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one step back, two steps forward.



I was thinking today about my December goals.  In all the excitement of the New Year and anticipation of goals for 2011, I let my hopes for the end of 2010 go to the wayside.  Being sick for almost a third of the month really didn’t help matters much.  I really wanted to finish the year strong, so I set a lot of goals.  Let’s review, shall we?

  • 64 ounces of water every day
  • no soda
  • limit eating out to twice per week
  • enjoy the holiday treats, but not overindulge
  • church every Sunday
  • reevaluate my budget and create a new one for 2011
  • try for 7-8 hours of sleep a night
  • read one book a week

I started to write a little about each one and quickly realized that I missed the target on pretty much every single one.  The only thing I did do fully was create a budget for this year.  I got through two books (Balancing Acts and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest), I went to church once and that wasn’t even on a Sunday.  I definitely got a lot of sleep when I was sick and during my staycation.  Ultimately though, I think I could have done better.

Here’s the thing, though.  I think I may have set myself up for disaster with so many goals.  Yes, I realize that just a few days ago, I made somewhere along the lines of 13 goals for the year.  But, 13 over the course of 365 days feels (at least to me) much more manageable than 8 over 31 days.

I still want to make monthly goals, in addition to my yearly goals.  Again, maybe asking for a sinking ship, I don’t know.  I think the key is, start small.  So, for January, how about two goals?

  • Floss and take my multivitamin every day. I am absolutely terrible about both of these.
  • Run (at least) 50 miles. Ideally, I’d like to do this every month.  But, one a month at a time.

Let’s see the progress I can make this time around.  It feels much more of something I can successfully accomplish rather than the go big or go home attitude I apparently had for last month.


I only had two miles and strength planned for today, but once I got going, I really knew I had three in me.   I could have gone further, but my boss needed someone at the office this evening and I volunteered, so I was on somewhat of a time crunch.  I did my run in 33:53.  Since the side cramps have been such a problem lately, I focused less on pushing myself with the pace and more on slowing it down and getting through it without the pain.  I know I shouldn’t increase my distance and pace all at once, but I was doing it anyways and I was paying for it.  Distance, first.  Pace, later.

I did about 15 minutes of various strength and core exercises before I had to head out.  I haven’t done a ton of strength yet, but it’s truly amazing what a difference just a little can make!

Speaking of running, race photos from the Resolution Run came out today and mine are actually not as terrible as they usually are!

There’s the pre-race we’re super excited and ready to do our best look.

There’s the I’m feeling kind of confused and lost look.

Or the hey, this is actually pretty fun look.

Much better than the usual I feel like I’m going to die SLASH what did I get myself into look.


I eat lunch at my desk on a regular basis.  Tonight, I also ate dinner at my desk.  I’m not a fan!   Since I knew I needed food for the whole day when I left the house this morning, I threw together something quick and easy.

Leftover homemade pizza from Sunday which was far superior today to what it was fresh out of the oven.  Weird, right?

Cucumbers and hummus on the side!

With that, I’m off to curl up in bed.  It’s been a crazy long, emotional rollercoaster kind of day and I am beat!  See y’all tomorrow!

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