1. Confession: I am going to stop the 30-Day Food Journal challenge (if you had noticed it there previously, I have de-activated my page dedicated to my food log). Although I feel slightly guilty dropping out so soon, as it is one of my January goals, but I have realized that this is not the most ideal challenge to get my head wrapped around. I will explain the reasoning a little more at a later date, but let's just say, it brings up some old bad habits, that I would rather not re-visit.
Resolutions: Wow this took a while to type out, mainly because I wasn't quite sure how to put it out there - but here it is, in black and white:
- Eat cleaner, be more aware of food choices and feelings around food
|Split Pea Vegetable soup Tripp helped me make Sunday - yum!|
|Homemade thin crust grilled pizzas are a great way to get in a healthy pizza fix - you have control of toppings and portions.|
- Log at least 1000, if not 1200, miles this year. I am hoping to keep better track of workouts and running miles in DailyMile, as well as marking mileage in a calendar, so I can add this up easier weekly/monthly/yearly
- Get and Stay healthy - I think many of you know I have been struggling with ITB and knee issues all fall, and some of the pain is still hanging on today - so this is going to be a big priority in the first part of the year, and I am going to work harder and smarter to stay healthy, once I get there.
- Reconnect with friends and family - goes back to my January goals, when I think about texting a friend or calling someone later - I am going to make the time in the present - when I wait to text or call, many times I forget...why not make the contact when you think about it?!
- Be on Time - I am notorious for being late to things (appointments, parties, movies, reservations), so 2012 I am going to focus on getting my booty there on time, if not early. Being late and always rushing adds un-welcome anxiety and stress and makes some events a lot less enjoyable.
There it is, five attainable, yet challenging, goals to keep in mind this year - nothing big or extravagent, just real.
3. Training: I am running my first big race of 2012 on February 26 - the Hyannis Half Marathon. I have mentioned it on the blog, that I am working on getting my weekly mileage up (safely) and then going to try to work on some quality workouts...well I will tell you, I had a phenomenal workout this week that I ended yelling "yes, thank you, yes!" at the end of! I am feeling more confident in my speed and endurance these days and I pushed myself to a pace that engaged my mind to keep up with, but wasn't completely uncomfortable.
I ran a progression/tempo run, negative splitting and running the final miles (4 & 5) with 6:45 minute/mile splits...I was seriously beaming - and the more I realized the speed, the more will I had to keep it throughout the whole run. After this run, I am a little sore on the ITB/knee - but it didn't hurt during the run and I am ready to get out and try to introduce tougher workouts (probably only once a week at this point and working up to two when I can get my recovery time down).
Do you keep a food journal? What do you find the biggest benefits of the journal have been/still are?
Did you make any resolutions this year?
I almost didn't, because I am making my monthly goals now, and never really have tried to make/keep resolutions before (I have always been pretty active, eaten pretty balanced, and don't have any unhealthy habits I need to dedicate my year to breaking).