1.22.2014

Resolution Check-in: And a Clif Bar Giveaway!

Photo courtesy of ClifBar
This is a sponsored post as I was offered the opportunity to giveaway Clif Bars to 5 lucky readers. I was not paid to write this post or told what to write. I was asked to talk about Blue Monday and resolutions and since it was time for an update on my flexibility progress, I accepted.

Resolution Check-in: And a Clif Bar Giveaway! How is that for a title? Creative genius at work! Perhaps I could have found something a bit more catchy but hey, it is hump day. The first hump day after Blue Monday. Say what? 

Blue Monday. I just learned about this day recently. The saying goes that the first Monday of the last full week of January can be a very depressing day. In fact some may argue the most depressing. I am not sure if I buy into this 100% but I gotta say, this past Monday was the 20th of January. I was coming off of a training lull and finally, today, on hump day, I seem to be back on track.

Why am I talking about this? Well, January 20th would be the 20th day of some of us attacking, or abandoning, our New Year's Resolutions or goals. Some may also argue that it takes 21 days to establish a habit. I don't agree with that 100% either as come on, some habits are harder to break and reestablish than others. That is one reason why I believe strongly in baby steps. Continual improvement. Change one thing at a time and once that has been well incorporated, add another.

755 days ago (okay, a bit more since I had the idea before I started the idea) I didn't say, hey, I am going to run and do yoga everyday! I said, hey, I wonder if I can run everyday in 2012? Done. Then I added on an element...can I run everyday in 2013? Done with more mileage covered. Woo-hoo! Next step, okay Erica, you can run every day as long as the good Lord keeps blessing you but can you do yoga everyday in 2014 as well? 25 days done. Woo-hoo!

And even though I set sensible goals/resolutions such as running daily, increasing flexibility through yoga....I had some tougher goals such as fuel my body better and be a stronger representative of Maui running. Funny that my big goal of breaking a 4:00 marathon wasn't listed in my resolutions but then, not really that funny. My goals are habits I want to establish and build upon. My big goal, it is icing on the cake and I feel just driving for a number isn't the best way to set myself up for success...emotionally or physically.

How am I doing? I am running every day and continued to run through a string of sucky runs last week. I am beginning to feel better in my running legs. I am doing yoga and am seeing improvements in my flexibility. Check these photos out!

Start: 12.19.13
Making progess: I will get better!
For fueling my body better, I am focusing on freggies but sometimes you just need to grab something quick and not all bars are created equal. Some just don't taste nice at all. Others are delicious. The seasonal Clif Bars were indulgent! And guess what?! Today you can enter to win some Clif Bars to try yourself. 5 lucky winners will be selected on January 29th and if I am not completely wrapped up in race director stuff, I will contact the winners by January 31st! And jump on this opportunity to try some fuel to keep your body strong and energized to tackle your fitness goals! And I love that some varieties of Clif Bar are indeed dairy free!
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Now the final point, being a better representative of Maui running. I am working on that. My family has participated in two local races and I have yet to write a post. Granted, one just happened Sunday but one was at the start of the month and part of the delay is due to me waiting for the official times to be posted. I want to be more prompt in this. Wish me luck!

How are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions/Goals?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for getting to work safely in the crazy rain.
Daily Affirmation: My faith keeps me strong and confident even if I am shaking like a leaf....like during part of my drive today.

32 comments:

  1. You've been running daily for over two years? You are my new hero. I'm hoping to run daily this year (started on Thanksgiving) and today will be day 56.

    Following you now on instagram and bloglovin. Looking forward to getting to know you!

    tara @ tara goes streaking

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    1. Awesome job! Can't wait to follow your streak too!

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  2. I am hanging in there, trying to take one day at a time. When have a bad day try not to beat my self up and just move on.

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    1. Sometimes I need to get better at not beating myself up. You would think I would have masterd that in my streak, huh?

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  3. So far so good on my goals, but I'm just in the training stage for most of them!

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  4. BIG Clif Bar fans at our house! I am doing pretty well - conentrating on Food as Fuel this month and making progress. Learning lots, making some mistakes, but overall... good!

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    1. Nice job Elle! I need to focus on staying on top of your food blog for continued inspiration. My menu is getting old and boring. :)

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  5. LOVE Clif Bars!!! I'm doing pretty well...keeping my eye on the big picture and trying to continue to refocus myself!

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    1. Great job! I had to refocus on the big picture and realize I am just juggling so much right now. It is time to not focus so much on miles but take care of me!

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  6. I am doing really well! Prepping and planning have really helped my goals with my diet and exercise! You are a BIG part of my motivation to keep at it, thank you so much for your direction and guidance with your training plan! I now, because of you, have a clearer picture of where I'm headed. :)

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  7. Thanks for hosting this incredible giveaway! I LOVE Clif bars, they are my very favorite. :) Congratulations on your resolution success. May the Lord continue to bless you! Have a fabulous day! :)

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  8. Been a struggle with the cold weather,but trying to keep my resolutions!

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  9. Hanging in there. I make goals rather than resolutions.

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  10. I'm doing okay…still working out some kinks in my scheduling! Clif bars would definitely help motivate me. :)

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    1. I will keep my fingers crossed that you are one of the lucky 5!

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  11. So far, been sticking with it!

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  12. I didn't set any resolutions, however I do have a couple of goals. I want to run my 1st marathon (Lincoln Marathon on May 4th), possibly my 1st Ultra (G.O.A.T.z probably in Oct/Nov), and complete another Spartan Race and fail no more than 2 obstacles this time.

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    1. Sweet goals! I want to run an ultra one day too. I need to firm up that goal and set a plan into action.

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  13. Even though a resolution was smacked out of the park for the first of this year .. I am still hopeful (after getting the posterior tibial tendon repaired) that I will be able to get two of the four half marathons planned for this year in. But with the foot being the bionic model after surgery .. maybe I will be like faster than before. Hi there. Have fun. Be beautiful. Be YOU.

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  14. I'm doing alright, just gotta get better with my nutrition!

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  15. I missed my goal of 15 miles of bike riding this week by a couple of miles, but last week I went over so I guess it averages out alright! I like to eat bars when I travel. Nice giveaway!

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  16. I think I'm doing pretty well!

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  17. So far so good. signed up for the SF Marathon to give myself motivation to run more.

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  18. I love the pics, I too am getting closer to comfortably touching my toes! Unfortunately the flu and then a bout of post-Mexico food poisoning (never good) has left me making little progress on my resolutions, but I'm trying my best!

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  19. The resolutions are coming along.

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