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!

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14 by 40 (Update #3, 6 months to go!)

It’s time to revisit my goal list again.   I’ve got just under 6 months left until my 40th bday which is when this list “expires”

  1. Train well and finish the Rock n Roll Lex Half Marathon. (I’m already registered and have sort of started training.)  There was a change in the race and I’ve made the decision to step back from the half marathon and instead run the 7 mile option.  I can’t say I’ve “trained well” but I have gotten back on the training wagon and if I continue for the next month I should be in okay shape for the race.   Well, i didn’t do it.  No excuses, I stopped training, so i didn’t run the race.  I don’t really have much to say about this one.
  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 plans on this, but I’m leaning toward a Chicago trip, maybe in the early fall?
  3. Run in at least three 5k races. I ran a 5 miler on New Year’s Day.  I am organizing a group of alumni from my high school to all run a 5k together this fall.  Need to choose at least one more to do.
  4. Take a cooking class. Hubby and I were signed up for one, then got stomach bug, we have already paid for it, so we’ll definitely go in the next couple of months.
  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! We’ve planned a weekend getaway for just the two of us.  Got tickets for a concert and have arranged for my sweet momma to come and watch the kiddo.
  6. Get home to visit each of my parents at least 3 times. I’ve seen them each twice so far and already have plans to be back in town at least two more times before my bday.  high fives for me.
  7. Take part in some sort of artistic class or event. No progress yet.  I need to google on this one this month.
  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 kind of half-assed this in December, but definitely not there yet.  Maybe a goal for this summer?  Yep, a goal for the summer.
  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. I have tickets for early August!
  12. Attend at least one play or musical. I’ve attended one with Skylar, and have tickets for a few more.  Ya, i kind of kicked this goal’s butt.
  13. REALLY for real work on getting a 5k time that doesn’t put me in danger of finishing last.  I am going to really train for the fall 5k that I’m doing with old classmates, but I need to get started!!!
  14. Plan at least 6 fun mommy/daughter dates with my little SkyBaby. We’ve already had 5 mommy/daughter dates and will definitely get in several more before my bday.

I’m pleased that I’ve made some progress on this list since my last update!

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 was my goal the last two update posts too, whoops!)
  • Get working on my 5k training.
  • Research some sort of artistic or creative class I can take.
  • Push ups baby!

Are you working toward your goals?

Hi Stranger.

imageYa, it’s been a LONG time since I posted.  I wish I could say I haven’t posted in so long because I’ve been so busy running marathons and performing perfect push ups.  But, then I’d just be lying, so I’ll be honest.  I’ve been LAZY.  See that image over there to the Right?  That’s the history of my cardio trainer app.  As you can see my last real workout was in late February.  The only physical activity I’ve done since then is that 15 minutes of front yard soccer I played with my family a couple of weeks ago.  Ya, it’s bad.

I’m not here to say I’m getting back on the wagon and to set a bunch of fitness goals for myself.  Because well, been there, done that, failed miserably.  lol  What I have decided is that I’d like to blog more often, but about more things.  I’m just going to write about what’s going on in life.  I’m not writing for readers, I’m just writing to record what’s going on.

So, what have we been up to?  The school year is wrapping up.  Just 7 more days for the kids.  That also means that all of Skylar’s activities are wrapping up too.  I love that she loves to be involved, but man, i’m ready for a BREAK from it all.  Monday she had a Brownie event at an EMT training center to get their first aid badge, Tuesday was her last soccer practice, (I guess I could count that as some physical activity as well, the last 20 or so minutes of practice was parents vs the kids), tomorrow is her last piano lesson. Friday she has a bowling outing with her brownie troop and Jake has a concert at school. Saturday is Skylar’s last soccer game.  Next week is a full week of school then that’s it!

To wrap things up, if you haven’t watched this one yet, you totally need to.  It will probably make you laugh out loud.  I could TOTALLY see Sam and I doing this.  HA!

14 by 40 (Update #2, 9 months to go!)

Well, it’s been awhile, so I figured it’s time to revisit my 14 by 40 goal list.  I’ve got 9 months left until my 40th bday which is when this list “expires”

  1. Train well and finish the Rock n Roll Lex Half Marathon. (I’m already registered and have sort of started training.)  There was a change in the race and I’ve made the decision to step back from the half marathon and instead run the 7 mile option.  I can’t say I’ve “trained well” but I have gotten back on the training wagon and if I continue for the next month I should be in okay shape for the race.
  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. No Progress on this one just yet.
  3. Run in at least three 5k races. I ran a 5 miler on New Year’s Day.  I am organizing a group of alumni from my highschool to all run a 5k together this fall.  Need to choose at least one more to do.
  4. Take a cooking class. No progress yet.
  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. I don’t have anything scheduled yet, but I think I know where we will go, not telling yet though 😉
  6. Get home to visit each of my parents at least 3 times. I’ve seen them each once so far.  Yikes, I need to get on this!
  7. Take part in some sort of artistic class or event. No progress yet.  I need to google on this one this month.
  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 kind of half-assed this in December, but definitely not there yet.  Maybe a goal for this summer?
  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. Not yet.  I lamely want to go to the NKOTB/98 degrees/Boyz to Men concert, but the tix are gonna be hard to get and expensive!
  12. Attend at least one play or musical. I’ve attended one with Skylar, and have tickets for a few more.
  13. REALLY for real work on getting a 5k time that doesn’t put me in danger of finishing last.  I am going to really train for the fall 5k that I’m doing with old classmates.
  14. Plan at least 6 fun mommy/daughter dates with my little SkyBaby. 1 down, 1 planned for next weekend, and 3 more to go after that.

I haven’t moved forward much on this since my last update.  I need to revisit this list more often to get a fire lit under my arse.

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 was my goal last time too, whoops!)
  • Plan and make reservations for a trip with Sam. (Another repeat goal.)
  • Work hard at keeping with my 7 miler training program.
  • Research what sort of cooking classes are available locally.

Are you working toward your goals?

Accountability doesn’t suck.

A week ago was the last time I posted.  And at that time I was three weeks into a non-exercise bender.   I’m happy to report that writing about it, putting it out there, and facing the fact that I’d be not only really peeved at myself, but also highly embarrassed if I didn’t get my butt back in gear, has got me back on track.

I had three scheduled runs for last week, and I did all three.  I can tell you one thing for sure.  THREE WEEKS WITHOUT RUNNING DOES MAKE YOU BACKSLIDE.  Oh. Em. Gee.  I went out first on Tuesday night on my own just in my neighborhood.  I ran the first 10 minutes, then did a lot of back and forth between running and walking.  Well, the next morning, I WAS SORE.  Like ridiculously sore for having run a slow 3 miles.  My quads were burning all day.

I had already arranged to run with an acquaintance from the LexRunLadies that I had never run with.  I felt a bit self-conscious but she was very sweet.  It wasn’t a pretty outing for me at all, but I got my 3 miles in, then she continued on for another mile and half to get the 4.5 miles that she had on her schedule in.  If you’re keeping score at home that means I was 2/2 for my scheduled runs.  Go me!

The Legacy Trail.  Site of my not so fun 5 miles.

The Legacy Trail. Site of my not so fun 5 miles.

IMAG0239My last run for the week was my “long run” of 5 miles.  (That is long for me, but in the world of running, it’s hardly a long run.)  I didn’t want to do it.  I kept putting it off.  But I finally committed to meeting a group at 4pm on Sunday.  They are toward the end of a couch to 5k program so we didn’t run together.  But saying I’d meet them there got me in my running gear and out the door, which is what I needed.  I did it, it sucked, I had a variety of issues at different points in the run.  It may have been my slowest pace to date.  but I got it done.  And you know what? I’m proud of it.  I need to do that more often, tell myself, “Self, it really sucks that you don’t want to do your run today, but tough crap.  Go get your running shoes on and run now.”

I’ve got both of my weekday runs planned for this week.  (Tuesday morning, 7am, and Thursday evening 5:30pm.)  I still need to schedule my weekend 5miler.  I’m shooting for Saturday morning as of right now.

And I REALLY need to get some hill training in. The run the Bluegrass course is HILLY.  Like not joking around or exaggerating, it’s crazy hilly.

So, how did your week go?  Did you do what you set out to do?

Accountability Sucks

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My Cardiotrainer app is feeling lonely.

Ya, so Accountability sucks, but I guess it sort of works.

As you can see from my phone screen shot, I’ve logged NO exercise since Jan 21.  That’s like 3 weeks for those of you too lazy to count that up.   (No worries, I’m that lazy.)

I just haven’t been able to pull myself from this funk.  I’ve been super negative about running, and really pretty crappy about eating and exercise in general.  The last several runs I did were just frustrating, and I haven’t been getting that “I’m such a badass” feeling after my runs like I had been.   So, i just stopped.   And to be honest, I’m kind of okay with that.  I’m not okay with the fact that I’ve eaten like crap and not exercised for three weeks, but I’m kind of okay with not running for three weeks.  I mean, why continue to do something that I’m not enjoying, and honestly I just dread?  Life’s too short for that right?

Well, ya, it is.  BUT, and this is a big but. (I so want to make a joke about that, because inside I’m a 12-year-old boy, but I’ll spare you.) If you read my 14 by 40 post, Or the follow up post, you’ll recall that one of the items on my list was to complete the Run The Bluegrass 7 mile race.  Well, if I don’t run at all, I can’t do that race, and if I don’t do that race, I can’t mark it off my list.  So, this is where I say that the whole reason why I started this blog has come into play.  I wanted to write this stuff out here to be more accountable.  And ya, I’m not going to do awesome at this race, it’s less than 7 weeks away, and I’ve not trained for 3 weeks.  But, I want to finish it, and I want to feel good about myself for sticking with it.  Plus, how embarrassing when I do my next follow-up to my 14 by 40 if I have to admit that I dropped out of the race for no good reason other than, “I didn’t feel like it.”

So, here I am, making my declaration.   I WILL run, I WILL train for this race, and I WILL cross that finish line on March 30 and be proud of myself for it.

FUNK

UUUGGGHHHHH, I’m in such a funk lately.

It has been 2 full weeks since I have run.  It’s been 2 full weeks since I’ve done any exercise at all.  I don’t have any good excuse either.  I’ve just lost my groove.  I’ve been feeling really crappy about my progress.  I’m slow, I feel like I’m going to die EVERY time I run.  I can’t run more than just a few minutes before I have to take a walk break.  Everyone I know that started running AFTER I did has totally surpassed me and left me in the dust.

I’m not uber competitive when it comes to running, exercise, or my fitness in general.  (I do have a competitive streak in other aspects of my life though.)  So I’m never going to be upset that I don’t get a medal at a race.  I’m never going to be super fast, I’m never going to put enough time in to train for a full marathon.  But man, it’s just getting really tough to be SO much slower than everyone I know.  To struggle so much more than it seems anyone else is.  I WANT to be a runner, I WANT to enjoy it.  But, let’s be honest here, it sucks.  It sucks to be so slow that you can’t run with friends during a group run.  It sucks that I start breathing heavy and sweating just a few minutes into a VERY slow jog.  It SUCKS that I’ve been running for a year on and off and STILL can’t come close to finishing a 5k in under 40 minutes.

Right now, for me, running just sucks.  And I’m not sure how to turn it around.  (And so help me, if someone replies to this and tells me to “just go out there and do it”  I’m going to strangle them with my heart rate monitor.  Just kidding, but not really.)

Where can I find some of this???

Where can I find some of this???

I’ve got my 7 mile race in a little less than 2 months now.  The furthest I’ve schlepped my butt in the last several months is only 3 miles.  I’ve got freaking work to do.  Let’s hope I can find a way to motivate myself…