Monday, January 18, 2010

2010: Year of the Fit (+ Amazing Giveaway!)

I can not remember a time when I have ever actually made New Years Resolutions.  It has never been something I was interested in as generally I figure resolutions can be made any time of year.  No need for a special date to decide to do something good for yourself, right?  But this year I do have something of a personal goal…

You all already know that I try to eat healthy each and every day, and I strive to earn my indulgences. I have on days and off days just like everyone else, but at the end of the week it’s rare that I feel guilty or bad about anything I’ve eaten.

Fitness on the other hand, I have trouble with.  Not that I don’t get to the gym pretty regularly and all that, but I never seem to progress.  I plateau quite easily and I chalk that up to just not pushing myself beyond my self-perceived limits.  Like I said to Angie not too long ago, I might be thin but I’m not terribly fit.

Soooo…with that said… My resolution for 2010 is to take my fitness more seriously and really work to be a stronger, fitter, healthier me!

In no particular order, plans to get it done:

  • find a strength training workout appropriate to my body and my goals
  • change it up every 6-8 weeks so as to not bore my body or my mind
  • plan out a reasonable running plan, leading to running 5km without stopping
  • find a yoga class that not only fits my schedule but helps to stretch, tone, and relax me
  • keep it simple

In addition, I am always working towards finding balance in my diet.  I personally don’t believe in giving up anything unless it is truly unhealthy and detrimental to your own personal health or well-being.  However…I can always be doing a better job of achieving that balance

And I want to help you all too!  I’ve been working hard on finding some fun, healthy products to share as giveaways…and *drum roll please* today marks the first one!

Amazing_GrassThe lovely folks over at Amazing Grass have offered up a prize pack for one lucky reader.  You will receive the same awesome sample pack I received a few months ago!!  One of you gets to try Amazing Meal, SuperFood, Wheat Grass, and the Energy Bars…and of course, you will receive the much-coveted shaker cup!

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In order to enter to win this great prize you can:

  • Leave a comment on THIS post telling me what your New Years Resolution or goal for 2010 is. 
  • Tweet this: “I wanna win @balanceblog’s Amazing giveaway: http://bit.ly/4E9Yii
  • Post a link to this contest on your blog and email me at embracingbalance@gmail.com to let me know.  (Make sure you include a link to your post.)
  • Do all three things for multiple chances to win!

Contest is open to Canadian and US residents.  I will use a random number generator to chose a winner on Friday, Jan 22nd at 12pm Atlantic Standard Time.

Good luck everyone!  Tell all your friends!  (I’m jealous as my AG supply is completely depleted…I’ll be refilling this week!)

Happy 2010!

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77 comments:

Jaclyn said...

My goal for 2010 is to run my first half-marathon. I started training already and registered for the race at the end of May!

Your goals sound great.

Jaclyn

Syl said...

I'ms with Jaclyn, I am running my first half marathon in May. I also resolve to keep up the working out eating right and losing weight.
Great Give away, always wanted to try those products.

colleen said...

one of my resolutions this year is to keep up a good level of fitness when my gym membership expires, to start jogging and keep up with yoga!
Best of luck with your goals as well!

sarah said...

My goal for 2010 is to hit 200 pounds by my 10 year wedding anniversary in September. I want to be as fit and healthy as possible so I can enjoy the bright lights of Vegas!!

Katie said...

My resolution for this year are the follows:

1. To try to make it to the gym at least 5 days a ways (with three of them being weight training)
2. Start going to yoga on a regular basis
3. To eat healthy on a more consistent basis

You have some great goals Jamie! Good luck :)

jgreenwood said...

My goal for this year is not about fitness (I am comfortable with where I am) but is on the nutrion side.....more than anything I would like to end evening snacking. Often I have calories left so I eat them. I need to better plan my day so that more calories are consumed earlier in the day.

YourInnerSkinny said...

I had a wicked comment all written out and it didn't post... Ugh...

My New Years resolution is top secret as no one knows that I have this affliction... I've been trying to quit smoking for 10+ years. GASP! I haven't been a "full-time" smoker in about 6 years but I'm one of those people who smokes when he has more than 2 drinks. I don't think I could do it without the support of a strong woman to support me (and yell at me, ha ha) but I'm I'm giving it all up though and I'm very happy to do so.

Good luck to everyone in their goals!

Jenny said...

I have a couple of resolutions

1) to eat as much "real" food as possible- processed food and 100 calorie packs just don't do it for me anymore

2)get down to a weight where I can start to learn to run. I can do it now, but it's better for my body if I weigh less

3) set a healthy example for my Daughter

Maybe if you work with a personal trainer for just a couple of sessions you will get a workout specific to you. Good luck with your resolutions!

biggest_loser84 said...

My new years resolutions was to get fit and healthy! I joined the x-weighted challenge and hoping to lose 69lbs in 6months! I've also been wanting to try amazing grass, everyone in blogland seems to be going crazy over it!

Jenny said...

Goals help to direct your energy's and that's so important to me, you and everyone.

2010 is my year to:
- complete my first 10K
- Take my yoga practicing more seriously (once a week at least)
- Reach, or come very close to, my weight loss goal
- Cook more at home so I can control, more, what I put in my mouth
- Push myself past my comfort zone and take more chances.

Thanks for setting up this give away, I have been wanting to try this Amazing Grass stuff ever sense I read about your experience and other bloggies. It would be so cool to win it!!

Take care,
Jenny

maria said...

My resolve is a word, more than a set of actions - to live intentionally.

I wrote about it at the start of January: http://anthimeria.com/2010/01/05/intentional/

WonderWoman said...

My NYR is to get fit in a few ways:

1. Physically - focus on losing weight to get healthy, not thin. To be good to my heart and my knees, 50 pounds has gotta go. I am doing this by taking new classes at the studio, plus going to the old ones I started in October. I am also run/walking a couple of days a week and planning meals.

2. Mentally - blogging, reading books and blogs about health and fitness. Learning to deal with drama before it becomes major drama.

3. Financially - I am trying to get out of the evil student loan/moved across country and have no job hole. I am a great spender, but a not so good saver. I am aiming to pay off my debts by at least 50% over 2010, if not more.


Total side note: I would sell my left buttock for that shaker cup. I wish they sold them here!

RunDiRun said...

My resolution is to get back into running. I have been saying it for a couple of months now, but needed the New Year for a fresh start, apparently!

It's going slow, but it's going! :)

Lauren said...

I'm working on trying to find some peace in 2010. I want to learn to slow down and relax and enjoy the ride without getting too caught up in my own brain.

chezjulie said...

My main resolution was to continue doing what I'm doing with diet and exercise. Some of my others include getting to bed earlier, reading more, and drinking less Diet Coke!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

My biggest, most important fitness goal for 2010 is run a full marathon in the Fall!

Also, check out "The New Rules of Lifting for Women" I'm going to review it on my blog tomorrow but it's a GREAT book r.e. strength training with lots of valuable info!

Great giveaway, btw. I've been dying to try Amazing Grass!

Natalie said...

Would love to win this great prize package!

I have a few major goals this year:
- finally get to onderland and get close to my final goal of 170lbs
- run a 5k race

Those are the big ones. I will also link this to my blog.

N@

Mandy said...

I just found your blog (and the giveaway) through Twitter. I definitely plan on following from this point.

My resolution for 2010 is to "Get Happy". Every month I am breaking it down into smaller goals. January includes getting active, taking more time for myself, and getting involved in the blogosphere and in my community a bit more.

Jessica said...

I love your goals! My goals are to keep working out in the mornings, wear a size 8, and sign up for a triathlon!! Cheers to 2k10!!

theladylovestoeat said...

My 2010 goal is to run more race, I'm currently signed up for 7 including two half marathons! I'm so excited for this contest I've been wanting to try amazing grass!

Nicole said...

My goal for 2010 is to RUN the CIBC Run for the Cure!!!

I would like to run it in less time than I can walk it currently (which is 55 minutes)

Jessica said...

I just love amazing grass so I can't help but comment to be entered in the contest! And I want that sippy cup!!! :)
My 2010 goal is to become a certified personal trainer (going for my course on February 13-21st)
Become a booty camp fitness instructor.
Have my own spinning class. I'm certified but have yet to take a plunge to have my own class and I want to continue to inspire others and lead my weighwatcher members to SUCCESS!

Bella said...

My 2010 resolution is to be a "me advocate." I have a tendency to sacrifice healthy eating, gym time, and sleep in order to live up to other people's expectations. 2010 is the year I find balance.

Hopefully it is also the year I try Amazing Grass...especially in the shaker cup. I imagine it tastes better out of the cup. :)

Meredith said...

My big goal is to run Around The Bay, a 30KM road race in Hamilton, ON at the end of March. It'll be the furthest I've ever run and I'm so scared! To train, I've signed up with a full marathon clinic to have others to run the long distances with.

I'm also working on incorporating some strength, yoga, and getting on my bike trainer this winter to prep me for the 50KM Becel Ride For Heart.

I wish you success on meeting your goals!

Cat said...

my goal is to simply get back into a regular exercise routine, and not beat myself up....I'm too hard on myself.

Lori said...

Hi Jaime! My resolution is to VISIT more! Go out and see friends and visit! Nobody visits anymore...I'm a gonna!

Heather said...

My resoulution is two part. A) Try not to put so much additional stress on myself because of things I have no control over and B) To focus on de-stressing effectively (i.e. without booze/junk food)and quickly when life throws a curve ball my way :)

Susan said...

"Keep it simple"

Love it. That alone tells me you'll have no problem following through on your goals. 2010 is gonna be a great one for you ;)

I came up with a few fitness goals as well, but my most important one is to "Live life." Sounds general, but I want to embark on more adventures and take more risks. Break out of the monotonous ruts I have a tendency to get myself into...

Ingmarie said...

Im trying to SIMPLIFY- my recipes, my house and my social calendar. Less is absolutly more this year for me. Getting things done ahead of time instead of last minute and learning to appreciate what i have in this moment instead of always focusing on the future.

KristyC79 said...

My Resoloution for this year is to live a healthier way of life and I am going to do that by eating better!! I also have a weight loss goal! I have been doing VERY well thus far, so I am POSITIVE That I will continue to do well!!

Karen said...

I would like to enter to win. I have read about this stuff and would like to give it a try. Not sure if I would like it though.

As for resolutions:
To get back on the weight loss wagon.

To exercise 4-5 times a week

To be a calm parent


Just a few of them. Others are a little more personal.

Lauren said...

Wow-what an amazing giveaway! One of my New Years Resolutions was actually to drink more Green Monsters and I love using Amazing Grass Greens in my green monsters to up the nutrients. This would be such a wonderful prize to win. I'm new to your blog and am having fun reading about you.
Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful
http://eatdrinkandbehopeful.com/

Erin said...

My goals are to:

Run faster

Eat more fruits and veggies and

Love, love, love!

Lex said...

My goals:

Make use of my gym membership... like ACTUALLY make use of it, not just 1x or 2x a month.

Run more!
Run faster!
Run longer!

Eat better! TRYYYYYYYYY to cut down on my wine gum intake! hehe

Mallory said...

my top goal for 2010 is:

be healthy, not perfect.

great giveaway!! :)

readytogo said...

My resolution is to loose the baby weight! It's nine months old - time to go!
Lynda

Campinggirl said...

I have 2 resolutions. The first one is to work at getting healthier, by using ww to help and getting more active.
The second is to enjoy every moment rather than pining after what has passed or what might be.

Jenn said...

My goals for 2010 are: (1) to train and run Philly's Broad Street Run in May. It's 10 miles, which will be my longest distance ever! I don't want the run to be 10 miles of agony, so I really want to train well for it. (2) Keep incorporating yoga into my life.

Good luck on your goals, everyone!

Goal Digger said...

Mmmmm... would love to try Amazing Grass!!! So... this year's resolution is to treat myself well. This means - take care of my skin, eat foods that are healthy, move more - in general, live healthy :)

Sherri

Shari said...

I am not a veggie eater. Unless it's green beans, corn or potatoes, I probably won't eat it. So in 2010, I have promised myself to try at least 2 new veggies each month. I may not like them but at least I'm trying them. And if I don't like them the first time I will find a new way to prepare them and try again.

Crystal said...

For 2010 I plan on getting healthier. Eating better food for me, exercising, and losing weight.

Jason said...

My goal in 2010 is to reach my weight loss goal. I've been on WW for six months now, and with dedication and a little inspiration for blogs like yours, I've made it a long way. Now I'm gearing up for the home stretch. I would love to add Amazing Grass to my salad smoothies! I hope I win!

Life, Health & Fitness said...

Ohh, great contest Jaime!! My main NY Resolution is to run my first half marathon.

I tweeted your giveaway. :)

And, blogged about it here:
http://lifehealthfit.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-wanna-win-some-amazing-grass.html

Sarah said...

Although I don't "make resolutions", a goal I want to achieve is including MORE fruits and veggies and green stuff in general in my diet. In response to your giveaway... Oooo!!! Oooo!!! Me!! Me!!! I'm dying to try the Amazing Grass products!! (Also the newest food pics look amazing!)

whimsyville said...

My New Years goals are:

1) to maintain a healthy balance
2) to blast through my 30 km and 1/2 marathon time goals

I would LOVE to win me some amazing grass!!!

Jen said...

Instead of resolutions, I am doing monthly goals. This month was to bring my lunch to work with me every day. Next month I have to think about.

spunkysuzi said...

My new year's goal is to be healthy not necessarily thin!! And to learn how to run :)

Angela said...

My resolution is to LOVE cooking (or hopefully by the end of the year like it!) I am going to work hard to get cooking. It's going to improve my waist and wallet, economically and ecologically!

Diane said...

My goal is run. Run outside, run on a treadmill, run in a marathon.... I just want to start running. My goal is also to reach my goal weight.

Carol said...

My goal for 2010 is to run a full marathon in 5.5 hours or less. I did my first last year in 6.5, so it would be sweet to really amp things up and take a whole hour off the run. Marathon training clinic started last week, to help me acheive this goal, and I'm narrowing down marathons towards the end of May.
Cool blog, by the way.

Jen said...

OOOH I WANT I WANT!

My goal for 2010 is to make it the best year of my life...sounds pretty achievable to me!!

(LOVE LOVE LOVE this getaway!! I want to jump on the AG bandwagon!! I got one pack in Halifax and I LOOOOOOVED IT!!! Now I want that shaker cup!)

misssarahlou said...

I have a few goals for this year:

1) Get to my weight watchers goal
2) Eat healthier and more whole foods...last year I joined WW but this year I want to make the switch from low fat convenience food to low fat healthy food.
3) To get fitter, I want to be someone who enjoys working out regularly.

Ali @ Fat to Fit said...

Hey Jaime,
My goal this year is to get HEALTHY and live the best life I'm able to live!

Counting Girl said...

Ooh I so very much want to try this stuff!

2010 goal - to get as close to as possible (if not achieve) a healthy weight. Done through weight watchers and exercise. Bring it on 2010!

tammy_hardy said...

I would love to try Amazing Grass too! I drink a green monster everyday and think it would be a great addition!

My goal is to lose this last 30 lbs of baby weight, and to learn to run! I want to run a 5 k in the Fall

Kate said...

My goal for 2010 is to run another half marathon and improve my time! This will be my 5th one and I feel as though my goal should be to train properly, that means hill work and speed work!

Tamara said...

My New Year's Resolution is to lose this last fifteen lbs and get to my goal weight of 155.

Great giveaway Jaime. I hope I win! I'd love to try all that stuff. I'm sure I'll be an Amazing Grass convert.

JavaChick said...

I don't tend to make resolutions either, but I am really trying to focus on being fit & healthy, and - like you - balanced.

~Melanie said...

My New Years Resolution for 2010 is to run a 10k. If I do better than that, so be it!

Missy said...

My goal is to be in a bikini by Memorial Day! It's been YEARS since I felt comfortable in a bikini!!

calialexandra said...

My resolutions are to exercise less (i know, bizarro world) and do more artistic hobbies.

Kim said...

aah! I'm behind on reading blogs! I hope I'm not too late to enter. I would LOVE some Amazing Grass samples!!!

My goals for this year and to become healthy (through food and exercise) enough to be ready to start trying for a baby in 2011.

Pick me!

Leanne said...

Hi Jamie!! I just mentioned your giveaway on my blog

http://tomakemefeelproud.blogspot.com/2010/01/weigh-in.html

I just tried Amazing Grass for the first time and loved it. I would love to try more samples.

My new years resolution was being true to me. So far so good!

Transplanted said...

Hi!!

My goal for 2010 is to run my first 5k!

Great giveaway! I really want to try the Amazing Grass products!

Tanya said...

My goal for 2010 is to start running and hopefully by October 2010 run the Breast Cancer Run instead of walking it as I've done in the past :-)

preventionrd said...

Love the blog, happy to have found it!

My New Years Resolutions involve losing a few pounds, earning more hours towards a new credential, and running a 1/2 marathon!

preventionrd said...

Tweeted @PreventionRD

Nadia said...

I don't usually make new year's resolutions... but since i have now been maintaining my goal for a while, it will be fitness related... I want to run another half marathon!! I ran one about 5 years ago, and I am sure I am more fit now than I was then, so piece of cake, right??!

Katie said...

My New Years Resolutions were to try as many things that scare me as possible. The biggest one is concentrating on me. I'm training for a half marathon. Once completed I'm going for a full.

I'm moving toward becoming vegan, which is huge for me. It means giving up all my fears and dogma about my eating habits.

I'm all about growing up this year. Mentally and spiritually.

This is going to be a fabulous new year and will usher in many more.

Tara said...

My NY's resolution was to try better meal planning to avoid throwing out so much food. So far, so good!

Nellers said...

My new year's resolution is to intensify my workouts (no more half assin' it!), tone up all problem areas, learn to incorporate more veggies into dinners, Hm... Learn how to cook better. :)

Laura said...

Biggest goals are to run a GREAT 1/2 marathon in March, run a 30km race in March and hopefully do a full marathon in the fall.
You know, nothing too insane.
I realllllyyyy want to win this stuff...

Kendall said...

Good afternoon!!

One of my goals for this year was to exercise...MY BRAIN!! :P aka more reading!! For better or worse I will make reading a priority and get back to enjoying it for leisure.

:)

Thanks for the chance at some amazing goodies!!

jessica said...

One of my new year's resolutions is to run a half marathon and get as close to 2hrs as possible!! :D

Krissie said...

Easy resolutions: run more, read more, cook more. And I'm rocking all 3!

I've never tried Amazing Grass before. And I have a good feeling about this contest!

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Drknstrmys said...

We have been using wheatgrass in a lot of our cooking. We sprinkle it over pizza, cereal, and even ice cream. The sweetness takes away some of that bitter taste real wheatgrass has. It is loaded with nutrition and an easy way to get your daily vegitables.