01 January 2010

Another year begins

It is 2010!!  Wow!!  I can not believe another decade is over.  Time goes by so fast.  As I said in my last post, there are no resolutions from me this year.  I have goals but that's it.  2010 is going to be one of the most fabulous years on record so why screw it up with resolutions :)  I feel like I'm living in that song - my future's so bright I gotta wear shades.

To kick off 2010 in the best way I could think of I went for a run.  I did not do the 10k because there were fireworks until almost 2 am and I did not wake up until 7:30......the race started at 7.....oh well, there's always next year.  For the past week I've been walking because my knee has been bothering me.  But I decided to run today.  I did intervals; 6 minutes running/90 seconds walking; and it felt awesome.  It was tough because I haven't been running and I need new shoes, but it was awesome.  I feel really great now. 

Now I have to shower, Hubby is making eggs benedict yummmm...... 

31 December 2009

Moving forward



The end of this year is very different for me. I usually look forward to having a clean slate and starting over and all that stuff. I'm a big believer in new beginnings but that usually implies that there is something to leave behind or get over. I don't feel that way about this year. This year was a struggle in many ways, but it was also a pretty fabulous year in a lot of ways. So, while I am definitely looking ahead, I'm not that anxious to dump 2009. Also, my goals for 2010 are far more realistic then they have been in the past couple of years. I'm not making resolutions, I'm setting goals.

For 2010 I want to:

  1. get back into doing races, running and triathlons. I would like to do the 10 road races of various lengths and 2 triathlons. 
  2. I want to work with Axl and try to get him more settled.  I'm thinking obedience training to start. 
  3. Work on my new house.  Nothing major just slowly work on it to make it the home we want. 
  4. Be the best chemistry teacher I can be.  
I would also like to lose some weight but I have said that so many years that I have decided to just let it go this year.  I'm working on it, as I explained in my last post, but I'm not including it on my 2010 list.

So, for the first time in the past few years I'm happy where I am and not anxious to dump the past.  I am anxious to head into the future but that will come regardless of what I do.  2009 has been a great year and 2010 is going to be even better. 

So to all the bloggers out there:


30 December 2009

Looking back and ahead

I had almost an entire post written but I didn't like it. So I saved it and headed out on my walk. While out there I came up with a much better post so here it is.

Looking back over the last couple years I can see that a lot has changed. I've changed. I almost feel like I've grown up in a way. I got control of the finances. I got a job that I love and wanted. I made decisions, stuck to them and got things accomplished. I did things I never thought I could. I amazed myself.

Reading through my archives I find that every year it's the same thing. I make plans for health and fitness, they fall through, and I start again. I'm done with that, I really am. This year is going to be different. If I can straighten out our finances, buy a car and a house, I can certainly lose a few pounds and get more active.

I'm reading a couple of things that will help me along the way. The first one is the Beck Diet Solution.

I gave up buying diet books a couple of years ago because I would buy them, read them, and then stick them on a shelf where they collected dust. I went through my books the other day and I have a vast quantity of diet books. Enough. But this one is different. This one doesn't tell you want to eat and what not to eat, it's helps with the behavior part of dieting. This I like. I know what to do, eat less-move more, but there are times when it's hard to do that. When I'm faced with a choice of staying in bed on a cold morning or getting up to workout, guess which one wins?? Pizza or salad? Guess which one I chose? See, I know better but I don't always do better. Well this book is supposed to help with that. So I'm working on it.

Also, an awful lot has to do with me. I decided that we were going to get our finances in order and buy a house. It was tough and there were times when I just wanted to spend money, there still are those times, but I worked through it and here we are. So I can apply that same process to health and fitness. It's time to quit screwing around and just do it.

28 December 2009

A good day

Today started my food journaling. I wrote down everything I ate. It was not pretty, but it was honest. I ate 2015 calories. That is not good. But now I know. Day 1 has been declared a success.

How quickly things change

I woke up this morning not feeling much different from any other morning lately and did my morning stuff; feed the birds, let the dogs out, check email, etc. Today was the day I start using my new food journal so I dutifully logged my morning coffee and creamer. Hubby left for work and I decided to go for my walk. In the back of my mind I thought I'd like to run. I really felt like running this morning. But I was afraid to push to hard too fast. I thought I'd run an easy 4 minute run/90 walk pace, but I was a little nervous about pushing it. So I committed myself to walking and headed out. But I really felt the desire to push it just a little. So I did. I walked 4 miles, which is what I usually run, in almost the same time that I usually run. I was stoked!! I felt energized and really, really good. My knee hurt a bit towards the end but not bad, I think I need new shoes. I'm feeling really good and I may try running - very slowly - tomorrow. I need to increase it gradually and not try to do too much too fast. Wait until I really feel it, like today. We are buying the house and getting a home warranty which basically mechanical breakdown insurance for all the things in the house. I wish I had that for me. I know I have insurance but the home warranty just replaces things if they break, my insurance doesn't do that. Okay, I have things to do today so I'm off.

27 December 2009

Slowly getting better

Yesterday wasn't bad at all. I walked in the morning, ate a healthy breakfast, went out to lunch, and had a small dinner. It was not bad at all. Tomorrow I begin logging all my food. It's funny, I've had the food journal sitting on my desk staring at me for about 4 days now. I'm not allowed to use it until tomorrow and that makes me want to use it. Staring at it and not being able to use it. Yes, I'm strange I know.......

Today we will be tackling the bird house. We are going to re-cage some of the birds and move the birds in the bird house to a cage, then tear down the bird house. It's going to be weird to have a front door again. That's going to take a lot of work and probably most of the day. I'd really rather look for Caribbean hotels but until we get into this house there will be none of that stuff.

Okay, I'm off on my walk and then to the bird houses.

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