Jerome has exposed a major weakness in me last night. I tend to analyze myself and everything I’m thinking about so much that I end up paralyzed from taking any action. I realize that you can only do so much thinking and you have take action.
The problem with my goals, that I’ve thought so much about it, read so much about it, I stopped doing anything about it.
So the decision? Focus on one or two goals at a time (personal and work-related). And just figure out the first/next step.
Here are my personal goals (and the next action).
— Pay off $1,800 in debt. (I spent a little much in S. Korea!) and have at least $2,000 in my emergency fund by the end of the summer. (Next step: develop a payment plan….)
— Be trained to run the Royal Victoria Marathon on October 12. (Next step: Follow runner’s world returning runner’s plan until July 7 and have a long run of 65 minutes (approx 4-4.5 miles).
Encouragement is needed!!
February started off great, but I totally slacked during the last two weeks. The goal is to be consistent…I need to be if I want to run that half-marathon.
Miles run: 25.85 mi
Weekly average: 6.5 mi (not great, but not horrible)
Longest run: 5 mi (yay! an improvement)
Hills: 2! (Rich people playgrounds are great workouts!)
So let’s set the 40 mile goal again. I think it’s doable, but I have to stick to it the entire month!
However, I do feel more healthy. I have been eating less junk. I only ate fast food once last month and lots more fruits and veggies. Also I can tell that my core is getting stronger.
To be fair, I should also mention that I have been running.
During the month of January I ran: 28 miles.
Weekly average: 7 miles.
Longest run : 4 miles.
Average pace: 10:30 mile.
Not bad, but of course could be better. There were some weeks I only ran once. And I could have ran more during my vacation in Kentucky. But no panic, I think it’s a good start and we’ll strive for better in February.
Monthly total: 40 miles (10 miles per week)
Long run -5-6 miles
I like updates.
So you guys are going to get one.
Anyway, the goal I’m making the best progress is trying new recipes once a week. I tried banana bread w/ flaxseed from my Bob’s Red Mill Cookbook two weeks ago.
Last week I cooked ham and cheese lasagna via a recipe from Cooking Light Magazine. I combined some techniques here. I wanted to see if I could adapt a make-ahead technique I learned from The Best Make-Ahead Recipe. Instead of making one big 9X13 pan, I split it into 9X3 loaf pans. Soak the no-bake noodles ahead of time and one fits snugly in the loaf pan. Then you layer as usual. It worked great. The only problem was that the sauce was too thin. But we’ll work on that in the future.
As for saving 5K by the end of the year; we’ll I’m still a couple of thousand of dollars away. But we’ll keep at that. I had a set back this weekend by buying lots of stuff. It’s stuff I needed, but I think I went a little overboard. But no worries. I’m good with stuff for a while.
And I have start walking and eating healthy, which is a good first step toward running a 5k. Obviously I would like to start running again. There’s a 5K on Oct. 14 which I’ll run as my test run/fitness test.