Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 and Monthly Goals

Happy New Year!

After a multi-week stretch of not working out and eating junk, I have been absolutely dying to get back on track! It's crazy how terrible you can make yourself feel over the holidays. And how much better you can feel with just a few days of healthy eating and exercise. I seriously felt like I was going to die at one point. My digestive system was just wrecked. Feeling much better now though!

I set my goals for the year pretty early. They're basically the same every year anyway. Finally get down to a healthy weight. Try to fix my mess of an endocrine system. Unfortunately, my PCOS is relatively severe and it makes losing weight virtually impossible. I was diagnosed last April and have been trying to relieve my symptoms naturally, but it has only gotten much worse.

Okay, sorry. Pity party over. Back to the point.

2015 GOALS! I have overarching goals for the entire year, but it's really difficult for me to maintain focus over the course of the entire year. The awesomeness that is Nerd Fitness taught me that I do much better with goals when they are 1) small, 2) very very specific, and 3) easily measurable. For that reason, I am choosing small goals for each month that contribute to my 2015 goals.

I can focus on small goals for 4 weeks at a time. Not so much on big goals 12 months at a time.

That being said, here are my 2015 goals:

Get back into the healthy weight range, if not goal weight: As of today, I have about 25lbs to lose to be at a "healthy weight" (according to BMI charts). I'd like to be somewhere in the middle of that range, so let's say 35lbs total to lose. Consistency is my biggest downfall, so if I focus super hard on staying on track, it will help a lot.

Relieve my PCOS symptoms: As I mentioned before, my PCOS has been worsening for the past 9 months. I need to become better friends with my endocrinologist and start trying some different stuff. If I can just get to a point where I'm having a cycle every month, it will be a massive victory.

PR the 5K and half marathon: I have two half marathons scheduled this year and zero 5Ks. Since I have only run one half, hopefully I can PR pretty easily. I already have a training plan in mind that is absolutely nothing like the one I used for the first half I did, and I think it will work out a lot better.

Here are my goals for the month of January:

Meal plan and grocery shop for every week in January: I am already a pro at meal planning, but I just want to solidify the habit first thing this year.

Limit eating out: This means no more than 2 trips to Chipotle per week (if you know me in any capacity, you know that I'm really cutting back here) and no more than 1 meal per day out on the weekends.

Go to the rec center at CSU on all non-session days: I start school again on Monday, and I've never been to the rec there. My class schedule is very consistent this semester, and I have some time to go work out for about 30-60 minutes before lunch. This is all about getting a little bit of exercise each day and forming those healthy habits.

I totally meant for this to be a quick post. Which never ends up happening. My husband just called me out on it so I'm going to wrap it up!

Wish me luck this month!

PS. Look who's a sweet new ambassador for Team Sweat Pink! I'm so excited to become part of the community and make some new friends!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Quick Reflection on 2014

Before I head out to a few parties tonight, I wanted to take a brief moment to reflect on the past year. It's been a great year for running, and life in general! I'm so fired up for next year and I can't wait to get started!

Also, I'm hoping to have my 2015 goals post up by the end of the week! 

1. What did you learn?

Consistency is by far the most important thing you need to get healthy. Start small, win small.

2. What did you accomplish?

Two more successful semesters of school out of the way and a bunch of races!

3. What would you have done differently?

I would have tried to be more consistent with eating healthy, and exercising in particular. I get started on something and I do fine for a few weeks, but I need to stay on top of it 24/7.

4. What did you complete?

I finished almost all of my blog/running goals for 2014 and my first half marathon!

5. What didn't you complete?

I didn't complete my health and fitness goals for 2014. I was counting on 2014 being the year that I got down to my goal weight but that didn't happen.

6. List the 3 most significant events of the year.

My nephew's birth, my best friend's wedding, and my 2nd wedding anniversary with my husband!

7. What do you feel good about the past year?

My performance in school, general consistency with running, and planning my friend's bachelorette party and bridal shower. I feel like I did well in all these things and I'm proud of them!

8. Most fun thing you did:

Trips to Boston and Michigan, moving, and experiencing the glory that is the Mass Effect series.

9. Least fun thing you did:

I spent almost a week in the NICU/hospital to help out when my nephew was born. Wearing the same outfit and not showering/sleeping for 5 days was pretty un-fun.

10. What was your biggest challenge?

My husband's work travel. He was gone on average 2 out of every 4 weeks and it really sucked. And spring semester. I swear they designed it to weed people out before they get to Practicum. I was in a total panic for about 4 weeks. Oh, and I was diagnosed with PCOS.

11. How are you different than last year?

I feel more comfortable and confident in school, I am (slightly) more confident in running, and I feel like I'm getting too old for most shenanigans.

12. What are you grateful for?

My husband. He works so hard to keep us going and does everything in his power to make me happy in any way. Truly he is the best.

13. What is your #1 goal for 2015?

To get down to a healthy weight and regulate my PCOS symptoms!

Have a wonderful New Year and be safe out there!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Race Recap: A Christmas Story Run 10K

So I had a rough race the other week. It was super frustrating and I already felt bad. This year's Christmas Story Run was my first repeat race, and I was looking forward to just relaxing and enjoying a race that I was already comfortable with. Unfortunately, that wasn't entirely the case.

My husband and I did the 5K last year, but after waiting over an hour in 10° snowy weather for a bus back to the car, we went for the 10K this year. We parked in the same place and hung out in Tower City for a while. Apparently, they changed the location of the starting line from the front of Tower City on the square to the back of the building, but nobody put up any signs or offered any direction as to how to get there. Everyone else there seemed just as confused, so I knew we weren't the only ones. Once we figured out where we needed to be, we picked a spot way farther up than we needed to be so we wouldn't get shoved off the course again. Still bitter about that.

Tower City
pretty matchy that day
The race started, and we were going along pretty comfortably. It was about 40° and overcast, which was way better than last year! The 10K course was out-and-back, so there was a split on the road for runners coming back. But for some reason (I'm guessing poor design), the lanes switched during one of the turns and we had to move across each other's lanes onto the opposite side of the road. Which led to a couple "elites" almost colliding with us and yelling at us like it was our fault and how dare us. So rude.

Also, we happened to see "the end" of the race coming back, and saw that the police cruiser was just politely following the last person. Which is how it should have been at the Turkey Trot. Okay, sorry. I'm done bitching about that race now.

The rest of the race was pretty chill after that. My husband and I made our way back to Tower City and crossed the finish line pretty happy that we made it!

nice view from the Hope Memorial Bridge
This is where all the drama started. We got our yogurt and stuff, but couldn't find a place to pick up our medals! We asked a race volunteer where we could grab them, and he said that an entire shipment of medals didn't come in. They had no more to give that day, but they recorded everyone's tag times after they ran out, so we would all get our shipped to us. And I was super pissed. Again, we got screwed because we aren't super-fast runners. And it was that exact moment that I realized that I completely forgot our tag timers at home. When I said we forgot the tags, he gave us a long "ohhhh........." and told me to email the race about it.

Combined with the frustration I've been feeling about the last race and now getting screwed out of a medal that I not only paid for but earned by getting my ass up and running  over 6 miles in December... I just stood there crying into my Ovaltine. My poor husband had to spend half the car trip home trying to make me stop crying and feel better.

stopped crying long enough to get a red-eyed ovaltine selfie.
They sent out a post-race update about the medals via email, and said that if you had a unique situation, email them. My issue with the tags didn't fall under any categories they mentioned, so I sent them a very polite email explaining our problem. And 4 days later, I literally got a copy-pasted section of that post-race update. SO FRUSTRATING! I sent them a slightly less polite Facebook message explaining the situation all over again. And they just said everything will be taken care of and it's fine. I'm pretty sure no one has actually read anything I've sent. Still waiting for medals that probably won't ever show up.

I know that this is my 10th race and I've only had 2 bad experiences that just happened to be in a row, but this kind of shenanigans makes me want to give up. Obviously, I'm not good at running and that's the way we are treated at these races. In almost every single race I've done, the crowd at the finish line is already leaving by the time we get there. The food is gone, the volunteers are gone, the medals are gone, the clothes they give you at the finish line is out of your size... it never ends.

Needless to say, I'm done with races until the spring. I wish this wasn't the way that I closed out the year, but sometimes that's just how it is. I'm planning on spending the winter working on shorter distances and lots of speed training. Running is something that I'm not ready to give up on yet, so I just need to spend some time not racing and just focusing on the things that I enjoy about it!