Happy Holidays from the Iron Girl Team
As our gift to you, Iron Girl is offering $35 race entries ($85 value) for the Inaugural Iron Girl Clearwater Half-Marathon. Offer is valid for 72-hours and begins tomorrow* with a limited number of entries.
*Offer Valid December 16, 2010 at 8 A.M. EST- December 19, 2010 at 8 A.M. EST.
Location: Clearwater Beach, Florida at Pier 60
Date: Sunday, April 10, 2011
Time: 7:30 A.M.
Judy asked me if I would like to contribute a few tips/suggestions for the New Year in anticipation for registration for the 2011 Iron Girl Events. Not sure if you subscribe to Iron Girl but I strongly suggest signing up in order to receive lots of fabulous emails...that you will actually enjoy reading in your already-full inbox.
Here are two of my last two posts. Enjoy!
Say Good Bye to dieting and Hello to a Healthy Iron Girl lifestyle
When it comes to changing dietary habits, the aesthetic desire for a tone, lean body often outweighs the benefits of longevity and a decrease risk for disease. In all seriousness, who really thinks about improved eye health when eating carrots? As much as you would like to change eating habits for improved health, it's likely that New Year resolutions center around a number on the scale or a specific size of clothing.
If you are setting a resolution to lose weight, recognize that you are embarking on a lifestyle change. Heart-healthy living does not require deadlines, rules or restrictions.
Rather than thinking about all the foods that you shouldn't eat, focus on the many foods that you can eat. With 365 days in a year, there is no reason to have an "off-limit" food list.
First and foremost, appreciate the changes that you are making. What's the purpose in making a lifelong change (for the better) if you dread the change before it even starts?
Remember, you only have one body and one life. If you have goals, you are in charge of your destiny.
Set a goal to finish strong at an Iron Girl event in 2011
Welcome to 2011! With the New Year upon you, it is time to set goals for yourself! As you remember the past and look toward the future, there is no better feeling than having a list of goals to keep you on course for the upcoming year. If there are areas in your life that you hope to change in 2011, keep an open mind as you reflect on 2010. If you repeat your actions, you will receive the same results.
New Year goals may seem great on paper but attainable goals should be realistic and reasonable. It is suggested that you set both short (6 month) and long (1 year) term goals and track progress along the way. Goal setting can be a powerful process, but with an intention to start, you are already on the way to a successful year.
A few realistic goals for the New Year:
1. Run/jog a 5K in less than 40 minutes before the summer.
2. Eat a satisfying, heart-healthy and balanced breakfast... everyday.
3. Snack on fruits and veggies at least 5 times a week.
4. Join a triathlon/running group and attend at least three meetings/events a year.
5. Strength train at least two times per week.