December goals recap

I know it’s fairly late, but let’s review how I did with December’s goals. 

Get a real Christmas tree and decorate it and the apartment for the holiday season! Check

Make at least one batch of Christmas cookies! – oops.  I never got to do this.  However, I have EATEN a lot of Christmas cookies

Run at least 20 miles throughout the month (including this short week, that’s just 4 miles a week) – I don’t think I quite made 20 miles.  But I definitely tried to run when I could. 

Do at least one hour of yoga each week. Whether its once a week for an hour or six 10-minute sessions, it doesn’t matter.  – FAIL.  I was doing so well for about a week or so.  I did yoga every day.  But then life got busy, and I fell of the wagon.  I’m gonna think like Jane – I did more yoga in December than I did in November.  And I started to remember why I liked yoga to begin with. 

Pack a real lunch at least 3 days per week (throwing a granola bar in my purse and calling that and a bag of chips “lunch” doesn’t count) – I did a really good job with this, up until the last week.  So I didn’t do it for all three weeks, but I still call this a semi win!  Especially since those first three weeks I packed a real lunch for more than just the three days. 

Create a training plan for the upcoming March 8K – Ben and I decided not to do the 8K in March – neither of us love cold weather running quite yet (we’ve been gym rats as of late).  We were afraid to sign up for a race that would require us to do all of the training in the cold. 

Confirm all the loose ends on wedding planning/Plan the honeymoon/Schedule engagement photos – didn’t confirm all of the loose ends, but I did tie up all of the loose ends that I was thinking of when I wrote that bullet.  And I did all that I needed to do for the honeymoon planning.  And I’ve reached out to the photog about the engagement session.  I’ve done most of what I’ve needed to do; I’m waiting on some vendors for a few things. 

So, turns out December was an epic fail.  Like EPIC.  However, given everything going on with work and the holidays and everything, I’m ok with my failure.  It was a REALLY busy month.  And not crossing everything off my list was not because of laziness, forgetfulness, or any other reason.  It was just a busy month.  I also had a lot of my goals that weren’t listed here that I crossed off my list. 

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Five goals for 2011

2011.  Its a big year.  I’ll be a quarter century years old.  I’ll change last names.  And as expected, I’m working on a list of goals for 2011.  Here is what I have so far. 

 

1. Maintain a workout regimen: get at least 2.5 hours of exercise per week.  Since most of my exercise tends to be on the active opposed to moderate style, that puts me above what the government recommends for a healthy lifestyle
 
2. Cook more: Cook at least one new meal per week, and to have a dinner that does not focus around pasta at least 2 other days of the week. I can not eat pasta forever.  Ok, I probably can, but it wouldn’t be a good idea.  Maybe I’ll find a cook book to cook my way through (a la Julie and Julia!)

3.  Get married with as little stress as possible:  I try and make my goals measurable and concrete.  Not sure stress level is really measurable.  But I think this is an important one. I will do as much planning and organizing up to the wedding as possible to make things move smoothly during the weekend’s festivities.  Any idea how I can make this goal more measurble?

4. Blog Blog Blog: Keep on blogging.  Every day isn’t realistic right now for me.  But I will find a schedule that works for me and stick to it. 

5. Excel at work: Again, I don’t get too specific about work things on here, so lets just leave this here and ya’ll can trust me that I have a plan.  Cool?

Are you developing a list of goals for 2011?  What goals have you set for yourself?  Any ideas how I can make my stress free wedding goal measurable?

T-3 Days

Christmas is just 3 days away! I’m so excited!  Things have been super super busy, so I am very ready to head home for the holidays.  Just one more day of work and then off to my parents I go!

Well, I’ve been an epic fail regarding the Yoga 31 Day Challenge.  With the craziness that is December, I totally fell off the bandwagon.  I’ve done a handful of yoga classes, but I can’t really say I’ve been really good about following it.  But at least I’ve been thinking about doing yoga?

I have however, started to work the elliptical into my workout routine.  I haven’t done the elliptical in forever.  In college, I could just jump on to the elliptical and go for hours.  But give me a treadmill and I would practically cry my way through a mile (little did I know that after the first mile, it gets better).  The first time I jumped back on the elliptical, I thought, “well that blew!”  So I’ve decied to start weaving it the elliptical back in with running. 

Speaking of… off to the gym and then to pack for my trip back home!

31 Day Yoga Challenge

After talking to Jane last night, I decided to partake in the 31 Day Yoga Challenge (also seen here). 

Basically, the challenge is to do at least 20 minutes of “structured” yoga each and every day. 

I was hesitant at first, as I’m pretty positive I won’t be able to do yoga EVERY single day during December.  However, I’ll  decided I’ll be happy if I can set aside time for 75% of the month (23 days) for some daily zen.  75% is better than never getting in the game, right? 

Since my December won’t really jive with me taking part in any time of formal class, most of my yoga sessions will be through videos from On Demand or downloaded from the Internet.  I figure I’d also provide a review of the videos as I try new ones throughout the month.  

So last night, while Ben was watching the Duke game, off I went to our bedroom to start the challenge.  I went to the On Demand section of Verizon FiOS and chose the 21 Day Yoga Workout (similar to this).  The workout ran 21 minutes long (just over the 20 minute requirement!).

This yoga workout is very low-impact and I felt like it focused more on stretching than building muscles.  It is a pretty good video for a beginner.  While it may have been a short 21 minute video, I was expecting it to be high impact workout.  Instead, I barely broke a sweat! 

Would I do this workout again?  Possibly if:

  • I’m doing it the day after a long run and I’m sore so I need to get a good stretch in
  • Or I’m using it as a cool down session after a more intense arm/weight workout

Are you a yoga fan? Are you doing the 31 day yoga challenge?  What yoga resources do you follow when you can’t get to a studio?

December Goals!

Let’s hope that I do better with December’s goals than I did with November’s
December Goals:
Get a real Christmas tree and decorate it and the apartment for the holiday season!

  Make at least one batch of Christmas cookies!
Run at least 20 miles throughout the month (including this short week, that’s just 4 miles a week)
Do at least one hour of yoga each week.  Whether its once a week for an hour or six 10-minute sessions, it doesn’t matter.
Pack a real lunch at least 3 days per week (throwing a granola bar in my purse and calling that and a bag of chips “lunch” doesn’t count)
Create a training plan for the upcoming March 8K
Confirm all the loose ends on wedding planning
Plan the honeymoon
Schedule engagement photos

Here’s to December!