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?

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?

 

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.

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?

Bit by bit

I’m chugging along with my training.   This week again I have three 2 mile runs on the schedule.  My plan for the week was Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Tuesday morning came way too early and my snooze button was my friend.  So no early morning run that day.  Then I was going to go to run with The West Sixth Running Club.  I’ve never run with the group before, but it sounds super fun.  (Plus you get a free soft pretzel post run!)  But for several reasons, none of which are really that good, I didn’t go.

Wednesday morning I finally got my butt out of bed and on the treadmill.  Have I mentioned how much I really HATE the treadmill?  My daughter would totally be telling on me right now for using the word hate if she were reading this… Anyway, I grabbed my daughter’s preschool version of an mp3 player and listened to kidz bop while I got my sweat on.  It was pretty much torture.  I didn’t want to mess with headphones when I’m in the house, but my play list on my phone isn’t 7 year old friendly, and I knew my mini-me would be up eating breakfast and getting ready for school before I was finished on the treadmill.

I forgot to take my inhaler and I could tell.  I’ll try not to do that again, I actually had to take a quick break at one point to catch my breath.

I again tried to push myself to not walk too much and to up my pace a little.   I seriously was sweating BUCKETS.

The blurriest picture ever of a stationary object.

The blurriest picture ever of a stationary object.

I increased my speed slightly from my last 2 mile treadmill run, but I was hoping for more.  I really ran out of steam toward the end.

Today I’m off of work.  I let hubby sleep in and I got my daughter up, fed, ready for school, and on the bus by 7.  I was even all dressed to go for a run right away.  But, I didn’t, I wanted to wait for hubby to wake up to see if he wanted to go with me.  By the time he woke up I had been fulled absorbed into the time suck of my laptop/Facebook/pinterest/etc.  So I f’d that up.  It rained and it’s still wet out, not so wet that I COULDN’T run, but enough that it really makes me not want to.  I have promised myself that I WILL do two miles today before I go to bed.  It may be in the form of a walk with hubby while our kiddo is at piano lessons or it may be a dreadmill run, but I PROMISE I’ll do it!