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2011 Review, 2012 Goals

Friday, December 02, 2011

Today is the beginning of December and many people are thinking about their December goals. With 2011's close fast approaching, I started to think about this past year and the goals I made a year ago.

Here are my goals and how I faired.

Goal: Weigh 150
Current: Weigh 157

emoticon [7 pounds away? I feel good about that!]

Goal: 6 5Ks
Current: 5 5Ks

emoticon [I wanted to increase from 4 5K last year to 6 5Ks this year. But, I did do ONE more this year than last year... so improvement!]

Goal: Run a 10K
Current: Ran a HALF MARATHON

emoticon [I ran a half marathon - TWICE the distance of a 10K - and still quite proud!]

Goal: Pay off the credit card.
Current: Some, I guess.

emoticon[If you have been paying attention to recent blogs, you will know this haven't been so successful in this goal. But, I suspect, in 2012, that debt will be history.]

But, I am feeling good about reaching those goals. It seems like as soon as I write something, I might as well consider it done.

So, dear 2012, what shall we plan to do.

emoticon Run 8 races, including my 2nd half marathon.

emoticon Weigh around 145 from my current 157

emoticon Strength train 2x week consistently to fit into a size 8 from my current 10 or 12

emoticon Become a certified ACE Personal Trainer

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/2/2011 11:59PM

    It's been a great year for health! WooHoo! May this last month of the year put a feather in your cap to reaching closer to your goals. I'm happy to have share in one of your 5K's.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/2/2011 10:38PM

  Hi Savannah..........

emoticon on your goals and accomplishments in 2011. You did a wonderful job!!!!!

And........I am sure that you will accomplish what you want to in 2012 because you are so focused. As far as the financial aspect goes........graduating and getting a full-time job should take care of that goal. You will do fine.


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LISAINMS 12/2/2011 6:02PM

    WTG!! Love your goals for 2012, too.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2011 12:28PM

    You've done an awesome job in 2011 and glad to see you giving yourself praise where it is due!

Debt . . . this is such a hard monkey to get off the back, but you're a hard worker. It will happen for you. Just keep plugging away.

Way to go!! Here's to 2012.

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MYLADY4 12/2/2011 11:10AM

    Good doable plan!!!

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CIVIAV 12/2/2011 9:27AM

    WTG Savannah!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/2/2011 1:00AM

    You did great with your goals in 2011, and I know you will reach your goals in 2012--way to go!

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Financial Stress

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sometimes when I am stressed I just need to say it. So, that is what I am doing. I am stressed. Can I just sit down and cry? It seems like nothing I do gets me anywhere! A department on campus gave me a scholarship but I won't see ANY of the money because it goes straight to my loans. That is great for the future me but for the now me, it sucks!

During the month of November, I went from being scheduled 3 days a week to 2 days a week. Not fun at all. Today was payday which was great. It means my account is no longer negative. It was negative still from that company that pulled from my account twice. Apparently, they didn't want to just put the money back into my account. Nope. They cut me a check. Last week. It's still NOT here!

Anywho.. after my account went into the positive, I had about $200. So, I put gas in the car ($20) and got groceries ($85). Both were super low. So, now I have about $100. My phone bill is $100. My credit card bill is $80. I need a haircut so $20.

I am going to not have to pay one of those bills. If I don't pay the phone, it get's cut off. If I don't pay the credit card, I get 7-8 calls a day. Basically, one a hour.

Don't even mention how I am going to pay for Christmas shopping. I need at least $100 for that, which I clearly do NOT have. My parents say I can put my name on their gifts for the kids. Oh, now there is a proud moment. I am 25 years old and I can barely survive.

ONE DAY I know it won't be like this. I have been entertaining the idea of being a personal trainer. I asked my mom last night how much money I need to survive comfortably but she couldn't answer me. I just hope to God I will have a job after I graduate. Even if the Y offers me a job, at least it's a full time position *hopefully* with benefits.

It's just the next month I have to make it through. In January, I will have less bills. And, once I get next semester's financial aid refund, I can paid my credit card completely off so ALL I have to worry about is my phone bill (which is decreasing), groceries, and gas!

I guess what else is that I won't be able to go down to my sister's to decorate cookies for Christmas. It saddens me because I want to see my nieces and nephews more.. *sigh* I guess it means it will help me my weight loss. No cookies to bring home if I don't go. That is the other thing.. I definitely do not over eat with moths coming out of my cupboards.

Anyhow, I am still stressed but I need to get to my EKG class! Thanks for listening!

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STEVIECAT4 12/2/2011 12:49PM

    I can't tell you how many times I've called off Christmas because I couldn't afford it. I refuse to go into debt for something that has gotten so blown out of proportion. It's Christ's birthday, so when I can't afford it, I do what the bumper sticker says: Keep Christ in Christmas. People understand. They really really do. Keep your chin up, darlin'. It will get better. You just need to weather this storm. I'm glad you blogged about it. You need to get it out or the stress will become overwhelming.

Go ahead and this one time let your mom add your name to the gifts. That's so generous of her. :0) If you like, you can make it up to the kids for Valentine's Day or Easter and tell them you're giving them a little extra because you couldn't do it last Christmas.

The important thing is that you are making it and you WILL make it. It's just a rough patch you're going through right now. Hang in there!!

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FUNFROG79 12/2/2011 8:31AM

    Hang in there, I think everyone can relate. I'm actually making everyone there Christmas gifts this year to save me a massive about of money. Things will get better, just hang in there!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/30/2011 9:49PM

  Hi Savannah.......
Now that is another "College Memory".......... NEVER having enough $!!! It does get better, which doesn't help you right now, but at least you know the future will mean a full-time job with benefits.
Is there anyone that you could get a short-term loan with?
Wish I were of more help.

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MSJULES01 11/30/2011 7:45PM

    Hang in there. It will get easier.

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PSALM42 11/30/2011 3:46PM

    emoticon We all go through tough times (I'm in one as well). Maybe make some treats with things you already have (flour, etc) as gifts. Maybe find a way to decrease some bills, even if it's hard to give up. I cut my own hair with great success, you could always try that or maybe a friend is willing. But it sounds like you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, very good.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/30/2011 3:39PM

    Total side note/crazy note re: gifts

Just a suggestion. When I was cash strapped and waiting for fund to come in I made gift certificates for those I was giving gifts to-- gifts of time for the adults, and "IOU" certificates (to be redeemed after payday) for the kids. The kids liked the idea of being able to get another gift later too - go figure!

Hang in there. I work with college students all day long, and most are in the same situation as they work towards their future goals. It will get better.


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ABETTERCHERYL 11/30/2011 3:26PM

    Oh, I totally know that feeling! When I was a student and for a couple of years after I could barely make ends meet. Talk about stress! Just know, it does get better. You may have to give up a few things now like the cookies or buying a few Christmas presents but it won't always be like that. Hang in there! Once you get through school and find a job, it will start getting better. Be proud of everything that you have accomplished so far, and keep your head up girlie!

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MYLADY4 11/30/2011 3:23PM

    Oh boy do I know what you feel. Hated living paycheck to paycheck. Why is the scholarship going to past loans? Was it one that once you completed some school work and they deemed you worthy it went to it? That's just silly.

Have you thought about donating plasma? My daughter did that when she was first in college to pay for a WII and extra spending money. It's an idea.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/30/2011 3:19PM

    I have been there and know all too well that kind of stress--it seems everything tends to hit at once, and usually at the holidays. Know this: IT WILL NOT ALWAYS BE THIS WAY. You will make it through and there will be brighter days ahead!


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JESSICAW09 11/30/2011 3:08PM

    *Crys*, I know how you feel and what you are going through. I can't get my boys there XMAS presents until after XMAS this year because of finances. Like you, I am waiting on my excess check from school and my incentive from work, both of which will not be until January. I am sorry that you are going through this, but you are not alone. (((HUGS))) Things will get better for you, just hang in there!

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What is a date?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sometimes I wake up crabby for no good reason.

Maybe it is just the stress that is getting to me. Probably. It is the time of the semester that I look like this poor guy!

It could also be that my sore throat turned into the common cold which is turning into a chest cold. Can I stay in bed all day, pretty please? I am not feeling the most motivated to work out even.

It could be the societal pressures.

A guy and I have been hanging out lately. We went to this Christmas village of lights last night. We both had a great time. We smiled, laughed. He offered me his hat because I might be cold. It was rather sweet. He knows I am a poor college student and he has a secure job so he offers to pay for me. In fact, he paid for parking.

Are we dating? That is what my mom wants to know. I have no idea. Why can't a girl and boy hang out and just enjoy each other's company. Because I keep being asking, my analytical side of me kicked in and now I want to know.. are we dating? But than again why do I need the label?

What does it even mean to date?

Well, according to wikipedia, "a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by two persons with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship."

I accepted that we probably are. I do like him. But, than all this anxiety seems to come flooding as soon as I start analyzing.. just what I was trying not to do.. and that's what I don't like!

Maybe I should work out but the thought of being on a machine makes me want to run away. I know I am in a mental plateau but today I don't have enough energy to put me beyond it or care.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2011 12:27PM

    First, hope you're feeling better soon! The cold I had just kept hanging on, but finally did go away.

As for dating . . . well, maybe your time togehter could fit with the definition of a date, but if it makes you anxious, don't label it!! No need of it to be labeled. At least IMHO. I agree . . . I think the idea is just enjoy the time together and wherever it leads, that's where it goes.

Oh, try some Vicks Vapo Rub on the soles of your feet (then put socks on, of course). That really helps to clear up congestion.


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/30/2011 9:54AM

    I met a guy recently too. We've kayaked twice together and most nights he calls and we chat for about an hour about kayaking and other things.

It is kind of awkward when it's in an ambiguous phase, isn't it?

Maybe it helps that I'm in my 40s now and I can just relax and enjoy the ride, wherever it goes.

Relax if you can. It's all good.

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STEVIECAT4 11/30/2011 9:22AM

    Well, keep hanging with him and if he builds up the nerve to kiss you, you'll know you are now dating! How's that for a good sign!


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EJOY-EVELYN 11/29/2011 11:11PM

    Like a fig . . . I just want to eat it up! (smile, smile) Hope you're feeling better soon. Glad you got to see the village of lights!

Oh how glad I am to not have to think about the seriousness of your question at this late stage of my life. College days were, indeed, filed with angst - lots of questions, and never knowing for sure what relationships would develop further.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/29/2011 8:39PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I love your blogs!!!!! It's just like going back in time.........remembering my college days and the angst of relationships.

First of all.......take care of your cold and don't do anything that would make it worse. Second.......and this may be harder advice to follow......try to enjoy the relationship you have right now with this guy. Live in the moment and if the next moment or day or week is different, deal with it then. Just enjoy NOW because NOW goes by way too fast and then you are my age wishing that you would have appreciated NOW when it was happening. Does that make sense????? I hope so.

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HDHAWK 11/29/2011 6:47PM

    Take care of the cold and let the relationship go where it wants to go. No pressure.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/29/2011 5:13PM

    Enjoy the relationship for what it is, and do your best to ignore the questions, because in the end, they don't really matter; sometimes it's best to not try and label things. If the cold is going into your chest, don't try and work out too much; give your body time to rest and recover, and make sure you're getting plenty of fluids. It's tough to take time to get well when you're in the crush of school, holidays, and everything else, but take good care of yourself--you WILL make it!

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NATPLUMMER 11/29/2011 4:43PM

    I'm sure it's a combination of everything.
Dating...probably.R>If that cold is turning chesty then step away from the machines and rest.

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SPARKCHANTAL 11/29/2011 4:33PM

    hi mango!
all the while i lived an american life, this 'dating' thing was pure stress. can't say why, but the silly questions and all the labeling made it so, i guess, just like you described.
now i live a german life, it's a different society. going out is not such an issue, you go out with someone just to have fun, and your thoughts revolve around that.
so... why not turn a deaf ear to all the 'tusheling' (gossiping, speculating, talking behind backs...) and just enjoy the guy's company. let everything just fall in place, develop as it wants.
not so easy... but you're tough!
power to you

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Wanted: A goal

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In the last few months, since my first half marathon, I have been goal-less. emoticon This is like getting in the car without a destination. They say you need a plan to get to your goal. In fact, if you don't have a plan, it's like not having a map on a road trip. But, what about the destination?

So, today I decided I want to train for a half marathon, even if I don't run it. I need something, ANYTHING, to work toward. I could work toward another weight loss goal but it doesn't really energize me. So, starting next week (or earlier) I am in training for the 2012 Get Lucky Half Marathon. The magical day is March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, during my spring break! emoticon I have just enough time to train with some breathing room.

In the next few months, I have alot of "exercise" stuff going on and started putting it all together. Check it out.

Nov 27th - Training starts
Dec 23rd - Fall Semester ends
Jan 3rd - Running Coaching starts
Jan 22nd - Spring semester starts

So what, right?

Let put this in better perspective. I will be training for my half marathon until March than add in that I will be the coach for the 5K beginner until the end of June. While I am doing that, I will be taking two courses. One is track and field so I will be running and other stuff on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Than, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, I will be teaching Group Fitness to the freshman health class. emoticon

Uff-da! (Yes, I used a Wisconsin cliched term. No, we do not talk like that!) That is alot of running. Obviously, a concern is about overtraining. I, honestly, think I will be fine. I can always drop the half marathon training if I it is too much. Also, I am thinking of making Sundays mandatory rest days. And, if I HAVE to exercise, than, at most, I will swim! emoticon Also, I have three weeks of breaks where I don't run those weeks. I hope it will help me to not overtrain!

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GONABFIT 11/28/2011 10:10AM

    I know what you mean... After I ran my big races I found myself floundering around wondering what to do next. I have started setting new goals for myself too! Best of luck with everything!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/27/2011 9:56PM

  Hi Savannah.......
Oh, how I envy your youth and energy. You are wise to keep goals as a part of your motivation. Everything you are doing is great training and you will end up "More than ready" for your "Half Marathon." In fact, with all that training, I will probably read about you winning the Iron-Man (Woman)!!!
Take care of yourself.

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NATPLUMMER 11/27/2011 2:18PM

    Yikes!! That's a lot of running.

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KEK_KEISH 11/27/2011 11:05AM

    Lol, I went to college in Wisconsin!!
But you're totally right--you have to have a game plan to act on! It sounds like you've covered your bases in that dept. I hope you finish off your training & complete that half-marathon.. I am training for a small triathlon myself!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/27/2011 12:18AM

    I take it then that you have completed all your 5Ks for the year? Running is a great goal and works well with the training you provide others.

Being primarily of Swedish descent, I feel a smidge guilty when I use uff da, as it is Norwegian American in heritage. This Wisconsinite uses it regularly!

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SAC-6582 11/27/2011 12:15AM

    I am the same way. If I don't have something to shoot for I'll start drifting and thatís a bad thing. I've come too far to do that. It looks like you will have a very full schedule. But with your determination you'll do it. It's better to aim high and miss than aim to low and not stretch yourself.


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GETSTRONGRRR 11/26/2011 10:08PM

    Long terms goals are great. In my marathoning days, I would do 2-3 a year, so that kept me on a pretty good cycle.....nothing wrong with what you're doing....soon you can pick HMs by location and plan vacations around them.....that's when you'll know you're really hooked!

Good luck and enjoy!

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MYLADY4 11/26/2011 9:33PM

    Awesome plan. My sister is going to try and train for a half marathon too. Make sure you take the rest days.

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LESLIESENIOR 11/26/2011 9:33PM

    Wow, wow, wow. I'd say you have very enthusiastic goals. Good for you. You are wise and motivated.
I love that part of your goal(s) will be helping others toward their fitness by coaching and teaching. Sharing your experience is such a great way to keep your head in the game.
Cheers to a great winter and spring for you!!
Leslie in California
(We don't all talk like "valley girls" either, but regional dialects are fun to enjoy.)

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Running Group: Planning Meeting

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Warning: This is a bit of a frustrated vent.

Tonight I had the first meeting with the two personal trainers for the Running for Life program. Run for Life is a program that trains people to run a 5K, half marathon or a full marathon.

Boy, am I frustrated. Long time ago, a different personal trainer mentioned how I would be a good trainer because going through my own journey. I didn't think much about it until today.

The main personal trainer talked to me like I have never ran a mile in my life. Also, she seemed more concerned about the endurance runners than the 5Kers. When I did bring up the issue of the 5Kers having to purchase outdoor running gear. Her response was they will have to commit.

I just feel she cannot relate to beginner runners. I have an issue with this. But, I will work with it. I am in charge of the 5K runs.. I think! Right now, I want to walk away because she doesn't seem to "get" her clientele! I have an major issue with this!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/24/2011 10:03PM

  Hi Savannah........
I think that if you relate your own experiences to her, she might see it in a different light. All you can do is try. If she doesn't "Get It", is there someone else you can talk to?
Good Luck.

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MYLADY4 11/24/2011 7:08PM

    Well, good luck on "educating" her and hoping that she sees how valuable you will be to beginning runners.

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PSALM42 11/23/2011 4:08PM

    Maybe just try to talk with her again. I have to admit that I regularly ran 3 miles several times a week throughout high school (and maybe middle school, can't remember) with my mom so it wasn't a big deal. When I pick up running again after having a baby I usually start at 3 miles rather than work up to it. So, not to defend her, but it just doesn't register the same with some people- I'd try to explain it again. You'll do great!

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NATPLUMMER 11/23/2011 2:48PM

    I totally understand your frustration. Some people really just don't get it. Was she never a beginner at anything?? You'll be great at helping the 5Kers!!

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