christi in MA

    I am going to improve my golf game this spring. If the sun ever comes out!

  • Jordan Dunne

    I’m trying to cut back on cardio and focus on heavy lifting to build more muscle mass.

  • Deb E

    I was committed to walk every single day in March and I made it so I have to step it up and start running again. We’ll see how my hip holds out but my legs are definitely stronger, which was my goal. Getting more sleep is another goal I’m seriously working on.

  • Karla R.

    My goal is too stay fit and drink more water!

  • Diana Hamilton

    I’m currently trying to focus on intuitive eating practices and being more varied in my workouts (not just running running running)! It’s working so far in that I feel more well rounded, and it’s fun to try new types of fitness classes!

  • Jennifer

    I def want to go to yoga consistently this month!

  • DeeG131

    I am trying to exercise at least 3 times a week and crack down on the late night eating 🙂

  • emily__lynn

    I’m getting married in 2 months. Operation bridal arms is in full effect.

  • Liz

    I’m trying to work out more consistently and be more vigorous during them. I also want to focus on being more mindful of my eating on the weekends, when it’s easier to stray from my healthy weekday routine.

  • Kelynnma

    Mine is to lose another 50lbs

  • Calli

    I am going to yoga 3-4 times a week, plus trying a new activity (hoops, 5k, etc) every month!

  • Chrissy R.

    I have a about 10 more pounds of weight I’d like to lose but most importantly I’m signed up for two olympic triathlons this summer so I need to make sure I’m consistently training for those or else they will be really LONG races…

  • Brittan Culclasure

    My fitness goals are to have fitness goals. 😬

  • Carol Roberts clark

    im trying to relax and not be stressed so much

  • Melissa

    My wellness goal is to lose 15 pounds and eat sensibly

  • Elle

    I could def cut back on snacking. I love exercise but I also love to eat! 🙂

  • lindsay bade

    I am trying to eat more veggies and less sugar. I have already added more water to my daily diet!

  • Vera K

    I am trying to eat better – more dark greens.

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  • Just Win Babies

    Need to lose about 10 pounds and tone up a bit.

  • Danielle

    i have just recently started yoga and want to eat healthier too! (Rc name is vunda vall)

  • Judith

    i’m training for a marathon!

  • Shayla

    Getting back to running. The winter weather just kills any motivation for outdoor runs so hoping the warmer weather helps!

  • I would love to try barre sometime! I need to look up a studio in my area.

  • arress

    I am working to continue with my weight loss.

  • Kat

    Now that the weathers nice in DC, I’m walking to work now instead of taking the bus. Bonus money saver too

  • Annette

    My wellness goals: eliminate sugar and exercise more.

  • Nikki

    I’m trying to exercise more often. eat and balance both

  • Sanae F

    I just need to get out there and exercise. I had been trying to eat more at home and find easy, repeatable veggie recipes.

  • Leah

    Love the mindful eating resolution–super smart! And much more realistic than giving up an entire food group 🙂

  • Madhuri

    This month I am trying to see how many days I can go straight without eating out, even once. So far so good.

  • DJohnson

    I am trying to cut sugar out of my diet and increase my daily steps.

  • Kayley

    My current wellness goal is to stop my emotional eating. It has gotten pretty bad recently due to a stressful move, so now I need to get it back under control!

  • Emily Smith

    I’m working on drinking more water and having family fitness time. We like to play soccer, ride bikes, play basketball at the park and go on walks by the river. It’s nice for us to all disconnect and do something together that’s good for us.

  • Laura Mueller

    My wellness goal is to reduce my sugar intake and get more steps in!

  • ellen ross

    I just need to lose 5-10 more pounds and to be a little bit more active during the week

  • Dagmar

    My current goals are to tone up!! and eat healthier (:

  • Barbara K

    To exercise and eat better. Also take more walks.

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