14 by 40 (Update #3, 3.5 months to go!)

It’s been a long time since I last updated my 14 by 40 goal list.  I’ve got a little over 3 months left until my 40th bday which is when this list “expires”  Here’s the list and what I’ve accomplished (or NOT!) so far!

  1. Train well and finish the Rock n Roll Lex Half Marathon. (I’m already registered and have sort of started training.) I scrapped it.  I was going to do a half marathon, then I changed to a 7 mile option, then I scratched it completely.  I was afraid I would totally regret it, but honestly, I don’t.  Trying to fit the training in and not progressing as quickly as I wanted to was totally stressing me out.  Running is supposed to make me feel good, not like shit. 🙂
  2. Take a family trip to ________.  I’m thinking just a weekend or long weekend trip.  Not a full on vacation.  Chicago or DC come to mind, Chicago is much closer and would be easiest.  We’ll see. Still no definite progress on this, but I would still like to work in a long weekend to Chicago this fall.
  3. Run in at least three 5k races. I ran a 5 miler on New Year’s Day, ya, it’s not a 5k, but I’m counting it.  I am signed up for a 5k in September in my home town, and I also plan on running at least one or two in November.  There’s a small, local 5k right before Thanksgiving that I’ve run the last two years.  I’d really like to try to run it every year.
  4. Take a cooking class.  Hubby and I were signed up for one, but got a stomach bug.  We have a credit with the business, we need to get on that!
  5. Take a trip with Sam (my awesome hubby.)  I really don’t care where, but a few days of quality time with no chores or parenting duties would be like heaven. YAY! Mission accomplished!  We took a 4 day/3 night mini trip.  It was really fantastic, we walked around holding hands, visited a museum, gorgeous gardens, nice parks, and saw Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5.  It was great to have alone time with my better half and I really don’t want to wait so long for the next time.  
    Fireworks outside our hotel room window.

    Fireworks outside our hotel room window.


  6. Get home to visit each of my parents at least 3 times. Not sure if this is going to happen.  I have seen them both, my mom I’ve seen several times, but I haven’t travelled back home much.  I’ll definitely see my mom in September.
  7. Take part in some sort of artistic class or event. I took an online phone photography class.  It was just meh, but, I’m glad I did it.
  8. Host a dinner party or two. No progress yet, need to get on this!
  9. Work on my pathetic push ups.  Train to be able to do 10 good push ups. I’m definitely working on this.  Still suck at them, but I’ve improved my planks tremendously!
  10. Spend a silly amount of money on a pair of shoes I love.  (I’ve NEVER done this, I’m usually way too practical.) Not yet.
  11. Go to at least one concert. Done!  
    Hubby and I waiting on the Kelly Clarkson/Maroon 5 concert to start.  So Much Fun!

    Hubby and I waiting on the Kelly Clarkson/Maroon 5 concert to start. So Much Fun!


  12. Attend at least one play or musical. I’ve attended quite a few with Skylar and have tickets for many more this season.
  13. REALLY for real work on getting a 5k time that doesn’t put me in danger of finishing last. I’m starting week five of c25k this week.  I’m still slow as molasses, but I’m still trudging along.
  14. Plan at least 6 fun mommy/daughter dates with my little SkyBaby. Skylar and I have had many mommy/daughter dates.  Most have been lunch and a play at the children’s theater, but we’ll be doing some back to school shopping together (her idea of heaven) in the next few days as well. 
    My little cutie at "Shrek, the musical"

    My little cutie at “Shrek, the musical”


It feels good to have completed a few items, but man, I have a long way to go, and not a ton of time to do it!

What I’d like to work on in the next month to make progress on this list:

  • Plan a dinner party for sometime in the next few months. (This has been a repeat goal all along for me.)
  • Get signed up for another cooking class ASAP.  (Revisiting the list today just reminded me we still had that) credit.  Hubby is checking out the website as I type to see what classes are coming up.
  • Keep plugging along with my c25k training.
  • Pin down dates for a small family trip.

Are you working toward your goals?

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On A Roll

The past two weeks have been good.

I’ve been tracking my food and exercise.

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I’ve stayed in my goal calorie range each day.

The exercise part of the equation could definitely use some help, but it’s not been completely ignored.  I’ve hit the gym a couple of times, I’ve done some strength training at home also.  But, I really need to work some more cardio in to my schedule.

I so wish I could figure out what it is that gets me completely motivated at times, while leaving me with no self-control or motivation at all at others.  Right now I’ve had self control like crazy.  I’ve cut WAY back on my soda consumption, even having several days with zero soda, which for me is a BIG deal!  I’ve passed on seconds and turned down desserts.  If I could pinpoint exactly what I need to do to tap into this current motivation when my mood starts to change, I’d be unstoppable

So, i’ve lost 2.5 pounds over the last few weeks.  I’m really happy about that.  It’s not huge, but it’s something.  I’ve not seen the scale move down in MONTHS. So to stick with a plan and see it work is very rewarding.

So, my goals for the upcoming week:

  1. Track my food every day.
  2. Get cardio in at least 3 times.
  3. Fit a plank in my schedule at least 4 times.
  4. Do strength training at least twice.
  5. Get to bed earlier than I have been lately.

What are your plans for the coming week?

 

Right Now

Right Now

Hoping… that my current motivation to eat well and exercise sticks around for the long haul.

Enjoying… reconnecting with an old friend that I hadn’t talked to in a while.

Hating… That Google reader went bye-bye.  Grrrrr.

Reading… a ton of blogs, a really trashy romance, and about to start Silver Linings Playbook.

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Eating… tons of greek yogurt

Planning… my daughter’s 8th birthday party, a weekend trip with my hubby, and weekly menus.   Planning my meals ahead of time and shopping for them at the beginning of the week REALLY has been helping to me to stay on track.

Watching… WAY too much Disney channel.  I really can’t stand that show Jessie, but secretly I’ve been known to leave Good Luck, Charlie on even after my daughter has left the room.

Planking… about every other day, and I’ve finally got to the point that I can routinely hold a 60 second plank.  But I still shake like crazy trying to do it!

Loving… Astrid (an app for to-lists and task management) BUT I just found out that it’s going to be going away in August.  BOO!  I’ve also been loving My Fitness Pal and using it regularly the last few weeks.

Drinking… Woodchuck hard cider, Amber.  yum!

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Strengthening… my arms.  I’m liking this video from Pop Sugar Fitness

Challenge update – 2 weeks in.

I spent the last week in paradise.  Seriously a week in an amazing house on the beach with my mom, my brother and his family and my little family.  It was GREAT and as I was tallying up my Super Summer Challenge points while I was there, I learned just how good vacations are for my mind.  My mind points for this week were at least 50% higher than last week. (If you have no clue what I’m talking about, I highly suggest you go check out Back To Her Roots and read up about the awesome challenge she created!)

The view from our vacation bedroom

The view from our vacation bedroom

Now, the body part of the equation?  That didn’t go quite as well.  I didn’t eat absolutely horribly, but i didn’t track one bite and I really didn’t think much about what I was putting in my mouth at all.  Aside from a few planks, a stretching session, playing around in the pool and a couple of strolls along the beach, there was little activity.  I’m still on track to be able to meet my goals for the summer. But I REALLY need to pick it up a notch to get the results I want.

Another revelation from vacation is just how big I’ve actually gotten.  When I see myself in the mirror, I know I’m woefully out of shape and need to do some serious work.  But seeing a picture of myself REALLY shows just how bad things have gotten.  I took most of the pics, so I’m not in many.  But as I was browsing through the photos my husband took today there were a few of me wading in the ocean with my little girl.  And wow, it was eye-opening for me.  I’m not “just a little chubby” as  I’d like to imagine.  I’ve well beyond that point.

With that in mind, I’m ready to jump back into things this week.  I went to a couple of  classes at the Y the week before vacation and really enjoyed them. (One was a Zumba class, the other a Hip Hop class.)  I definitely plan on going back at least twice this week.  And beginning no later than next weekend I will start the couch to 5k program as well.

Tomorrow will begin with a trip to the grocery so that I can have everything I need to eat well this week.  I made a small list of goals for the week,  (I get 25 mind points for that!) I created a menu of lunches and dinners for the week as well.  Hopefully this little time spent planning and prepping will spell success for the rest of the week for me.

How’s your summer starting off?

 

It’s a start

Is anyone else doing the Super Summer Challenge from Back to Her Roots?

I’ve been pretty excited about the challenge since I first read about it.   I’ve been in major need of some sort of motivation and this just seems to be the right thing at the right time.

The customizable templates that Cassie provided worked great for me.  I used some of the items that Cassie had on her list and added plenty of my own.  Then, because I’m a total nerd, I printed them out and took them to the office store to be laminated.

I’ve hit a few items on my list so far today:

Drink a cup of tea (10 points) and eat a meal outside (10 points).

Tea with breakfast on the back patio

Greek yogurt with fruit and granola.
Greek yogurt with fruit and granola.

Limit myself to only one soda for the day.

Track everything I eat for the day. (I use MyFitnessPal)

I never said I met my calorie goals for the day :) but I DID track everything.

I never said I met my calorie goals for the day 🙂 but I DID track everything.

It’s not a stellar start, but it’s not bad either.  I still have a few hours left before I go to bed, maybe I’ll earn some more points during that time.  (My first goal is to reach 5000 points, my ultimate goal is to reach 10000 points by the end of August.  That will be TOUGH.)  I need to average about 110 points per day to reach my goal.

Overall, I’m pretty okay with my first day of the challenge.  How did you spend your first day of June?

A Good Day

I finally feel like maybe I’m starting to get a bit of motivation back.  I have no idea why, but who cares, I’ll take it!

Friday was the last day of school for the kids around here.  And summer break definitely feels like it has started, even if mother nature hasn’t got the memo yet.  I really want to just do more with the kids this summer and I started that this weekend.

Today was a pretty day, overcast and a little cool, but not so much that we needed jackets.  Sky was outside playing with the neighbor girls when she came in and asked me if I would take them to the park.  I’m ashamed to say, that normally, I would just say no without even really thinking about it.  But, in an effort to “do more”, I thought about it for a moment, realized the weather was nice and I really didn’t have any plans and said yes

A walk to the park

The girls were SO excited.  Turns out hubby and my 15-year-old stepson were up for coming along also.  YAY!  I gave the girls the option of walking to the park or driving to the park.  If we drove we could bring their bikes along in the back of our van.  I don’t have a bike of my own and wasn’t feeling comfortable trying to keep up with 3 girls ages 5,7, and 9 on bikes riding to the park.  They chose to walk, and I was happy with that option.  I decided to turn on my CardioTrainer app on my phone so we could see how far our walk was.  The girls were great and only the youngest pulled the “are we there yet?” questioning a couple of times. lol  Turns out the park is almost exactly one mile from our house.  We definitely weren’t power walking.  We chit chatted, looked at broken bird’s eggs, pine cones, and leaves along the way.  It ended up taking us about 20 minutes to get there.  It wasn’t a hard-core workout, but it was a heck of a lot better than sitting on the couch.

In fact, I felt pretty good about getting up and being active, so much so that once I got home I got on my pinterest account and looked through the pins on my “Fitness” board and tried out two new workouts.  The first was an arm workout.  I really liked this workout.  It was challenging for me, but not so hard that I couldn’t keep correct form.  As I hopefully get stronger, I can easily increase my weights and still use this workout.

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The second one I tried was an ab workout.  Ya, this one wasn’t so great for me.  My core is WEAK.  I just flat-out could NOT do some of the moves *ahem side planks ahem*.  I just did what I could and called it a day.

Overall a good day.

challenge time!

The last few weeks I’ve been a sloth pretty much.  Zero exercise, poor food choices, and lots of soda.  Guess what that means?  I weigh WAY too much.  I know I need to get back on track, but I’ve had troubles with motivation.  Well, i ALWAYS have trouble with motivation, but it’s been especially bad.

If you read my last 14 by 40 update then you may have noticed that I have registered for a 5k in September.  Well, I didn’t just register for it, I’ve also annoyingly harassed fellow high school alumni to run or walk the race too.  The 5k is in my hometown and in the last year or so I’ve noticed that there are quite a few runners among my Facebook friends that are from my high school.  I thought it would be fun to get a big group of us to do the race together.  I’ve had lots of interested parties, not many have registered yet, but there is still plenty of time for that.   What I’m trying to get at, is now I have a goal race that I’d really like to be in better shape for.  Think high school reunion in running clothes.  Yikes!  I’m hoping that will be a motivator to get me eating better, and start tackling the couch to 5k program yet again.

Something else I’m taking part in to help me reach my goals is this awesome Super Summer Challenge that Cassie from back to her roots has created.  I think it’s a great match for me.  I’m not going to explain it in depth, because she already has on her blog, but it’s basically a way to work in all sorts of healthy choices into your summer.  Here’s why I like this challenge.

  1. It’s totally customizable.  Cassie has her tasks listed, but they are totally personal for her.  Her task list is a fantastic starting off point to create your own list.  I’ve deleted some of her tasks, added some of my own, and moved some things around to different point levels.
  2. The tasks aren’t just exercise and diet related.  There is a list for “body” points, but there is also a list for “mind” points as well.  I need that right now.  Yes, I definitely have work to do in the exercise and food realm, but I also have some work to do in the basic “taking-care-of-myself” category as well.
  3. It’s very flexible.  There isn’t a strict workout schedule or diet to follow.  I have a list of almost 100 tasks that I can choose to do whenever I want.  I think this may help me keep from getting that “well, I didn’t do my workout today, I’ve messed it up so f*&# it, I’m going to go eat an entire cheesecake now” attitude.
  4. Cassie made super cute printables.  I mean, who doesn’t love a cute graphic thermometer  to color in as you reach your goals???

The official challenge begins June 1st, so if you’re interested there’s still time to download her awesome printables and customize your own list.  You can even sign up for peer accountability on her blog.  Cool right?  If you decide to join in on the fun, let me know so we can check in with one another!