|2009 Cap City Half-Marathon|
I really miss running, even though I wasn't all that great at it. I want to get back into it and get better than I was before my back injury. I want another photo like the one to the right- me after my very first half marathon. I survived! Unfortunately there are no good photos of the race, and I have yet to shell out the cash for a finish photo. Those things are expensive!
So I've been compiling a list this afternoon while my house fills with the aroma of baking bread. Here they are in no particular order:
- Climb back on the Weight Watchers wagon- the new plan is fantastic. I need to focus on following the guidelines and tracking my food, even if it means I'm eating 5pt homemade bread or granola
- Eat more vegetarian meals and be more mindful of where my food (dairy, meat, eggs, etc) comes from; aim to eat with the seasons and locally; also somehow encourage J to eat this way, too...
- Workout at the gym consistently, expanding beyond spin class and the cardio equipment. That means more cardio dance classes, Zumba, and the new kickboxing class at the gym
- Strength train 2-3 days each week, either at the gym or at home
- Prepare for a spring race- either a 5K or quarter marathon in May- with plans to run the entire distance
- Providing the spring race goes well (no pain!), prepare for a half marathon in the fall
- Learn HTML so I can jazz up the blog
- Blog consistently
- Develop a clearer vision for which direction I want to go with the blog- my fitness/nutrition journey, food, local stuff, fashion, or all of the above?
- Learn some photography skills, working with the less than desirable camera options I have
- Get organized- there's got to be a way to make the process more efficient
- Create a header/logo that's uniquely mine
- Tackle the list of items I set forth under Kitchen Krusade (and possibly a better title for this endeavor...)
- Keep pantry, dishes, freezer, and fridge organized so that I make the best possible use of all available ingredients plus use those serving dishes and specialty items that are rarely used
- Prepare dinner more than once a week
- Utilize the (few) cookbooks I have collected, trying out new recipes and finding out what works best for us
- Serve more meals at the table instead of in front of the television
- Paint the rest of the interior of the house
- Finish any neglected house projects like installing trim or towel racks...that have waiting for years
- Plant a respectable flower garden and corresponding vegetable garden - and maintain them
- Use the deck and new patio...because they weren't used this past year!
- Light more candles; otherwise they sit around collecting dust, which isn't their purpose
- Visit a farm (or two)
- Learn to use a sewing machine
- Volunteer with Local Matters - already signed up for January/February @ The Greener Grocer!
- Take a vacation to Washington DC
- Spend more time with friends, not just a once monthly meet-up
- Find new ways to spend my free time that don't involve wandering around the mall
The title of my blog "I have trouble with forward motion" started out as a bit of a joke between my sister and I because I liked running but was extremely slow. Looking over the parts of my life such as exercise, nutrition, organization...there's a pattern of making plans and not following through to become successful. An inability to move forward. I really want to break that pattern this year. I want to be healthy, fit, and stress less about mundane things that need to be done. I want to truly enjoy life and experience new things. Plus I want all these good habits to be in place and part of my lifestyle before my husband and I begin the next phase of our lives together: buying a real house and starting a family (don't worry, that's still a year or two off!).
Oh, and I found not one, but THREE white hairs on my head. Old age is settling in, LOL.