Monday, December 31, 2012
Now is as good a time as any to reflect on 2012! I discovered that I'm a lot stronger than I ever thought I would be. Not only in the weight-lifting department (although I have to say I'm getting pretty strong there!), but in all aspects of my life.
In April I finished a Tough Mudder - it was by FAR the most challenging physical thing I have ever done. And I did it! I trained my rear off, I worked with my team, and I did awesome.
Over the summer, I finished three triathlons! In a lot of ways, the triathlons kept me sane. I lost my job in June, and the second half of the year could have seriously gone downhill. Having the races to train for kept me focused on positive stress relief. I'm happy to report that despite being laid off, I lost the ten pounds I gained last year and even changed my body shape a little bit.
Just this fall, I got certified to be a personal trainer! Another thing that kept me focused on the positive. I really took it seriously that I need to be a role model for my clients - eating right, doing regular workouts, and taking care of myself. In 2013 I am looking to make a business plan and take on some clients.
And this morning I ran my third best 5K time ever! 31:50! I wasn't expecting much - I just got over the flu and hadn't ran in about two weeks. In fact, I made it to the gym yesterday morning for the first time since December 20th. I really listened to my body today and I felt great. I think the added cardio and circuit training really helped. I'm excited to incorporate some new, challenging fitness goals into my 2013 plan.
My hubby is working tonight (him working holidays is the absolute worst part of his job), so I enjoyed some General Tso, a glass of wine, and The Hunger Games movie. I have some cornbread in the oven for tomorrow's New Years feast, and apples are simmering to make some applesauce for tomorrow.
Have a wonderful New Year and be careful out there, whatever your plans!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I've been cleaning out drawers and cabinets for the last few months, but the New Year gives me a chance to clean out even MORE. I just cleaned out my files - shredded a ton of stuff, got everything together for 2012 tax time, and cleaned out some old receipts.
Washed the new sheets we got for Christmas and I have a pile of old sheets and towels to send to the Humane Society.
I am SO excited - hubs is talking to his boss today to get some time off for a vacation! We really haven't *ever* taken a vacation together, and I am so excited. Hubs' parents have a place in Florida for the winter, and we are planning to stay there for about ten days. I can't wait. I am SO SO SO SO excited!!!
My mom, my brother and his GF are coming up for New Years Day. It will be nice - I usually drive down to my mom's house that day, and I'm looking forward to not making that drive. It also gives me a good reason to wash the windows and dust the furniture.
Today's good things:
- drank lots of water
- made it to the gym! I passed 1000 fitness minutes for the month - I'm pretty impressed, seeing as I was out of commission for a week. I'm looking forward to lots of fitness minutes in 2013.
- did some good cleaning
- will put some races on the calendar so I have some training motivation
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Today I took a really big step toward my goals. I had made some cookies for hubs' parents' visit, but we really didn't eat that many. There were SO many in the house. Yesterday I went a little crazy eating them, and I felt really awful when I went to bed. So today I had hubs take them to work. Even as recently as last Christmas, I would have said "well the faster I eat them, the faster they're out of the house." But not this year. I am SO close to too many goals to ruin it with some cookies, no matter how good they are.
I didn't make it to the gym today. I felt the need to take another day of rest. And I'm glad I did. It felt so good to sit around and watch it snow.
Did pretty good drinking my water today - lots of it was in the form of hot tea. I need a little more before bed, though.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Well the good news is that today I felt a lot better and I was actually hungry. The not so good news is that we have lots of Christmas cookies in the house so I ate quite a few of those. Oops. I guess I'm glad I'm hungry, though. I lost two pounds because of the flu, so I suppose I can afford to eat a few cookies.
I'm hoping that tomorrow I feel well enough to get a little elliptical time in at the gym. I don't think I'm ready for a run yet, but the elliptical? Perhaps.
I cleaned up Christmas stuff today. The wreath is still up, but that will stay as long as it can. It's real pine, and it's not shedding all over the place yet. And it looks and smells so nice - not ready to take it down yet.
Good things for today:
- did some laundry
- drank lots of water and tea
- had a really nice visit from hubs' parents. They are getting ready to go to Florida for the winter, and I'm trying to convince hubs to take a week off to go down and visit. It's perfect timing - slow season at the restaurant, and I don't have to take any personal days to go. My classes start at the end of January, so I have to get in my vacation now!
- got in some relaxing time. I can tell I'm feeling better because i REALLY wanted to do stuff around the house today instead of just sit around.
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