Lora Hogan > Yoga  > A-MAY-ZING MAY


May is going to be A-MAY-ZING.

I’ve said it before.

I will say it again.


I am excited.

With that being said, here are my A-MAY-ZING goals for my May Healthy Living Group. Not in the group? There’s still time to join! You can find the facebook group here.

Here were our guidelines for goal setting:
“Hey everybody! Try to get your goals up by the end of the day Friday at the latest! Some tips on setting goals:

– BE SPECIFIC! Instead of “I will eat healthier” think “I will cut out fried foods.”
– BE REALISTIC! Don’t set yourself up for failure. Pick goals that you can easily chart and have a chance of succeeding at.
– BE DIVERSE! Healthy living isn’t just about food. Try to include an exercise goal, a mental health/spiritual goal, and maybe even an ecological goal!
– BE HEALTH-MINDED! This group is NOT about fostering unhealthy expectations of perfect bodies. It is about supporting yourself in feeling your best!

Also, it can be helpful to come up with a PLAN that will actually help you meet your goals, as well as any specific types of support you would like from the group. I look forward to hearing everyone’s goals!”

And now…dun dun dun… My own A-MAY-ZING Goals for May!!!

Lora’s goals:


  • Running: Actually training instead of just running for fun. Continue to try to run with a group or running buddy as much as possible.  Run for days a week.
    • May Week One Runs: 
      • Monday: 3 Miles, Wednesday: 4 Miles, Friday: 3 Miles, Saturday or Sunday: 5 miles
    • May Week Two:
      • Monday: 3 Miles, Wednesday: 4 Miles, Friday: 3 Miles, Saturday or Sunday: 5 miles
    • May Week Three:
      • Monday: 3 Miles, Wednesday: 4 Miles, Friday: 4 Miles, Saturday or Sunday: 6 miles
    • May Week Four:
      • Monday: 3 Miles, Wednesday: 4 Miles, Friday: 4 Miles, Saturday or Sunday: 6 miles
  • Yoga:
    • Yoga daily practice (even if just five minutes)
    • Make it to early morning yoga class MINIMUM of 2x/week
    • Attend yoga classes and/or workshops MINIMUM of 3x/week
    • Study and plan yoga workshops with clear sequencing and repeated self-practice
  • Cycling:
    • Ride my bike somewhere at least once/week, preferably with friends. YES, riding my bike to a bar crawl (or in a bike bar crawl) will be acceptable.   
  • Swimming
    • Swim at least one time/week

Mental Health/Spiritual:

  •  Meditation:
    • Meditate every day, even if only for five minutes. Importance is that I do it EVERY day.
  • Career/Professional Development:
    • Small daily steps to continue a) standing up for myself and b) taking myself to the next level in my career by end of month.
    • Career journaling 
    • Better job of attending networking events
    • Creative Space
    • Start going to Toastmasters
    • Find new ways to make more money
  • Other:
    • CREATIVITY.  Find time to do something creative, even if it is writing a 30 second poem, singing a quick song in the car, busting out dance moves on a run. Going to a concert. Attending a play.  Acting in a play workshop. Zumba class. The possibilities are endless. But the important thing is to find a way to use my creativity EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Healthy Eating:

  • Food:
    • Continue cooking for others weekly
    • Begin meal planning
    • Start a food budget
    • Continue to limit beer
    • Slow down and, as much as possible, avoid eating and multi-tasking!!
    • Read more cookbooks

Ecological Goal:

  • Run/Walk/Bike instead of driving as much as possible
  • Buy local and organic produce as much as possible
  • Be better about buying only what I need, not what I think I need.

Whew! That seems like a lot, but they all seem to be manageable and doable goals for the month.

Do you set goals on a monthly basis? What are they? Want to join me on any of my goals?

I really do think that this month of May is going to be A-MAY-ZING.  

What do you think?!?!?


  • Johnny@FitnessKings

    May 2, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Those are inspiring goals! Good luck this month!

  • Kelly Wade

    May 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Wow you did great at setting specific and realistic goals. I’ve never gone this far to write out each and every week of the month but if I was training for something I think I would. I’m definitely going to try and get outside this spring for more fun activities like hiking and playing sports.

  • Alex

    May 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    these are AWESOME goals, Lora! Very specific, and a great mix of challenging but doable. Thanks for repping the group so well! 🙂

  • J

    May 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

    LOVE your goals!

  • Morgan Motia

    May 5, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Lora! For your running goals you might like the active.com 5K to 10K app. It gives you specific runs for each week: 1st 3 miles, 2nd an interval run to work on speed, 3rd a long run 4 – 7 miles. I am loving it to help me improve my distance and time 🙂

  • marisa

    May 13, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Very inspiring!

  • yogainbloom

    May 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Lora, your energy is so inspiring!