Fitness: You know you’re doing it right when your mom calls your biceps “scary.”

No, I’m not that sweaty, unfortunately. I went for a run in the rain this morning, and that’s how wet I got under my sweater. I also saw two raccoons. Is that relevant to fitness? Maybe not. At least I didn’t scream at them.

Today was going to be an arm workout post to match my leg workout posted earlier, but my arm workouts really aren’t as organized as they should be, and go a little something like: Do a lot of bicep curls. Do a lot of pushups. Throw in some tricep stuff. Finish off with dive bombers and one arm press ups.

Instead, Electra at Vanilla Bean Lean has posted an accountability challenge, and, as I love her amazing and inspirational site, I just had to join.

Week One Accountability Challenge: Make some goals.


  • Run my afternoon warmup mile in 8 minutes rather than my current 8:30 (which I know is getting too easy). I can do this by the end of the month. I know it.
  • Get (more) serious about weightlifting by learning more/learning new moves and techniques. Put something new into every workout from here to the end of the year.
  • Be able to do a bicep curl with a 25lb dumbbell by the end of the year.


  • Keep running every morning. Yes, this is a mental goal. I hate winter/cold weather, it’s no joke, but there is no excuse to give up my morning runs.
  • Be more social. Talk to a stranger twice a week, even if it’s just an inane comment in the grocery line.
  • Do more artistically. Paint or craft at least once a week, and keep writing even after NaNoWriMo is over.


  • Cut out fake sugar, starting now. I have tried every brand/product imaginable, and none of them agree with me, and I feel awful after consumption. This does not mean add in real sugar, it means limit sugar intake to my usual once a week healthy (enough) cookie treats (no way I’m giving those up).
  • Reschedule/restructure my eating. I’m going to the gym at a different time because of the season change (directly from work), and that is complicating my former two-dinner schedule. This needs to happen by the end of the week.


  • Splurge on stuffing (I only get it twice a year, and it is a holiday, after all), but resist the other junk I don’t really like that much anyway.
  • Find a way to work out when visiting family/away from home.

Have any holiday or fitness goals?