Fire Up For Fall – Week One

Without further ado, here is week one of the Fire Up For Fall Challenge.

My positive picture is a quote that I have sitting in my cubicle at work. Seems rather fitting to me.

1. What are your goals for the Fall Challenge?

  • Finish my first 5K, which is this Sunday.
  • Improve upon last year’s finishing time in this year’s Manchester Road Race.
  • Complete the C25K plan.
  • Go to the gym at least 3 times a week in addition to my Zumba classes.
  • Track all of my food/drink/activity everyday using Weight Watchers eTools.

2. Why have you chosen those goals?

I chose these goals basically for one reason – to motivate myself.  When I turned 30 in April, I decided that I wanted to make changes towards a healthier lifestyle.  Of course, I wanted to lose weight too.  I’ve had setbacks in the past few months that I haven’t been able to recover from…basically because I stopped trying.  I don’t owe this to anyone but myself.  I need to be more active, and I need to be more strict about my eating habits.

3. What have you done this week that’s made you feel fabulous?

On Saturday morning, I pulled on a pair of jeans that I haven’t worn for several months and they were a little loose on me.  Yippee!

4. What do you think will be your biggest challenge in reaching your goals?

My biggest challenge will be staying motivated.  I have to keep reminding myself that a lifestyle change is a lot of work that requires discipline and effort on my part.  Nothing comes easy.  While I long to have the successes of some of the bloggers I follow, I have to realize that they didn’t get where they are without a lot of hard work and determination. I hope that the challenge will not only ramp up my motivation, but also help me stay focused.

5. Where in  the World do you live? What’s amazing about it?

I live in Connecticut, and it’s pretty awesome because you can always find something to do.  In between New York City and Boston, you’re never more than a train ride away from the bustling city.  Connecticut offers various activities from vineyards to adventure parks; off-Broadway shows to casinos; gourmet restaurants to the yummiest grilled cheeses around.  (Sidebar:  You can read more of Connecticut’s wonderful offerings at Stefications.) Connecticut is lucky to have both mountains and a shoreline. Plus we have the best foliage around.


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