This year, Natalie and I pledged to be better to ourselves, to make health and fitness a priority and spend less time punishing ourselves. To help me maintain my focus, I made two goals for myself (read my original Resolutions post):
1. Read 52 Books – 5 need to be non-fiction (about one a week)
I needed to remind myself that I can do things for myself, for my own enjoyment. Reading has always been a passion of mine and I was glad to make this a priority in my life.
2. Run 500 miles (about 10 miles a week)
I wanted to create a tangible goal to keep me moving. I haven’t always been a running (who am I kidding, I’m not that fast, I’m a jogger) and frankly, I don’t always love it. However, I wanted a goal that wasn’t weight related, but was very tangible and attainable.
I’m proud to say that I did it!
Just before Thanksgiving, I ran my 500th mile and I finished my 58th book (yes, that’s right, FIFTY EIGHT BOOKS!!!!).
There wasn’t a crowd cheering me on, no one was there to witness my milestones—it was just me and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I set these goals for myself, to challenge myself to think more about my own level of fitness and overall health (both mental and physical). And I am so proud of my own success.
These challenges were really a journey for me.
Reading has always been a love of mine. My mom taught me to love books and embrace the adventure and travel that reading affords you (thanks Mom!). By reading daily–in front of and to my children–I hope to inspire them to love to read as much as I do.
The book challenge also forced me to put down the remote and pick up a book. This year, I focused on broadening the types of books I was reading and added some nonfiction. I wasn’t sure I would, but I really enjoyed some of these selections. Over the course of the year, I read several books that I hated and several that I loved. If you are looking for some good reads, check out our Book Worm page for some of my recent recommendations!
I was most changed by the running journey. Instead of being focused on one particular goal, like a race, I was focused on the mileage for a whole year. This was a new challenge for me. I enjoyed lacing up my shoes week-after-week and tracking the milage (I recommend RunKeeper) and even my pace. I ran alone, I ran with friends, I ran with family, and even ran while Little Man biked — talk about pacing, he didn’t let up!
Along the way, I ran my longest distance — 13.1 (thanks Molly!) — and even challenged myself to a Spartan Race, Warrior Dash and several small races. If you are interested in running a Spartan, I highly recommend it…and I’ll do it with you! Check out my blog posts about the Spartan — Get Moving and Get Moving…Follow up!
I’m already thinking of my goals for next year. I haven’t figured them out yet; so you will have to stay tuned. But if you have ideas, I’m open to suggestions!
Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way. A special thank you my husband, who always watched the kids when I needed to run and to Little Man, who would check-in on my progress! Love you guys.
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