2017 Fitness Goals (that scare me)

I feel like my fitness goals deserve the own blog post. I plan to update this post as I make progress as a way to hold myself accountable. What are you tackling in 2017? Anyone want to join me on any of these?

  • Qualify for Boston. omg I’m terrified writing that out loud.
  • Do 5 pull-ups, unassisted. This has been a goal of mine for years. This is the year. #strong
  • Hold plank up on hands for 2 minutes. (Current, 12/31 57 seconds) 
  • 30 push-ups in a row, no rest. Now that I can do a real push-up on my toes, time to get stronger.
  • 5K in under 23 minutes. (Current PR 24:25)
  • 10K in under 50 minutes. (No idea what my current PR is for this but it’s around 65 minutes)
  • Track all of my miles run in my planner so that I know how many miles I run for the whole year.
  • Yoga headstandCurrently: afraid.
  • Hold crow pose for 1 minute.
  • #RUNTHEYEAR : 2017 miles in 2017 (This one is a huge stretch, but I’m going to see how close I can get. I know my pal Joel is doing it too, anyone else?!)
  • Hit 10,000 steps a day at least 6 days/week. I use the app “Pact” to track this. It rewards you for your good fitness deeds and charges you (scary!) when you miss your goal. Dolla dolla motivation.
  • Try more workouts from magazines and my Pinterest boards to keep mixing it up
  • Body fat % down to 21-22% (Current: 27.5% – I use my Fitbit Aria scale to track this)

**Note: blogged while eating cookies and drinking coffee.
Should probably add “eat better” to this list as well. #everythinginmoderation




7 Minute Pumpkin Power Workout

Fall is here! Grab a pumpkin and give this quick power workout a try!


8 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Running

  1. You can do it. You. Yes. You can. I ran my first marathon in May 2014. The spring I graduated college. The spring I did the most soul-searching. It transformed me. I had spent a lot of years not believing myself and that fire that 26.2 miles lit (yes, it was over 95 degrees but I’m talking about a fire within) changed me. After I ran my first marathon, I ran another just to see if I could do it again. Your body gives up first, way before your mind. Running teaches me every day that I am strong and capable of so much more.
  2. It’s for you, not anyone else. I’ve had one true running buddy through the years. (Miss you, Bease!) Otherwise, running is for me. I love running with my husband and I’d love to be a part of a running group someday but deep down, I feel like my time spent on long runs is time that belongs to no one else. I don’t have to worry about to-do lists, or work, or not being good enough. It’s just me, myself, and I. One of my favorite running quotes is: “If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.” Christopher McDougall 
  3. Listen to your body. I love my planner and I love a good training schedule but I’ve learned to listen to my body. There are some days everything hurts for no reason. Rest is important. I try to listen to my body on the days it’s screaming “yoga pleeeeeease” and even on the days it wants to run longer than “planned”. I’ve been known to stay home from work because I just needed a long run. My own special kind of mental health day, shhh.
  4. Be proud. It’s okay to celebrate your accomplishments and remember that you are a badass, because you are.
  5. Be patient. It takes time to achieve goals. It takes time to hit high mileage weeks. Be patient with yourself and your body. Don’t stop.
  6. Dream. My dream is still to make it to Boston someday. I was afraid to dream that dream for the first few years I was running. I struggled to even see myself as a “runner”. If you run, you are a runner. Don’t stop dreaming and don’t stop reaching higher.
  7. Eat. Running changed my body image and my entire mindset on how I see food. I workout and run because I love my body, not because I hate it. I eat food for fuel. When I don’t eat enough, I can feel it in my workouts. I enjoy a cheeseburger and french fries now and then. Fro yo is still my favorite thing ever. I worry more about the quality of calories that I am putting into my body, and less about the quantity. Some days, I’m just hungry. Run or no run, my body some days just needs more food. I’m learning to be okay with that as I get stronger. It isn’t always about how much you’re eating, but what you’re choosing to eat.
  8. Share. Be proud. Seek out support groups. Find a running tribe to surround yourself with. I have found that the community I have found in running has meant more than anything else. We’d love for you to join us!

reasons to run


I set a lofty summer goal of running 500 miles from May 1-Sept 1. I realized quickly into the month of May that hitting those miles was going to be tricky if I didn’t build some miles into my work day. I decided last week, to run to work each day and see if this would be a way that I could get more miles in this summer.

I learned a lot about how to commute by foot and I hope that I can learn from some of you who walk/bike/run to work. I am fortunate with my office situation. It is pretty close to ideal for running to work. My office is a little 3 bedroom house, with 2 full baths. It has a full kitchen and we have plenty of room in the fridge. I only share the space with 2 other women (…one of whom who just got married! Congrats Rachel & John!). I live 4 miles away and can choose 2 different ways to get to work: Main Street or Constitution Trail. Both ways take me right by coffee shops in the morning where I can stop if I chose to and walk the last 5 minutes to my office. It really is an ideal situation. Your situation might look a lot different and that is okay.

reasons to run

Something I learned pretty quickly was how much unnecessary “stuff” I carry around. When planning your runs to work, lighten your load as much as possible. Example: on day 3 I realized I was carrying with me while running my entire work key ring. It has 6 keys on it and I only know what 1 does (gets me into my office). Why not leave the other keys at work and only carry the 1 that I need to get in? Another thing: I missed my planner a lot. It had to stay at my office during the week because I couldn’t carry it back and forth with me each day. I’m attached to my planner and it was sad to be without it each evening.

Below are some of my essentials. I make sure that I have these at my office because they make getting ready after a run a little easier for me. Burt’s Bees makes these awesome Facial Cleansing Towelettes. Super refreshing! I love the Pink Grapefruit ones but there are other scents as well. I get them at Walgreens. Instead of carrying my entire wallet back and forth every day I switched to a smaller coin-purse that easily fits in my running fanny pack or even my pocket. I keep a chapstick, my ID, my keys, and my debit card in there. My Chloe + Isabel jewelry roll holds all of my accessories for the week – that I plan out with each outfit.  I packed it up on Sunday evening along with with outfits and dropped it off at my office so it would already be there for me. I also dropped off food for the week as well as all of my clothes/makeup. Since I wouldn’t have a car to leave for lunch, this was probably the trickiest part. This week I plan to do a better job grocery shopping for lunch items for my office. (Ordering Jimmy John’s is too tempting!) The Bb grooming cream helps my hair to air dry smoother. I run it through my wet hair and it just keeps everything calmed down. The mini perfume was a sample that I keep at work. Finally, I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo and it is an essential for the days that I don’t wash my hair but it needs a little freshening. What are your #runtowork essentials? Anything that I should add?


I do plan to keep this #runtowork thing up. I learned that 5 days a week might be a bit much. 8 miles a day for me isn’t sustainable long-term. My goal for the summer is to run to and from work 3-4 days a week and mix some biking to work in there as well. Like I mentioned before, your situation might not look like this but I hope you can think creatively about how you might be able to make #runtowork a possibility for you. Maybe just on Fridays? Maybe during lunch works better for you? Comment below or email me and we can brainstorm other ways to make it easier for you! I’d love to hear from you! Email: amandajeanninestewart@gmail.com

I’m trying to make #RunToWork a thing, so join me and share if you do decided to run to work! I’m on Instagram and Twitter @mandijstewart. Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to hear about and follow all of your #runtowork adventures! XOXO

P.S. The Summer 2015 #RWRunStreak starts up tomorrow – Memorial Day. Anyone participating? tag-page-banner

Summer 2015 Goals

(May 1 thru Sept 1) I’ll be updating my progress throughout the summer.

  • Run 500 miles
  • Yoga head or hand stand
  • 5 Pull-ups by July 1, 10 by September 1
    • Did 2 pull-ups, May 17
  • Read 15 books
  • Complete Personal Trainer Certification
  • Chloe + Isabel Forever 40
  • Catch up on Smashbooking

Would love for anyone to join me in pursuit of these goals, or ones that you set for yourself. What are your goals for the summer months?


30 Before 30

  1. Complete an Indoor Triathlon.
  2. Complete an Outdoor Triathlon.
  3. 10 marathons.
  4. Hike a 14-er in Colorado.
  5. Volunteer at a race.
  6. Plan a surprise trip away with Colin.
  7. Donate to Locks of Love.
  8. Pay for someone else’s coffee in the Starbucks drive-thru.
  9. Make homemade hummus.
  10. Catch up on Grey’s Anatomy.
  11. Qualify for Boston.
  12. Start a book club.
  13. Start my doctorate in Higher Education.
  14. Learn Spanish.
  15. Do a blog giveaway.
  16. Yoga handstand.
  17. Take a social media hiatus.
  18. Camping trip with Colin.
  19. Go to a movie by myself.
  20. Grow some of my own vegetables.
  21. Travel out of the country with Colin.
  22. Become puppy parents.
  23. Take a Creative Writing class.
  24. Finish reading the Harry Potter series.
  25. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
  26. Plan a getaway weekend with my cousin Lauren and make it happen.
  27. Pull-ups, ugh.
  28. Visit Ty at Colorado State.
  29. Tackle a DIY project that I’ve pinned (and blog about how it goes).
  30. Feed a giraffe a cracker. 

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Try writing your own list! For tips, check out my post here.

Fresh September Starts

Happy September to all!  Hopefully the hot and humid heat wave of the last few weeks is behind us and we can start to get excited for the fresh fall air coming our way!
septHere are my goals for the month of September.  I’m really excited about them!

Hit 10,000 steps every day.
Too many days lately I’ve ended the day at 8,000 or 9,000 steps.  So close!  I am going to challenge myself this month to hit my goal of 10,000 every day!  And I hope to hit 40,000 one day this month – that will be a new record to beat! This is a post I recently wrote about step-counting.

Pretty self-explanatory. No sweets for me this month. More fruits & veggies!

Run 100 miles.
I tried for 100 miles in July but fell short by about 12 miles (taking almost an entire week off of running while in Hawaii really set me back – well worth it!) so this month I am determined to hit 100!  With marathon training at its peak, I don’t think this should be too hard!  Two 20-milers scheduled for this month!  Eeek!

You can read more about this challenge here.  I am so excited about participating!

What are your goals for the month?


30 Challenges, 30 Days

My wonderful friend John posted a blog post today that really inspired me.  Check it out here. I recommend watching the video as well, it is sure to make you smile and he also has some fantastic things to say.  

I love the start of a new month. I love the potential it brings and I always think of the start of a new month as a time to reevaluate my goals and set some new ones.  I had totally forgotten until I read John’s post, that May was coming up so fast!

Below is my list of 30 things that I am challenging to do for myself in the next 30 days, starting on Thursday, May 1.  With  my College Student Personnel Master’s Program ending in *gasps* 10 short days, I think this is a great time to set some goals and ways that I can live my life a little richer (since I won’t get to write Effective Engagement goals anymore for class).

30 Challenges, 30 days.

1. Run, a least one mile every day. Time for another #RWStreak.

2. Floss everyday. My dad always says that you don’t have to floss all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.

3. Journal once/day.

4. Compliment someone every day.

5. Talk to a stranger every day.

6. 10 pushups, up on my toes each day.

7. Practice rollerblading a few times in May, bravely.

8. No soda for 30 days.

9. Write a novel over the course of the month. It’s not November, but I have always wanted to do this.

10. Dance everyday.

11. Take a picture each day.

12. Remind myself how great I am everyday i.e. Practice self-love.

13. Read an article on Inside Higher Ed each day.

14. Wake up early and greet the day, every day.

15. Be mindful of my own negativity.

16. Create a bucket list.

17. Eat a piece of fruit ever day.

18. Eat a vegetable every day.

19. Always take the stairs, no elevators.

20. Reach out to a long-distance friend every day.

21. Listen to a new song each day.

22. Learn a new word each day.

23. Really answer the question, “How are you?” when I am asked.

24. No meat for 30 days.

25. No fast food for 30 days.

26. Write down my dreams in the morning if I can remember them.

27. Do this pushup challenge.

28. Read a blog post every day.

29. Sing in the shower every day.

30. Learn how to do a cartwheel. Anyone have any tips? 🙂


I’m pretty excited about all of these and would love to hear your thoughts.  If anyone wants to do some of these with me, or create their own list, let me know!  Excited to start the month of May off on the right foot!