The past few weeks have felt very crazed and disorganized. First, I am still hurting - my hip is still bothering me, and I haven't run since my race on November 20, which is really depressing me. As if that's not bad enough, the other day I leaned over the kitchen table and felt a shooting pain in my back. When I started this journey, I expected some roadblocks and difficulties, but getting myself addicted to exercise and then sidelined with injuries wasn't among them! And then of course, to add to the stress, Christmas is fast approaching and it can be a very challenging holiday in some respects when facing it as a single Mama!
However, I do not want to dwell on the negatives, because these days, even my "worst" is 1000 times better than my "best" felt before I began my Fat to Fit journey. I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season, and as we come up on a new year, I am full of exciting goals and challenges I can't wait to meet!
One of my goals for 2011 was inspired by awesome blogger Ann over at Twelve in Twelve. I hope she does not get upset with me for borrowing her idea (in scrapbooking we call it "scraplifting" and it's a compliment, really!), but I was so impressed and motivated by her commitment to run twelve 5k races in 2010 that I decided to adopt that goal for myself for 2011, with one little twist. Well, two twists, actually. First, I am only going to do charity runs. Second, I have an open invitation to all my friends and family to do a 5k with me, whether we walk, run, or a combination of the two, and my hope is to have everyone I know and love do at least one with me at some point during the year!
Though I have not been running, I have found plenty of other things to do. I have been pretty consistently working out 5-6 days a week, usually at the gym. I still have a few sessions with my trainer, after which I will have to start saving my pennies to afford more sessions with him - he is fabulous and I am going to cry when I have to give him up! I absolutely love our workouts, and working with him pretty much confirms what I learned while running with "Nan"...I really, really like having somone tell me what to do and when! I tend to be very unstructured and disorganized, even though I crave both, so having it dictated to me is fabulous!
I have been having fun trying lots of new things: I tried a spin class the day before Thanksgiving and am trying to figure out a good time to fit a weekly class into my schedule; I have worked out on the elliptical, "recumbant" stationary bike (I'm sure there's a more correct name for it), and the stairmonster - which I LOVE; I've been doing some kickboxing moves with my trainer and Tuesday I start a Strike class, which is going to be so fun! This weekend I need to get myself some gloves, because those community gloves are ewwwww gross!
At home, I've been doing pushups - trying to add one each day - and just started Jillian's 30 Day Shred. I am on Day 4, although I did miss yesterday because of my back. Tomorrow I am taking the kids and the spastic 90 pound puppy (yes, he's grown, and still not done!) on a walk/run to try and ease myself back into running. Instead of feeling frustrated that I have to "start over," I am looking at it as a good opportunity to start getting the kids involved and training the big red dog to run with me, which will make me feel much safer in the future when I'm running alone. In January I am starting an 8k training program and am really, really looking forward to running in a group and meeting others with the same obsession!
Finally, I am "blog-lifting" one more idea from another amazing blogger, Amanda at Run to the Finish (she is the one hosting the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, which is going to keep me from losing ground over the holidays!). She includes a Gratitude Journal at the end of each post, and I have been trying rather unsuccessfully to keep up with a daily journal of my own so I thought I would try adding it to my blog. I may not get it done every day, but at least it will be on my mind every time I post! With that...
Today I am grateful for:
- small town Christmas parades with sleigh rides
- the library and their willingness to let me check out way too many books at one time!
- the connections I've made since starting my Fat to Fit journey
- brussels sprouts - I just recently learned how to roast them, better late than never - YUM!
- healthy TaTas