• Means to an End

    September 13, 2012

    This post is part of an ongoing series and my sponsorship with fitmixer as a brand ambassador. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

    As you probably know, I love goals—setting them, creating “game plans” to work toward them, and, of course, achieving them. Basically, I love having something to work towards and, even if I don’t succeed, I like knowing at least I gave it my best effort—and isn’t that what’s most important?

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    I think it’s really important to have goals, especially when it comes to health and fitness. Goals help me focus my efforts, so I can progress in the direction of what I want to achieve. With that said, fitmixer wants to help us realize our health/fitness goals and what steps we can take to achieve them, so for this month’s fitmixer giveaway topic, here are a few things I want to accomplish in September:

    • Stick to my training plan
    • Sign up for my box’s Paleo Challenge
    • Try one new recipe each week
    • Sleep 8 hours every night
    • Buy a new book (reading helps me relax)

    What are your health/fitness goals for the rest of the month? What are your “means to an end” (the “end” being the achievement of one of your goals)?


    There are a bunch of frozen foods in our freezer right now (many of which I forgot about it), so I incorporated a few into today’s lunch so they don’t go to waste. From the freezer, I had a turkey burger and a mashed-up, gluten-free Dr. Praegger’s California Veggie Burger mixed with peas and chopped kale. Random, but delicious. I topped my turkey burger with fresh avocado.

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    On the side, I had a sliced orange.

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    A few hours later, my stomach started to grumble again, so I sliced up a banana and added it to a mug with a scoop of sunflower butter. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of this combo. Best snack ever.

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    I’m off to walk Murphy and listen to a podcast. Enjoy the night, friends!

    P.S. Be sure to head over to fitmixer and leave a comment about your health goals for a chance to win your choice of any two-pound fitmixer product!!

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    Courtney September 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This month my goal is to be more consistent with my healthy eating (not as many “cheats”), read the happiness project, get better at box jumps, and get my monthly mileage to 40 miles!


    eliza September 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm


    Sounds like a good month!! Good for you 🙂


    Annette@FitnessPerks September 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Yay for fitness & health goals! I totally have goals in the areas of getting more sleep (I keep staying up late cleaning & reading), and adding in more bootcamp style workouts.

    Have fun on your walk 🙂


    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance September 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    My goals are to continue stretching on a regular basis, and fueling myself properly to recover from my workouts. I’m going to add “get enough sleep”–that’s a good one, and I need to make that more of a priority.


    Amanda @ Eat More Rabbit Food September 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    My goals are to stick with my workout schedule, find more creative healthy meals, and drink more water!! I have never had a problem drinking enough water. I don’t drink soda at all! But then coffee entered my life. Now I just want to drink it all day! Which is okay as long as I drink my water too! =)


    Brie @ Impatient Baker September 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Mine is definitely to figure out what I can/can’t eat with my IBS! And to start thinking about working out as “fun” and not a “have to” situation 🙂


    Tina September 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I feel your pain, lady! Good luck!


    Brie @ Impatient Baker September 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    @Tina: Thanks, and to you!!


    Grainne September 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I just signed up for my gyms – OMT – Operation Muffin Top to loose my muffin that I gained over the summer! Operation Muffin Top is the kick in the butt I need to get back on track and feeling mybest. It is a balanced, hands-on approach that provides people with all the tools they need to succeed in both losing weight and being fit. Included the Paleo diet and exercises!


    Meghan @ After the Ivy League September 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    One of my health/fitness goals to keep up with for this month is varying my routine a bit by incorporating some yoga once a week. I like to keep things interesting! I’ve been wanting to try sunflower butter and seeing it everyday on your blog is really making me crave it! Looks so delicious.


    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I’m already started on one of my fitness goals this month: PUSH MYSELF HARDER! I’ve been doing interval runs on my neighborhood track and circuit training w/ lots of squat jumps, pushups and planks. I could push harder, but I’m slowly working up to it. Now, I just need to get in the kitchen and experiment more and I’ll REALLY be feeling good! I love having my healthy go-tos (ie. oatmeal, smoothies, eggs, spinach, sweet potatoes, brown rice) but they are getting a little old.


    Ally September 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    My goals for the next month are to participate in my box’s Paleo Challenge and to make sure I continue getting to the gym (Crossfit, spin, yoga, running, etc) 5 times a week even as my work schedule gets busier (working 10-12 hour days). One thing I love about Crossfit is how much I WANT to go workout because I truly enjoy it and the people. I also love my job, which makes the long days much easier.


    Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset September 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I know you may (possibly) feel restricted with your new food plan for UC, but your meals always look SO delicious! I now have chopped banana and nut butter in a mug all the time 🙂 And now I want your lunch 🙂 But I have no ripe avocados (so sad) and no peas. Oh, and no turkey burger lol.


    Megan@funsizedfitness September 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    My goals are to go to BodyPump twice a week (yesterday was my first class!) and to cut out almost all artificial foods from my diet. I’ve been doing this for about a week, and can already feel a huge difference in my body and energy level 🙂


    Tina September 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Nice! What’d you think?


    Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot September 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I’m going to have to make the same snack later!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    okay those peas look so good. I love peas but rarely have them. This needs to change!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    My fitness goal for the month is to FINALLY run my first race! It’ll be a 5k as part of my 10k training and I’m really excited!


    Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I’m so type-A my whole life seems to revolve around goal setting!! My new goal is to set fewer goals, but achieve just as much simply by living. 🙂


    Anne September 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    My goal is to return to running post injury committed to full body health!

    That means cross training not just saying, “Yeah I should cross train instead of run today.”


    Jess September 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I love banana with any nut butter!! It really is a combo that could never get old!


    eliza September 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    such a great question to ask, sooo motivating to read every ones answers, tina 🙂


    Tina September 14, 2012 at 10:37 am

    @eliza: I love reading everyone’s replies too! Super motivating! 🙂


    mama September 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    my goal is to switch up my workout more. I am a creature of habit and could literally do the same workout for years!!


    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    What is box’s Paleo Challenge? I’m intrigued by the Paleo life style.


    michelle kim September 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I like your goal of sleeping 8 hours per night. I think a lot of people overlook the fact that sleep will help us recover as well as increase the abilities of our immune systems. Less sickness= more workouts and energy to tackle the day!


    Heather September 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Hello~ Do you mind me asking what the Paleo Challenge is? Just curious I know you are strictly changing your diet for healing, but have you lost weight or have you seen any changes in changing your diet to more Paleo or SCD? Just curious~



    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    My fitness goal this month is to finally be able to touch my toes. I’ve never been able to do it!


    christine September 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I love sunflower butter~~ BTW, when you make some veggie salad, what do you usually use for dressing?? Sometimes I just get bored with vinegar and olive oil…but I also don’t like to use “Ranch” “Caesar” those unhealthy and fatty dressing.


    Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy September 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

    My goals for this month are to sleep at least 8 hours each night, take time for myself everyday, such as a reading a book or magazine and improve my running time!


    Jamie@everydaydolce.com September 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I love setting and sticking to goals as well, it helps me kick my butt in gear when I have a tangible “end” to work toward. I’m with you on the Sunflower butter and banana…love that combo 🙂


    Khushboo Thadani September 14, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Great goal- curious to hear what the Paleo Challenge entails…!


    mary @ minutespermile September 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

    pb and nana is my go-to snack at present. clearly i have been reading your blog too much.


    Christine Collins September 14, 2012 at 7:42 am

    If you’re looking for a new book I’d recommend, “The Places that Scare You” by Pema Chodron. It is on the recommended reading list for my yoga teacher training 🙂 I will admit I’m only about 1/3 of the way through! BUT it’s really incredible if you’re in the mood for a more reflective read!


    Tina September 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

    @Christine Collins: Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂


    Karen @ Runner Girl Eats September 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

    My fitness goals this month: stick to training plan, shave some time of pace/mile, and try to stick to a plan to eat meatless 2 days a week.


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 14, 2012 at 7:50 am

    My goal is to work hard at strengthening my weaknesses in my legs so that I can solve my knee pain for once and for all!


    Heidi September 14, 2012 at 9:16 am

    My goal is to have a more healthy diet by incorporating more veggies and fruits in each meal and by cooking with ingredients that are closer to their “natural” state rather than pre-packaged or canned ingredients. Also, since we’re trying for a baby, I want to start a routine of moderate-light weekly exercise so that I have a better chance of sticking with it if/when I’m pregnant. Tina, have you ever read “Life of Pi”? Such a good novel – very imaginative and full of the “never quit” mentality. It will make you look at running water with a whole new appreciation!


    Tiffany September 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I agree with you about goals: I need something to work towards to keep me going!
    My goals for the rest of the month:
    Try CrossFit: My first class was this morning and I think I’m going to love it!
    Run with others: I normally run by myself. I think running with other people will be a good motivator to push myself!
    Be okay with taking 2 days off rather than just 1 day. I always feel guilty when I take 2 days off a week from training and I shouldn’t. My body needs rest.


    Tina September 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Great goals! 🙂


    Kelly@BalancedDaily September 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Well, since I finally heard back from the guy at Tampa’s CrossFit Malicious gym, he said my friend and I can start early next week!! So, my means to getting the body I want is to try CrossFit and become stronger (rather than focusing mostly on cardio). So very excited to see why you’re so in love with it- hope I will be too!


    Aurielle @ Will2Wellness September 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    My goal is to work towards eating healthier and exercising more…making them both a lifestyle. I’m using my husband’s upcoming gala (and blogging about it!) as motivation to get in shape! Gotta look great for those photos!


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

    My fitness goal is to have your body girl! Haha. Your abs and arms are out of control!


    Jackie December 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    My goal is to run a sub 2 hour half marathon!


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