Friday, June 29, 2012

Reading my favorite Blogger, Janethea of http://mealsandmovesblog.com/summer/ inspired me to come up with my own summer bucket list...here goes: 1. Go on a boat with family: I did this and it terrified me to no end. I want to challenge myself to give it another try because I really want to enjoy boating. 2. Take along road trip: I did this a few weeks ago when I took a solo trip to Waldorf Maryland. it was so peaceful listening to country music and talk radio without anyone begging me to change the station.. I loved it! I definitely want to take another long road trip most likely to New Hope, Cape May and Maryland again. 3. Go to different Jersey beaches. So far Ive only been to Ortley beach and Point Pleasant. My goal is to go to LBI, Cape May, Ocean City and Belmar. 4. Run at last one race: I will be doing the Parker House Fun Run again this year http://www.jerseyrunner.com/races/racedetail1.asp?ID=2410. I did this two years ago when I was in much better shape but I look forward to doing it again. it is only two miles followed by an hour's worth of limited beer drinking. Starting July 1, 2012 I will be training to run to 2 miles again since cardio has been on the back burner. 5. Try CrossFit: I have been dying to try CrossFit but too intimated to go alone but I think I will try and convince my husband to go with me! 6. Go to an outdoor concert: I hope to go to at least one outdoor concert this summer. I may go see Toby Keith in August so that is something to look forward to. 7. Read lots of books: Every summer I ready tons of books and I hope to do the same this summer! 8. Find outdoor festivals and Farmer's markets: So far this has been challenging because for some reason I never see these things advertised heavily in NJ but I will make it my business to find at least one of each. 9. Eat Clean: My goal this summer is to work on a eating healthy! This is so hard in the summer with all the BBQ's and the like I go to but I'm going to have to find some balance. 10. Have a picnic: I love the idea of a picnic but I never do one so this is one I need to try this summer. 11. Go to brunch: I've never been a brunch girl but I want to try a beachfront Brunch location in Long Branch to start! 12: Ride my bike: I want to take a bike ride around a local park or the neighborhood at least once this summer 13. Be more positive: Too often I am stressed about various life circumstances, I want to try and focus on all the wonderful positives in my life, my beautiful daughter, my family's good health and the fact that I have a job!! Hopefully I will be able to scratch all of these things off my list by the end of summer!

Friday, December 31, 2010

hoping for change in 2011

2010 has gone by so fast and as I reflect on  last New Year's Eve I don't think I put much thought into any resolutions other than to lose weight.  I've realized that it is important to reflect on things you would love to change or improve or incorporate into your life and write them down so that they can be referred to throughout the year.  Although I did lose over 20 pounds in 2010 I still have many of the habits that made be gain weight in the first place.  I am hoping that by writing my goals down and reflecting on them I will once and for all overcome some of my downfalls. 

1.  Exercise 5-6 days per week:  I was doing really well with this in the warmer/cooler months but it becomes difficult for me to sustain this in the colder months as I hate the cold and getting up at 5 or 6 am( before work) to go to the gym when it is freezing is a struggle for me. I am going to commit to driving around the block to my parent's house to at least run on the treadmill for 30-40 minutes a couple of times during the week so that I don't have to drive all the way to the gym and I can sleep in a little later since I'm only going around the block. On the weekends and some work nights I can incorporate a fun class at the gym or at the local Zumba studio. This is only until I can get back to my beloved running outside when the snow clears and it becomes a tad less freezing!!



2.  Eat slower:  This has been a lifelong problem for me.  I am always the first one done eating...I hate it!!  I want to be the kind of person to eat slowly and really enjoy the meal without devouring it in a couple of minutes.  This is a true struggle for me, I know this because I have tried it before.  I do everything in my life with such  a sense of urgency and it even translates down to eating.  I really believe that if I slow down my eating I will be more in tune with being satisfied instead of feeling overstuffed after a  meal.  The only way to accomplish this goal is to do it which will require being very aware of my eating speed a very meal. 

3.  Incorporate weight training:  I was doing really well with this for a portion of 2010 but I have completely stopped weight training except for an occasional Bodypump class here and there.  I was following the Body For Life weight training plan and I never truly looked forward to it as I found it very time consuming but I did feel great so I am going to consider following the Body For Life workout again or just doing some informal training at the gym or Bodypump classes. 

4. Eat healthier:  I was doing really good with this for some time but I have gotten way off track and slipped back into some old eating habits.  I want to incorporate fruits and vegetables in my diet on a daily basis.  This is a struggle for me as I am allergic to most fruits so I'm left with only grapes, bananas, melons and berries. There are many days that go by where I do not have a vegetable or a fruit and I am not proud of this.  I want to make it a true effort to have vegetables daily even if it is drinking a V-8 and having a banana on a day where for whatever reason I cannot find some fruit or vegetables. I love vegetables so this will be a fun challenge.

5. Find ways for my family to WANT eat healthier: I have a husband and a twelve year old daughter, both of whom would be more than content if they never had a veggie or fruit in their diet.  My daughter does not eat well at all.  She loves sugary treats, her new love is a small Strawberry Coolatta from Dunkin Donuts with a dollop of whipped cream.  She said she had one when she was out with my mother and now she asks for one every time we are out and I do get it for her sometimes.  I looked up the nutritional stats and it has over 300 calories and 68g of sugar..not good at all.  She doesn't like eating breakfast and she eats whatever passes for lunch at school and she loves soda too.  She is the pickiest eater and could live off Chinese food every day if she could.  I really need to find ways to encourage her to eat better.  I'm not quite sure how I'm going to do this because educating her hasn't helped and telling her to finish her veggies doesn't help because she cries that she is full and can't eat anymore.  I'm going to have to really figure out what I'm going to do about this one. 

6.  Spend more time with family:  I am pretty bad with this one.  My parents go and visit extended family (ie grandmother and Aunt and Uncle) every weekend and I really need to take the trip with them maybe once every other month. I feel so guilty because I never see my Grandmother who is in her 90's and in a nursing home.  I could easily make her day if I just went to visit her for a few minutes every now and then.  My daughter goes with my parents almost weekly but I don't. This goes for my husbands family as well as we mainly only see them on holidays.



7.  Run more races and Increase my distance:  This past year I fell in love with running.  I ran 3 races this year and loved the whole experience and I want to run more races in 2011.  I never thought I could run a mile and now I just completed my longest run ever last week which was 7.5 miles, this is a huge accomplishment for me as running is challenging for me.  I got the Garmin Forerunner 405 for Christmas and I can't' wait to start running outside again and really pushing myself to run longer.  My biggest struggle with running longer is I tend to get a little bored and it is time consuming so I'm going to have to find a way to stay engaged in the run if I want to reach my goal of running a half-marathon one day in 2011. 



These are just some of the things I want to work on in 2011, there are a few more that are TMI so I'll write them somewhere else.  Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

struggles

Today was filled with shopping and running around and now it's time for a nap.  I've gained about 10 plus pounds since Thanksgiving and I can't seem to get out of my rut.  I started drinking soda again and eating desert every night and now I can't stop.  I really hope I can get back to my old healthy ways, the healthy lifestyle that I adapted to in the past year.  I guess I have come to the realization that drinking soda and eating sugary deserts is just not something I can handle responsibly.  The pounds stayed off prior to Thanksgiving because I was running or doing some form of workout every day but now since it is freezing here in NJ I am less apt to wake up at 5 am and leave my warm house to brave freezing winter temps.  I do manage to fit in a workout here and there but I am just so discouraged now that my clothes are fitting snug and I feel like a failure.  I need to really get on track in the New year!  Well nap time beckons!