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
[7 pounds away? I feel good about that!]
Goal: 6 5Ks
Current: 5 5Ks
[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
[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.
[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.
Run 8 races, including my 2nd half marathon.
Weigh around 145 from my current 157
Strength train 2x week consistently to fit into a size 8 from my current 10 or 12
Become a certified ACE Personal Trainer
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!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
In the last few months, since my first half marathon, I have been goal-less. 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! 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.
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! Also, I have three weeks of breaks where I don't run those weeks. I hope it will help me to not overtrain!
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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