Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The one where I insert a photo ...

or maybe not.

My monthly goal was supposed to be an AVERAGE of 66.67 miles ... per month ... running. And what have I done by the almost-end of the first month? 17. So that's not looking good but I'm not changing the goal. I have several races lined up that will at least get me some mileage throughout the year PLUS that half-marathon I'm supposed to be training for in November. I'm not too worried. Yet.

GymPact is now Pact and I'm rolling in the dough now! Not really ... but they started out where you could get paid by making a PACT with yourself to go to the GYM at least 3x/week. And if you miss and only go 2x/week? Boom - that's gonna cost you $5. Get sick and only go 1x that week? Boom-Boom - that just cost you $10. So the extra motivation is there to not lose any money. Making money is another story -- you really only get about 40 cents or so per visit within your pact but it adds up. Since Jan 1st, they added a Food Log pact and a Fruit/Veggie pact -- again, it will cost $5 for each you miss out on and you only make about 20 cents on those (per log or fruit/veggie within your pact). I went from making about $1.40/week with just the GymPact to about $3.50/week with the other two pacts added in there.

  1. I like making money
  2. I don't like losing or wasting money
  3. It encourages me to eat more fruits/veggies but I have to remember to take photos of them before eating
  4. I don't like how brutally honest that food log is. Calories add up so quickly! And then you HAVE to eat a minimum of 1200 calories. I can understand that -- they don't want people starving themselves. But if I want to have a really good day and drink two Visalus shakes (about 250 calories each w/ the milk) and then a salad for supper, that's not nearly enough calories so it doesn't count. Boom - there's $5 if I don't make up for it with another log that week.
I wanted to add a photo of my pretty new shoes from Pacers and Racers so that will be a later post.

Church - we are starting a church-wide Bible study (misnomer since it's really just a sermon series that we're discussing on Wednesday nights). Looks interesting and will hopefully be good conversation topics to act on.

Little Miss Introvert here is the new Events Coordinator for Payroll Professionals of Kentuckiana. Should be interesting.

That is all. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Random thoughts -
With the crazy Midwest weather we've been having, we had a -40 wind chill a week ago and Matt and I were able to get out and run this morning at 45 degrees. Really? No wonder so many people get sick around here. There isn't a gradual decline in temperatures and then a slow awakening as spring arrives. 

Running - my goal is still 800 miles for the year and I'm now at 11 miles ran (that's 1%, according to RunKeeper) and a total of 22.5 miles ran/walked for the month. Boom. Kinda nice getting new shoes at Pacers and Racers (Saucony, because that's what the cool girls wear -- and they weren't purple like my last pair, which were also Saucony). New Balega running socks too. On fire!

Reading the Bible -- I'm so far behind, it's not funny. I need to bring the One Year Bible (actual book) in to work with me so I can read the next day on rainy day lunch hours. I *hope* that it's the same schedule as what I have in my Bible app. Must check.

Kids -- At some point, they were little kids. Gosh. I mean, I know it's cliche and I know I missed a lot of their growing up by working away from home but I blinked and Will is nearly as tall as I am now and Allie's becoming a young lady. 

Very thankful that the chickens survived the POLAR VORTEX and that we didn't have to resort to making/buying chicken diapers to move them inside. Really, I think we're a little more civilized than that.

Had a really great chat with my dearest friend on Saturday a.m. -- sure wish we lived closer together.

That is all for now. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

One of my goals for 2014 is to run 800 miles. I'm sure I can do it -- just need to remember to update my RunKeeper when I do runs at the Y or the treadmill. Not really sure why I picked 800 ... that comes to (math in my head ... ) (never mind, can't do it ... ) 66+ miles/month? Wait ... really??

Wow. OK. So .. that seems a lofty goal but I would like to go on record and say yes, I accept that challenge.

So with that in mind ... I have run/walk (because I'm counting the walking if it's part of a running workout) 2.5 miles thus far in 2014 and 797.5 more to go. Yep.

However, with a 5k in February, a 10k and 10 miler in March, a virtual 5k and virtual 5 miler in May, a 5k in July, a virtual 5 miler in September, a HALF-marathon and a 5 miler in November, and another 5k in December ... with all those, that's gotta come close to some number. And then the training for all that? Even better! Holy moley ... the races are only 56 miles. OK. Well, let's do this then. (insert freaked out scared face)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 is here

Hello World ... and welcome to 2014! (one day late is better than never, right?)

I hate this time of year because there are so many things I want to make a New Year's Resolution about that I simply get overwhelmed, quit on all of them, go back to self-pity at not being able to change anything ... until the next Jan. 1. Maybe that's why I'm writing this on Jan. 2nd ... to avoid the hoopla that goes with anything promised or attempted on Jan. 1. 

What to do ... what to do ... 

I want to do more and be more present. I want to better myself while also spend more time with Matt and the kids. I want more than 24 hours in a day and still be able to sleep 7-8 hours/night. I want the impossible but I want to be able to do it all.

What I need is a bit different. I need to be more in tune with God, my family, nature, myself. I need to remember that it's not all about me. I need to remember. Period. And also be flexible with whatever comes my way.

So what I'm going to actually DO is ... (or attempt to do in this year) ... 

Get more of God's word in my life -- there isn't a Bible study that works with my schedule that I know of so I need to make this work for me. I have two Bible plans downloaded -- one is to read through the Bible in a year (note to self, read the entries for Jan. 2nd) and also a daily devotional/Bible verse that the youth group is doing (note to self, read the entry for Jan. 2nd). 

Spend more couple time with Matt -- he's a great guy and I want to spend more time with him. Shouldn't have to explain that one.

Spend more time one-on-one with each of the kids. Even if I have to drag them away from a book or a computer game, I need to make a point of connecting with them on a daily basis. (Already doing that but want to be more aware of doing it. As they get older, they might not want me or Matt around as much so I want to cherish our time that we have NOW.)

Run more or at least move more -- no more sitting around at home (unless reading or crocheting/knitting). If I have time to watch TV, I have time to accomplish another yarn-craft so they don't pile up and never get done. Running - I actually started the Couch-to-5k running plan on Jan. 2, 2013. We ran a few 5ks and set a new PR for my Indianapolis Monumental 5k and for the Fast Freddie Five Mile Foot Feast, compared to my 2012 records. This year ... we are registered for 4 races thus far and will have more on the books as registrations open up. I'd like to do 14 races in 2014 -- real and virtual. We'll see how that goes ... even if I have to run a virtual 5k the last 10 days of the year, it's gonna happen.

Read more -- not really sure how I can increase that since I read fairly regularly now anyway. I think I'd like to track my reading more. There's a lot of stuff about the Empty Shelf challenge -- whereby you have an Empty Shelf at the beginning of the year and fill it with the books you have read throughout the year. Nice, in theory ... but as I borrow many books from the library and/or read the occasional e-book, I'll just track that on Goodreads or some such site.

Write more -- already committing myself to writing in this blog at least 3x/week, so there's that. Would also like to get back to the nitty-gritty of writing (yes, HANDwritten) letters this year. Maybe start at the beginning of the address book and just write to people throughout the year. 

And ... learn more? Sure - let's learn something new this year. Not sure what but hopefully by the end of the year, I'll have a new skill or hobby. Darn-it, I want to learn how to do that other stitch in knitting so even if that's the only new thing I learn, I'll be happy on 12/31/14. 

So there you go. Even if no one else reads this but me, I'm happy with the list.