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Welcome back, Dear Readers,

I hope you had a great weekend. For me, this beginning of a new week will also be the start of my new training program, as I prepare for the green prajioud test and the fall fight camp.

Here’s the plan:

Monday: Yoga at lunch, double kickboxing class (Stamina Monday & Level 2)

Tuesday: Running in the morning (interval), weights at lunch (actually, later afternoon)

Wednesday: Double kickboxing class (Levels 1 & 2)

Thursday: Running in the morning (interval), weights at lunch (actually, later afternoon)

Friday: Double kickboxing class (Fun Friday & Neck Kick Class)

Weekend: One longer run (5K to start) or plyometrics or both, depending on how ambitious I’m feeling.

Additional: Sit-ups and push-ups at least three times a week; stretching at least two times per week. Eating healthy most days of the week, and drinking a lot more water.

I’ll also be starting to write again in the mornings, beginning with the rewrite of Dragonfly Summer, so I can prepare it for publication. This means getting to bed earlier.

It’s an ambitious plan, but I believe I can stick to it, as I have a clear goal ahead and there’s room for flexibility. For instance, this week my weight workout will have to be done on Thursday and Friday, as I have lunch plans on Tuesday.

What are you working toward? Any suggestions or comments about my training plan?

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  1. Ashleigh

    Working towards finishing Thesis. Let’s get ‘er done!

  2. Mystic_Mom

    I’m doing research and writing on Three Quarter Down – finally have a good handle on the back story for the backbone of the story. I’m also gathering poems for my next poetry book which I’m setting a goal for next fall as a release. Shall we keep each other encouraged? I think so!

  3. Elspeth Cross

    I’ve started back to my “writing every day” goal. It’s always hard to build momentum. 100 words Saturday, 250 words Sunday. I’m turning off the TV and writing because the final reward will be worth more that the temporary reward of taking the evening off.

  4. Lisa S.

    I always drink a litre of water in the morning when I get up (usually when walking the dog). Gives you a nice energy boost. Much easier to drink when it’s room temp…
    I’m working toward becoming a better songwriter in my spare time, and rehearsing with the band so we can play some kick ass gigs this summer.

  5. Story Teller

    Great goals, everyone!

    @ Ashleigh – welcome to the blog. And best of luck with your thesis – you will be so proud when it’s complete.

    @ MM – of course. Let me know when you need some encouragement.

    @ Elspeth – good for you. Much more rewarding. And thanks for inspiring tomorrow’s post!

    @ Lisa – I think most people can learn from your healthy lifestyle. You are one of the healthiest people I know, without ever being on a restrictive diet or anything ridiculous. Kudos on your musical goals! You’re an inspiration.

    For those of you who don’t know, Lisa S. is a busy working mom with a thriving business to run.

  6. Chris

    I’m going to try and hit up the gym at least 3 times a week for running. Within the next couple of months I’d like to add a weight routine so I’m going at least 5 days a week. Pretty soon it’ll be summer and I can run outside again!

    Good luck with your plan!

  7. Story Teller

    Sounds great, Chris, but remember what Jillian always says: “try is another word for planning to fail”. Say you WILL hit the gym three times a week, and it will happen! (Excluding injuries and illness, of course.)

    Thanks for your comment. I know you can do it, and I’m in your corner!


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