Monday, December 1, 2014

Still kicking!

I’m still here! Life has been a little crazier than usual and quite frankly in the competition for my time snuggles are always going to win out over updating a blog. However, since I am stuck at an airport for the next couple of hours without anyone to snuggle (I feel like the random stranger who sanitized their seat before sitting down next to me is NOT a snuggler) here I am updating!

I recently found a list of my goals for 2014. They included losing weight, doing yoga or meditating once a week, doing a sprint tri, getting rid of credit card debt and completing John Bingham’s 100 days of movement challenge. I did a tri, we paid off our debt but other than that I kind of sucked at my goals. I weigh more now than I did at the beginning of the year. I cannot remember the last time that I did yoga, although I did meditate last week if you call breathing deeply, counting to ten and not cussing at certain people that it would be better that I did not cuss at.  I think that I made it about 70 days out of 100 with 30 minutes of purposeful movement.

However, since I am ever an optimist I am once again making goals. In the interest of accountability I am posting them here.
1. Successfully complete the 6 main races that I am doing this year.  So far I am planning on the following races:
  • ·         OPC indoor marathon 1/17/15 (20 minute swim, bike and run)
  • ·         St Charles Western Trail Half Marathon 5/3/15
  • ·         Hawk Island Olympic Triathlon 5/31/15 (1000m swim, 40k Bike and 10k run)
  • ·         Tri Goddess Tri  6/14/14 (1/2 mile swim, 11 mile bike and 3 mile run)
  • ·         The Playmaker Autumn Classic (600M swim, 18 mile bike, 5 mile run)
  • ·         Capital City River Run Team Marathon Relay  9/21/15 (6 mile run)

I am sure that I will add in some local 5k races here and there but that is the plan for the year.

2. I would like to finish in the top 25% of my AG at two of these races. I think that with a strong off season this can happen.

3. I would like to be happier with my body. I am not going to put a target weight out there but I would like to not dislike what I see in the mirror. I know that everyone has part of their body that they are not super pleased with but I would like the good parts to outweigh (ha!) the not so good parts.

4. Yoga or meditation (actual meditation not just counting to 10 slowly) once a week. I know that I am much happier if I take them time to do this, I just need to make it a priority.

I think that those are the main goals that I have right now, I am excited to work towards them. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Not so bad at all

So I was brave and went to my exercise class this morning! It's funny, I would rather give a presentation to 250 people than walk into a class of 15-20 people. It went fine though. I hung out in back and followed along. My two left feet were out  in full force but there was not that much step aerobic stuff after the warm up so it was fine. Did stuff with a stability ball, weights and body weight exercises. I felt like I got a good workout and started the day off on a good foot. I am excited to go to my spin class on Wednesday.

Now my only concern is not letting myself eat ALL OF THE FOOD since I worked out this morning.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

First day of school

The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not wiling to stay where you areTomorrow I start my first day of my new exercise class at my gym. Group fitness classes totally hit all of my social anxiety buttons. I feel completely uncoordinated and klutzy. I feel like everyone else will know each other and I will be the awkward kid in the corner that can't do anything. 

I know that everything will be fine once I get there and I am sure that everyone will be friendly and welcoming. The class is a mix of step, kick boxing, strength training and cardio so I am sure that it will be fun and interesting. The hardest part is getting up and going, once I am there it'll be ok.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Back at it!

Lately I have not had the desire to workout at all. I have come up with excuse after excuse, some valid (I've been sick) and others not so much (I don't have time). After talking about it this weekend with my husband I decided that I was done with excuses. I would workout every morning before 6am. This would allow me to get my workout in before Rabbit (our daughter) wakes up and before my crazy work day starts. Then life happened. 

Yesterday was super fun. We went to the pumpkin patch and then went out to dinner with friends. 

However this meant that Rabbit was WAY off schedule and was up until 11. I had planned on going to bed by 930 so I could get up by 515 to be at the gym by 530 and be home by 615. Sleep didn't happen until almost midnight. When the alarm went off at 5:07am I asked Scott "do I have to?"  I think he said "no" but I also think he may have still been asleep. I knew that although I didn't "have" to go to the gym that if i didn't go today I wouldn't go the rest of the week. So I got up and went to the gym. I really wanted to stay in bed but I want to be a healthy and happy mom and wife much more. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sick and tired of being sick and tired

So although the marathon relay was fantastic and awesome it did my health no favors. My walking pneumonia/cold from hell/lung eating monster came back with a vengeance. I have spent the last 10 days taking it easy and taking care of myself. I am slowly easing back into exercise by walking in the evening and doing (very) light weights at home every other day. Hopefully soon I can start running again as it is a family tradition to complete the Lansing TurkeyMan Turkey Trot. It is a 5k on Thanksgiving morning that goes through downtown Lansing. Last year they had almost 4000 people which makes it so much fun! It is a very family friendly race and lots of people dress up in costumes. My hardest choice that morning is which hat to wear -  turkey or football?

Probably the more important thing is to start an actual training plan for the 5k! That will be my goal for the day!

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Well, that went way better than expected! I was able to finish my leg without too much trouble. I wasn't fast (14.01 minute miles) but luckily the rest of my team was! The worst part was that I didn't run until 10:30 am which totally through me off my normal race morning routine. I didn't know what or when to eat. I ended up going with the old standby of PB&J which you really can't go wrong with. The Capital City River Run is a great race, very well organized. This was the first year that they had a full marathon and marathon relay and I hope that they keep the events.

Tomorrow starts "Operation Stop Eating Like Crap". I have completely gotten off of my good eating habits. Tomorrow starts the no soda and track all food regime. Should be a good time!

Saturday, September 20, 2014


So tomorrow I am running in the Capital City River Run Marathon Team Relay. Due to having walking pneumonia I have not run in over 3 weeks and I cannot remember the last time that I have run over 3 miles. Luckily I am running with some awesome ladies who do not care about the overall time so I will be walking a large portion of my leg. I am telling myself that my only goal is to finish my portion and not get sicker. Of course the weather (60 and rainy) is not making me overly optimistic about that second part but I will do my best!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back in the saddle!

I figured that starting a blog and starting to work out again go hand in hand, right? No? Oh well.

I did a mile on the treadmill yesterday and didn't die so I think that maybe my walking pneumonia is finally a thing of the past. I am feeling better about taking part in the marathon relay this weekend but not a ton. My team just realized that there is a time limit which is a little bit of a scary thing as two of us will just be walking, hopefully the other ladies will be speedy enough to make up for us!