the summer of fit

by Laura on May 11, 2012

in exercise, RD, running, school, weight loss

First – happy Friday

Second – Happy GRADUATION Day!


I’m graduating today and I’m SO excited. It’s been such a long, long road to get to this point, but I’m super excited about finishing it up and enjoying the summer before I start my Dietetic Internship in the Fall.

I am definitely thinking of other things today as well, like:

My first graduation, which I will still never forget. And probably I’ll never be more proud of myself than graduating from b-school.


Or, when I decided to go back to school and announced it on THIS blog. Hard to believe I’ve been blogging as long as I have. (and unfortunately the formatting on that post is totally messed up and I can’t get it to space correctly). Making the decision to leave a successful career, which made me miserable, is the largest risk I’ve ever taken in my life. I’m a naturally risk averse person, so it was HUGE that I’m where I am now today.

Anyway, I’ll be back with more info about graduation later. But after today, it’s summer! So, let’s talk a little about my summer plans.

I start my internship in August, and I was totally planning on getting a job for the summer. Then, one of my very best friends at school (who is going to Baylor with me) said she’s just going to relax and enjoy her 2 1/2 months of summer before we start. Well, that got the wheels in my head turning and I decided to do the same.

I’m leaving my internship with Robin at the end of May and focusing on ME for the summer.

I think since I posted my confession/realization I’m not happy with what my body looks like, we knew I needed to make some changes. I sought out a personal trainer I worked with a few years ago, and we’re now meeting twice a week until August.


The past two runs I’ve done have been sans ipod, because my headphones unexpectedly broke. I’ve had a lot of time to think over those runs (and just in general) about what my goals for the summer really are. At first, they were going to be running a 10K, which is one of my main 2012 goals.

But the more I thought about my history with running and where I really want my fitness (and my weight loss) to be, the more this goal to get back in 10K shape doesn’t make sense to me.

I was with my brother when I was in San Antonio a few weeks ago and we went to workout together. He said something that made SO much sense to me. He worked SUPER hard to get into shape to run Tough Mudder and he said his motivation to keep working out now is because he doesn’t want all that hard work to go to waste. He wants to stay in shape so he doesn’t have to get back into shape again.

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That made just so much sense to me, I can’t even begin to tell you how inspired that has made me lately. I have always struggled with motivation when it comes to exercise, so that’s really the basis of what I want to work on this summer. I want to get FIT this summer, so when I’m in my internship – it’s that much easier to keep going.

Fit to me has never been about running. I’ve always been a stronger and faster runner when I’ve heavily cross trained and strength trained. So rather than focus just on running this summer, I’m going to focus on overall fitness. Working with the personal trainer will definitely help, but I have a few specific things I want to accomplish this summer.

1. . Get back in step classes

2. Get back in spin classes regularly

3. Attempt swimming

4. Pick (back) up speed workouts for running


I love step SO much, but haven’t done it since before I was injured. Above anything else, getting back in those classes is my main goal of the summer.

I really want to keep this new mindset in place when I’m in my internship. I want to be in the right shape so I can do any exercising I need to, given my busy intern schedule. And I’ve realized just focusing on my running won’t lead me to this goal.

I’ll still run though. My cousin and I made a goal to run 1 5K a month together. So far this year we’ve hit this goal for every month, so I plan to keep this up. But, what does this mean for the 10K goal? Well, I’m not sure. I hope that I’ll be able to run a 10K by the end of the year – but I think focusing only on the 10K is going to leave me lacking in so many other fitness goals and in my main weight loss goal for the summer too.

I’ll definitely be back with a formal goal post, but for now – just know that this summer I’m focusing on ME, my weight loss and my fitness. And I couldn’t be more excited!

Happy Graduation!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Casey (The Hippie Health Nut) May 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

Yeah!!! Congrats, girl. You deserve some time off and so glad you’re taking it. Have a wonderful summer. I hope we can catch up again soon!


2 Stina May 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

First of all, I so wish I could be in Texas to come and celebrate your graduation with you! You have no idea how insanely proud of you I am.

I really love this post because it really resonated with what I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. The running burn out from marathon training has really been a catalyst for me to want to seriously focus on other ways of getting fit – hiking and biking specifically. What you’re brother said/ and your ideas about getting fit make a lot of sense to me. It’s one thing I really struggle with reconciling. I want to cross train and strength train, and I know that doing so will make me a stronger, faster, better runner. But somehow those things always seem to take a back seat to running, and I struggle to balance them. Hopefully we both find great success in getting fit this summer!


3 Nicole Rodriguez (@Nicole2112) May 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

I’m saving my sappy graduation words for the actual graduation post. Don’t think you are getting off without seeing Sappy Nicole.

I’m so pumped by this post and I want it to be a fit summer too! I’m right there with you girl! I love your goals and I love your brothers comment about not wanting to have to get in shape again. Argh. It’s so painful! :)


4 Eating as a Path to Yoga May 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

Congratulations, Laura! I hope you post about your summer workouts. I’ve been contemplating taking private pilates on the reformer sessions.


5 sarah @ sarah learns May 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

wheeeeee! happy graduation day & congratulations!! :)

i love that you’re focusing on yourself for the summer. i’m sure all of your hard work will pay off! (and i can’t wait to see you when you come to wisconsin!!!!!)


6 ErinK. May 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Congratulations on graduation. I think making overall fitness a goal is awesome! I can’t wait to see where summer takes U!


7 Kristen Peterson Grimes May 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Congrats!!! And I think that’s a great idea!!! Enjoy your YOU makeover this summer!


8 Diana @ VeggieNextDoor May 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Commencement means beginning, and it looks like the beginning of a very AWESOME summer! (p.s. when you come to Chicago, I’m totally up for joining you for any exercise – lakefront runs, yoga in the park, etc :-))


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