Monday, January 4, 2016

Reading and Exercise (Or Winter Plans/Goals)

"The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team"
What better way to kick off the new year than with a week long read-a-thon?  I've participated in the Bout of Books read-a-thon quite a few times now and it is always a fun experience.  It also usually really helps me to prioritize getting some extra reading time in.  I'm hoping this will get my 2016 reading year off to a really great start.  I'm going to need the boost as the kids go back to school this week AND it is my first full week back to work after the holidays.  Blah!  I'm also going to use this read-a-thon to help me boost up my numbers for #COYER.  A win/win scenario if I do say so myself.  

I don't have any set goals other than I would like to finish at least two books.  I will be choosing from the books in my January reading pile.  If one of those isn't calling my name then I will just switch it out with something different from my kindle.  It isn't like I don't have plenty of books just waiting to be read.

#FitReaders hosted by Geeky Bloggers Book Blog  and That’s What I’m Talking About.

I'm also planning on participating this year with #FitReaders.  I thought that I would share my goals for January with all of you (even though I find this quite scary....what if I don't meet them?)  I haven't always been the most motivated person but I have taken running back up since last year.  It was a year of running and then not running with huge gaps in between.  This year I would like to really focus and run more consistently throughout the entire year.  Besides my running partner and I have a personal goals to run a half marathon this year so I need to get more serious about it!

For the month of January my exercise goals are the following:
  • Do Jillian Michael's 30 day shred video every day.
  • Run minimum 30 miles over the entire month of January.
These both seem pretty doable to me but I always have great intentions and then things fall to the wayside.  I don't run on the treadmill very well (I despise it to be honest) so it will be a challenge to motivate myself to run distances on it.  Hopefully the weather will allow me to get outside and run once in awhile.  I have made it past the 2nd workout on the shred video but the 3rd workout really kicked my butt.  I really, really want to finish and do all thirty days of it.  Only time will tell though. 

I've got lots of plans for the new year so I need to get my butt in gear!  Are any of you also participating in either of these events?  Let me know so we can cheer each other on!!  Trust me when I say that I can ALWAYS use the extra motivation when it comes to working out :)


  1. Good luck with your fitness goals!! Always happy to cheer someone on. After my 2-week sinus/laryngitis/horrible thing, I went back to the gym this morning and walked 1/2 a mile. Slowly. So I wouldn't cough. It was OK. It's so sad how you work so hard to get to a certain level and then it takes like 5 minutes to lose it. But I will persist. Went to Weight Watchers this morning and it was amazingly packed. They ran out of chairs. LOL

    Have a good week!!

  2. Best of luck with your reading and fitness goals! I've only run on the treadmill a few times--I much prefer to run outdoors (that's a big part of it for me). The Bout of Books read-a-thon sounds like fun. Enjoy your reading and running, Sam!

  3. Oh boy these are two big goals but you can do it! That's great that you are planning to run a half-marathon. Wishing you lots of luck and cheering you on with your goals!

  4. Have fun with the read-a-thon! I always hesitate to join in because of work and home life--but look at you! All of that plus you're taking the challenge in! I think it's wonderful. Good luck with your fitness goals. I want to--need to--make a point of being more active this year and will likely be joining #FitReaders too. I don't run and I don't do the traditional type of walking, but I imagine that doesn't really matter as long as I am exercising and being active. I really need the moral support to help me stay motivated! It's too easy to sleep a little later than to have to get up early to get in my work out otherwise.


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